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July 24, 2023
John Rizvi, Esq.

Patent and Inventor Help Fraud & Idea Stealing: Protect Your Invention Without Getting Scammed

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Next question comes from spacey Tracy's question is, how do I get started on the patent process without being scammed?

Okay, yeah, great question. And there's multiple ways that you can get scammed. So one is, of course by somebody else that files the application before you. So the way you get that may work is that's why you want to be very careful before you work with speak to prototype manufacturers, or companies to help you design the product that you're protected if you have not filed for a patent. Remember that major change in the law in 2013 was a change from first a file to first to invent. So you want to make sure that your first file, so the way to prevent your your idea from being stolen, is to get that application in before you discuss your idea with anybody including prototype manufacturers. Second, big I think scam that's out there are that there are companies that purport to help you bring your product to market and the patent office put out a warning brochure, to warn inventors against these companies, there's a checklist that's of common, I guess, ways that these companies try to persuade inventors to work with the company so that the company can bring the product to market. If you want Gabi if you put up a URL to the inventors mastermind up, we have a list of we have this brochure in the inventors mastermind, is unless you said before, it's a private forum, that I'm the moderator. And I go in there I answer questions and inventors have, sometimes I'll see somebody else answer a question. And if it's, if it's a myth, or something that's not accurate, I try to monitor it and correct those myths. Because there's a lot of myths out there that that are not true. Like, I'll talk about, we also have a section in the inventors mastermind, the Facebook group, about how the poor man's patent is doesn't provide any protection at all. And some of you may have heard about that. It's a there's this, this myth that's not dying out there, that you can mail yourself a self addressed stamped envelope with your idea inside. And that will somehow provide you with low cost way to protect your patent rights. And nothing can be further from the truth. If it was prior to 2013, at least you had an opportunity to show through that envelope that you were first to invent. But remember as of 2013 first to invent is out the window. That's not the standard anymore today it's first a file. So the fact that you mailed yourself a self addressed stamped envelope is not going to help you with first of file. It may show that you had the idea by a certain date, but that has no value today because the law is on a first to file system

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