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Question DetailsAsked on 4/7/2016

Is Harshaw Research of Kansas a scam outfit?

Harshaw Research, aka, Ream Law Firm located outside Kansas City and also Ottawa Kansas is an intellectual property law firm specializing in USPTO (patent & trademark) case law. There are conflicting reports as to the veracity of this organization posted on the web. The BBB website appears to be noncommittal and/or partial in its assessments favoring the corporation. There is one serious complaint and a couple of self-serving-sounding rebuttals.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


As AL member services said, not a listed firm on AL.

Google a search phrase like this - Harshaw Research of Kansas - and read some of the reviews on scam reports and review sites. Certainly seems to have a lot of complaints and the few good comments I found read like the typical glowing provider-posted fake reviews - so personally I would get a GOOD patent attorney - either a specialty patent firm in DC (where most of them are) or in nearest BIG city.

You can do same type of search on the web after finding some local names to check out from inventor blog sites. Also, if you have had a decent experience with another type of attorney call their office and ask if they have a recommendation of a patent attorney - though they may say that is too far out of their area of practice to even know any.

My recommendation - emphatically - is go with a patent attorney only, not a firm that claims it will also market your patent. Way too many horrow stories out their of such firms stealing viable patent ideas - either outright, or writing the patent too narrow and then selling the idea "around the patent" - in such a way that it is the same basic product but can squeek by around the patent.

Als - the crooks and attorneys in DC have changed the patent laws so now instead of the first inventor getting the patent, it is the first to file - so if you provide your invention idea to a crooked firm all they have to do is delay your filing a bit while your idea is patented by a related but different name company or person. So any release of your idea or showing the idea to anyone other than the attorney doing the filing risks losing your idea to a patent thief.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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