Okay, so you may or may not know there our people in our industry who manufacture what they hope we will consider leadership roles as a way to further their personal gain.
One such person is Warren Tuttle. Warren has held the position of Board President of the United Inventors Association (UIA) with an iron grip for years now. I suspect because in his “day job” he makes money licensing products for inventors. Having this “position” appears to give him, to the unsuspecting, a level of legitimacy in our industry.
Well, I can say only a few things in life with certainty. One, that Warren (and the UIA) sold us out as an industry years ago, and two. That the UIA is a scam organization focused on lining the pockets of people like Warren Tuttle, and not on the good of the inventors they purport to help.
That brings me to this. An email recently sent out by Warren where he egotistically invites the presidential candidates to have him explain the plight of the inventor. Warren of course is not an inventor himself, and neither are the majority of people involved in the UIA… so how exactly does that work?
Here are a couple of key paragraphs:
“As President of the United Inventors Association I would like to coordinate a meeting with the transition team of whichever candidate wins in November and explain the inventor position and why narrowly focused patent reform can be responsive to the big tech company needs without destroying economic incentive for independents and micro entities…..”
“My interest in facilitating an open discussion is not limited to presidential candidates and their transition teams. I am happy to coordinate the same discussion with the staffs of those running this Fall for House and Senate seats as well, and if any candidates themselves are interested in the inventor perspective we would be honored to provide our full, fair and honest assessment of the trials and tribulations that stand between invention and commercial success…..”
WOW – get a load of the ego on this clown!
If this was simply a self promotional attempt to seem legitimate that would be one thing. But unfortunately it’s not.
What this is, is an over inflated ego doing the bidding of the lobby group he sold the UIA out two several years ago. Attempting to drag us as an industry into a food fight between big business and a clearly broken USPTO.
So, this is my point. We as an industry have to figure out a way to represent ourselves. We don’t need any more Warren Tuttle’s exploiting us, we don’t need organizations like the UIA selling us out to lobby groups so they can feel important. We don’t need “educational foundations” like the UIA masquerading as helping the inventor, when they really know nothing about what we do, or the challenges we face.
What we need is an industry focus on real education and the backbone to see people and organizations like the UIA for what they’ve become – predators.