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STOP Patent Scams,
  Traps, and Mishaps  
Often by intentionally misrepresenting that there is a "Provisional Patent," and by exaggerating and contriving benefits as well as omitting or trivializing limitations of the Provisional Application. Be cautious.
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Scam Examples

Scam Examples
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Listed below are examples of scams and traps.  As mentioned before they go hand in hand, with the scam being more the first stage and the trap the second stage of the scheme.  You can find these any day when doing an online patent search.  Keep two things in mind.  (1) often these are attractive because of their low costs, fast filing, and “patent pending” “guarantee.”  It is not so much about how much is paid, but what quality results.  (2) Usually the examples concern “Provisional Patent” Applications.  Be mindful that patent law authorizes the provisional application and when completed properly can be a useful strategic tool.  The unfortunate they are rarely used correctly and are now large used as a marketing gimmick with little to no protective value.
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EXAMPLE ONE
First Scam Indication – Only discusses low cost “Provisional Patent” Applications and would rather just license the invention.
Scammer – An invention marketing company, less interested in patenting, and more interested in quickly disclosing the invention to the market to see if there is any interest.
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The Scam
Only A Low Cost $65 DIY “Provisional Patent” Application Is Offered
  • Apathetic about filing a patent only if you twist his arm, because he would just rather have the rights to disclose and market your technology.
  • Do-It-Yourself – Filing a Provisional on your own at the USPTO as a micro-entity costs just $65. If you want to do this on your own we suggest you buy Patent It Yourself as a guide.
  • Provisional Filing with Consultation, Review and Drawings @ $525 (including filing fee and drawings – cost may be higher for complex patents). 
Reality
In some ways I like this company, their frankness, attempts at an honest discussion, etc., but:  
♦ Scam – Their “go to market” without a patent or even just a weak Provisional “Patent” Application is concerning and  more aligned with the interests of the invention marketing firm than the best interests of the inventor and the invention.  They really just want to see if they can get a quick hit.  
♦ Scam – “Go to market” with out a patent or even a weak “Provisional Patent” Application.  A fair enough perspective, but what is going to have the socially recognized clout, the leverage, a system of recourse if needed to protect your ownership, to define what was invented, to create a asset vehicle as a form of exchange, etc.  When you are a “little guy” talking to a “big guy”, in this era of “I will just use it and if you do not like it then sue me” you need a vehicle that in and of itself has stopping power.  That is not an improper Provisional “Patent” Application, or a non-disclosure agreement, a confidentiality agreement, a heads of agreement and contract, etc.
♦ Scam – Any provisional patent will do.  You are on your own, do-it-yourself patent for $65.  It is true, but he knows it is not practical and wise but often the discussion will touch on this truth and then veer away to other more priority themes.   It is later stated:
♦ “There are many pitfalls in patent filings and professional help and consultation is recommended if you can afford it.”  He also states
♦ “There is a big difference between ‘a patent’ and ‘a good patent’.”
♦ “Pending patents cannot be enforced but most professional inventors (and Invention City) believe that a well-written Provisional filing provides adequate coverage for presenting an invention to prospective licensees.”
♦ Scam – Disclosing an invention to a group with a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement does not necessarily mean the invention has not been publicly disclosed and the invention has lost its patentability.  You need to know the law on disclosure before discussing an invention prior to filing a Non-Provisional Patent.
♦ Trap – There is no trap with this group.  They only have a few month interest in you and your technology.  If they cannot get market interest in a few presentations then they move on and leave you to pick up the pieces.  What pieces?  That you have disclosed your invention, that it may have limited or no patentability value, there was less than air-tight agreements and a business will use your invention without a license, etc.  This group is not setting a trap, they want you to go away and it does not matter if the Provisional “Patent” Application expires without a Non-Provisional filing to preserve the priority date and patentability of the invention.  
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EXAMPLE TWO
First Scam Indication – Low fee and sole emphasis on Provisional “Patent” Applications and minimal discussion of benefits or limitations.
Scammer – A business and likely largest patent filer in the United States.
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The Scam
“$199 + Government Fee” “Provisional Application For Patent”
“A provisional application for patent establishes your priority filing date with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and lets you immediately start labeling your invention ‘patent pending’.”
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With a Provisional Application for Patent, you get:
Completion of provisional application for patent
Digitizing and color adjustment of your technical drawings
Professional review (optional), which includes drafting one independent claim, and more
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Reality
♦ Scam – Of course the application needs to be completed and of course it sets a priority, but will there be any substance to meaningfully leverage that priority.
♦ Scam – Drawings are only black and white, rarely gray or colored.  The claim for color adjusting and digitizing is deceptive and of little value.
 Scam – Additional cost “optional” professional review and one claim support is used to add value to the lower original pricing.  In total, all of the services and offering add to an inadequate service and concern even at the lowest definition.
♦ Trap – There is no trap as this firm has no expectation of having the inventor come back for the Non-Provisional Patent Application.  This is concerning and unfortunately as this site make only two references to a Non-Provisional Patent Application.  The message sent is that the initial service is sufficient.  As large and sophisticated as this organization is the lack of discussion about the limitations of the “Provisional Patent” Application and the need for a Non-Provisional Patent Application will place most of the many inventors that use this service on a path that will jeopardize their invention and associated opportunities.
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EXAMPLE THREE
First Scam Indication – The impractically low fee for a Non-Provisional Patent, the few pages, especially the limit on claims, … suggests an inadequate patent, or a scam to the unknowing.
Scammer – A patent attorney just running low cost patents for volume work.
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The Scam
“A full U.S. nonprovisional utility patent application for only $1995. Buy now!”
“This payment includes a phone consultation of up to thirty (30) minutes and preparation and electronic submission of a U.S. nonprovisional patent application up to five (5) pages of written description, up to three (3) professional drawings, and up to ten (10) claims…”  “The invention must be sufficiently simple that it can be fully described in five pages or fewer and claimed in ten claims or fewer.” 
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Reality
Is your invention that is unique enough to be patent best served by a one-size fits all process.  Does your round invention peg fit into a square hole.  There could be some truth to the above offer, but not likely for most who use it.  
♦ Scam – 5 double spaced pages is less than a 2 patent pages to adequately cover: Background of the Invention, Brief Summary of the Invention, Brief Description of the the Drawings, Detailed Description of the Invention, and Abstract.  The likelihood that all inventions submitted to this process are “sufficiently simple” to be adequately protected by this service is not likely.  Look at the average trends in patents.  Given all the patents granted from paperclips to computer chips, the average patent requires 7000 words (14 pages) and 17 claims.  You do not want to scrimp on the description, but want to fully describe the invention from maximum contingency protection.  Also know that the USPTO allows up to 20 claims without additional charge.  A good patent would use nearly all of them.  Why, to claim the invention from different angles to protect against different infringement threats.  One claim does not protect against all possibilities.  If you are seeking a certificate to hang on the wall then this could be a great service.  If you intend to go to market and you want a patent that convinces would be infringers that it is not worth cheating, then this is looks more like a scam.
♦ Trap – There is not trap in this case, because there is not need to go back to an attorney and file a real patent, as the product was the traditional non-provisional patent..
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Could A Scam Occur, It Depends!
Many other examples could follow and other examples are listed elsewhere.  Remember there is nothing wrong with any of the above services and there may be no scam, if a patent application,”patent pending” status, or patent of “useless” or questionable protective strength is suitable.  In all sincerity, it depends upon your purpose and business strategy.  Maybe you just want to go to market with a “patent pending” status and harvest the low hanging fruit, but you have no intention on defending your invention.  On the other hand if you plan on defending, licensing, or selling your invention then ensuring more protective patent rights is imperative.  Fortress PATENTS / IP or other patent preparers held to trusted legal ethical standards, rather than marketer situational standard, can help with any personal and business patent and intellectual property strategy.

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