Posts Tagged: fraud


Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Connected to World Patent Marketing Fraudulent Scheme to Bilk Inventors

In May 2018, Scott Cooper and his companies, World Patent Marketing Inc. and Desa Industries Inc., agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that bans them …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 25

Influx of Trademark Applications at the USPTO Subsidized by Chinese Government, Include Doctored Product Images

According to Eric Perrott, a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm, chatter among U.S. trademark officials and attorneys regarding the increase of potentially fraudulent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 2

TTAB denies Beyoncé requests in BLUE IVY CARTER Trademark Opposition Proceedings

In late December, Beyoncé’s trademark holding company lost out on a motion to amend the TTAB’s standard protective order to make certain information confidential under 37 …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Creators of This Is Spinal Tap sue Vivendi for $400M over breach of contract, declaratory judgment of copyright reversion claims

On Thursday, October 19th, the creators of the 1984 rock band mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap filed a second amended complaint against French mass media company Vivendi SA (…
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Bill Nye files suit against Disney, Buena Vista for millions in underreported licensing payments

In the suit, Nye alleges that Buena Vista Television entered into an agreement in March 1993 to promote, market and distribute the Bill Nye the Science Guy television …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

Are Beyoncé and Jay Z committing fraud on the USPTO?

It appears that Beyoncé’s trademark filing activities raise the question as to whether she, through her trademark holding company, is attempting fraud on the USPTO. "Fraud" …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 5

Federal Circuit Refuses to Overturn District Court’s Award of Attorney Fees to Dow

The Court disagreed that the district court’s sole basis for finding exceptional circumstances was that NOVA filed an action in equity. The Court noted that the …

Want to Revive the Economy? Restore the Patent System!

The old arguments that patents inhibit innovation, and non-exclusivity with compulsory licensing leads to a brave new world are now in vogue. We've stood at this fork …
By Joseph Allen
2 years ago 17

Loan fraud charges filed by SEC target notable patent troll Jay Mac Rust

The patent trolling by MPHJ and owner, Texas lawyer Jay Mac Rust, are well known. But now the SEC is going after Jay Mac Rust in federal …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 2

In the face of growing e-commerce fraud, many merchants not prepared for holidays

As card-present transactions become less susceptible to fraud because of the shift to EMV chip card technologies, it’s expected that more fraud will shift to online …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Financial Services Innovations from IBM Combat Fraud, Improve Pricing Activities

Interestingly, we noted a great number of innovations filed by IBM that extend into the field of financial services. The company has already been working to develop …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

FTC Approves Final Order Barring PAE From Using Deceptive Tactics

The order bars the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, and its law firm from making deceptive representations when asserting patent rights. The settlement with MPHJ, announced in …

FTC Charges Operators of Jerk . com With Deceiving Consumers

In its complaint the FTC charges that the defendants violated the FTC Act by misleading consumers that the content on Jerk.com had been created by other …

Dr. Oz Fights Fraudulent Claims of Endorsement

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is taking the fight to the scam operators who have been duping the public using his good and extremely popular name. Indeed, the …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 9

Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Patent Bar Review Courses on eBay

The posting says that the purchaser will acquire a version of the course that was first purchased in March 2012 and includes 36 audio CDs, 8 video DVDs and Patware 9.0.  …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 5