InventHelp Sued in Multiple Class Action Lawsuits
Multiple class action lawsuits assert that InventHelp took millions of dollars from inventors, who got virtually nothing in return. According to the lawsuits, InventHelp has no meaningful interest in helping aspiring inventors develop and monetize their inventions. Instead, their business model is based upon receipt of Submission Service fees, and nothing more.
The lawsuits each allege a similar pattern of operation:
- Slick ads target naive inventors.
- Reputation Management company erases bad reviews.
- Incomplete Patent Searches and Boilerplate Patentability Opinions lure inventors into Submission Services Agreements.
- Inventors pay $5K– $10K for Submission Services which are not provided.
- Proprietary Data Bank filled with fake companies and inaccurate industry matches.
- No infrastructure to deal with companies interested in buying or licensing inventions.
- After months or years of silence, reappear in the guise of manufacturing companies asking for MORE more money.
Class Action Lawsuit Alleges InventHelp Patent Searches are Purposefully Incomplete
A Pennsylvania class action lawsuit alleges that InventHelp made false representations that consumer ideas were eligible for patents and misled them into purchasing services agreements.
The lawsuit claims that InventHelp’s purposefully incomplete patent searches and basic information package reports are part of InventHelp’s ploy to convince consumers that their inventions are marketable and/or patentable, and con them into signing contracts for more expensive Submission Services. The “Preliminary Patentability Opinions” claim that customers’ proposed inventions are eligible to receive patents, when, in fact, there often already exist “dead ringer” patents that would prevent these inventions from receiving patents.
Class Action Lawsuit Claims InventHelp Data Bank Is Worthless
A Pennsylvania class action lawsuit claims InventHelp fraudulently took money from consumers and failed to deliver on their Submission Services Agreements.
The lawsuit alleges that InventHelp aggressively advertised to hopeful inventors and then extracted exorbitant fees, ranging from $8,900 to $16,900, in exchange for submitting inventors’ ideas to compatible companies in its proprietary Data Bank. This Data Bank, keystone of InventHelp’s services, supposedly contains companies that have agreed to review ideas and signed confidentiality agreements with InventHelp. But the Data Bank is not accurate, includes many companies that are non-existent or have no relationship with InventHelp, and inventions were frequently mismatched with incompatible companies, therefore making inventor submissions worthless.
Class Action Lawsuit Claims InventHelp is a Scam
A Pennsylvania class action lawsuit claims InventHelp is a scam, preying upon low income people, and either does nothing or delivers subpar work.
According to the lawsuit, the InventHelp scam goes like this: At the initial visit, inventors are told their invention is original and potentially highly profitable, even when similar products already exist. Then InventHelp charges thousands of dollars to commercialize their invention, offering a high-interest loan if they can’t afford those steep fees. Once the money is in hand, InventHelp disappears and dodges calls for months or years. Eventually they resurface, claiming a company is now interested in their invention. After charging thousands more for licensing or manufacturing deals, InventHelp once again disappears.
Class Action Lawsuit Accuses InventHelp of Fraud
A New York class action lawsuit claims InventHelp bilked inventors into paying millions of dollars for invention promotion services that were not provided.
The two lead Plaintiffs tell similar stories: naïve, aspiring inventors who were lured by slick television and internet advertisements, told that their ideas were unique and potentially lucrative, then offered services to commercialize their ideas. They claim they were strung along by a series of seemingly independent entities that were actually acting in concert, including promotion companies, a money lender, patent attorneys, licensing companies, manufacturers and distribution companies, all of whom took their money and failed to deliver the promised services.
Critical Patent Attorney Shortage Will Make it Harder to Find One
The number of Patent Attorneys is rapidly declining, at the same time as demand for patents is rising. From 2008 to 2018, the number of new Patent Attorneys fell by 50%. From 2009 to 2015, the number of Patent Applications increased by 30% and the number of issued US Patents increased 70%.
Patent Attorneys account for more than 15% of law firm job openings while representing less than 2% of all lawyers in the U.S. As more of the already dwindling supply of Patent Attorneys are hired by big law firms and by large corporations and universities as in-house Patent Attorneys, there are fewer and fewer available to work with individual inventors and small companies.
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I'm thankful for how quickly Russ and his team have responded to me as I start up my new company. As a small business, Russ has been there to answer all my questions and make himself available over the phone, as well as through email even outside normal business hours.
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I began with an idea and a set of sketches. This idea that I had is now my company where I work full time.
I began with an idea and a set of sketches. I had no idea what I was doing. I needed help. I found Russ Weinzimmer on the internet and gave him a call. He was in New Hampshire, I was in California. I had bad experiences in the past working remotely with people so I was hesitant to work with him. Once I spoke to him on the phone, I knew he was someone whom I could count on.
Russ really took the time to explain to me the whole patent process and where I needed to be. He did it in such a way that I could plainly understand the process and the steps involved. He took the time to really understand my product and the reasons for it’s importance, both to me and to the end consumer. I felt that it was very rare for a patent attorney to invest so much time into a client before even discussing rates or cost.
I ended up filing 3 initial patents with Russ. As we spoke we determined that we should do multiple patents to better protect my product. This made perfect sense to me as other variants could compete with my product. If we patented them all, I would be better protected. Once the patents were filed I went on to production of my product. Later on that year I filed a fourth patent documenting the changes made during the production stages of my product. This fourth patent was filed very quickly for me as my product was scheduled to be released to market. He and his associate Bob worked day and night to get the patent filed for me in time.
I will say one thing, I was not the easiest client for Russ. This was the start of a new business for me, I had everything on the line. Because of this my nerves often got the best of me, and I would call Russ, concerned about one thing or another. Russ always had time for me. We would communicate at all hours of the day. One day he was on a walk and took the time to talk to me for a good 45 minutes. He really wants to help, and he makes sure his clients are all protected and at ease with the process.
This idea that I had is now my company where I work full time. ... Read More
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Without Russ's help, I never would have challenged USPTO's findings and would have missed out on the opportunity to get a patent for my invention.I want to thank you for the advice you gave me during our talk back in May. The USPTO had rejected all of my claims as being both obvious and anticipated by a prior invention. I was absolutely convinced that USPTO was right and that my invention was exactly the same as the prior invention. You advised me to carefully review the two inventions and not focus on their similarities but, instead, focus on their differences. I did as you advised and found several small differences, one of which I thought was significant. Based on that small but significant difference, I prepared a response to USPTO. Today I received a Notice of Allowance. Without your help, I never would have challenged USPTO's findings and would have missed out on the opportunity to get a patent for my invention. I can't thank you enough.
Before hiring Russ, I had been through countless unsuccessful office actions over the course of several years while working with someone else.Russ got my invention patented in very few office actions with the USPTO. Before hiring Russ, I had been through countless unsuccessful office actions over the course of several years while working with someone else. Russ immediately identified problems with the claim language and completely restructured the claims from the ground up, making them clear and definite, embodying the invention far more effectively than ever before. The USPTO recognized this right away, quickly leading to a notice of allowance. Thank you Russ!
It is remarkable to see how they transform your descriptions into the final patent application and claims. The wordsmithing involved was truly a work of art.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Russ and his team for their efforts to get my patent allowed by the USPTO.
Seeking a patent is no easy task, and is not for the faint of heart. However, if you do indeed want to file for a patent, I can think of no better attorney to recommend than Russ. Over the course of the past two or more years of this endeavor, and since day one, he has been surprisingly available to answer all my questions. He educated me on how the process works, guided me on how I could put forth my best disclosure. I kept in touch with him as my original concept and prototypes evolved into their final embodiment. He has been there for me all the way, and in more ways than I can count. ... Read More
As I said, filing for a patent is a unique experience, to say the least, with no guarantees of success. To paraphrase an analogy we had discussed; it’s like climbing up a tall mountain. There will be times in the process when you, as the inventor, may feel as if you are on the edge of a chasm, about to plunge to your doom. I know this feeling personally, as I reached that point myself somewhere along my journey. It was truly scary for me. To tell the truth, I got pretty freaked out. Yet Russ, and his team, were totally there for me! They calmly talked me through it, discussed strategies, got me off that precipice, got me back on the trail, and onwards and upwards we went.
You should be aware that filing for a patent will require a lot of work and effort by you, the inventor. You can’t just vaguely describe some “amazing gizmo” in broad strokes and expect a patent attorney to magically take it the rest of the way. It is a team effort. However, if you know what it is that you are innovating, and can accurately convey this description to Russ and his team, it is remarkable to see how they transform your descriptions into the final patent application and claims. The wordsmithing involved was truly a work of art. If you put in your best effort, they certainly will hold up their end of the bargain as well.
What else can I say? Russ it an extremely knowledgeable attorney. He’s easy to talk to. I have an extremely high level of confidence in him, and recommend him most highly.
Don't listen to anyone that tells you that you can apply for a patent on your own — this is better left to the professionals.
Just a little note to say that I really appreciate you and your staff for the help with the patent process. This was a lot more complicated and challenging than I expected. I did a lot of research before contacting you, and I now know that I made the right choice. Don't listen to anyone that tells you that you can apply for a patent on your own — this is better left to the professionals. You and your staff are professionals, and I would strongly recommend your services.
Since I became Patent Pending, I have received over 300 inquiries about purchasing my product. I wish I had found you before ever contacting InventHelp.
I want to thank you for the work that you and Lori have done getting the patent process going. This is very exciting for me, and I have high hopes. Since Lori emailed me saying it was filed, and that I became Patent Pending, I have made announcements about my product to the proper community with a picture of my product in my truck. Since then, I have received over 300 inquiries about purchasing my product. I now have my hands full in a good way. So I wanted to thank you and Lori for your work, as I am very pleased with the quality of the work I have received from you. I wish I had found you before ever contacting InventHelp.
I found Russ to be extremely knowledgeable, not only with his extensive experience of the patent process, but about the marketing aspect of my invention as well.
Russ and his team were very thorough, and directed me through each step of the patent process. When we spoke directly, I found Russ to be extremely knowledgeable, not only with his extensive experience of the patent process, but about the marketing aspect of my invention as well. Thanks Russ, I’m glad that my product Broom Mate is now Patent Pending.
It was a challenge for me to bring Russ into my world and into my mind, but it was a challenge he was obviously up for.I would like to take this opportunity to commend Russ Weinzimmer and his staff for a job well done. Russ was faced with what I believe to be a unique challenge when he agreed to facilitate my desires for an industry-specific patent. I knew from the very beginning that this would require a vast amount of research, attention to detail, and back-and-forth communication. Russ was willing to take my calls, review my diagrams and charts, and was readily available to answer and ask questions, even at somewhat unconventional times. It was a challenge for me to bring Russ into my world and into my mind, but it was a challenge he was obviously up for. Myself and my family are so thankful that during our search for the best, God led us to Russ! I would recommend Russ and his staff to anyone seeking excellent and thorough service in the field of patent law!
Russ is an excellent attorney, has outstanding technical depth, AND understands the business / market aspects of intellectual property.
With Russ, you get a patent attorney who 'gets it' on all three elements of his role. He is an excellent attorney, has outstanding technical depth, AND understands the business / market aspects of intellectual property. In addition to that trifecta, Russ is a high energy, high ideal guy who is a blast to work with. His contributions to Cognex were significant.
Russ has done an outstanding job of quantifying what is the essence of my invention and was able to clearly portray what sets my invention apart from others.
Russ has done an outstanding job of quantifying what is the essence of my invention. He identified the key relationships of different parts of my invention and was able to clearly portray what sets my invention apart from others. He really added value to my invention, as he was able to describe and realize aspects of it that I was oblivious to. He had such an understanding that after several conversations, he was able to define the essence of a machine that, at the beginning, he knew nothing about. ... Read More
Russ is an excellent listener and it is amazing to me that even though his website is one of the first to pop up and, I am sure, he is extremely busy, he has time to talk to insignificant me. I would highly recommend his services. My only caveat is that it took a little longer than I would have liked but patience is not my strongest suit. Thank You, Russ.
I do not know any other patent lawyer whom I would entrust with my potentially patentable plans in the future.
I have known Russ Weinzimmer for several years. He is an extremely hard-working and goal-oriented attorney. He re-wrote the rejected patent claims written by my previous patent lawyer. The rewriting was done in one stretch until late into the night with me on the phone, and without signs of tiredness. It was energizing.
He asked the right questions to prune the claims to their leanest form, while adding only detail where needed to distinguish them from the prior art. Mr. Weinzimmer obtained an in-depth understanding of my invention in a short time. His work method turned out to be highly time-efficient, as no back and forth messages were needed. The revised claims were produced in real-time. The result was indeed that all of the patent Examiner's rejection arguments were resolved. ... Read More
Remarkable was that Mr. Weinzimmer was focused on helping me to achieve a much-needed result, while he was less concerned about how he would be compensated. I do not know any other patent lawyer whom I would entrust with my potentially patentable plans in the future.
Our previous lawyer messed up our patent case. Russ corrected their mistake and got my patent granted.Russ is a great lawyer. He listened, didn't rush, explained things through thoroughly and made sure I understood all the legal jargon. He would even take my calls at pretty much any hour. It's nice to have a lawyer that you feel is really on your side, not just there to make money.
Our previous lawyer messed up our patent case by submitting the application images wrong. Then tried charging us to fix his mistake. I immediately looked for a new lawyer and my first call was Russ. He had my back and was able to even prove that my previous lawyer messed up. He corrected their mistake and got my patent granted.
Will definitely use him for my future intellectual property filings!
Russ and his firm have done an amazing job with the sketches and detailed description of my patent!
As a new first time inventor and patent owner I was unsure as to which direction to take when it came to securing a legal patent for myself. I spoke to Russ on several occasions and he was very informative as to what steps were involved in securing my patent.
Russ was very patient and personally involved in answering all of my questions and worked diligently to help secure my idea. After several conversations with Russ, I felt very confident in my decision in contacting his firm.
Russ and his firm have done an amazing job with the sketches and detailed description of my patent! I highly recommend Russ Weinzimmer and his Associates when it comes to anyone searching for a professional and knowledgeable patent attorney!! ... Read More
Bobbie W. Allen
My utility patent was fully approved and granted. This has been a great experience!
At first when I thought of applying for a patent, I was overwhelmed. However, Russ made it easy to understand the process and really worked with me over the phone and through e-mail since I live in Tennessee. Russ took the time to go over every detail of my invention. He made my invention clear and concise in patent format. I am very appreciative of him and his firm. Russ had the ability to understand what I wanted to express about my design / invention in legal terms and with patent design drawings that are exceptional. His expertise has been critical to my patent application being approved by the Patent Office. My utility patent for an innovative ballet pointe shoe was fully approved and granted. This has been a great experience and I highly recommend Russ Weinzimmer and Associates, PC. I will be trusting him and his firm with my next invention that I want to patent!
Russ actually took the time to understand the details of my invention.Russ went above and beyond on my provisional patent application. He actually took the time to understand the details of my invention and we would even discuss my application during non-business hours.
He works non stop to meet high expectations. Great work.
I now have a Registered Trademark, and my business is thriving.
Russ at Russ Weinzimmer & Associates, PC and his staff are a true top notch organization! When I first called Russ, I seriously had no idea where to start to establish a Trademark. He put me at ease from the first moment of our discussion, and jumped right in to educate me on the process. I was off and running. His Paralegal Lori kept me informed every step of the way. I had no doubt that I was in good hands. Fast forward … I now have a Registered Trademark, and my business is thriving. I cannot thank Russ enough for his hard work and perseverance. Russ is a true professional, and a real inspiration to everything good in this world.
Russ's friendly personality has made our stressful situations much easier.The Patent Infringement Defense Letter service provided by Russ Weinzimmer has been outstanding. His friendly personality has made our stressful situations much easier. He successfully helped us through several issues with his knowledge and experience in Patent Law. We will continue to look to him for guidance, and can count on him to get things done. Thank you Russ!
Let's just say, my next 4 patent ideas ... will be written and submitted by Russ and his team!
As a new business owner and first time patent owner, Russ and his team have done an excellent job leading me step by step thru the whole process. I personally knew nothing about patents other than I had to have one in order to secure my ideas! Russ covered all the bases in the writing of my idea, even things I didn't know. Professional, accurate, and cost effective. Let's just say, my next 4 patent ideas ... will be written and submitted by Russ and his team!
I got my patent allowed with only ONE Office Action.Russ spent a lot of time explaining patents and the process to me. He kept me well-informed along the way and was very helpful I got my patent allowed with only ONE Office Action. That saved me at least $6,000 based on what usually happens. Thank you Russ. This will be a real game changer for me!
He would work day and night with me one on one and walked me through the process.
Working with Russ on my project was great. I have never tried to get something patented before. He would work day and night with me one on one and walked me through the process. I am now patent pending. The man never sleeps!
I am so happy with the way the patent is written. It covers it all.When I began looking for a Patent Attorney I found many, but none with Russ Weinzimmer's reputation. I really did my homework. I needed to trust in an attorney.
After three years of the examination process, we received our patent today. I am so happy with the way the patent is written. It covers it all. Russ has an amazing history with corporations. He is thorough, and will work well into the night to find a solution for just the right angle. It is very hard to find an experienced problem solver like Russ. He is an excellent attorney.
I learned more from Russ in five minutes than I had learned in five hours of my own research.
I wanted to give this testimonial after speaking with Russ today. I was attempting to patent an idea "on my own.” I tried calling local attorneys, but I was just as confused after speaking with them. Then I called Russ, and I learned more from him in five minutes than I had learned in five hours of my own research. He was very helpful, and from the beginning it was like talking to someone I had known forever. I would definitely recommend Russ before anyone else.
Don’t waste your time looking for another patent attorney.
Don’t waste your time looking for another patent attorney. Every other patent attorney that I talked to was all about how much money that they could receive before the process even started. When I talked to Russ, I explained to him that I had a pregnant wife, was a compensated veteran from the war in Iraq, and I was working the best I could to support my family while attending night classes in college. I told him that I had a wonderful idea called the CORD CUFF, but I knew that I couldn’t pay the upfront money it takes to get things off the ground. Russ simply said first off, "I want to thank you for your service to our country, and congrats on the upcoming child".
He took the time to explain to me that the steps we have to take don’t have to be rushed. I could have never done this without this compassionate man. He took the time whenever I called to answer any question, and assured me that everything is under control. When money was tight, Russ would say, "Just send in a little payment here and there, but put that family first". He said, "I have you covered on this end". We started this process in 2009, and I am proud to say that my Ribbon Copy of my Patent on the CORD CUFF was sent to me by overnight delivery. I can’t say enough about him and his firm. ... Read More When the Patent Office made a mistake with the paperwork, he and his people were right on top of things to ensure that the problem was corrected with perfect results. He even paid money out of his own pocket to fix the mess. I am truly satisfied with everything Russ Weinzimmer and his firm have done to help realize my dream for me and my family.
Russ' questions gave me ideas that led to three new academic papers.Russ' questions about the mathematical center of my antenna gave me ideas that led to three new academic papers. Russ is at the PhD level.
They exceeded my HIGHEST expectations by a factor of four and made me think, “Russ never sleeps.”
Stop searching for a patent attorney and start strategizing your intellectual property protection with Russ Weinzimmer & Associates P.C..
What a relief in finding a competent attorney who not only “gets it” and is personally available but who will also add value to projects both large and small. In this day and age your product needs the ‘Strategic Patent Law’ advantage.
Russ’ analytical and ‘hands on’ approach helped me to realize what I had actually invented! Russ deconstructed our sustainable, mobile shelter and showed me that we had seven novel, patentable features within our ‘base design.’ In doing so, broader market protection was realized while numerous licensing and revenue streams were created. ... Read More
Can you imagine a 5-hour conference call with your patent attorney? This is exactly what I experienced during the course of working with Russ and his team of professionals. They exceeded my HIGHEST expectations by a factor of four and made me think, “Russ never sleeps.”
If you are serious about your product development and protection and tapping into its full market potential; look no further than Russ Weinzimmer & Associates P.C..
Russ's technical abilities are superior, and his legal knowledge is substantial.
Russ is a terrific patent attorney with a tremendous experience set. Having worked closely with him in his role as Chief Patent Counsel at the highly respected Cognex Corporation, I was highly impressed with his abilities as a patent practitioner. His technical abilities are superior, and his legal knowledge is substantial. He receives my highest recommendation.
Highly competent, knowledgeable, prompt, and personable.
Russ has been superb in all aspects of our several patent and trademark searches, technical aspects and filings. Highly competent, knowledgeable, prompt, and personable. All with very fair and competitive fees. We will continue to utilize Russ' expertise into the future!
Russ was crucial in filing several US Patents on my behalf.
To whom it may concern, Russ and I worked closely over a period of several years. He was crucial in filing several US Patents on my behalf. His technical background was extremely helpful in understanding/modifying and enhancing my patent ideas. It was a joy to work with Russ on many levels.
It was both productive and a pleasure to work with Russ.
Russ is an excellent IP lawyer. He gets the technology bits, rolls out the IP approach, and finally leads and delivers the finished product. It was both productive and a pleasure to work with him.
If a hardworking bulletproof Patent Attorney is what you need, then Russ is your guy.
My first invention was for the automobile industry. I used a television patent submission company, and they gave me a design patent that was useless. That patent is now nice wall art and nothing more, because it gave me no protection.
My second invention was a protective flip lid for the stainless steel tumbler market. I did a lot of homework, and most everything I read said that you need a good patent attorney to protect your idea. I live in South Carolina, so patent attorneys close to me are not easy to find. I took to the internet and came across Russ Weinzimmer. His website stated that the patent attorney need not be local, so I gave him a call. Russ was very patient with me, and we spoke on several occasions before I hired him to work on my patent. This allowed me to be comfortable with him, and to figure out what I wanted.
He explained the entire process to me, and the time that it generally would take to get a patent. Once he got started, there was constant contact, and even if he was with another client he was quick to return my calls. He did give me a lot of home work in looking through prior art found in the patent search to ensure that there was nothing like my invention on the market or previously patented. I appreciated being involved, because that patent process is a long one.
Once all claims were done, Russ gave me a call and said that he was sending me the draft of my Patent Application. I read it over and was satisfied, and told him that it was ready to file. A day or so later he called me back and said that he was not satisfied, and wanted to work on it some more. After a few more days, he sent me the now final draft, and I must say that I was satisfied with the first draft, but the final draft was outstanding. I do appreciate someone that has to be more satisfied with his work than his customer. That type of work ethic is hard to find in this day and time. ... Read More
If a hardworking bulletproof Patent Attorney is what you need, then Russ is your guy. I look forward to working with Russ and his team again in the very near future for my next project.
In addition to his legal skills, Russ impressed me with his technical ability and marketing insight.
Russ is an excellent patent attorney and a great Legal Counsel for Interpose LLC. He has a great ability to see the bigger picture, and is a valuable asset to our management board. In addition to his legal skills, Russ impressed me with his technical ability and marketing insight. On a more personal level - Russ is a straight shooter, dependable, trustworthy, and pleasant human being.
You were right … the claim set you finished was awesome indeed!!
Beautiful work!! We appreciate the detail & extensive explanation of our product. You were right … the claim set you finished was awesome indeed!! Real happy with the drawings.
Penny Lindberg & Teresa Cronin
Harry Selker, MD, PhD
In my humble estimation, Russ and his staff are the best in the industry.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Russ and his team for their diligence and dedication. I've had the pleasure of working with Russ over the past 5 years in obtaining my patent. From the start, I found Russ knowledgeable, energetic, and most of all very professional. I often had doubts about the patent process, and made numerous calls to Russ.
Each and every time Russ or someone from his staff would always either return my calls, or address them on the spot putting me at ease. The entire staff is very friendly, and most of all trustworthy. Mary MacKinnon Boyd was excellent at keeping me in the loop about all the administrative aspects regarding the patent process. In my humble estimation, Russ and his staff are the best in the industry. I have and will continue to recommend anyone seeking a patent to this knowledgeable firm. ... Read More For anyone reading this testimonial with any questions about the veracity of these comments, feel free to contact me -- that is how much I believe in this team!
Seriously, don’t waste your time looking at anyone else. He works hard and will, without a doubt, give you the results you are looking for.
Russ was absolutely wonderful. He was very thorough, responsive, and wise. I had reached out to multiple local attorneys, but after I had spoken with him I knew there was no reason to look any further. The experience he has regarding intellectual property and copyright law is astounding. At no point in my interaction with him did I lose my confidence that he was the guy that could help me. Seriously, don’t waste your time looking at anyone else. He works hard (and fast!) and will, without a doubt, give you the results you are looking for. If for the unfortunate reason I ever need an Attorney in the future, I will definitely reach out to Russ again. He’s the best… hands down! Thanks again Russ!
His diverse knowledge of intellectual property has helped me to catapult my idea from thought to fruition.
I felt comfortable with Russ from the start. His diverse knowledge of intellectual property has helped me to catapult my idea from thought to fruition. I was truly impressed with the time and attention he gave throughout the patenting process. At first, I had difficulty choosing an attorney; but, after speaking with Russ, I became confident that I had found the right person. I highly recommend him.
Darryl A. Green
I am very appreciative of Russ's way of explaining why it wouldn't be a good idea to move forward in the patent process. He saved me potentially thousands of dollars.
Russ Weinzimmer is a wonderful attorney. I am very pleased with all that he did for me. I was looking to patent an invention that I had designed and he gave me professional counsel that was professional, honest and up-front. When you call his office you get him, not a secretary. I spoke with him on three occasions concerning my invention and he did his very best to make sure my invention can be protected by patent law. Even though we came to the conclusion that it could not be patented, I am very appreciative of Russ's way of explaining why it wouldn't be a good idea to move forward in the patent process. He saved me potentially thousands of dollars and he did not charge me a single penny for his services. He told me that we would talk about cost if the invention was able to be patented. ... Read More I really appreciate his hard work and counsel and I recommend him to anyone looking into patenting an invention. Thank you Russ!
I am very grateful for the free consultation as it quelled worries, answered questions and advanced my level of confidence.I found Russ off of a routine search as I was researching advice regarding the potential patent process I needed to go through for an upcoming client meeting. Off a whim, I decided to call him for a free consultation. I immediately asked him what the process or structure of the call would be and he informed me it would just be a normal conversation discussing my situation and him providing whatever feedback it concerned. And that’s just what it was.
Russ was informative, respectful and personable. He had an answer to each of my questions and offered his opinion when asked. It wasn’t just someone telling you what the law was but what it was, why it was and how it applied to your situation. He did this without pretending that the laws were perfect or always made the most objective sense, his purpose was to tell you what the laws were and the best way forward in following them.
I am very grateful for the consultation as it quelled worries, answered questions and advanced my level of confidence in being able to deal with and handle business dealings moving forward. I highly recommend the consultation. Be sure to have your thoughts and needs straight. The clearer you are with him the more you’ll get out of it. ... Read More
He not only took my call after hours, and gave me a free half hour of legal advice; he then steered me to a solution that saves me thousands of dollars on legal fees.
Just got off of a call with Russ Weinzimmer. Incredible customer service! I called right before 5:00 PM expecting to talk with an administrative assistant and set an appointment to talk with Russ. Instead he answered the phone himself and we had a 30 minute conversation.
The purpose of my call was to ask about a patent, but as I presented my situation it became apparent to Russ that a copyright would adequately suit my purpose. So he not only took my call after hours, and gave me a free half hour of legal advice; he then steered me to a solution that saves me thousands of dollars on legal fees. Wow, that doesn’t happen everyday! Thank you Russ!
He truly cares about wanting success for his clients.Russ is an extremely sharp, generous and highly experienced in legal and intellectual property matters for businesses. He truly cares about wanting success for his clients and generously allocates his time and resources to do so. I would entrust and recommend Russ without hesitation for anything involving intellectual property, trademarks and patents and look forward to continue to work with him and his firm in the future!
Russ showed genuine concern in my case and guided me patiently through the process.
Thank you for very much for your great insights and helping me make sense of Trademark laws. Russ showed genuine concern in my case and guided me patiently through the process.
Wonderful customer service without being hassled up front about FEES!!
It was a pleasure to receive wonderful customer service without being hassled up front about FEES!! I spoke with Russ Weinzimmer himself, and he was very helpful in answering ALL of my questions. He researched information online with me for FREE, and never seemed to be rushed or concerned about the time. I was truly impressed and would recommend giving his office a call to see how they may be able to help YOU!
Wonderful hands on personal approach.
I called Russ not really expecting the wonderful hands on personal approach that he takes, himself, to make a person feel at home. Thank You, Russ !!!
You are honest! Everyone who wants an unbelievable patent attorney should be with you from the beginning.
Russ, you coached me every step of the way about what to say to [Invention Marketing Company*]. You did this free of charge. I will NEVER EVER forget you!
Not many people would have done this for someone they did not know. However, you did! You are a special person! This makes you truly remarkable in my book! You are honest! Everyone who wants an unbelievable patent attorney should be with you from the beginning.
You sniffed out [Invention Marketing Company*] and recognized that they are criminals. You told me you have dealt with people like them in the past. You were right. I only wish I was with you in the first place.
You gave me emails to send to [Invention Marketing Company*] in my own words, demanding my money back. ... Read More [Invention Marketing Company*] threatened to sue me, and I was really scared. But you said: “Serious people don't threaten to sue. They just sue.” Again, you were right.
Funny, but now [Invention Marketing Company*] and their salespeople no longer have working phone numbers.
You are a good and honest man! You are a mensch. I wish I could work for you!* Invention Marketing Company name withheld
Nancy L. Stepien
After spending roughly 40 minutes with Russ discussing my issue and options, I felt much relief.
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Russ Weinzimmer regarding a Trademark issue and found him to be knowledgeable, confident and pleasurable to work with. When I first contacted him I was very stressed about the situation and after spending roughly 40 minutes with him discussing my issue and options, I felt much relief. I wholeheartedly recommend him and should I need legal counsel in this type of matter in the future he is the person I'll be going to.
I left with far more than my legal questions answered.I want to start by thanking you for the very much needed advice and conversation earlier last week. I felt that I left with far more than my legal questions answered. You were very down to earth and were able to help counsel me in ways I didn't even know I needed, and for that, I wanted to personally thank you.
ANYONE looking for a patent lawyer would be crazy not to use this firm.
What a wonderful man!
I just spoke with Russ Weinzimmer on the phone. I was given advice in a very friendly manner and was not once asked for money or to come in for an interview. ANYONE looking for a patent lawyer would be crazy not to use this firm. What a pleasant surprise to find friendly attorneys.
He’s a game-changer in the best sense of the word! Grateful there are people like him in the industry.
As a new business owner and budding entrepreneur, the process can be both intimidating and daunting. For this reason I was grateful to find Russ. After speaking to him I knew I found the right patent firm in Strategic Patent Law. He’s confident, passionate, and creative about what he knows.
I didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about my idea, but after speaking to him I was. Not because he told me what I wanted to hear, but because he took the time to answer my questions, while asking probing questions that helped me to see the right tact to protect my business idea while getting it to market. ... Read More
His creative intellect shined through as we discussed my idea and looked over some basic sketches I shared with him. We spoke for two hours, and during the brainstorming session I had improved upon my idea and my go-to-market strategy. He seemed just as excited about my idea as I was, and I truly felt like I could trust him, that his knowledge and expertise was valuable, and that I had absolutely chosen the right person for the job.
He’s a game-changer in the best sense of the word! Grateful there are people like him in the industry.
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