Q5: An invention promotion company took my money and gave me nothing.
I am the victim of an inventor fraud. Where to go?
A: Inventor fraud is a big problem. Pretty much any company that has a
big advertising campaign on national TV,
radio, in consumer magazines or in other major media should be viewed with
great skepticism; the funding for the
media buying is coming from someplace, often from victims pockets. Do not
be conned. Do not pay large upfront fees.
Be wary of sweet talking salespeople. Be wary of offers to develop and
evaluate your product in secret. Confidential
agreements are gladly signed by scam marketing companies as they have no
intention of telling anyone about (or
actually marketing) the invention anyway!
Here are a few watchdog groups, contacts and additional resources:
.....please also see our articles
page which has more info on the scams.
NIFC -National Inventor Fraud
Center. Aggressive! :o) Operated by attorney Michael Neustel.
UIA-USA -United Inventors Association.
IAC -Inventors Awareness Center
USPTO -Newly created Independent
-Federal Trade Commission. Sponsor of "Operation Mousetrap."
Caution List -By Ronald J.
The above is general marketing information. The
above is absolutely NOT intended as legal advice; please consult your attorney
for all legal matters.
us your FAQs. Please also see TheHook's books
page which has some more helpful material. Our policy
page can clear up more questions.
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