email@example.com wrote:Has anyone ever heard of Patent Assistant Worldwide? If yes, please let me know weather they are good or bad.
This email comes to you "Better late than never!" Re Patent Assistance Worldwide (P.A.W.)
Since your original posting we've had several requests for info about P.A.W. in Florida and it's parent GLP Licensing from inventors around the U.S. Many invention submission companies are actually two companies, one for the grunt work and big bucks. After phase one is completed the invention is route to their second company for licensing "help." Smart move. If under attack blame it on the other entity sparing one of them, in my personal opinion. In GLP's case, their domain registration indicated it is owned by P.A.W. so it may only be a D.B.A. (doing business as) entity as no corp found in Wyoming or Florida for them.
What we know is the average upfront fee asked for is betweem $4,900 - $12,500 with an initial "Let's Get Going" fee of $1,200-$1,400 (Search and "Portfolio").
An inventor was told the $1,400 was for an "Innovation Guide" and "Attorney research fees." Many of us know the term Portfolio is used by numerous invention submission companies which, in my personal opinion, denotes binders of outdated, ambiguous (generialized) market research containing data, later collated, found for free on the web as it's so old, IMPO.
One inventor complaining of not having $1,200 alleges the fee was dropped to $400.
An attorney used to write patents is Intelliplex (Jay Schloff has been named) in MI. Another invention submission company uses them too if my memory serves me correctly - though it has been known to fail occasionally
I've also noted on eight published applications instead an attorney or agents name in the section, "Correspondence Name and Address" the name Jim Montgomery, 8th Floor, 5201 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126. That is the address for P.A.W. No Jim Montgomery is listed on the PTO site as a registered U.S. Attorney or Agent. It might appears they have something legal going on inside P.A.W. too.
On their domain registration noted is the name Jim Montgomery as their Administration and Technical contact. He may well be their owner but this is not known for sure as so far it is no where to be found. For $129 or thereabouts D&B will provide a comprehensive report about them.
Some inventors allege and/or understand they work on a contingency but we have not, as yet, found a single substantiated case of anyone being offered such a service. What we have found is the following on their (P.A.W.) website, "Our licensing affiliates will assist you in marketing your new product innovation on a contingency fee basis!" A likely translation is: corporation #1 (P.A.W.) collects big bucks upfront for the grunt work while their Licensing arm (G.L.P.), corp #2 is free!!!!! Ho-Hum!
Employee names associated with this company so far include but are not limited to:
Raquel Arevalo, legal liaison
Below online advertising for phone sale employees (just to give readers a taste of the kind of money that can be made from invention submission phone sales closes):
QUOTE:http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/ ... FESSIONALS
PHONE PROFESSIONALS PHONE PROS NEEDED ? No cold calling ? Hot Leads ? Very Low Turn Over ? $100,000 a year Potential Fax resume to (XXX) xxx-xxxx or call X XXXX
phone number again (contact name deleted).
For a company registered in 2007 in Wyoming, the above is big bucks since that ad is at least a year (+/-) old.