At a minimum, a complaint filed under the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 must provide the following:
- The name and address of the person making the complaint;
- The name and address of the invention promoter/promotion firm;
- The name of the customer of the invention promoter/promotion firm;
- An explanation of the invention promotion services offered or performed;
- The name of the mass media used to advertise the invention promoter's services;
- An explanation of the relationship between the customer and the invention promotion services;
- A signature of the complainant.
The complaint should fairly and impartially summarize the action or inaction of the invention promoter or promotion firm that is the basis of the complaint. The American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 provides complainants with a forum for publicly making a complaint against an invention promoter/promotion firm.
Submissions that do not provide the requested information will be returned. If a complainant's address is not provided, the submission will be destroyed. A complaint can be withdrawn by the complainant or named customer at any time prior to its publication. No originals of documents should be included with the complaint. Complaints should be mailed to the following address:
Mail Stop 24
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Note: Due to the closure of USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria Va., the Office is accepting submissions electronically via email. Complaints (including the complaint form) should be emailed to ProSeAssistanceCenter@uspto.gov. Please include Scam prevention complaint – submission in the subject field of your email.