For ALL People Who Have Been Scammed
Regardless of what country you are in.
2) Call the National Fraud Center 1-800-876-7060 or use their Online Incident Report Form to automatically send your complaint to the FTC, DOJ, and the appropriate state attorney generals.
3) File a complaint about the patent attorney or agent with the office of Enrollment & Discipline of the USPTO at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/gcounsel/oed.htm .
4) See "How do I register a complaint against an invention promotion firm with the USPTO?" and also fill out the form at http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/2048.pdf .
5) File a complaint with the state Attorney General of your state and also in the state where the invention promoter does business. See: National Association of Attorney Generals
6) Take your story to local media. Generally media need a local "hook" to do a story. You are the "hook". Go to newspapers, TV, radio news and talk shows. By doing so you save others from the same fate, and media exposure often will drive the promoter to refund your money in order to stop you from continuing to drive additional stories about the promoter. Often a story will bring other victims forward. To identify media in your area see www.InventorEd.org/news.
If you are in Canada
Call the Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre at (519) 885-5870. Their web site: http://www.innovationcentre.ca/ File complaints with the appropriate Canadian authorities ! ! ! They can advise you about how and where to file those complaints Don't forget to file the complaints as detailed in items 1-5 above. YES, it is worth the trouble to file with American authorities!
New resource for Canadian inventors: Where Canadians can go to complain about invention promotion companies.
Contact: Competition Bureau (Canada)
Write a letter to:
1.Your provincial MLA
Send a letter telling your story about your dealings with these companies. You can send the same letter to all the government members. Call Phonebusters to file a complaint. 1-888-495-8501
Special recognition for their efforts to help fellow Canadians goes to:
Sources of Information
If You Are In The United States
FTC's consumer information center
And Regardless Of Where You Are Located
Join Our State By State Campaign To Stop Fraud
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
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