by means of Dennis Crouch
Following up at the patent revel in of US Lawyer Common Matthew Whitaker. Even supposing now not a patent lawyer, Whitaker has been a board member of the now defunct invention promotion rip-off International Patent Advertising. In 2017, the Federal Business Fee (FTC) filed go well with towards the corporate, gained a initial injunction towards its ongoing industry, after which a consent decree for $27 million in judgments and injunction towards ongoing industry. (It sounds as if no less than $24 million is long past and now not being repaid.)
Gene Quinn has written broadly about invention advertising and marketing scams mentioned the initial injunction on his IPWatchdog website online. Quinn explains:
“The document helps a initial discovering that Defendants devised a fraudulent scheme to make use of client finances to counterpoint themselves,” concluded United States District Pass judgement on Darrin P. Gayles. “Accordingly, the Court docket reveals a initial injunction is important to deal with the established order pending a tribulation at the deserves.”
Most likely maximum egregious, then again, had been the threats and intimidation International Patent Advertising directed towards complaining consumers.
As a former Federal Prosecutor, Whitaker’s position at the Board lent the corporate a prime stage of credibility. For lending his identify, Whitaker was once paid most effective about $600 per thirty days. On the time, Whitaker was once additionally managing director of his personal small Iowa regulation company and penned no less than one letter towards a complaining buyer:
Whitaker was once now not prosecuted by means of the FTC and was once now not named in both the initial injunction or the consent decree. Not like different board participants, Whitaker has now not returned the money he won within the scheme and has made no public remark relating to his position or the rip-off. My hope is that the AG may have discovered from this revel in, then again his ongoing silence at the factor is troubling.