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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ronald J Riley" <Ron@InvEd.org>
To: ""S. Barbarich - IP&R"" <sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com>
Cc: "Bob Lougher UIA USA" <Iagbob@aol.com>; "Steven W. Balster (FTC)" <SBALSTER@ftc.gov>; "John.Calvert USPTO" <john.calvert@uspto.gov>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:56 PM
Subject: IP&R, your call today, 5-15-03

Mr. Barbarich,

I am writing in regards to your call today (slightly before 1 PM EST).  You
demanded that your company's name be removed from the caution list or that I
substantiate why it is on the list.  I requested that you put your concerns
in writing, and for that reason I am sending this communication, thereby
ensuring that your call is documented.

Please note that the web page which you called about has an error of fact
link.  We need all such requests to be in written form, and for that reason
I ask that future communications be in written form.  They must clearly
detail where there is an error of fact, as opposed to making sweeping and
vague claims or demands.

I am sure that as a business person that you understand the need for anyone
who is purchasing product or service to exercise caution when selecting
product or services.  When companies lack a track record more caution is
generally in order when they are new and unproven as is the case with IP&R.
Novice inventor-entrepreneurs are especially vulnerable, and by their very
nature should exercise more caution then what may be necessary for a more
experienced business person.

When there are dissatisfied clients as is the case with IP&R it behooves
people considering the service provider to exercise more caution then would
otherwise be the case.  So aside from the fact that IP&R has been in
business for a fairly short period of time there, is the issue that you have
dissatisfied clients.

Since you are demanding that InventorEd invest time in reviewing the facts
surrounding complaints about your organization I must ask you to comply with
the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, that you disclose the total
number of clients you have served, and the number of those clients who have
made more money then they paid Inventors Publishing and Research.

In addition, it would help InventorEd to review your request if you were to
provide at least a dozen references of inventors whom you have successfully
marketed their inventions, the patent numbers which were licensed, contact
information for both the inventor and the licensee, so that we may verify
your successes.

As it stands, all we have on file for IP&R is your early communication which
is appended below, and complaints about your company.  You will note my
response to your communication is also appended below.  In spite of the fact
that we requested additional information, you never responded.

To help you disseminate your point of view on the issue at hand you should
note that I have copied other organizations and governmental agencies so
that we will all be fully informed about Inventors Publishing and Research.

== Some Advice ==

I know many successful invention promoters.  They never advertise, for word
of mouth brings them more business then they can handle.  They do not have
hordes of dissatisfied clients, because they are contingency based.  They
only make money when their clients make money.  They all focus on narrow
markets, and they develop significant expertise and contacts within their
chosen industry.  This is why they are successful and why they do not have
former clients complaining to advocacy organizations and the authorities.

As I see the problem, IP&R is facing a public relations disaster because the
business model takes large amounts of up front money from inventors but only
delivers results in a fairly small percentage of the cases.

The solution is for IP&R to canvas all past clients and offer full refunds
to those who are not completely satisfied.  This is the only thing which
will defuse the ill will created by IP&R's failures.

In addition, I suggest that Inventors Publishing and Research should follow
the tried and true business model of working on a contingency basis.

Perhaps most important is that you not run around threatening inventor
advocacy organizations.  In general it is never good to start any
relationship in the manner you did ours.  You will find that if you work on
a contingency basis and you achieve success for enough inventors that
organizations like InventorEd will welcome you with open arms.

== Listing Criteria For The Caution List==

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).


Ronald J. Riley
1323 West Cook Road
Grand Blanc, MI  48439
(810) 655-8830, Fax (810) 655-8832
Personal Email: Ron@rjriley.com

President, Professional Inventors Alliance
www.PIAUSA.org

Advisory Board President,
Alliance for American Innovation, Inc., Wash, DC

Founder of InventorEd, Inc.
www.InventorEd.org
Ron@InventorEd.org

Personal page:
www.rjriley.com/about-rjriley/
Views expressed are my own.

== IP&R's first communication ==

----- Original Message -----
From: "S. Barbarich - IP&R" <sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com>
To: <IP_Professionals@inventorspublishing.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 11:42 PM
Subject: Ad swap opportunity, Reply requested


As you may know, I have published a book called "How to Make Big Money from
Your Inventions and Patents".  The book is set to be finalized and in print
within 2 weeks by Adams Books.  It will go into all major book stores and
they expect it to sell 50,000 copies per year.  Inventors, patent attorneys,
scientists, and the like will be purchasing this book.

I have a one-page acknowledgement page where I am giving credit to those in
the industry that I feel are trustworthy and have good reputations.  I know
you are a "straight arrow" that can help inventors, so do you want to be on
the acknowledgement page?

Can you trade us this advertising space in our publication with a banner ad
on your front page?   Please let us know ASAP, I need to finalize the
acknowledgements for my book page by this Saturday (5/20/00).

-Steven Barbarich
CEO, Inventors Publishing and Research LLC
sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com


== Riley Reply ==

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ronald J Riley" <rjriley@rjriley.com>
To: "S. Barbarich - IP&R" <sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com>
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2000 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: Ad swap opportunity, Reply requested


I maintain near a dozen web sites and I have received more than one copy of
this request.  I assume you are talking about www.InventorEd.org.  This web
site has no commercial advertising on it.  I do review books if they are
submitted and list them on a web page with either a link to the author's web
site or if they do not have one a link to Amazon.  You are welcome to submit
the book for review.

You are most certainly welcome to list www.InventorEd.org in your book.
Many others have listed it.  For your information, as a matter of law you
can list links to any web site in a book without permission of the site
owner.

Have a good day,

Ronald J. Riley
1323 West Cook Road
Grand Blanc, MI  48439
(810) 655-8830, Fax (810) 655-8832
Personal Email: rjriley@rjriley.com

President, Professional Inventors Alliance
http://www.PIUAUSA.org
Advisory Board President,
Alliance for American Innovation, Inc., Wash, DC
(202) 546-8700

Founder of InventorEd, Inc.
www.InventorEd.org
rjriley@InventorEd.org

Personal page:
http://www.rjriley.com/about-rjriley/
Views expressed are my own.


----- Original Message -----
From: "S. Barbarich - IP&R" <sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com>
To: <IP_Professionals@inventorspublishing.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 11:42 PM
Subject: Ad swap opportunity, Reply requested


As you may know, I have published a book called "How to Make Big Money from
Your Inventions and Patents".  The book is set to be finalized and in print
within 2 weeks by Adams Books.  It will go into all major book stores and
they expect it to sell 50,000 copies per year.  Inventors, patent attorneys,
scientists, and the like will be purchasing this book.

I have a one-page acknowledgement page where I am giving credit to those in
the industry that I feel are trustworthy and have good reputations.  I know
you are a "straight arrow" that can help inventors, so do you want to be on
the acknowledgement page?

Can you trade us this advertising space in our publication with a banner ad
on your front page?   Please let us know ASAP, I need to finalize the
acknowledgements for my book page by this Saturday (5/20/00).

-Steven Barbarich
CEO, Inventors Publishing and Research LLC
sbarbarich@inventorspublishing.com

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Another information source is: Invention Marketing Companies .

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