To Empower Inventors through Education, Access & Advocacy
Code of Ethics
Personal and Professional Integrity. All staff, board members, members, and volunteers of the United Inventors Association (UIA) act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the UIA. The UIA promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.
Governance. The UIA has an active governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the UIA and oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of the UIA. The governing body:
Legal Compliance. The UIA is knowledgeable of and complies with all laws, regulations and applicable international conventions.
Responsible Stewardship. The UIA and its staff manage their funds responsibly and prudently. This should include the following considerations:
Openness and Disclosure. The UIA provides comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, and all members and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about the UIA will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the UIA. Basic informational data about the UIA, such as reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements will be posted on the UIA’s website or otherwise available to its members. All solicitation materials accurately represent the UIA’s policies and practices and will reflect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.
Program Evaluation. The UIA regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. The UIA is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and develops mechanisms to promote learning from inventor activities and the inventing field. The UIA is responsive to changes in the inventing field and is responsive to the needs of its constituencies.
Inclusiveness and Diversity. The UIA has a policy of promoting inclusiveness and its staff, board and volunteers reflect diversity in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. The UIA takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment and constituencies served.
Fundraising. The UIA will respect the privacy concerns of donors and UIA members and expend funds consistent with intent. The UIA will disclose important and relevant information to potential donors and members. In raising funds from the public, government and its members, the UIA will respect the rights of the donors, as follows:
Service Providers. The UIA has a policy of supporting service providers, including those with competitive services, who agree to abide by UIA mission and terms and conditions. The goal is to encourage qualified and ethical service providers.
The UIA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing inventor education and support.