Rise Up! Quirky Seeks Justice for Inventor Bill Ward
Posted ago by Baron
As a haven for transparent online collaboration, Quirky must strive to protect the interests of its inventors and influencers. While this customarily takes the form of patents and long-winded legal proceedings, there are select instances where you have to pick up a sign, slap on a mask, and get a little angry.
That’s exactly what happened in Manhattan this morning, when an intrepid troop of Quirky staffers took to the streets to protest the appropriation of Bill Ward‘s Broom Groomer design by the product company OXO. The demonstration kicked off at 8:30am, and was based outside the offices of both OXO and Smart Design, the consultancy that designed the product in question. Protesting staff members carried signs, chanted slogans, and donned t-shirts proclaiming “Justice for Bill Ward”, braving the frigid cold to serve as the voice of Ward and the product’s 347 other influencers. While public demonstrations may not be a mainstay here at Quirky, we’re hoping the message was clear: don’t mess with our inventors.
As staff members gathered in the early hours of the morning, Quirky Retail’s Niki Zdanow prepped her protest gear.
Quirky’s demonstration wasn’t limited to staff: product model and community champ PJ Shaw got in on the action as well (with his father Steven Shaw, of course).
Quirky staffers rocked custom t-shirts as they marched, depicting inventor Bill Ward and the names of 347 slighted community influencers.
Once the demonstration hit the streets, Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman took charge of the crowd, megaphone in hand.
For a portion of the day, West 26th Street was transformed into a civil campaign for justice, as Quirky staffers marched to protest the appropriation of an inventor’s intellectual property.
With his protest sign held high, Head of Research, Development and Profoundness John Jacobsen brought a philosopher’s perspective to the demonstration.
Quirky staffers carried signs, donned masks, and chanted slogans through megaphones, spreading the word across the streets of Manhattan.
Broom Groomer in hand, the Community team’s Darryl Wong and Andrew Erlick voice their discontent.