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Special Page for: Steven Barbarich...

...who has been associated with a multitude of
 invention promotion companies.

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IP&R  Bully Letter By Anthony R. Flores, Esq.

BEWARE: IP&R List of Affiliated Companies Continues to Grow

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International Innovation Group (IIG)
IIG was the first and main holding company.

aka: Inventors Publishing & Research

aka: Crescendo Manufacturing in San Diego, CA.

aka: Crescendo-Manufacturing   

aka: Crescendo-Scientific

aka: Inventors Legal Services

aka: Science & Technology, LLC (S&T) 

aka: Science & Technology Headquarters

aka: Absolutely New

aka: Absolutely New Holdings, Inc.

aka: Amazing Innovations

aka: DSD International Inc.

aka. CO Innovation Group (using the Market Street address)

aka. Better Things / Co Innovation Group (888-337-0631)

aka. Drive Medical

aka. K9 Kribs

aka. SAS Group, Inc.

aka: Intellectual Licensing Group (ILG) (Details)

aka: IP&R Health & Beauty Licensing Division

aka: GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC

aka: IDEA

aka: Patent Attorney Network www.patentattorneynetwork.com BEWARE

 

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.

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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 mentioned companies.

IZ MEDIA, INC.
Tom Murphy
909 Page St #14
San Francisco, VA 94117
415-863-2234

Aerobie, Inc
(Formerly Superflight, Inc.)
744 San Antonio Rd., Ste. 15
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-3050, fax: (650) 493-7050
aerobie@aerobie.com

Gem Sports Corporation (in Pakistan)
Sheikh Rizwan Waheed, Marketing Director  
Address: 72-74B,Industrial Estate  
City:
Sialkot  
Phone:
256249, 255193, FAX: 552904, 554655  
Email:
gem@gemsports.com

Heininger Holdings, LLC, San Diego, CA.
2222 Queen St.
Bellingham, WA 98229-4753
Toll Free: 1.888.722.5240
Offices: 360.756.2411
Fax: 360.756.2414
Sales -
sales@heininger.biz
Product Ideas -
ideas@heininger.biz
Marketing -
marketing@heininger.biz
Support -
support@heininger.biz

Maverick Industries, Inc.
Edward Mackin - President
Tel: (732) 417-9666
emackin@maverickhousewares.com

MCR Corporation New Material Graphic
Mr. Kevin Schluck
15903 Lincoln Street N.E.
Ham Lake, MN 55304
763-413-2755

Moore Push Pin Company
1300 East Mermaid Lane
Wyndmoor,  PA 19038
Phone: (215) 233-5700
Fax: (215) 233-0660
sales@push-pin.com

TST Water, LLC.
2535 Jason Court
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760)630-4318 tel
(760)860-9959 fax
info@tstwater.com

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Professional 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 mission statement.

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.

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IP&R Owner Steve Barbarich Writes InventorEd 11-27-03

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 enforcement authorities.

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 "caution" list.

Editorial Note: In a letter dated 11-27-03 Mr. Barbarich denies making the above referenced call.

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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 industry.

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 Subject: IP&R
"Last (Month removed to protect source) I hired this firm to market my patent"   "$10,000 dollars gone."

" 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 help!"

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 gets results.

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 payment. They
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 documentation which
I forwarded to my client.  ATTABOY!

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IP&R Owner Steve Barbarich Writes InventorEd

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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

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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 markets.

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 fronts.

5) Lack of association with known good players in the business.

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 be verifiable!!

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.

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11-27-2003 Mr. Barbarich writes:

I am the founder of IP&R

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Subj: Crescendo Manufacturing                                                             NEW
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.
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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 Diego.

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 and Scientific.

Top of the tree: www.crescendo-manufacturing.com
Whois Registrant:
Crescendo Mfg.
3257 Quail Hollow Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94533
US
Administrative Contact:
Johnson, Benjamin - bensbox2002@yahoo.com
3257 Quail Hollow Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94533
US
415-863-2233
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 Manager

Trunk of the tree:

www.crescendo-scientific.com
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

Administrative Contact:
Barbarich, Steve  steve@izmedia.com
101 Market Street,#416
San Diego, ca 92101
US
415-551-3540
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:

http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/corpdata/ShowLpllcAllList?QueryLpllcNumber=200309210121

LP/LLC
IIG INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION GROUP, LLC
Number: 200309210121 Date Filed: 2/14/2003 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
101 MARKET ST STE 416
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
Agent for Service of Process
JOSH MILES
101 MARKET ST STE 416
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101


Note the address in all three locations is one of the following:
101 MARKET ST STE 416
SAN DIEGO, CA 92101

OR:

110 C. Street, Suite 910
San Diego, CA 92101

Science+Technology Targets Inventors and Universities

Scott Taper
Director of Licensing
Science+Technology Corp., LLC
60 Spear Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, Ca 94105

EVIDENCE OF "GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC" CORPORATE REGISTRATION
 
EVIDENCE OF "GLOBAL 1 GROUP, INC" DOMAIN REGISTRATION:

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 92112-1191

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www.goldengatebbb.org/commonreport.html?bid=13928

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www.sandiego.bbb.org/commonreport.html?bureau=sandiego&compid=24000211&code=

Crescendo Manufacturing
101 Market St #416
San Diego, CA 92101


Principal:                        Mr Josh Miles, Executive Vice President (he signs letters under IP&R's IIG name too).
Phone Number:              (888) 337-0631
BBB Membership:              This company is not a member
Type-of-Business Classification: Manufacturers & Producers
Nature of Business:             This company offers sporting goods and accessories
 

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Email received 11-16-04 from an inventor with a recently issued patent:

Thought you would find this interesting;

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;

http://wetfeet.internshipprograms.com/InternshipDetail.asp?InternshipID=23439

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
development".

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Email received from inventor March 04, 2005

Just 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.

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Employees Of IP&R Or Affiliated Companies

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Conclusion

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 IP&R.

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USPTO Published Complaints

Read the Caution Flags List at http://www.InventorEd.org/flaglist/ .

Another information source is: Invention Marketing Companies .

National Congress of Inventor Organizations (NCIO)

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Wallet with money flying away

$10,000 to $20,000 Wasted money

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