Fred and Natasha Ruckel are inventors. When their invention, the Ripple Rug, was stolen, Fred soon realized that “coming up with a truly original innovation attracts not only devoted customers but also the kind of highly organized, deep-­pocketed bootleggers who rip off products and systematically grind their inventors into the ground — both financially and emotionally,” reported. When the Ruckels discovered US Inventor, they were quick to get involved.