The IAA was a part of a group of 60 leaders of Inventors Associations that descended upon Washington DC to represent independent inventors across our great nation. During this three day conference (April 17-19), we were able to meet in the private offices of 30 United States Senators to discuss our concerns about patent protection for independent inventors.
We also got a chance to meet with the new Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu as well as the Commissioner for Patents, Drew Hirshfeld. This very important trip was organized by Stephen Key and Andrew Krause from InventRight, Charlie Sauer from Inventors Project, Warren Tuttle from the United Inventors Association and Gene Quinn, the Founder of IP Watchdog. Our travel costs for this trip were covered by our members and supporters of the IAA through their generous donations to our GoFundMe campaign. We very much appreciate the support from all to make this historic, impactful trip possible.
We will be sharing the important information about our initiative to effect change in our current patent system at a meeting soon. I will be sending out an announcement of this special meeting as soon as we can organize key people to travel to Arizona. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some pictures from our trip. Thank you to all who provided the support we needed to make our voices heard in Congress.