The Professional Inventors Alliance USA was created more than a decade ago to protect American invention and encourage innovation. American inventors saw a need to track congressional legislation and federal policy that impacts independent inventors, small and medium-sized businesses and colleges and universities. The Alliance is the premiere organization in the nation providing independent inventors a united voice to improve public policy.
The Alliance provides legislative counsel, congressional updates and strategy development to its members through a number of vehicles. Additionally, through its speaker's bureau, Alliance members have an opportunity to provide expert opinion to many of the nation's top-tier business, technology and mainstream media organizations. Over the years its members have testified before Congress, offered counsel to key Senate and House committee members and successfully pushed legislation to protect America's independent inventors.
Since its inception, the organization has grown into one of the most vocal advocates for America's patent system.
Ronald J. Riley, President
Professional Inventors Alliance USA
Ron Riley, founder of Professional Inventors Alliance USA, has produced inventions in a multitude of areas, including the telecommunications, biotechnology and consumer products industries. Specializing in industrial controls and product development, he is best known for five patents related to the automated industrial monorail and two patents on his revolutionary enhancement of the treadmill.
For more than 20 years, Riley has championed the cause of American inventors who face difficulties with the infringement of their patents. In the mid-1990's he was a founding member and president of the advisory board of the Alliance for American Innovation. Based in Washington, DC, the organization lobbied members of Congress on behalf of independent inventors. The organization disbanded following the enactment of the American Inventors Protection Act.
As one of the most vocal critics of the Patent Reform Act of 2005, Riley argues that this new bill would irreparably damage America's patent system and handicap U.S. inventors and entrepreneurs. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Howard Berman (D-CA). Riley often counsels members of Congress on national and international intellectual rights and on the protection of America's intellectual assets.
George Margolin, Vice President
Professional Inventors Alliance USA
George Margolin is a lifelong inventor with more than two dozen patents to his name. He is best known as the creator of the folding and replaceable electronic keyboard as well as for his invention of the Front Projection Background System used by motion picture studios around the world. He is also the inventor of the Margolin Pocket-Portable Safety Syringe which was created to avoid needle-stick accidents. His most recent patent efficiently cools lasers, computer processors and electronic systems that produce extreme heat.
He has founded numerous technology companies, one of which was sold to Bell & Howell. His mentor, the late Sherman Fairchild, and he also founded the Front Projection Corporation. He is a past president of the New York chapter of The National Microfilm Association, which later grew into the Association of Information Imaging Managers (AIIM). He has consulted and provided product development expertise for many well known companies including Bell Labs, MGM Studios, CBS Television and Estee Lauder. For more than two decades, Margolin has tutored young inventors, lectured at colleges and universities and taught in the classroom. His depth and knowledge of the U.S. Patent system is often sought by members of Congress and administration officials.