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  • With a little understanding of six main points, entrepreneurs and independent inventors can be ready to thrive under the "first inventor to file" system of the America Invents Act. See what these six points are in this article from Forbes.
  • The owners of an invention promotion operation have agreed to pay $10 million in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers across the country. The settlement includes a cash payment of $6.9 million, plus other property valued at $3.1 million.
  • The operators of an invention promotion business, which a judge called "one grand con game to take money away from consumers," have been ordered to pay $60 million for violating a 1998 court order.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has filed a civil contempt action against four individuals and eight business entities for allegedly operating a fraudulent invention promotion business in violation of a court order.
  • A U.S. district court judge has ordered an invention promotion operation to pay $26 million in consumer redress and has ordered a permanent halt to the bogus claims the company used to recruit customers.
  • The following link to the Federal Trade Commission's electronic FOIA reading room is provided for informational purposes. The E-FOIA Amendments of 1996 mandate that frequently requested materials be included in the "reading room" because they are likely to be subject to subsequent requests. For this reason, the FTC has compiled a list of frequently requested records which are linked to responsive documents and explanatory letters previously sent by the FOIA Office in response to actual FOIA requests.

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