Beware of Invention Promoter and Private IP Registration Service Scams

While invention promoters and IP registration firms claim to assist present and future IP holders, some have been found to offer little or nothing of value in exchange for the thousands of dollars paid to them. Here are ways to investigate these firms and learn about your rights to avoid being treated unfairly. Invention Promoters: There are several resources available to help investigate and weed out unscrupulous invention promoters. The Federal Trade Commission offers a Consumer Alert listing the “sweet-sounding promises” of promoters that may do little or nothing in return for the fees they collect. Complaints regarding invention promoters can be filed with the FTC.