Beware of Invention Promotion Scams!
Don’t be a victim! Thousands of inventors are targeted each year by unscrupulous invention promotion, marketing, and licensing firms. Some of these companies advertise widely on television, radio, and in magazines. Their promises of riches sound too good to be true, and they probably are! Be an informed consumer about these services. Here are some places to learn the questions you should ask:
- Are You The Target? (PDF)- a brochure from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Find listings of companies that have had complaints registered against them:
The USPTO public forum for invention promoters/promotion firm complaints and responses – While the USPTO does not investigate complaints or participate in any legal proceedings against invention promoters/promotion firms, under the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (PDF) the USPTO will provide a public forum for the publication of complaints concerning invention promoters/promotion firms. Also in the forum, the USPTO will publish responses to the complaints from the invention promoters/promotion firms.
To see if a company has been investigated and/or fined by the Federal Trade Commission visit http://search.ftc.gov.”