by way of Dennis Crouch
Following up at the patent revel in of US Legal professional Common Matthew Whitaker. Even supposing now not a patent legal professional, Whitaker has been a board member of the now defunct invention promotion rip-off Global Patent Advertising and marketing. In 2017, the Federal Business Fee (FTC) filed swimsuit towards the corporate, received a initial injunction towards its ongoing industry, after which a consent decree for $27 million in judgments and injunction towards ongoing industry. (It appears no less than $24 million is long gone and now not being repaid.)
Gene Quinn has written widely about invention advertising scams mentioned the initial injunction on his IPWatchdog web page. Quinn explains:
“The document helps a initial discovering that Defendants devised a fraudulent scheme to make use of client budget to counterpoint themselves,” concluded United States District Pass judgement on Darrin P. Gayles. “Accordingly, the Courtroom reveals a initial injunction is vital to handle the established order pending an ordeal at the deserves.”
Possibly maximum egregious, then again, have been the threats and intimidation Global Patent Advertising and marketing directed towards complaining consumers.
As a former Federal Prosecutor, Whitaker’s position at the Board lent the corporate a prime degree of credibility. For lending his title, Whitaker was once paid best about $600 per thirty days. On the time, Whitaker was once additionally managing director of his personal small Iowa legislation company and penned no less than one letter towards a complaining buyer:
Whitaker was once now not prosecuted by way of the FTC and was once now not named in both the initial injunction or the consent decree. Not like different board contributors, 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 could have realized from this revel in, then again his ongoing silence at the factor is troubling.