..... F. T. C. .. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Alert!
The Inventors Association of St. Louis (IASL) will alert you to the scams that await the un-informed inventor and will try to keep you from losing your hard-earned money.
-- "Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." -- Dale Carnegie|
-- "Invention Commercialization Process; Marketing an Invention" --
-- "Financial fraud, credit and debt issues top list of consumer complaints to Attorney General's Office in 2007" --
-- "Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft" --
-- --> SPOTTING SWEET-SOUNDING PROMISES OF FRAUDULENT INVENTION PROMOTION FIRMS:
--> --> "The Federal Trade Commission has found that many invention promotion firms claim-falsely - that they can turn ideas into cash. But, the agency says, 'Smart inventors can learn to spot the sweet-sounding promises of a fraudulent promotion firm.' Here is how to follow up, if you hear the following lines.." --> --> FTC - Patents Inventors Resources and Information --> "Get-Rich Quick Schemes
-- --> INVENTION PROMOTION FIRMS:
--> --> "There's great satisfaction in developing a new product or service and in getting a patent. But, when it comes to determining market potential, inventors should proceed with caution as they try to avoid falling for the sweet-sounding promises of a fraudulent promotion firm. --> -->
-- --> USING PATENT OR INVENTION PROMOTION FIRMS:
--> "Advertisements for invention promotion firms are on television, radio and the Internet, and in newspapers and magazines. These ads target independent inventors with offers of free information or how to patent and market their inventions. Often, however, the information is about the promotor." -->
-- -- Thought of the day --
-- “Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong
direction.” ~ Kenichi Ohmae
--> You should have an innate fear of those unscrupulous Invention Development Companies, who, like poisonous snakes in the grass, can strike you. -- If ever bitten, telephone the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) @ 1-877-FTC-HELP -->
--> The Inventors Association of St. Louis (IASL) will alert you to the scams that await the un-informed inventor and will try to keep you from losing your hard-earned money.
-- "FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection" --
--> "Experts warn of online coupon scams - Security - MSNBC.com" --
--> "Don’t get taken by this adorable scam! - Netiquette - MSNBC.com" --
--> --> "Statutes Relating To Consumer Protection Mission"
Whenever Life Hands You a Possible Failure, Fall Back to a New Position.
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/disdo.html">-- When the Invention Submission Companies would sell their 'invention deal' to you, they would try to hook you with their offer of a patent Disclosure Document for $295.00. What a deal that was for you !! Yeah, you paid $295.00 and they paid $10.00.|
-- "How to Investigate and Evaluate a Resource" --
-- "Federal Bureau of Investigation -" --
-- FTC Consumer Article on Gift Cards
-- "Bad economy helps Web crooks recruit 'mules' - Security" --
-- "Federal Trade Commission - The Do Not Call Registry" --
-- "St Louis, MO: News Center - FAKE CHECKS --
-- --> Whenever Life Hands You a Possible Failure, Fall Back to a New Position. -- This Is Known as a "Plan-B."
-- --> Our March 22nd's Guest Speaker was your Director, Robert Scheinkman, who stepped in to fill the last minute gap. - He took over the speaker's position when the [*&@#!] scheduled Guest Speaker didn't show-up. -- This was our I.A.S.L's Plan-B -- (He did a fairly good job, if I say so myself ;-)
-- --> April 30th's Guest Speaker was Patent Attorney Charles McCloskey and Director, Robert Scheinkman, presenting a 20-minute video-tape from the USPTO explaining Jury Duty on a Federal Trial involving cases of conflict in Intellectual Property. Also, two video-tapes of 5-minute duration on specific inventions offered by those inventors. On one, an animated repeating scene on sun-glasses. Another, "Hunters Delight," a sling/holster for a hunter's rifle.
-- And finally, the Minnesota Inventors Congress provided a tape of their 3-Day Inventors Exhibition.
-- Inventors: The "Worlds Oldest Annual Invention Convention" convenes on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June each year since 1958.
The taper [candle] that you light at the Inventors Association of St. Louis will brighten your way.
-- -- America is a Great Nation. To its credit, its citizens have made it great. America is the land of opportunity where everyone can strive to make something better of themselves, and through Inventing, can lighten a burden, ease a hardship, make a pathway and travel the world - even to extend to distant worlds. This right has been granted to all of us - to everyone.|
-- -- The taper [candle] that you light at the IASL - the Inventors Association of St. Louis, will brighten your way. And by your spending quality time at your IASL Meeting, you will invent and dream of many good things; - for yourself - for fellow Americans - and for our Earth's Mankind. -- Robert Scheinkman
-- --> Telling others about this web-site.
-- This website of the IASL was prepared only for your considered information. By your reading it, you should become acknowledged to the fact that the Inventors Association of St. Louis (IASL) has absolved itself and is making no endorsement of the information that it has provided.
-- If the information contains any sort of offer that requires any obligation on your part, you must then personally evaluate the offer based upon your own needs, desires, and requirements. The Inventors Association of St. Louis (IASL) bears no responsibility for your actions nor for those of any vendor or service provider making an offer to you.
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-- "If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue." --
Sears, Roebuck, and Co., Consumer's Guide (1897)
--- --- Sell or License Patents via the Internet: --- ---
-- Yet2.com - a database of more than 2.5 billion in licensable technology.
-- NewIdeaTrade.com - invites companies, individuals, universities, and government agencies to promote, buy, sell and license new ideas and inventions, patents, copyrighted works, trademarks, and other intellectual property.
-- -- It's Best to Survey Your Marketplace "Market Reader Pro(TM) Product Testing and Online Survey Software"
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.."
-- "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strikes valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing greatly. So that his place shall never be with the so cald and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt, "The Man in the Arena"|
-- "Let us talk sense to the American people. Let us tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains." -- Adlai E. Stevenson, U.S. Vice President and Presidential Candidate
-- "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." -- Calvin Coolidge
-- "Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." -- Richard M. Nixon
-- "The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect." --
Robert Louis Stevenson
--> The ability to search for the truth. -->
-- "Airlines warn customers of infected ticket invoices"
-- "Hacking into emails" --
-- "The SOHO Daily News | Suspect ID Theft? What to Do Next" --
-- "boogle.com - google search engine with quotes" -- -- "Reallize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it." -- Anthony
J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
-- You have probably heard about the lawsuit over a spilled cup of coffee. However, there are many other silly lawsuits involving products that have received far less attention.
-- A prescription of sleeping pills says,
"Warning: May cause drowsiness"
-- A container of underarm deodorant says, "Caution: Do not spray in eyes"
-- A cartridge for a laser printer warns: "Do not eat toner"
-- A cardboard car sunshield that keeps sun off the dashboard
warns: "Do not drive with sunshield in place"
-- A Bathroom Heater says: "This product is not to be used in bathrooms"
-- A can of self-defense pepper spray warns users: "May irritate eyes"
-- A popular manufactured fireplace log warns: "Caution - Risk of Fire"
-- A box of birthday cake candles says: "DO NOT use soft wax as ear plugs or for any other function that involves in-sertion into a body cavity."
-- "You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public." -- Scott Adams, The Dilbert Future
"There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out."
--> An excellent verification of what we have been telling you about those unscrupulous dealings with Invention Developers can be found within: --> Brown & Michaels - "Invention Marketing Companies: Are they for real?" -- --> "USPTO Launches Media Campaign to Counter Patent Scam Artists"|
-- "State, Federal Law Enforcers Launch Sting on Business Opportunity, Work-at-Home Scams" --
-- Scam? -- Spam? - "I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." -- Mark Twain
-- -- "E-mail fraudsters pose as UK bankers"
-- -- "Do-Not-Spam List Not Feasible at This Time: FTC" -- --> Telephone Contacting is a Sales Tool. -- --> "Electronic Marketing"
-- "Court Halts Bogus Invention Promotion Claims (19APR2006)" --
-- "There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out." --
A Missouri farmer passed away and left 17 mules to his three sons. The
instructions left in the will said that the oldest boy was to get
one-half, the second oldest one-third, and the youngest one-ninth. The
three sons, recognizing the difficulty of dividing 17 mules into these
fractions, began to argue.
Their uncle heard about the argument, hitched up his mule and drove
out to settle the matter. He added his mule to the 17, making 18. The
oldest therefore got one-half, or nine, the second oldest got
one-third, or six, and the youngest son got one-ninth, or two. Adding
up 9, 6 and 2 equals 17. The uncle, having settled the argument,
hitched up his mule and drove home.
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The object of this missive to let our friends in the Senate understand what the RULES MEAN and what MEAN RULES THEY ARE!
Let’s Play the Patent Legislation Card game
By Albert Onestone
Here are the Rules of the Game that H.R.1908 newly passed- through Congress, and is in process as S.1145 in the Senate. The object of this missive to let our friends in the Senate understand what the RULES MEAN and what MEAN RULES THEY ARE!.
Rule 1 First person who races to the patent office and brings a patent or alleged patent application to the USPTO – gets priority on obtaining the patent – even if he/she is NOT the original inventor as defined in the U.S. Constitution and even IF the patent is “premature” and faulty and perhaps NOT the same as it is purported to be. Because no one will know for sure for YEARS!
Rule 2 ALL patent applications filed in America will be subject to MANDATORY publishing on the Internet for all the world to see, copy, steal if they so desire. And why wouldn’t they desire to snatch a totally unprotected patent when they can -- if it is superior to what they might have been working on or “thinking about” or desiring – or NEED?
Rule 3 H.R.1908/S1145 has INVENTED a new kind of card game tentatively called “PAT APP POKER.” It’s Subtitle is “One against Six Billion” -- where ALL American Patent Applications are LAID OUT ON THE TABLE AND THE INTERNET -- FACE UP so that they can be vetted as in Rule 2. But BEYOND that – they can be used to ENHANCE the cards of all the other players on the table around the world.
Now here’s the part that makes the game so exciting -- we have no way of seeing or knowing or becoming aware of WHICH of Earth’s SIX BILLION INHABITANTS, in China or elsewhere, are able to LOOK, during the YEARS that these Applications are EXPOSED AND UNPROTECTED. And not only can ALL of the other players SEE ALL the cards – BUT they are able to “BORROW,” without recompense, THE CONTENTS OF ANY OR ALL OF THE CARDS FOR THEIR OWN USE – UNTIL – AND UNLESS, A PATENT MIGHT FINALLY, ISSUE SOME YEARS LATER. Of course – this means that “TAKERS” -- anyone in the world, anywhere in the world – will have had time to COPY, OPPOSE, SUPERSEDE, SURPASS, DEVELOP AND OSOLETE THE AMERICAN PATENT APPLICATION BEFORE IT CAN ISSUE AND BEFORE IT CAN PROTECT THE ORIGINAL INVENTION AND INVENTOR – OR AMERICA!
Rule 4 The “BEST MODE” requirement that has been part of our patent system for Decades if not Centuries – is herewith eliminated. Now THIS seems to be contrary to Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 8 of the American Constitution which states –“Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for LIMITED TIMES the EXCLUSIVE right for writers and Inventors of their respective writings and discoveries.”
The DEAL between the Patent Office, representing America – and the Inventor – is that When and IF he/she discloses his/her invention – it will be protected and kept SECRET by the United States Patent Office UNTIL the time a Patent issues. Then, IFa Patent Issues, it will be published so at to provide TEACHINGS to American (then) and the world (NOW) so as to enhance and promote FURTHER inventions for those skilled in the art but who did NOT produce these inventions. And – up ‘til this “clever” legislation – if it does NOT issue – it is NOT published and may remain a trade secret or permit an improved patent application to be created. To Quote Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Invention Breeds Invention” and to quote myself, thanks to Mr. Emerson – Patents TEACH how to produce MORE and BETTER patents.
NOT teaching the Best Mode – is CHEATING on the deal with America. And THIS is a part of Senate Bill S.1145 as it was of the recently passed Congressional Bill H.R.1908. CHEATING America IS one of the unstated PURPOSES of this legislation.
Rule 5 Never give a sucker (new alias for Inventor) an even break. Do NOT allow VENUE PICKING! Stick it to the Plaintiff inventor by forcing the use of the courts – preferably in the Infringers HOME TURF. It must be fair because Microsoft would be willing to have the juries come from local Redmond or other close localities in Washington State. Needless to say the jurors, who might have relatives working at Microsoft, would CERTAINLY WORK HARD TO BE FAIR AND OBJECTIVE. Sure they would!!!
Rule 6 Willful Infringement clause – will willfully weaken or will it to death. Make it REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT to prove Willful Infringement, which could cause a tripling of the award against proven infringers. Infringers LOVE this one.
You’ll find in the patent literature and on the patent blogs, that many Corporate Patent Lawyers tell ther engineers that they SHOULD NOT LOOK AT PATENTS RELATED TO THEIR PROJECTS FOR FEAR THEY MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING AND BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES FOR WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT (another word for THEFT)! I am NOT making this up. When I asked some of the lawyers that I WOULD NEVER USE, what they thought of this – they would tell me that IF the engineer could SWEAR that he had Never Seen anything like it before he did it all by his little lonesome – the company would be spared the Willful Infringement penalty. Ok – I’m NOT a lawyer though I have worked with and hired HUNDREDS of them, some great, some good and some I’d rather forget about – BUT – NOT ONE OF THEM HAS EVER SUGGESTED SOMETHING AS STUPID AS THAT TO ME. NEVER! Whatever happened to “Ignorance of the law is no excuse?”
The PURPOSE of the American Patent System – is to TEACH and from Teaching to educate, illustrate, illuminate and provide the bricks and mortar to build ever better and higher concepts and inventions. Our patents are and were meant to be the rich, fertile soil that nurtures and encourages the growth of better and stronger products than those that grew before them.
When the old patent office in Crystal City existed – I would often work my way though the “shoes” (the boxes that held patents in each category) and by so doing would form exciting insights and improvement to the inventions I was working on and researching. “Invention Breeds Invention” as Patents Beget Patents. Now with the instantaneous ease of internet searching. I can not imagine any excuse NOT to know what patents are “out there.” One might, by finding them – REALLY create a superior improvement or alternative to what currently exists. To avoid researching is a frivolous act of FOOLISHNESS and SHOULD well be admonished, if not punished. And it SHOULD NOT be excused in legislation.
Finished the RANT now and breathing deeply.