InventHelp and IPWatchdog have at it
Regular readers of Gene Quinn’s site, IPWatchdog, know that he is not too fond of invention assistance companies that he feels rip off unsuspecting inventors. He has a special place in his heart for InventHelp, having written about them many times.
In contravention of the usual belief that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” InventHelp has apparently decided that they’ve had enough of Mr. Quinn’s publicity. On January 21, 2010, InventHelp sued IPWatchdog, Gene Quinn, and Renee Quinn in the Northern District of New York. In the complaint, InventHelp makes four claims for which they believe relief can be granted: Lanham Act false or misleading descriptions; defamation; trade libel; and tortious interference with contracts.
I have no in-depth knowledge of InventHelp’s services, so I don’t know how meritorious these claims are. Mr. Quinn, of course, says he will defend this lawsuit vigorously, and implies he already has enough documentary material to defeat these claims. He also requests that if you have relevant information about InventHelp, you contact him here.
Should be interesting to follow. Best of luck to both parties.