@Stephen - Please know that I was not attempting to offend anyone or catch anyone in anything with my questions; it is questions I ask ANY company I am researching. Business education and hearing of successful inventors trials, tribulations, and recommendations are an envaluable help! The "first impression"/"face value" of your website (and from those who promote you in the forums) is YOU are the man with the plan, BIGTIME, and if people will just join your program, they're in the money, so for my own resolution I had to ask.
Education and teaching techniques/tricks of the trade are absolutely essential when one is pursuing licensing on their own, so I whole heartedly support programs like yours and Roger's
. The differences between the two of you is that you advertise "success stories" as a result of your program and Roger just stresses the "program". (lessons, personal experiences, recommendations, examples, etc)... that's why I asked about how many of your students were a success. I also realize that even under the best circumstances, securing a profitable licensing deal is a challenge... Please, be upfront about that?
beef in all of the discussion is those who, like Jack so eloquently put it, are "profiteering from the dream chasers
". The main reason I no longer work FOR any particular funeral home, is most operate under that same principle (as do many businesses), except instead of dream chasers, we deal with the bereaved... in either case it is fairly easy to talk them into spending a LOT of money that in most cases, they don't have! I would be lectured: "This is a business and we have to make money" and "there's ways to do it so the family can't come back on you".... well, I'm sorry, but I'd rather be poor as Job's turkey than to make money like that and I WON'T! Infact, the Federal trade Commission will strip a practitioner of their FS license AND business license if they are infact caught doing such. The point being
: If "I" must toe-the-line when dealing with those who may not know and understand everything involved and REQUIRED/NOT REQUIRED, other businesses should have to also!
Some type of "I agree/I don't agree" disclosure as to the percentages/averages/references should be available to the public BEFORE they are allowed access to the inventor services the business offers. If they sign the disclaimer and STILL jump in over their heads, then they're fair game for the sharks, BUT, if they pose ANY questions or concerns, the business is required by law to address them. Everyone knows where EVERYONE stands, period! If you get ripped off it's your own fault and you have no recourse.... if you get ripped off and it's the providers fault they loose their state and business licenses, and, if the amount exceeds $10,000, JAIL freaking TIME!!
ONLY when the crooks KNOW if they get caught they'll be punished, and examples are made of a few, will the industries overcast of rip-off companies end!
Do you hear this, UIA? Your organization should be at the FOREFRONT of the "Invention Submission/Assistant Companies Reform Act"... if you want to do something that will REALLY benifit the industry, there it is! If there's no one in the industry who has the guts to step forward with this, I fully intend on starting a grassroots movement by contacting elected officials and demanding accountability!
Where's the Tylenol?