Inventor Confidential

Covering a wide range of topics – all dedicated to independent product development, going to market, and promoting grass roots innovation in America.

Open Innovation Director | United Inventors Association Board Member



Warren Tuttle has for many years overseen the Open Innovation product programs for several industry leading companies including Lifetime Brands in the housewares and table top arenas (Farberware, Kitchen Aid and 40 other brands), Techtronics Industries Power Tool Group in the power tool and hardware industries (Ryobi, Rigid, Hart Tools and other brands) and Merchant Media in the Direct Response Television category (Smart Spin, True Touch and other brands).

He was also the person behind the launch of several highly successful consumer products including MISTO, The Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer and the SmartSpin Storage Container System. Warren personally interacts with many thousands of inventors every year and has initiated well over 100 new consumer product licensing agreements that have collectively generated over a billion dollars in retail sales. 

Warren is also a well-known advocate for inventor rights. For 12 years, he served as the President of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors, a national 501c3 non-profit with high ethical standards that helps inventors through education, advocacy and the sponsorship of inventor booth pavilions at several industry trade shows, most notably the National Hardware Show. Warren is also a member of the National Pro Bono Patent Commission and the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation.

Who is this book for?

If you are an inventor, product developer, designer, patent holder, maker, or even a dreamer, my primary goal in this book is to expand your understanding of taking a product to market while saving you time, energy, frustration, and, most of all, your money.

About the author

Warren Tuttle

Warren lives with his wife Lynn in Southern Connecticut and has three wonderful daughters, all well-educated and working. He enjoys skiing, motorcycling, golf and travel. Please visit Warren’s website,, or email him at for more information. 

Scroll Through 18 Powerful Endorsements

There may possibly be no greater Blue Ocean pursuit in the business world than looking for new ideas outside of company walls through Open Innovation programs. Independent innovators are at the core of such spirited pursuit. Warren has captured the essence of this phenomenon in his book. I thoroughly enjoyed his provocative thought and writing. This book will become the intellectual and practical guide for independent innovators.

W. Chan Kim
BCG Chair Professor of INSEAD Business School, World's #1 Management Guru by Thinkers50 and Co-Author of Blue Ocean Strategy

When Warren invited me to participate in an inventor pitch panel at the National Hardware Show recently, I learned a great deal about the creative spirit and tenacity within the American inventor community. Here’s to grass roots innovators and seeing a never-ending supply of innovative products!

Ted Decker
President and Chief Operating Officer of The Home Depot

I have known Warren for many years through the 501c3 non-profit United Inventors Association, and worked with Warren through the National Pro Bono Patent Council. He has dedicated a tremendous amount of personal time and resources to educating inventors and representing their interests in Washington DC. His grassroots innovation perspective, as well as the advice he provided when I was running the US Patent and Trademark Office, have always been both highly credible, and extremely helpful. Warren’s new book Inventor Confidential offers a tremendous new and authentic resource for America’s inventor community.

David Kappos
Former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Warren and I have worked closely together for many years. He was the person primarily responsible for building our unique Open Innovation Program at Lifetime Brands. I might add that we launched the ground-breaking program in very challenging economic times, while introducing many thousands of inventors to the company through outside product reviews and profitable licensing agreements.

Dan Siegel
President, Lifetime Brands (LCUT)

Makers have a great deal in common with inventors. Warren does a terrific job of exploring the overlap between the two groups, which provides a realistic road map for monetizing their most innovative efforts.

Dale Dougherty
Founder of Make Magazine and Father of the Maker Movement

Warren Tuttle is a good friend and strong advocate for inventors. I know firsthand the traps and treachery that befall unwitting inventors. This book illuminates the path with essential knowledge for inventors to succeed.

Josh Malone
Inventor of Bunch O' Balloons, The #1 Summer Selling Toy

Warren and I go way back to our time together on the United Inventors Association Board. The UIA was on shaky ground back then and I’m very certain that without Warren’s commitment and leadership, this important 501c3 non-profit that helps educate inventors at no cost would more than likely not exist. Today’s inventors owe Warren a debt of gratitude.

Steve Greenberg
Host: Gadget Nation, NBC Today Show

Warren was an integral part of my launching MISTO, The Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer. He brought energy, enthusiasm, creativity and a special knowledge of the Housewares Industry.

Tom Risch
Inventor of MISTO, The Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer

Warren has been a big supporter of Make 48 since season one and a mentor on several of our TV episodes. We have spent many hours together discussing the state of innovation in America. His book does a great job identifying the many risks facing inventors today and guiding them through the maze of product development and going to market, whether through licensing or privately manufacturing and selling direct.

Tom Gray
CEO of The PBS Television Series Make 48

Warren has spent a great deal of time in Washington, DC advocating for inventor rights. We have walked the halls of Congress together many times meeting with elected politicians and their staffs. His non-profit work, and unique relationship with many folks at the US Patent and Trademark Office, has also been very helpful to inventors.

Charles Sauer
Inventor Advocate and Author of Profit Motive

In the US Inventor Community there are only a handful of experts that I trust to be honest and provide high level knowledge to support my clients. Warren is one of those experts. 25 years in the industry and a heart for protecting inventors from scammers. I can vouch for Warren without reservation.

Kedma Ough
Small Business Super Hero and Author of Target Funding

Warren is one of the primary people responsible for the Inventor Spotlight Pavilion at the National Hardware Show growing into the largest inventor booth event in the country. Between product pitch panels, speakers and educational sessions, this area has become a vibrant showcase feature for our entire show.

Rich Russo
Director at Reed Expo and The National Hardware Show

Warren has been a terrific friend over the years and has traveled to Chicago many times on his own dime to speak to our nationally renowned inventor organization. He always seems to have time to help everyone, without charging!

Calvin Flowers
President of The Chicago Inventors Organization

Warren is the most resolute advocate for inventors and champion of innovation I have known in my career. His knowledge of intellectual property protocol is extensive, particularly when it comes to the hurdles faced by the independent inventor community. His participation for many years on the Pro Bono Advisory Council has been invaluable to ensuring that patent pro bono programs truly meet the needs of their constituents. I am grateful to call him a friend and work alongside him in the push for innovation in America.

Jim Patterson
Patent Attorney and Founding Partner of Patterson Thuente of Minneapolis and National Patent Pro Bono Advisory Council Chairman

As a member of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors, I have worked with Warren on several terrific USPTO events and I’ve witnessed his passion for providing invaluable and credible resources to inventors. As a patent attorney and inventor advocate, it is encouraging to see Warren share his knowledge about product development, licensing and intellectual property with the inventor community. Warren has a keen eye for recognizing “the next big thing”! I admire his dedication to the independent innovation community.

Andrea Hence Evans
Patent Attorney, Owner of EvansIPLaw, Former US Patent and Trademark Office Examiner and Author

Warren and I have spoken often together at educational inventor events around the country, as well as participated on many new product pitch panels. He has put a ridiculous amount of time and resources into the United Inventors Association. I know this because I have served on the UIA Board for many years. No one I know is more involved in the well-being of the US inventor community.

Scott Hynd
QVC On-Air Product Expert with Over $1 Billion in Television Sales Worldwide

What a gift this book is for inventors and innovators of all types! Warren has given us a comprehensive, highly readable and entertaining guide to the world of invention, showing the full range of opportunities and pitfalls for the people creating the next economy.

Bo Burlingham
Author of Small Giants and Finish Big

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