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Most people who visit InventorEd's caution pages have either already shelled out five-hundred to a thousand dollars, or are about to do so, for the initial "so called" evaluation of their invention.  After the evaluation you would be taken for between $10,000 and as much as $40,000.  And then you would get a patent which is worthless, often worse then worthless, and spend the next four of five years waiting in vain for riches to be showered upon you.

Well, inventing is hard work.  www.InventorEd.org is here to show you how to succeed.

Now the pitch.  I am the founder of InventorEd.  I am a commercially successful inventor who has personally funded InventorEd to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars over the last seven years or so.  

I am happy to say that I am a victim of InventorEd's success, but the demands of running InventorEd are outstripping my ability in both time and money.  If InventorEd is to continue to supply this type of information it must become self supporting.  So please consider making a donation.  Click here: Your Donation Helps

Ronald J. Riley Executive Director

The following section is about companies and/or individuals who have been associated with invention promotion companies who in my opinion are not effective.

Bob Lougher, as a result of his employment by a not so reputable invention promotion company, led the battle against invention promotion firms for many years. After taking an excessively long vacation, Bob is back and ready to do some serious kicking of invention promotion firms tails. His web site is: UIA/USA Inventors Awareness Center http://www.uiausa.com

An excellent article about why one stop shops are not a good investment.
B-12 FOR THE BRAIN: www.inventionconvention.com/b-12

Have you been Scammed? Find out what to do here.

Pennsylvania Attorney General

Dealing With Invention Promoter Bullies

Invention Marketing Companies By BPM Legal

National Inventor Fraud Center (NIFC) & Burdick Law

Special mention goes to NIFC for their courageous fight against both ISC and Advent. Both companies filed  SLAPP suits against NIFC, and through what is in my opinion an abuse of the process of law both were able to force NIFC to remove all mention of them from the NIFC web site. Mind you not on the merits, but simply by dragging the suit out and running the costs sky high. NIFC countered with a RICO action which named a number of companies including ISC.

You will find no mention of ISC or Advent on NIFC.  Nor will you find any links to this site.  The reason is that both companies sued NIFC founder and collectively cost him nearly $100,000.  It is no accident that neither case made it to court.  That is the whole point of a SLAPP suit.  There is a rumor going around that each company required that NIFC not link to InventorEd as a condition of the settlements. 

ISC sued a sole practioner named Bruce Burdick and forced him into signing a gag agreement and to remove all links to InventorEd in 2003.  InventorEd obtained permission to use the material shortly after the lawsuit was brought so that we would be able to show everyone the information which ISC wanted to suppress. To see what ISC wanted removed from the web click here.

Michael S. Neustel and Bruce Burdick are U.S. Registered Patent Attorneys who deserve your business because they had the moral character to speak publicly about the invention promotion problem.

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The fact of the matter is that some service providers may start out with the best of intentions, but the Peter Principle may get them. Common causes of them being bit by the Peter Principle are - business is slow so they take a job outside their experience, or they may not be very good business people - large egos get in the way of doing the job. In these cases they may not be an outright scam, but still for a variety of reasons they get in way over their heads. The bottom line being that the inventor did not get the service they deserved and paid for.

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Some invention promoters want to be named co-inventor or given a piece of the invention. There are many risks associated with this. Read about them here.

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It has been widely reported that many companies whose services are of questionable value - or even outright fraud - threaten to sue, and in some cases even threaten to hurt, those who speak out about the problem.  A warning for those who would try to quell free speech in the inventor community.  I work extensively with many journalists and other media.  Any threats, to sue or otherwise, will be promptly passed to the media.  This will get the questionable party much more publicity than do these pages.

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Be sure to check for published complaints on the Patent Office web site:

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/data.htm#LicensePromotion

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Search The FTC Web Site For "Invention Promotion"

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FTC/STATE "PROJECT MOUSETRAP" SNARES INVENTION PROMOTION INDUSTRY

Operation Mousetrap: Statement of Jodie Bernstein

CAVEAT INVENTOR: THE FTC SAYS SCAMSTERS ABOUND - Business Week

The Federal Trade Commission reveals Invention Promotion Firms

So You've Got a Great Idea?

Have you been Scammed? Find out what to do here.

Are Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statutes the answer to reigning in invention Promoters?

Inventor-Link is the latest company to threaten a member of InventorEd.  Follow the link to learn about their ill considered and vague threats.
Invention Submission Corporation (ISC) and associated companies have earned special treatment on this page because the organization has the distinction of being the largest and most aggressive maze of companies of it's type, read about their indiscretions at the Federal Trade Commission site. FTC-93 - FTC-95 All of Mr. Berger's businesses and associates are marked in this list in RED. ISC has so many locations, (about 60 in five countries, that I gave them a page of their own here: http://www.InventorEd.org/caution/isc/.

ISC has been moved to the top of this short list once again as a result of their latest attempt to stop legitimate public discussion of their business practices.  They have a strong affinity for SLAPP suits.  The latest one being a suit the filed against patent attorney Bruce Burdick.  

This suit really surprised me because just a few months ago they got their tails kicked royally by the USPTO after the filed a SLAPP suit against them. 

Invention Submission Corporation should have learned by now that every time they do something like this it galvanizes many people to help them get the attention they crave.  Attention from media, First Amendment activists, law enforcement, and a hoard of contingency litigators who a salivating over they exceptionally deep pockets.  May 2003 be a year of interesting times for ISC and similar companies.

Robert N. Waxman changes the names of his companies often. It is rumored that Mr. Waxman makes such name changes more often than he changes his underwear. He has now earned top billing on these pages with his threatening letter. To give Mr. Waxman's views full and fair exposure I have now created a special Robert N. Waxman mini section on this web site.
Advent Product Development (Purchased NISI assets) Advent has now earned their own web page by threatening to sue me over their listing on this page. Read about Advent here. Their letter here.

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