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...who has been
associated with a multitude of
invention promotion companies.
The Big IP&R Lie
IP&R bogus claims triggered major update of
By Anthony R. Flores, Esq.
BEWARE: IP&R List of Affiliated
Companies Continues to Grow
Innovation Group (IIG)
IIG was the first and main holding company.
Inventors Publishing & Research
Manufacturing in San Diego, CA.
aka: Inventors Legal Services
aka: Science &
Technology, LLC (S&T)
aka: Science &
aka: Absolutely New
aka: Absolutely New Holdings, Inc.
aka: Amazing Innovations
aka: DSD International
aka. CO Innovation Group
(using the Market Street address)
aka. Better Things / Co Innovation
aka. Drive Medical
aka. K9 Kribs
aka. SAS Group, Inc.
aka: Intellectual Licensing
Group (ILG) (Details)
aka: IP&R Health & Beauty Licensing
aka: GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC
aka: Patent Attorney Network
We did receive a call from ILG's owner
claiming that he has no connection to IP&R. We do have documents
in hand showing that he did work for them, so now the question is he
getting support from IP&R or did he decide that he should go off on his
own? In any event, it is unlikely that ILG is any better at
marketing inventions than IP&R.
Considering the history
of new names we expect this list to grow.
BEWARE ! !
The following is a list of company
letterheads which are being used to market
invention promotion services by one or more of the above
IZ MEDIA, INC.
909 Page St #14
San Francisco, VA 94117
(Formerly Superflight, Inc.)
744 San Antonio Rd., Ste. 15
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-3050, fax: (650) 493-7050
Gem Sports Corporation
Sheikh Rizwan Waheed, Marketing
Address: 72-74B,Industrial Estate
Phone: 256249, 255193,
Heininger Holdings, LLC, San Diego, CA.
2222 Queen St.
Bellingham, WA 98229-4753
Toll Free: 1.888.722.5240
Sales - email@example.com
Product Ideas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing - email@example.com
Support - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maverick Industries, Inc.
Edward Mackin - President
Tel: (732) 417-9666
Mr. Kevin Schluck
15903 Lincoln Street N.E.
Ham Lake, MN 55304
1300 East Mermaid Lane
Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Phone: (215) 233-5700
Fax: (215) 233-0660
TST Water, LLC.
2535 Jason Court
Oceanside, CA 92056
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inventors wish to help invention promotion
companies do the best job possible. To that end
we are collaborating with numerous State and
Federal agencies to help invention promotion
firms achieve their full potential.
Today, 5-15-03 Steven Barbarich CEO of
Inventors Publishing and Research LLC called and demanded to know what the purpose of InventorEd,
Inc was. I asked him if he had read the
He then identified himself and
went on to demand that I substantiate why I was
advising inventors to exercise caution when
considering IR&R as a service provider, or
that I remove IP&R from the caution list.
IP&R Owner Steve Barbarich Writes
|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
this page alone does.
Any company who actually
brings a SLAPP suit will be counter
sued, and all appropriate information gleaned in
discovery will be passed to the appropriate law
|He said he was
trying to do this in a nice way, but he sure did
not sound like a nice person.
The implied threat was that he would
bring a SLAPP suit,
one of those frivolous lawsuits which are
designed to stop public discussion about the
important public policy issues which surround the
invention promotion business. A business
which is collectively is fleecing unwary
inventors for something in the range of $300
million a year.
Most businesses understand that
delivering good service, delivering results, is
the best way to create satisfied clients.
Conversely, the majority of businesses, at least
those businesses which are reputable, understand
that trying to silence advocates with litigation
is like pouring gas on a fire. In the end,
no business can prosper while using such tactics.
At Mr. Steven Barbarich request
and in the interests of fair play I am creating
the IR&R mini section to "substantiate"
how and why IP&R came to be listed on the
In a letter dated 11-27-03
Barbarich denies making the above referenced call.
InventorEd's first contact
from Steven Barbarich CEO of Inventors Publishing and
Research LLC was in May of 2000 asking
that InventorEd with it's 50,000 page views a month of
inventor traffic give advertising to Steven Barbarich (who
was an unknown in the industry) in exchange for mention
of InventorEd in his book.
We replied to that
communication suggesting that Steven Barbarich supply a
review copy of the book, but he did not reply to that
request. Unfortunately he never sent the book, and
we cannot endorse a book sight unseen.
A year later an employee
of IP&R contacted numerous inventor advocacy groups
offering us an inside view of Inventors Research and
Publishing's operation. Being a credentialed
journalist, I (Ronald J Riley) drooled over the prospect
of the story when I heard what the employee had to say
about the company. Inside sources in companies are
a prized resource.
The employee said "IP&R
is basically a high pressure telemarketing and direct
mail company that sells marketing services to patent
holders, 300 hours of marketing is promised when in fact
approx. one hour actually transpires. I feel guilty for
working for such an unethical organization and would like
to help the inventors that were and are mislead, this
company operates under the same premise of ISC."
In the absence of
corroborating evidence, and in the interest of fair play
I waited until I had feedback from other sources before
adding IP&R to the caution list. The first
client complaint came in December 2002. Many other
reports came in from people whom IP&R had contacted
alleging high pressure sales. The variety of
inventions these people had patented leaves the
appearance that IP&R is not targeting a specific
Also, there are complaints
listed for IP&R on the United States Patent and
Trademark web site at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/data.htm#LicensePromotion. IP&R's responses to those complaints
were not convincing in my opinion.
The December 2002
complaint which was filed with InventorEd said:
----- Original Message ----- From: "Confidential Source" To: help@. Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 7:46 PM
"Last (Month removed to protect source) I hired this
firm to market my patent" "$10,000
" Since then the person that I
started working with left the company and now Bill Seidel
(http://www.inventored.org/caution/america-invents/)has left the company and I feel as if I got scammed. They
are just now doing the cost to manufacture the product
overseas. I would like some help with this to find if the
company is bad and what I can do to get the Patent in
front of the right people in industry to move the product.
I have working prototypes and a marketing sheet. Please
Reasonable people might wonder why IP&R's
turnover rate is so high. They also might have
reason to believe that IP&R has an obligation to
their clients to ensure continuity and that the client
Somewhat later a respected
patent practioner offered the following story:
----- Original Message ----- From: To: "Ronald
J. Riley" <rjriley@.> Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 10:52 AM
Subject: RE: (InvEd-L) I need help!
One of my clients sent a check to
them for $14,000 or so. I darned
near was begging on my knees that they immediately stop
were inlaws, that reluctantly did so. They went with a
local boy who
is being very successful lining up licensees, &
charged only for what
he was actually doing. Thank you so much for the
I forwarded to my client. ATTABOY!
IP&R Owner Steve Barbarich Writes InventorEd
California law provides an answer
should IP&R say the American Inventors Protection Act
(AIPA) does not apply to them: http://www.hartley.com/invtdev.htm
InventorEd does not add
organizations to the caution list unless there are
multiple indicators of problems. The types of
things which trigger addition to the list are usually
more then one of the following reasons, but not
necessarily all of them:
1) Deceptive sales tactics, such as a representation that
something is free or contingency, when in fact there are
significant up front charges.
2) High pressure sales, such as claims that the party
must engage the promoter within some short period of time
or miss some significant opportunity.
3) Indiscriminate solicitation of business, as in a
shotgun approach, as opposed to targeting very specific
4) Minimal information being provided as to who the
players are in the business. This is important
because there is a history of known bad players launching
new companies, and on occasion using other people as
5) Lack of association with known good players in the
6) A published success rate, as in xxx clients purchased
services and xx made significant money, as in a profit in
excess of their expenses. The success stories must
7) Customer complaints.
8) Civil or criminal action has been taken against the
promoter (InventorEd does check legal and news databases
for such information).
9) Negative material on
any .gov web site.
11-27-2003 Mr. Barbarich
I am the founder of IP&R
Date: 2/4/2004 6:10:10 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: Name removed
I recently received a
letter based on my most recent patent from Crescendo
Manufacturing in San Diego, CA. They say that they are
looking for new products for "licensing" and
adding to their product line, and "This would
essentially be a royalty payment type agreement."
They want you to send them information so they can
evaluate your product and don't call because they "prefer
to finish our second stage of evaluation before getting
into serious discussion."
They have a reasonable web site at www.crescendo-manufacturing.com
that shows some of their products and has a page for
inventors to see what they are looking for. Has anybody
had any experience with them? They say that they work
with "product development" companies.
This leads me to believe that that is what they are. They
are also working out of an office "suite".
Thanks for any input before I waste my time.
InventorEd Investigator RESPONDS:
U wrote: I recently received a letter based on my most
recent patent from Crescendo Manufacturing.
*** It would appear a new patent ambulance chaser has
joined our ranks?
U wrote: They say that they are looking for new products
for "licensing" and adding to their product
line, and "This would essentially be a royalty
payment type agreement."
*** Nothing new in that approach.
U wrote: Has anybody had any experience with them?
*** They are pushing in two online inventor venues and
this one, as I recall. I can't say I paid attention to
them for they represent themselves as, "America's
Leading New Product Development ''Manufacturer.'"
Working down a chain of dead ends was most inspirational
in string pulling to discover what was on the other end.
Note: there is no business entity registered as
Crescendo Manufacturing though they are, "America's
Leading New Product Manufacturer?" Their phone
number led back to a San Francisco media corporation. Odd?
Listed as their "New Product Development Manager"
is one Mark Evans.
The above led to Crescendo Scientific whose physical
address happens to be the same one as the above in San
Note: there is no
business entity registered as Crescendo Scientific who,
"Finds Tomorrow's Technology Today." It would
appear they have yet to find a product to plant in each
technical category but instead state, "details
coming soon." (Their website designer must be
overwhelmed with work elsewhere - the site was fired-up
early last year).
Additionally they've been
in business for years according to their promotion,
"...After years of working to bring new products to
the market in the fields of high tech, medical devices,
biotech and chemical engineering the founders of
Crescendo Scientific became frustrated when the most
innovative and groundbreaking ideas were shelved because
of lack of funding and vision."
One more fact: Mark Evans
is listed as Crescendo Scientific's President. What is he
president of since no corporate entity is registered
under that name? So who registered Crescendo Scientific
as a corporate entity? Not Mark Evans that is for sure.
The answer is "IIG INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION GROUP,
LLC" (International Innovation Group, LLC). Whose
address happens is the same as Crescendo Manufacturing
Top of the tree: www.crescendo-manufacturing.com
3257 Quail Hollow Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94533
Johnson, Benjamin - email@example.com
3257 Quail Hollow Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94533
Date of whois registration: 8/21/02
Fairfield is in the just north of San Francisco. The 415
phone number is to a mass media company in S/Francisco.
The two are tied together by Mark Evans represented on
the manufacturing site as its New Product Development
Trunk of the tree:
101 Market Street, #416
San Diego, ca 92101US
Site President is Mark Evans.
Whois registration: Intl Innovation Group,
101 Market Street, #416
San Diego, ca 92101US
Barbarich, Steve firstname.lastname@example.org
101 Market Street,#416
San Diego, ca 92101
Date registration filed: 2/14/2003
Whois registrant for the Scientific URL: INTERNATIONAL
INNOVATION GROUP, LLC
Under the Secretary of State above LLC was registered at/by:
INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION GROUP, LLC
||Date Filed: 2/14/2003
MARKET ST STE 416
DIEGO, CA 92101
|Agent for Service
MARKET ST STE 416
DIEGO, CA 92101
Note the address in all three locations is
one of the following:
101 MARKET ST STE 416
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
110 C. Street, Suite 910
San Diego, CA 92101
Targets Inventors and Universities
Director of Licensing
Science+Technology Corp., LLC
60 Spear Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, Ca 94105
EVIDENCE OF "GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC" CORPORATE
EVIDENCE OF "GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC" DOMAIN
We have arrived at the end of the rainbow. It is
registered to the owner of IP&R (Inventors Publishing
& Research) - in San Francisco. Is IP&R a
manufacturing company? Nope. Tranh provides one viewpoint
in stating, "Amazing. Crescendo wants to manufacture
so many different and unrelated items. No company would
do that unless it's GE. More likely it's a bait."
Another resource is found at "Published Complaints"
on the U.S. patent office site: www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/dta_txt.htm#Complaints
In closing you wrote: "They say that they work with
"product development" companies. This leads me
to believe that that is what they are."
*** It would appear you are correct for they are the
product development company who seemingly has spread its
wings down south and morphed into becoming a
manufacturing entity too. Umm?!?!
In closing, if I incorrectly omitted or included anything
let me know. My research skills are open to criticism and
correction - as always.
SAS Group, Inc 101 Market
Street, Suite 416 Post Office Box 121191 San Diego, CA
101 Market St #416
San Diego, CA 92101
Mr Josh Miles, Executive Vice President (he signs
letters under IP&R's IIG name too).
This company is not a member
Type-of-Business Classification: Manufacturers
Nature of Business:
This company offers sporting goods and accessories
Email received 11-16-04
from an inventor with a recently issued patent:
Thought you would find
Started receiving information from "Torq Tuff"
(www.torqtuf.com) with a
return address of 101 market street, suite 416, PO Box
121191 San Diego CA,
92112-1191. This letter was from "Jessie
Topper". Doing some research on
your website indicated they were affiliated with IP&R.
Doing some further
digging on the internet led to this;
Seems Jessie is also interviewing for marketing
internships for the company.
Maybe she was recently demoted, in my letter she is the
"new product search
coordinator". In the internship overview she
is the "director of product
Email received from
inventor March 04, 2005
wanted to thank you for the information on your web site.
Yesterday I spoke with a
Scott McFadin at IP&R, after being referred to them
from Jesse Topper who was representing Torq Tuf.
I thought it was
interesting that Jesse Topper said IP&R is her
competitor, but she was going to be speaking to them the
afternoon I called her back.
She even forwarded the
information I provided to her to IP&R, her competitor?
All the events are identical to the scenario presented on
your web site.
A red flag went up when Scott said that if I did not get
prototypes immediately he would miss the trade show in
mid April and would not be interested.
Employees Of IP&R Or Affiliated Companies
InventorEd feels that
based on the above criteria and the information we have
at this time on Inventors Publishing and Research &
the multitude of affiliated or related companies is that
aspiring inventors should exercise even more caution then
normal when evaluating whether or not they should retain
USPTO Published Complaints
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List at http://www.InventorEd.org/flaglist/ .
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