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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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Trap Examples

Trap Examples
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Scam With Trap  Examples
Image - Trap - Many JawsListed 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 Indicator – Too Much Provisional “Patent” Application Focus.
Scammer – Patent solicitation firm for a law firm, multiple law firms, or business with attorney employees
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The Scam, then the Trap
“The More You Do, The More You Save”
  1. Attorney Guidance ($399) – More than a mere template. We guide you in drafting a Provisional Patent, then we formalize and file.
  2. Attorney Optimization ($599) – We guide you in drafting a Provisional Patent, then we optimize your work, formalize and file.
  3. Attorney Drafting ($899) – Leave it all to us. You’ll get a professionally drafted and filed Provisional “Patent” application.
Reality
Stop!  Step back!  Think!  What is their motive.
♦ Scam – This sound pretty good and looks pretty good, but consider:
Still a Provisional – It is still a provisional “patent” below the standards of full disclosure and sill giving false sense of coverage and protection.
What Quality – The pricing still suggests less than full capable legal representation at $399, $599, and even $899.  These all represent 30 minutes, 2 hours, and 4 hours of patent preparer time.  Can you do a Prior Art Search; create five or six legal Drawings; then read, edit, or write a Background of the Invention, Summary of the Invention, Prior Art Summary, Brief Description of the Drawings, Detailed Description of the Invention, Deal with Legal Claims, assemble assundary documents, log into the secure USPTO filing system, and file the application in 4 hours and expect it to adequately represent and protect your invention? 
Attorney By Lottery – You are applying and then being assigned an attorney from somewhere, who you have not previously spoken to or gained some rapport with, and will be cycled back around to this or other attorney not knowing their real patent preparation costs.
♦ Scam – The give-away as to the scam and trap business model is by the disproportionate focus on provisional “patent” applications.
– 39 frequently asked questions.
– 181 references to provisional “patent” applications.
– 332 times more references to provisional “patent” application than to non-provisional patents.
♦ Trap – You will have to go back for the real non-provisional patent and pay the real law firm that you currently know nothing about for the the preparation.
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EXAMPLE TWO
First Scam Indicator – Too Low Fees For Provisional “Patent” Application.
Scammer – Believe it or not, a reputable well known patent attorney soliciting patents for a partner law firm.  Read his own statement below.  
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The Scam, then the Trap
“The Invent + Patent System.”  “$99 plus filing fee”
“Patent filing made easy. Do it yourself and save. No software to download. Have a Patent Pending today.”
“The Invent + Patent System™ can be used to create a provisional invention patent application that can be filed by the inventor at the United States Patent Office.”
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Inventor Comment On The Same Webpage Affirming The Scam (Ironically on the same webpage listing the scam).
I will warn do-it-your-seflers.  I had to learn the hard way and lost rights that cost me a decent living worth of money… Thereafter, I learned that even though I feel more comfortable with managing my cases through the PTO, I do it with a team of patent attorneys I pay to consult every move. Find a way to save the money you need, use your taxes! take out a loan… DO NOT patent without professional assistance.
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Attorney Offering the $99 Service and Comment About Poor Provisional Patents –  When a provisional patent application is done poorly you not only don’t get any benefit, the filing potentially demonstrates that as of that moment you were not in possession of an invention, which could be catastrophically bad.  Poorly done provisional patent applications are almost certainly useless for their intended purpose, but can be used against the inventor later as a weapon to demonstrate there was no invention, or at least that the invention had not ripened past the idea stage at the critical moment the invention was memorialized at the time of filing the provisional patent application. .
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Reality
Stop!  Step back!  Think!  It is not about how much or little the filing service costs, although the low cost of using this service is the draw.  
Scam – Ask the question, now knowing what you do about provisional and non-provisional patents and filings, do you really want to take a unique invention, use a $99 dollar question and answer template system to file a patent and think you have more than simply a certificate to hang on the wall, if the filing survives prosecution.  The likely outcome of this system is disappointment.  It is a scam.
Trap – You will have to go back for the real non-provisional patent and pay the real law firm that you currently know nothing about for the the preparation.
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EXAMPLE THREE
First Scam Indicator – Too Low Fees For A Provisional “Patent” Application.
Scammer – A patent solicitation (marketing) firm for in-house attorney employees or other law firms.
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The Scam, then the Trap
“Provisional Patent Application for Patent Pending.”  “$149 + Government Fee”
“Get “Patent Pending” Status and Secure an Invention Date.  A provisional patent application secures a date for your invention with the US Patent Office for 12 months and grants legal “patent pending” status. Understand Provisional Patents.”  Further advertised by this provider is the concept of taking a $149 provisional patent and “quickly protect your idea with a Provisional Patent … Test the market or pitch to companies and investors.”  
Reality
It is true, that you can submit a blank piece of paper and secure a priority filing date and achieve “patent pending” status.  But what does it protect what?  Stop!  Think!  
♦ Scam – How much time and professional service effort is a company going to spend on a unique invention for $149 Basic Package, or even their $599 Professional Package.  Are you willing to take that risk?  Further, then taking the weak Provisional Patent and test marketing!  Do this and you essentially just donated your invention to the company.  Before you are even done speaking, they have already figured out how to engineer around your flimsy patent and now need to offer you nothing.  You may have lost the rights to file a more protective patent.  Technology transfer is not a game.  You greatest protection and leverage is a solid patent, then this looks more like a scam.
♦ Trap – You will have to go back for the real non-provisional patent and pay the real law firm that you currently know nothing about for the the preparation.
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Could A Scam And A Trap 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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