THE INVENTORS ASSOCIATION
What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Invention?
The folks at US Inventor have been leading the cause to strengthen the patent system to bring back respect for patents and put a stop to piracy. They are fighting giant corporate interests in Washington, D.C. and now they are asking us to to our part. Read below for more details on this critical mission.
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,” Entrepreneur.com reported. When the Ruckels discovered US Inventor, they were quick to get involved.
“The Inventor Rights Act is something we all need. It would have made a world of difference in our story, and we are doing all we can to get it passed,” said Fred. Recently, the Ruckels reached out to Congressman Antonio Delgado, scoring a meeting with the representative in his DC office. Fred and Natasha made sure to follow up in-district and in DC, even showing up at a local town hall meeting, where Rep. Delgado agreed to co-sponsor the bill! This is the beauty of representative government! Your congressmen need to hear YOUR story. Sign the resolution to help strengthen our voice at Capitol Hill.
Merritt Fletcher is an inventor. When she heard about the Inventor Rights Act, she was determined to do everything she could to gather support for the bill. She started going to town halls, printing out flyers, and encouraging her family to do the same. What a powerhouse! When I asked her how she does it, she replied, “I am not doing anything special other than attending the town hall meetings and asking my family to attend. Then I stand up and ask where they are on the Inventors Rights Act.”
“I am not doing anything special other than attending the town hall meetings and asking my family to attend. Then I stand up and ask where they are on the Inventors Rights Act.”
“At every town hall meeting I have attended, they have opened the floor up for questions. If you just stand up and ask a question, the Representative will respond to you and their staff will come over afterwards and connect with you.” It’s really that simple!
“Always, after every town hall I have attended, people have come up asking for more information because they did not know patents had lost their injunctive rights,” Merritt explained. The vast majority of the population has no idea how worthless US patents have become. But we can change that! -Merritt Fletcher
We Live In A Country Where Our Government Is Accessible
“You’ve heard the stories. The Inventor Rights Act is the solution that inventors need, and the key to getting it passed is YOU. We are doing all we can here in DC, but your representative isn’t going to listen to us unless they know that you, their constituents, are behing this effort. Just by asking questions at town halls, meeting with your representative, and telling your story, you can earn a co-sponsor for the bill. Sign the resolution, and we’ll help you get involved!”
-JOSH MALONE Inventor of Bunch O’Balloons
WHAT IS THE INVENTOR RIGHTS ACT?
This legislation restores patent protection for inventors and mitigates a generation of laws, regulations, and court decisions that have discouraged innovation by failing to secure to inventors the exclusive rights to their discoveries.
To encourage inventors to participate in the grand bargain – sharing their discoveries in exchange for a time-limited exclusive right – patents owned by the original inventor must be protected from unintended harm of policies and rulings that targeted abusive practices by non-inventors.
1. US PATENT OFFICE MAY NOT REVIEW AN ISSUED PATENT WITHOUT CONSENT OF THE INVENTOR
2. INFRINGERS MUST NOT PROFIT BY USING AN INVENTION WITHOUT PERMISSION
3. OTHER PROTECTIONS
In addition, inventors that own their own patent will be entitled to:
- injunctions to prohibit unauthorized use of the invention
- the right to file suit in their home district
- recovery of attorney fees that substantially exceed the amount of damages awarded
US INVENTORS is leading the charge to strengthen our US Patent System. Randy and Josh are always available to answer questions and listen to your comments.
Randy Landreneu, President Josh Malone, Volunteer
“The Inventors Association of Arizona is in support of the efforts US Inventors is taking to help strengthen the patent rights of inventors in our state. This is not a partisan or political stand. This is an AMERICAN issue. Please click on the link below and add your voice!”
– Laura Myers, Executive Director IAA