Ronald J. Riley Sued By The Lawyer Who Copyrights Cease-And-Desist Letters

from the who-to-root-for? dept

If you read the comments on this site regularly -- especially concerning posts having to do with patents or the patent system -- you're probably quite familiar with a guy named Ronald J. Riley. He's quite the character. He's also quite the fan of the existing patent system. He's started a bunch of different "organizations" supposedly to protect the patent system, though there are plenty of accusations that Riley's main focus in life is getting unsuspecting inventors to give him money. Someone has even created a site cataloguing Riley's ridiculous statements. It's not clear what Riley has actually done in his life, but he has been effective over the years in using his made up organizations to give himself an air of legitimacy, which often gets him quoted in the press on patent issues, despite showing a consistently poor understanding of the process of innovation, technology and the patent system itself (for example, he believes the purpose is only to protect small inventors, not to promote overall innovation -- and he believes that anyone accused of patent infringement clearly "stole" the idea, even if they came up with it independently).

Riley also has a history of being... well... a bit abrasive in comments on various sites all across the internet, including here at Techdirt. He enjoys personally insulting me or lying about me and does so on a regular basis (such as here and here for just a couple of examples). Most hilariously, he continually accuses me of somehow being on the payroll of companies who support the patent reform bill that keeps showing up in Congress every year, despite the fact I have clearly stated that I think the bill will make the situation worse rather than better. Riley is also famous for taking credit every time this same patent reform bill fails to move through Congress, ignoring that it's actually the powerful pharmaceutical industry lobbyists that kill it, not Riley. In the three plus years that he's been commenting here, Riley has never once had anything other than an insult or a lie to say about me.

Given all that, I can't believe that I'm actually about to defend him.

A few people have sent in the news that Ronald J. Riley is being sued by the Dozier Internet Law Firm. From Dozier's press release, the actual charges are not at all clear. The only thing listed in the press release is that "Riley's misconduct includes his attacking bloggers and blog and forum moderators with threats of getting IP addresses of anonymous bloggers and then tracking them down." Given the way Riley acts around here, those accusations don't seem particularly surprising -- but it's not clear what's illegal about them. Perhaps there is more to this lawsuit, and if so, Dozier should be much more forthcoming about it, because based on what's been described, it certainly seems like Dozier is just suing Riley because Riley is a pest. And while Riley may be a pest, may be insulting and may even be misleading, it's hard to see what's illegal about his activities. Despite the fact that he regularly insults me and lies about me, I have no problem with Riley posting his ridiculous messages -- as it just encourages others to show how clueless Riley is.

And, of course, Dozier is something of a piece of work himself. You may recall his name from when he tried to send an online review site a cease-and-desist letter that he claimed they could not post on their own site because it was covered by copyright. He later announced that courts had said cease-and-desist letter copyrights were acceptable, even though that turned out to be quite an exaggeration of what had actually happened.

So, here we have a lawyer who has repeatedly tried to silence critics with questionable use of copyright law, suing a patent system defender who throws around insults and lies like they're going out of fashion. These two were made for each other, so it's really difficult to root for one over the other -- but, based on the facts explained so far, it's difficult to see what Riley has done wrong, other than be an annoying jerk. And, even if that's annoying, it's still not illegal.

Update: In the comments, someone points out that the entire lawsuit filing is available on Dozier's website. Amusingly, it actually quotes one of RJR's comments here on Techdirt (though, the lawsuit doesn't mention where it's from). Basically, I stand by what I said originally. While Dozier does a good job outlining RJR's history and pattern of lies and mistruths, his ability to either make up organizations or surreptitiously recreate defunct organizations that had a good reputation, there's little in there that appears to be illegal. The only actual charges seem to be from highly questionable claims that RJR somehow infringes on Dozier's trademarks.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 10:30am

    go F* yourself Ronald J. Riley, I hope the judge RAPES you BLIND!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 10:36am

    This is the perfect example of why I don't have a cable subscription: entertainment like this cannot be found on TV!!

     

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    Ima Fish, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 10:38am

    God, he's practically a neighbor!

    According to this site Ronald J. Riley created...

    http://www.qualityschoolsnow.org/contact/

    .... he practically lives in the same town as I do.

    I checked with the Michigan State Bar on the off chance he's an attorney, he's not. He never claimed to be one, so I'm not calling him a liar or anything. He's just so passionate about this area of law I had to wonder if he was a patent attorney.

    What I can't understand is why he's set up a website to sell quality school snow? And what's different from school snow from any other snow? Mmmm... Many questions.

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:00am

    Life is good.

    I may just laugh myself to death. Somebody call me an ambulance...

    They are most deserving of one another. I hope the judge throws the book at both of them, as Ronnie J. will undoubtedly countersue for something. Does anyone know who his attorney is or is he standing pro se?

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:13am

    Re: God, he's practically a neighbor!

    Whoa, that is pretty dang close to my town as well.
    I guess that practically makes us neighbors as well.
    Whoulda thunk it?

    On another thought. Considering we get plenty of our own snow here round these parts, why is he trying to sell it? How does that business fair during the summer?
    ;)

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:15am

    Step 1 of 3

    Now we just need somebody to sue Dozier for using a trademark in this suit. That will be step 2.

    Then we need Riley to try to sue them because of a patent over some part of the process.

    Then the circle will be complete!
    Muhuhahaha!

     

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    eleete, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:16am

    Do Unto Others

    Well, well, well. Good to see RJ get a piece of his own pie. Hopefully he's financially destroyed just hiring the lawyer to defend his position even, if he is in the right. Then maybe he'll understand why we speak so passionately against a system of monopolies and welfare. He seems to like court, so now he gets his day in one. Very nice RJ ; )

    I too have witnessed him lying about Mike and even extending the insults to Mike's family too. Can't wait to see his comments on this particular article.

     

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    Sierra Night Tide, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:17am

    paid entertainment

    Is it possible to be paid or earn a great living just being an asshole? I know there is alway the blue haired Perez job but I don't want to be a dirt bag just a online asshole and make a great living.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:33am

    Re: paid entertainment

    See also: Jessie Jackson; Al Sharpton

     

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    Sushi K, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:33am

    Re: Step 1 of 3

    Fish and Tofu? It's like, hey, no way!
    You need Fish and Rice to make Sushi--Sushi K!

     

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    DanC, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:37am

    Sounds like another SLAPP lawsuit from Dozier...

    What cracks me up is the headline from the linked article: "Largest Website for Inventors Sued by Internet Lawfirm", referring to InventorEd. Riley's site hasn't been updated in almost a year, hasn't listed donors for 4 years, and looks like it was designed by a 12 year old using FrontPage. I'm not sure where Riley spends the donation money (since he refuses to disclose), but it certainly isn't his websites.

    It would be interesting if the lawsuit required some type of disclosure on Riley's part, if only to show the people he continually solicits donations from where it's being spent. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if he uses it to pay for his defense.

    In any case, it looks like the lawsuit, much like Riley's blog posts, are a sad joke.

     

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    Anonymous Too, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:38am

    Ron Riley Lies

    I did the basic research and this guy's a mess. Here is link to the suit online.....

    http://www.dozier-internetlaw.org/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:39am

    When sharks run out of food . . .

    Here you have two guys who make alotta noise. In the past they get some attention which I am sure parleyed into some business opportunities. As usualy happends though, it was pretty quickly discovered that neither of these guys had anything new or much interesting to bring to the debate so the attention drifted away. Now the only way they can get attention is to go after one another. When Jack Thompson joins this suit, then you will really have something.

    When sharks run out of things to eat, they eat each other.

     

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    Ima Fish, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: God, he's practically a neighbor!

    I'm assuming that because schools are closed in the summer, that he uses them during that time to store his snow. That way he can keep up sales throughout the off season.

    He's probably invented and patented a freeze-ray to accomplish this. Just a guess.

     

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    Sierra Night Tide, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: paid entertainment

    Good point....


    I don't know if I want to be THAT big of an asshole though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:00pm

    Do I know that Guy?

    Has this guy been here?

    Is this the guy with the 20-line signature where he holds 10 jobs and is the proprietor of Hair Club For Men franchises?

     

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    Chunky Vomit, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:11pm

    How long before the press or an advertisement shows up saying "and Tech Dirt calls Riley "Effective"?

     

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    Evelyn Beatrice Hall, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:13pm

    Good for you mike!

    good for you standing up for this Riley Character! As I said before: I disapprove of what you (or in this case, what Riley) say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:37pm

    Re: Do I know that Guy?

    The one who always lists his affiliations despite claiming that he's speaking on his own behalf? Yep, that's him. I like to call him The Asshat. :)

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:52pm

    Wow, Mike, you're mentioned! Plus, Why They're Actually Suing

    19. Ronald J. Riley's Online Marketing Abuse:

    Riley, without the funds to advertise, undertook several years ago a unique, clandestine "advertising" campaign to gain national attention and recognition... While feigning to be an inventor industry whistle blower, Riley undertakes campaigns to have his many websites show up when competitors are sought out online. These campaigns are executed under a three tactic approach: attacking competitors through the publication of defamatory and outrageous accusations on blogs, forums and social networking sites; launching "sucks" sites against competitors programmed so his websites appear when the company is searched, and often containing trademark infringing uses of the competitor's name; and launching "sucks" websites attacking non-inventor or entrepreneur industry businesses for the purpose of generating attention, which leads to a higher ranking on the search engines, more traffic to Riley's sites, and more "marks" for him to solicit. Remarkably, Riley let slip his motivation, already obvious to experienced bloggers: "So I am not here to convince Mike about anything. The reason I drop in is to take advantage of the fact that his outrageous comments draw potential inventor supporters. So by spending a small amount of time on the sites which are stooging for the Piracy Coalition I attract new solders to our side."


    and

    J. "The ability to publish anonymously is a proud American tradition. The Federalist Papers were authored anonymously, and carried great weight. Additionally, you have previously shown a tendency to make false accusations against those who question your credentials, so posting anonymously to prevent it is perfectly logical." (Moderator at Techdirt.com)

    This was found in a copy of the court documents found on-line at the Dozier Internet Law website, by the way.

    Oh yeah and the lawsuit is about the hyperlinks that Ronnie J. posts when talking crap about Dozier Internet Law. Apparently they lead, not to Dozier, but to Dozier's competitors and sometimes Ronnie J's personal websites, leading to actual confusion, including initial interest confusion, and has been likely to cause consumer confusion, mistake and deception as to the source or origin of the goods or services of Dozier Internet Law. They also say that Ronnie J.'s 'diversion of traffic is similar to a department store using the name of a major competitor on its outdoor signage. Once a consumer has been lured to enter the wrong store, the consumer has been confused, and any consumer seeing the sign is likely to be confused by this false and misleading advertising and trademark infringement.

    So I guess I can see thier point, but still think this is oh, so, hilarious.

     

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    angry dude, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 12:55pm

    Hands off Ronald Riley

    You punks

     

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    *angry dude, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    Listen Punky,
    Ronald Riley has my balls on his desk.

     

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    mobiGeek, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Ron Riley Lies

    Is lying in internet forums and blogs illegal?

     

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    angry dude, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    Impersonators be damned !

    I will have you eat your balls, little techdirt lemming punk

     

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    Arnold Kempler, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:24pm

    Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    Read the lawsuit for yourself and decide:

    http://www.dozier-internetlaw.org/ (or click on name above)

    Riley's freedom of speech is NOT the issue here. The issue is cyber-bullying (now illegal in many States). Riley is a Cyber-Bully if ever there was one. He could be the poster child. IMO here are the issues that Riley must overcome:

    1) commercial disparagement;
    2) slander & libel;
    3) copyright & trademark infringement;
    4) misrepresentation of invention services;
    5) offering patent advice without a law license;
    6) offering to help inventors market their inventions without complying with State & Federal law.
    7) not disclosing all income received;
    8) misrepresentation as a non-profit organization;
    9) Cyber-Bullying and;
    10)misrepresentation of his credentials to Federal & State authorities.

    In my opinion, Dozier is not suing Riley because he is a pest. There's so much more information you need to be aware of.

    Riley has been accepting 'donations' of sizeable amounts (some believe in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars) for the last 15 years. These 'contributions' come from unsuspecting inventors and others, who truly believe in his expertise as a successful inventor.

    Riley has no financial success as an inventor, and no true expertise in the field. He's not a lobbyist and not a graduate of MIT. In other words, anyone could create a website with publicily available patent information, and pretend to be a patent expert (and rake in 'donations').

    Why do you think he blogs here - and on countless other high-ranking blogs? To increase his Google rankings! Have you noticed the huge number of links he deposits here regularly? It's all about keeping his websites at the top of Google pages. He has no interest in what you're saying, nor any interest in having an intelligent discussion with you. If you've tried replying to any of his posts, he'll either attack your views, or ramble-on about some other ridiculous subject. He answers you this way, so he can use 'key words' that are picked up by the search-engines. The recent post by "Annonymous Coward" shows that (he) understands Riley's M.O. - and Mike should also.

    Here's some "straight-talk": Riley is using high-ranking blogs - like Techdirt- to create additional links that boost the visibilty of his websites. His strategy of creating links, keeps his Google rankings high - and the higher his rankings - the more traffic he brings to his websites. For Riley it's a numbers game - and, the more traffic he brings to his websites - the more money he receives in the form of 'donations'. This is Riley's underlying motive for blogging on HIGH-Ranking Blogs. This is his real motive, and the desired result is to receive the maximum number of 'donations'.

    You must understand that Riley is only interested in cashing-in on a Patent system that doesn't work. He has learned how to take advantage of it, and pretends to be an advocate for inventors. He has led many people to believe that he can help them market their inventions. He has probably circumvented the invention marketing laws by mis-categorizing the money he receives as (non-taxable) 'donations' - instead of (taxable) fees. The same Federal agencies that he claims to work with (The FTC and the IRS), should be looking into Riley's methods of operation and accounting practices.

    As the Dozier lawsuit states, he was living in a mobile home in 1990, and saw an opportunity to make some money. He has become a master at keeping his 'search engine' rankings high, and drawing people onto his websites. Since Riley is always attacking invention marketing companies, most people are led to believe that Riley is fighting for their side. However, with all his fake credentials and who's-who nonsense, it is easy for Riley to convince people that he is a successful inventor. It would interesting to know what he tells people about his invention marketing abilities.

    Now, for the cynics out there - I do not work for Dozier, nor do I care who wins the lawsuit. The important point is that Ronald J. Riley is being unmasked as a nobody who is pretending to be a Patent expert.

    If Dozier had not sued Riley, someone would have sued him eventually. He may have fooled most of the people, most of the time - but, fortunately, he will not be fooling anyone any longer!

     

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    eleete, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    I'm sure you prefer to be the only one with your hands on him.

     

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    DanC, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:37pm

    Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    Riley's freedom of speech is NOT the issue here. The issue is cyber-bullying (now illegal in many States). Riley is a Cyber-Bully if ever there was one. He could be the poster child.

    Sorry, but you're wrong. The issue is trademark infringement, not fraud, so most of your "points to overcome" don't actually need to be addressed. While it would be somewhat gratifying to force Riley to disclose his organizations' finances and fight off fraud charges, that isn't what Drozier is suing over.

     

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    DanC, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:42pm

    Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    For once, I was actually expecting more from angry dude.

     

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    Arnold Kempler, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:44pm

    DanC - You didn't read the post

    If you had continued reading, you would have seen:

    "3) copyright & trademark infringement;"

    I'm sorry, but you are wrong - this is just the beginning of Riley's undoing - and the other 7 claims will become pertinent very soon.

     

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    Lucretious, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:52pm

    wow, this guy sounds like he fell from the same tree as Derek Smart, game developer extraordinaire.

    Can you say "Narcissistic personality disorder"?

     

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    Mike (profile), Sep 8th, 2008 @ 1:56pm

    Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    Riley's freedom of speech is NOT the issue here. The issue is cyber-bullying (now illegal in many States). Riley is a Cyber-Bully if ever there was one. He could be the poster child. IMO here are the issues that Riley must overcome:

    The only causes for action in the lawsuit are trademark infringement. So... uh... no.

    Riley has been accepting 'donations' of sizeable amounts (some believe in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars) for the last 15 years. These 'contributions' come from unsuspecting inventors and others, who truly believe in his expertise as a successful inventor.

    That's not what he's charged with. And it's questionable as to whether or not his soliciting donation is illegal, no matter how obnoxious.

    Riley has no financial success as an inventor, and no true expertise in the field. He's not a lobbyist and not a graduate of MIT. In other words, anyone could create a website with publicily available patent information, and pretend to be a patent expert (and rake in 'donations').

    To be honest, I'm not sure what financial success as an inventor would qualify him for in this scenario. Why should that matter?

    Why do you think he blogs here - and on countless other high-ranking blogs? To increase his Google rankings! Have you noticed the huge number of links he deposits here regularly? It's all about keeping his websites at the top of Google pages

    If he does so, it will fail, since all our links are nofollowed.

    Besides, what's illegal about that anyway?

    Look, we all agree that he's annoying, a liar and something of a jerk. I'm one of his regular targets, so I'm the last person in the world who would jump to defend him. But I still can't see what he's done here that's illegal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 2:08pm

    I agree with mike it seems his only crime is being an Asshat. if he gets punished then I fear for the rest of the internet.

     

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    Overcast, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 2:37pm

    It's what one would call 'Poetic Justice', I do believe.

     

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    Penny, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 2:41pm

    If You've Been Harrassed By Riley....

    If Ronald J. Riley has bullied you, harrassed you, or scammed you; please send the details to:

    ronaldjriley_complaints@activist.com

    All emails will be kept strictly confidential. Not associated with Dozier or this lawsuit. Thanks, Penny

     

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    dinnerbell, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 2:48pm

    stop the shilling!!!

    To begin with, you seem to be asserting Riley believes someone is guilty of patent infringement even if they came up with the same idea independently. They would be. If another party owns a patent covering an invention you are using, you are infringing whether you developed it on your own after them or not.

    If what you are saying is that the offense should be mitigated where someone comes up with the idea independently, morally I would agree, but that does not make a difference in the eyes of the law. The patent is issued to the first to invent. I would also add that in many cases where the infringing party did develop the idea independently, they most probably will be given the opportunity to stop infringing before legal action ensues. If they choose not to stop, they are inviting a suit.

    Regarding your statement that Riley “consistently (shows a) poor understanding of the process of innovation, technology and the patent system itself"; I propose a competition. Let’s have the AIPLA, LES, or some other inventor/licensing/law organization prepare an oral or written exam and see how his knowledge compares to say...you. Would you accept?

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 2:54pm

    Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    In addition to Dan C.'s very good point, just because you know he rips people off doesn't mean you deserve to win this lawsuit. Now, his victims could sue him for it, but they haven't yet and, according to you and Dozier, he's been doing it for almost twenty years.

    Essentially, it seems like what you're saying is that he's a pest for a variety of reasons and you'd like to see him go, hence the suit. Just out of curiousity, are you affiliated with Dozier Internet Law and, if so, how are you affiliated with them?

    Don't get me wrong, I think Ronnie J. is an asshat and I agree that he's a pest but I don't see how removing his postings would help anyone, especially the owners of the blogs in question, as it could possibly remove some of their Safe Harbor protections.

    Honestly, his sites are all so juvenile and crappy that anyone with good sense would immediately know that he's a fraud so, really, who cares how high his Google ranking are? Not me!

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:02pm

    Re: stop the shilling!!!

    The patent is issued to the first to invent.

    If the idea is independently created by several people, it's most likely an obvious idea and not really patentable, as I understand it. Being the first guy to the office is not really a virtue in the eyes of the law.

    Just because a patent is issues does not mean that it is non-obvious or even that there's not extensive prior art. There have been many cases where someone has gotten a patent and then that patent has been overturned when it was shown to be obvious or had too much prior art.

    Your whole tone makes me wonder... Are you Ronnie J., the asshat? I'd bet you are...

     

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    Don Wood, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:08pm

    That snow is yellow.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re: Ron Riley Lies

    >> Is lying in internet forums and blogs illegal?

    No. Lying in campaign ads isn't illegal either.
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/rendell-the-big-lie-strategy/

     

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    Joe Smith, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:39pm

    Trademark

    The claim, for all the inflammatory preamble, is just about trademark but seems perfectly legitimate so I am going to root for Dozier.

    What is interesting to me is that Riley's writing style - which is not unique to him. Unfortunately I am not sufficiently educated in these matters to put my finger on exactly what it is that makes this type of writing stand out. The common factors seem to be an aggressive writing style where words and concepts are routinely misused.

     

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    DanC, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:40pm

    Re: DanC - You didn't read the post

    If you had continued reading

    I read your whole post. Apparently you didn't read mine correctly. I said:

    The issue is trademark infringement, not fraud, so most of your "points to overcome" don't actually need to be addressed.

    One half of a single point in a list comprised of 10 items falls under the exception provided by the word "most" in the preceding statement.

    I'm sorry, but you are wrong

    Nope, sorry. 9.5 of the claims in your list have nothing to do with a trademark dispute.

    this is just the beginning of Riley's undoing - and the other 7 claims will become pertinent very soon.

    They may become pertinent in another lawsuit perhaps, but we're dealing with the one that has been filed.

     

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    eleete, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 3:41pm

    Re: Re: stop the shilling!!!

    I said the same exact thing as soon as I read the post. The subject line is the dead giveaway. Wonder what faux credentials dinnerbell carries.

     

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    Mike (profile), Sep 8th, 2008 @ 4:00pm

    Re: stop the shilling!!!

    To begin with, you seem to be asserting Riley believes someone is guilty of patent infringement even if they came up with the same idea independently.

    No, stv, that's not what I said. I said he claims they *STOLE* the idea. Surely you can read what I wrote.

    Yes, it may be infringement, but Riley says they stole it, and that's clearly incorrect.


    Regarding your statement that Riley “consistently (shows a) poor understanding of the process of innovation, technology and the patent system itself"; I propose a competition. Let’s have the AIPLA, LES, or some other inventor/licensing/law organization prepare an oral or written exam and see how his knowledge compares to say...you. Would you accept?


    Sure. I have no problem doing that. But only if he also accepts taking a similar quiz written by an economist like David Levine.

    The problem isn't with understanding the specifics of the patent system and how it works -- it's with understanding the actual IMPACT of the patent system.

     

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    *angry dude, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    Fucking hell!

    I think my personality may have split!
    (Just like my balls left me after that horrible coding accident, where I got fired!)

    Shit, am *I* a punk too?

    Guess I am. Screw you all, cause I can't.

     

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    Little Tech Dirt Lemmin Punk, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 5:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    AD -> "I will have you eat your balls, little techdirt lemming punk"

    How are you going to accomplish that ?

     

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    Arnold Kempler, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 5:34pm

    Re: Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    Rose, no, I am not affiliated with Dozier - nor do I care who wins the lawsuit. Most of you are concerned about 'freedom of speech' in the blogging community. This is not the reason for my concern, and I think we all know that everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    In this case, even though the matter refers to Trademark infringement, you are witnessing the first thread of the Riley machine coming loose. This lawsuit is probably just a first step in the unraveling of Riley's million-dollar scheme/charade. So, even though you may think that Dozier is just defending a Trademark - there may be more serious allegations that will follow.

    This issue is NOT about expressing opinions on blogs. That's not what is going on here. The First Ammendment protects everyone who expresses an opinion on a blog.

    Think of it this way: Al Capone could only be found gulity of tax evasion.....get it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 6:30pm

    Re: stop the shilling!!!

    The patent is issued to the first to invent.
    Only in the US. In the rest of the world it's "first to file".

     

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    Jay, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 6:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    So does the J stand for Jail ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2008 @ 6:38pm

    Re: stop the shilling!!!

    I would also add that in many cases where the infringing party did develop the idea independently, they most probably will be given the opportunity to stop infringing before legal action ensues.
    As you wrote just before that, "...that does not make a difference in the eyes of the law." There is no requirement in the law that infringers be given a second chance either. Once you have infringed you become liable. You don't seem to know much about patent law if you don't even know that.

     

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    SomeGuy, Sep 9th, 2008 @ 8:22am

    Re: Do Unto Others

    I, for one, hope he comes out of this ok. I don't like him as a person, but I don't think that's good reason to wish him ill. Even if he would make the 'best' victim of this broken system, I don't think anyone should be a victim of it. So long as Riley is in the right, i'm rooting for him. Annoying pest or not.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2008 @ 8:30am

    Re: Hands off Ronald Riley

    So, this I don't get: why would angry dude like RJ? Is there more than one person (*angry dude) trying to pretend to be angry dude, or is there some reasoning here?

     

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    Perry Mason, Sep 9th, 2008 @ 8:01pm

    From the I-can-hardly-believe-my-eyes-department.

    Sorry I got to this so late, but I certainly appreciate Mike's empathy for Ronald J's plight at being sued by Dozier. Thanks Mike... Despite what anyone thinks of Ron's personal style of communication, the fact still remains that he has helped hundreds of inventors see the bigger picture, and drastically improved their odds of being successful inventors. He has been doing so for at least 6 years that I know of, and as some here have noted, he is very passionate about *Patent Reform* or anyone else berserking said inventors out of their constitutional rights to profit from their inventions for a limited time (generally 20 years after they are demonstrated to be the first inventor to file here in the US by being awarded an ostensibly valid patent)

    As regards all the allegations that he is trying to profit personally thereby are totally ludicrous, in my opinion, as he has consistently taken significant amounts of money out of His pocket to help other inventors. I don't know specifically how much or why, but having communicated with him over several years, I can assure you that he has probably seen a loss every year for his efforts. For those that don't know, Mr. Riley is a very prolific and successful inventor, which is probably why he is so passionate about it, and why anonymous cowards are so quick to jump all over him.

    BTW... The Angry Dude is probably a prominent patent attorney or clever agent that doesn't want to sully his reputation by rolling around in the muck with the clueless bloggers that routinely pat each other or Mike on the back here, which I happen to find somewhat pathetic. Don't any of you guys have a job?

    That being said, I applaud Mike for his intelligence and willingness to discuss things in an impartial manner, and to avoid all the emotional dreck that seems to be so common on this blog. Like Ron, he at least gets the juices flowing, even if I don't happen to agree with his premises or conclusions.

    Perry Mason

     

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    eleete, Sep 10th, 2008 @ 5:04am

    Re: From the I-can-hardly-believe-my-eyes-department.

    We'll see about all that soon enough. Your post reads like he is a public servant. The facts of the case seem to prove otherwise so far. I'm sure this is just the beginning and much more will come to light. Nice post though, Incredibly inaccurate, but at least you recognize Mike for who he truly is.

     

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    DanC, Sep 10th, 2008 @ 7:54am

    Re: From the I-can-hardly-believe-my-eyes-department.

    Mr. Riley is a very prolific and successful inventor, which is probably why he is so passionate about it, and why anonymous cowards are so quick to jump all over him

    No, the real reason why he gets jumped on is because he never attempts to back up his claims with anything other than "because I said so", has continually lied about Mike and others, uses ad hominem attacks against those who disagree with him, and has shown repeatedly that he has no interest in trying to have a rationale conversation. He also portrays himself as a patent "expert" despite having no legitimate references to support such a claim.

    Instead, he posts inaccurate propaganda, and insinuates that anyone who disagrees with him is affiliated with a big corporation. As Riley himself has stated, the only reason he posts on blogs is in an attempt to solicit donations for his multiple organizations.

    BTW... The Angry Dude is probably a prominent patent attorney or clever agent that doesn't want to sully his reputation by rolling around in the muck with the clueless bloggers that routinely pat each other or Mike on the back here, which I happen to find somewhat pathetic. Don't any of you guys have a job?

    Angry dude is yet another annoyance, not unlike Ron himself, who refuses to discuss the topics, but prefers to resort to lies and pathetic insults. In fact, he tends to use the same tactics Mr. Riley does, which is why he tends to receive similar treatment. Being a blog troll isn't clever.

    Like Ron, he at least gets the juices flowing, even if I don't happen to agree with his premises or conclusions.

    Unlike Ron, Mike actually backs up his claims with logic, basic economics, studies and reports.

    But the Dozier case looks ridiculous, especially since Ron's websites are such a mess to begin with. It appears that Dozier is just trying to get some references to a past SLAPP lawsuit removed from his site.

     

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    Arnold Kempler, Sep 10th, 2008 @ 9:48am

    From the I-can-hardly-believe-my-eyes-department

    Blogger 'Perry Mason' is Ronald J. Riley (imo).

    No one would utter such nonsense other than Riley himself - good try Ron.

    "the fact still remains that he has helped hundreds of inventors see the bigger picture, and drastically improved their odds of being successful inventors."

    Who are these inventors Riley has helped - specifically? How has he improved their odds of success? by reading the information on your InventorEd website - which is available on fifty other websites? You're still exaggerating Ron. Maybe you have passion for Patent reform, but why all the fake credentials such as:

    1) successful inventor,
    2) invention advocate,
    3) lobbyist,
    4) journalist,
    5) engineer and graduate of MIT,
    6) President and Executive Director of countless non-functioning and ineffective organizations,
    7) prestigious claims of close associations with powerful people you've never met.

    How can you (Riley) reform the US Patent system? Nothing - Absolutely Nothing. I may be passionate about changing the Canadian medical system, but I don't pretend to have any influence in government - and I don't collect donations for claiming I can change the system. I also don't create fake organizations and use false credentials to deliberately deceive people into donating money for a cause I'm not qualified to fight for. I also don't try fooling the media, people in government, and those who are genuinely seeking expertise. I don't represent myself as having success when I have none.

    "he has consistently taken significant amounts of money out of His pocket to help other inventors."

    How do you know? More baloney - good try Ron.

    "I can assure you that he has probably seen a loss every year for his efforts."

    How do you know? Have you seen his tax returns? Very clever Ron.

    "Mr. Riley is a very prolific and successful inventor"

    Ha! Nobody but Riley himself would use the word "prolific" while describing his 'stature'. What the heck is prolific about him? And - where, oh where, are his inventions selling?

    "The Angry Dude is probably a prominent patent attorney or clever agent that doesn't want to sully his reputation by rolling around in the muck with the clueless bloggers that routinely pat each other or Mike on the back here, which I happen to find somewhat pathetic."

    Only Riley would use the word "muck", and only Riley accuses people randomly - like saying Angry Dude is a patent attorney. Notice his phrasology - pure Riley-esque. Riley likes to label his critics with "they are probably this or that" (of course, you're a personal enemy of Ron's if you dare disagree with him).

    "Don't any of you guys have a job?"

    And that's the kicker - a typical Riley euphemism - gottcha. Ron - you're so obvious - and so good at faking your own defense.

    I was waiting for you to show-up here with your usual nonsense, exaggerations, and misleading comments.

    Maybe you should ask Mike to track down all the IP addresses on this blog, so you can sue all of us - or report us to Big Brother. Maybe a 'Slapp suit' against everyone on this blog would be appropriate? - or better yet - how about a class action suit?

    Ron - if there was anything about you that was legit, true or real - most people would be on your side. But, you're the worst kind of imposter - you constantly threaten others and accuse people of misrepresenting themselves - when you -are the biggest fake of all.

     

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    Truth-Is-Out, Sep 10th, 2008 @ 5:50pm

    Re: From the I-can-hardly-believe-my-eyes-department

    The truth is out and the fraud is revealed. Riley never had any success however he did make a little money from a failed deal.

    Riley has two patents on a useless consumer technology for exercise tredmills (5820525, 5707319). Both of these patents were obsolete before they were published. But of greater importance, there is no need for these insignificant improvements which only increase costs. Any treadmill manufacturer in their right mind would never consider this - which is exactly what happened. He couldn't take the rejection and began his corporate hate campaign.

    Mr Riley has 5 patents pertaining to rail transportation (4892980, 4919057, 4924164, 48984521, 553260) four of which were assigned to J. N. Fauver Company in Michigan. This is the only deal Riley ever had and it was scrapped by the company. This is also where his hatred for corporations began. Riley believed that he cornered the market for highspeed rail technology.

    The truth is that this frist-semister, jr. college drop-out couldn't engineer a highspeed rail improvement if it was a divine gift.

    Obviously these patents were never produced and they were never brought to market. Riley has no experience, no success and no credentials. He is an incompetent loser that could not live with his failure so he lashes-out at everything. He is an angry little man who finds revenge bullying while he hides behind his keyboard.

    Legislation needs to be enacted against Nut-cases like Riley. His neurosis has no place in IP, invention or the business environment.

    Good luck to Dozier, may Ron Riley Rest in Torment (more then he is in now).

    Sincerely,
    Truth-Is-Out

     

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    Alice B., Sep 17th, 2008 @ 12:28pm

    Ronald J. Riley & Bob Lougher

    Now, it comes to pass that Ronald J. Riley's ineffective (bogus) companies have close ties with Bob Lougher and his organization UIAUSA.com. Lougher is a former employee of an invention marketing scam (the type of company Riley claims to despise). Yet, there appears to be a close relationship between Riley and Lougher. Riley describes his relationship with Lougher on his website "InventorEd".

    So, the question must be asked, does Bob Lougher's organization UIAUSA.com take money from inventor's in the same way that Riley's organizations appear to? The Attorney General of Michigan (Riley's State) and Attorney General of New York (Lougher's State) should launch an inquiry into the questionable activities of PIAUSA. org (Riley's group) and UIAUSA.com (Lougher's group).

    The FTC should investigate this new (and very clever) practice of invention organizations accepting huge "donations" from inventors and others. What the heck are all these donations being used for? and, is the money being reported to the IRS?

    It is interesting to note, that on the Lougher UIAUSA.com website - his name is nowhere to be found. Cleverly, he has made his wife the front-woman for him. Why are you hiding Bob? Why don't you list all your impressive "credentials"? Are you afraid that someone will find out who you really are? How does it feel to be exposed like Riley?

    Someone should also investigate the "history" of UIAUSA.com, because it smells just as awful as Riley's scheme. I would guess that Bob Lougher has done what Riley did: taking the name of a formerly reputable organization, and using its prior reputation as credibility to front as a new legitimate entity (but, with very different intentions). By hiding behind the name of a defunct - once reputable organization - the new administrators (usually high-pressure salesman) can prey upon the innocent inventor and extract thousands of dollars from him.

    How is this possible? Let's look at the type of "donations" Lougher wants you give to him for "supporting" UIAUSA:

    Corporate Sponsor Gold: More than $10,000.00

    Silver: $10,000.00

    Bronze: $ 5,000.00 - $9,000.00

    Sponsorship: $5,000.00

    Patron: $2,000.00 per YEAR

    Banner ads: $500.00 every (3) months or $1500.00 per year.

    And this is just the beginning. UIAUSA offers patent searches, marketing evaluations, and all kinds of invention marketing services - just like the invention-scam artists they are denouncing! So much for taking the moral high-ground, and warning inventors about all the scams out there!

    They are also trying to circumvent the invention development laws by claiming a non-profit status. Meanwhile, PIAUSA and UIAUSA are NOT exempt from State & Federal regulations, and should be pursued by the FTC. One day Lougher and his "Board of Directors" will suffer the consequences for trying to out-maneuver the government. It's no wonder Bob Lougher keeps his name off he UIAUSA webiste!

    UIAUSA claims to have (5) success stories about successful inventions that no one has heard of. The FTC should investigate whether any of these people ever made a dime as a result of buying UIAUSA's services.

    UIAUSA is selling patent searches for $550 with the disclaimer that they can renegotiate this price if they want to. Usually non-profit organizations do not sell patent searches to the public - and if they do, they are not allowed to split fees with patent attornys performing the patent search. If UIAUSA is "fee-splitting" with patent lawyers;, the US Patent and Trademark office (Dept. OED) should be notified immediately.

    For $312 they will sell you a marketing evaluation which tells you about your possible chances of commercializing your invention. However, instead of calling your payment - 'a fee'; they call it "an investment". This investment buys you worthless written material and some guesswork about your possibility of success(in percentages!).

    Considering the fact that 98% of all patents fail (that's 2% out of approx. 6M) - your chances of success are not very good. In fact, your chances of success are much better if you try to market your invention yourself. Just hire a legitimate patent lawyer and a find company to build a prototype. Next, identify companies that could manufacture your product, and contact them to see if they'll set-up a meeting with you (most large companies have strict policies about NOT accepting outside inventions). If you're fortunate enough to find a company who will meet with you, ask them to sign a confidentiality (non-disclosure) agreement (which your patent attorney will provide for you)After the company signs this non-disclosure form - you can meet with the company (along with your attorney) and disclose the details of your invention (bring your working prototype with you). If the company is interested, let your patent attorney negotiate with the company (you always have the right to accept or reject any deal). But, don't be greedy, and listen to your attorney's advice.

    Now - THAT's HOW YOU DO IT. Anyone - who tells you otherwise, is either a fool, or is trying to rip you off!!!!

    So, you certainly don't need UIAUSA to take your hard-earned money. All you'll be buying is the old invention-development model that is preying on your hopes and dreams. It's the oldest trick in the 'invention-marketing scam' book!

    Now - what the heck is UIAUSA doing with all these donations of $10,000, 5,000, 2,000 per annum? and what about all these other "investments" that they are lining their pockets with?

    Does it cost 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars to run a non-profit website? No, it costs about $20 a month for web-hosting these days. WHERE IS THE REST OF THE MONEY GOING? Maybe it's going directly into the pockets of the invisible Bob Lougher and associates? Sounds right - "The simplest answer is usually the correct one" (Occam's Razor).

    And finally, the public needs to understand that this age-old invention marketing scam has taken a new form. Now, the game (for former invention-marketing salesmen) is to form a non-profit organization, work with a retired oddball patent lawyer, and offer the same old one-two punch: $300 for a boilerplate invention evaluation, and then $3,000 - $30,000 for a marketing program (leading to a guaranteed failure).

    Now listen: these invention marketing programs do not work -they have never worked - and they will never work.

    And now - unfortuantely - a new, sad day has dawned in the invention-development world. These huxsters have figured-out a way to gain the inventor's trust and collect huge donations from the unsuspecting inventor. And, so here are the state-of-the-art deceptions: PIAUSA.org (Ronald J. Riley) and UIAUSA.com (Bob Lougher).

    This is only my opinion - you decide for yourself.

     

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    Alice B., Sep 17th, 2008 @ 2:02pm

    Correction to above post: uiausa.ORG - NOT uiausa.COM

    Here is the correct URL address for www.uiausa.ORG:

    http://uiausa.org/

     

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    Anita F., Sep 17th, 2008 @ 9:41pm

    on that point about Riley and Lougher

    Bob Lougher is the promoter of "The Invention Convention". He was part of a major invention-scam a few years ago and has used this knowledge to create another scam - The Invention Convention. There is a news article on his own website confirming his role in scamming inventors:

    http://www.inventionconvention.com/successtimonials/robertlougher.html

    "Lougher, an inventor himself, was involved in a devastating fraud and he thereby started the Inventors Awareness Group, Inc. (IAG)".

    Most inventors do not realize it, but when they display their inventions without first filing a patent; they can lose their patent rights. When proprietary information is readily available to the public, it is no longer proprietary. There are serious dangers when disclosing the details of an invention in a public forum. Lougher knows about this, but he is charging big fees to sell booths, and this is all he cares about.

    Any corporate attendee at "The Invention Convention" can copy or steal an inventor's idea and not pay them a dime. In fact, there is absolutely no benefit for an unpatented invention to be showcased in public. Bob Lougher has "invented" a convention that benefits no one but himself. By exposing unpatented inventions in public, inventors are paying Lougher a fee for the privilege of jeopardizing their patent rights.

    Lougher's experience as an invention marketing salesman has come in very handy. To pump-up the inventors egos at his convention, he offers 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the "best" inventions. He has even convinced the media that he is an expert on invention promotion. This is what happens when a novice creates a believable image. The image, of course, is an illusion.

    If inventors want to pay big fees for entertaining themselves and showing-off their pet projects, then the Invention Convention will fulfill their needs. But, if inventors are serious about licensing inventions, they are wasting their money by giving it to Lougher. The whole concept of an Invention Convention makes no sense, and every patent lawyer knows it. As an analogy, it would be like the government having a "Top Secret" convention, so all the other countries could steal our most advanced future technologies.

    But, there goes Bob Lougher - he's laughing all the way to the bank with big fees he has collected from the naive' inventor!

     

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    Idiot Detective, Sep 18th, 2008 @ 8:45am

    Riley creates a mirror web-site to hide the truth!

    The ronaldjriley blogspot that Mike refers to in his introductory remarks has chronicled many of Riley's ignorant, ridiculous and defamatory comments.

    Here is the original blogspot: http://ronaldjriley.blogspot.com

    It has come to our attention that recently Riley has created a 'mirror' website of this blogspot. Why would Riley do this? To lower our search-engine rankings. Mirror sites cause the original website to suffer in search results. It is quite unbelievable that even Riley would stoop this low.

    This action exemplifies Ronald J. Riley's desperation to hide the truth. He has created this mirror-site on his amexsux.com website:

    ronaldjriley.blogspot.com/2006/06/few-of-rileys-websites-httpamexsux.html

    Riley has a devious mind and he knows how to manipulate Google rankings. He has been reported for abuse to Google and to ICANN. He can't play fair, so he's learned how to cheat and deceive.

    Maybe I'll hire Dozier to add copyright infringement onto Riley's long list of indictments and alleged fraud.

     

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    Ray R, Sep 25th, 2008 @ 3:23pm

    Penny Ballou is next

    He co-owns InventorEd & Professional Inventors Alliance with the infamous Penny Ballou. A self-proclaimed scientologist with the ability to communicate telepathically over 1000’s of miles.

    Together they generate insufficient income to file taxes and have been unwilling to disclose the use of donated funds. We have never found Riley claims to be true and no source political or otherwise claim to have received funds from Riley for the purpose of furthering any inventor cause.

    Based upon their income levels it is now suspected that both Riley and Bellou use funds for personal bills in hopes of perpetuating the scam and finding a wealthy unsuspecting inventor who will donate large sums."

     

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    Out of the Blue, Sep 30th, 2008 @ 3:04pm

    Dozier v Ron Riley

    It surprises me that none of the many responses (especially you Mike) take trademark infringement seriously. If Riley used a Meta Tag for American Express or Skippy he would be shut down in a flash, that is if American Express or Skippy learned of it. A Meta Tag is like using a flashing billboard to attract American Express and Skippy traffic to Ron Riley web sites. That would not be tolerated in print, advertising or any media or even the phone book. However since many trademark and copyright infringement issues have not been tested with respect to Internet use, the case law is not absolutely defined, though trademark law appears to be very clear on this issue.

    There is no reason to believe that American Express would permit Ron Riley to use their trademark in a print ad in the New York Times for the intention of driving traffic to his business. And there is no reason to believe that Riley, or anyone, can infringe trademarks in Meta Tags to profit from a corporate owned trademark. Some apparently confuse this infringement with free speech. Meta Tag use of trademarks or copyrights are not free speech. In fact, Riley has a lot of valuable trademarks in Meta Tags: American Express, Dell, Skippy, Northwest, Comp USA, Leap Frog, among others.

    This is only the start because a Meta Tag is a core trademark issue that violates the rights a trademark provides. And it allows Riley to profit from the use of trademarks that are owned by others. In this case I would expect (and hope) this to be a much greater problem (and expense) for Riley. I am certain that if American Express, Dell, Skippy, Northwest, Comp USA, Leap Frog, among others, knew Riley was capitalizing on their Trademarks they would take the same action. The question is do they know?

    If you don't think trademark infringement is serious then violate Mattel's Barbie trademark with a Meta Tag, but only if Mattel knows of it.

     

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    Mike (profile), Sep 30th, 2008 @ 4:13pm

    Re: Dozier v Ron Riley

    It surprises me that none of the many responses (especially you Mike) take trademark infringement seriously.

    Why is that surprising? I'm guessing you're new around here and have not read my views on trademark law. But rather than be surprised, you might want to try looking around at what I've written.

    If Riley used a Meta Tag for American Express or Skippy he would be shut down in a flash, that is if American Express or Skippy learned of it. A Meta Tag is like using a flashing billboard to attract American Express and Skippy traffic to Ron Riley web sites. That would not be tolerated in print, advertising or any media or even the phone book. However since many trademark and copyright infringement issues have not been tested with respect to Internet use, the case law is not absolutely defined, though trademark law appears to be very clear on this issue.

    There's so much wrong with that I don't know where to start. First, meta tags are now meaningless. No search engine still uses them. They do nothing. They're not a flashing billboard for anything. Second, they're not trademark infringements in any way, as they do nothing to confuse the consumer into being mislead.

    There is no reason to believe that American Express would permit Ron Riley to use their trademark in a print ad in the New York Times for the intention of driving traffic to his business.

    As long as it was used in a way that does not cause confusion, there would be no trademark infringement to speak of. You are allowed to compare yourself to American Express without trademark infringement, for example.

    Honestly, your comment is about 5 years out of date.

    Meta tags are meaningless.

    Go read Eric Goldman (a real expert on this field) to understand how pointless meta tags are as an issue.

     

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    Glenn Charles, Oct 1st, 2008 @ 12:16pm

    lawyers and truth

    I'm skeptical. Unassociated with patent law, I'm a criminal because I'm epileptic (and fall below a certain income level in a rural county [Jackson County, Oregon: Medford]) and (I should underline this) I used a public defender. Admittedly, there are poor lawyers, I've heard. I've rarely heard of honest ones...even in ancient historical mention.
    --Glenn
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    gerald, Oct 27th, 2008 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Penny Ballou is next

    Since Riley was exposed you no longer hear from Penny Ballou. Is she waiting for the smoke to settle before giving you telepathic advise and asking for a donation?

     

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    Bob Lougher, Nov 10th, 2008 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Ronald J. Riley & Bob Lougher

    The most uninformed or ignorant person on the internet must have fabricated this post. For the record, I have been retired for a couple of years now. My association with the United Inventors Association is well known and well documented. The United Inventors Association is a NOT FOR PROFIT EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION recognized around the world for the good work it has done on behalf of independent inventors. Anyone associated with the legitimate side of inventing should be able to fill you in on their impeccable record. A few years back, I had the privilege of serving as the UIA's Executive Director. For this, I was paid a small salary. I was also their webmaster since I created and donated their original Website.

    Most of your obvious lies are not worth responding to. If you had done any kind of research (even a simple google search) you would have discovered that Stephen Gnass of Pasadena, CA was the person behind "The Invention Convention." I would be happy to take the credit for this function but it would be unfair to Mr. Gnass.

    Since you know so very little about the legitimate side of the invention community, I can only assume that you are from the other side. Your extreme ignorance was my first clue. Are your initials "BW"? We know it is not Alice B. or Anita F.

    Under normal circumstances, I would have ignored such dribble and continued my well-earned retirement. In this case, I am making you and this Website the exception. Your statement "It is interesting to note, that on the Lougher UIAUSA.com Website - his name is nowhere to be found. Cleverly, he has made his wife the front-woman for him." demonstrates your total lack of integrity. This deliberate act of slander will not go unpunished. I have contacted my attorneys and instructed them to go forward with legal actions. Freedom of speech is not a freedom to slander.

    One last note for the record. For my retirement, I am retired from the US Air Force with nearly 30 years of service and I am a disabled Vietnam veteran. My wife is also retired from the US Air Force and we both receive Social Security. I have never had a need or desire to steal from anyone.

     

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    Alice B., Nov 14th, 2008 @ 10:43am

    Bob Lougher

    For Bob Lougher - here is an excerpt from your own letter to the Invention Convention:

    "The Invention Convention should be a national prototype for all invention shows to follow. It had all the elements that makes a show successful. What was especially dear to our hearts were the independent inventors that did successfully obtain licensing agreements with manufacturers.

    Sincerely,
    Robert Lougher, President"

    FOLLOWED BY:

    "Lougher, an inventor himself, was involved in a DEVASTATING FRAUD and he thereby started the Inventors Awareness Group, Inc. (IAG)...."
    http://www.inventionconvention.com/successtimonials/robertlougher.html

    By the way, what 'ideas' were licensed by individuals at this convention (that were so dear to your heart?) How many 'ideas' were displayed that were unpatented? You are obviously aware that any 'inventors' displaying their 'ideas' without patent protection have lost their patent rights by exhibiting these 'ideas' in the public domain. Why do you endorse this practice?

    What was "the devastating fraud you were involved in?" How much money did you take from inventors before pretending to be a good guy?

    As for your lame legal threats - talk to your good friend Ronald J. Riley about the First Ammendment - he's an expert on the subject as you undoubtedly know.

    As for UIAUSA - please understand that we would love to take a look at its documentation in a 'discovery' process - then we'll see who goes unpunished. Here are some questions that have been prepared by our attorneys:

    Please state the total amount of money you received from inventors while you were involved in a "devastating invention marketing fraud". Did you return the money you took under false pretenses to the people you defrauded? Why didn't you turn yourself in to the authorities?

    How many inventor clients have paid or 'donated' money to UIAUSA?

    How many have made more money than they paid or 'donated'?

    Please name the total number of successful inventions that UIAUSA has developed and where these inventions are selling?

    Please state the percentage of income that UIAUSA has received from fees or donations, versus royalties from sucessful inventions.

    Since you claim to be an inventor yourself - please state how much money you have received in royalties from your own successful inventions.

    What has been the extent of your relationship with UIAUSA? What kind of relationship do you have currently with UIAUSA and its employees, directors, consultants (full and part-time), and any other individuals or organizations involved either directly or indirectly with UIAUSA?

    What is the extent of your relationship with Ronald J. Riley? Please provide copies of all documentation and correspondance between you and Ronald J. Riley.

    Finally, what credentials do you have in the field of researching, developing, marketing and licensing of inventions?

    It appears that your good friend Ronald J. Riley has a long list of fake credentials that were just uncovered by a law firm that is suing him.

    Don't birds of a feather....???

    and needless to say...you're wrong on the initials...but think what you like...

     

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    Bob Lougher, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 9:13am

    Re: Bob Lougher

    "As for UIAUSA - please understand that we would love to take a look at its documentation in a 'discovery' process - then we'll see who goes unpunished. Here are some questions that have been prepared by our attorneys:"

    Dear "anonymous": Your attorneys appear to be as ignorant as you are. (Birds of a feather) Since all you ask is public record, look it up yourself. As far as discovery, I have been through discovery as a result of a lawsuit by a well-known scammer. It is indeed a double-edged sword. His frivolous lawsuit was dropped. The information WE obtained from discovery was used against him in his criminal case. He received 8 years federal time. He had a well-known, high-power and intelligent attorney.

    In case there are people that actually read your dribble, I present a vivid example of your lack of knowledge: "Why didn't you turn yourself in to the authorities?" I did and it also was well documented. I was also deeply involved in the FTC Project MouseTrap. Something tells me you were one of the scammers that was indicted.

    Try doing something useful with your life, "get an education."

     

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    Motorcycle Fairings, Nov 21st, 2008 @ 2:10pm

    After reading all this opinions I think Riley has no chance to win in this case. No one is in his side and no one would consider him at the time of judging.

     

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    Strategy Guide, Nov 27th, 2008 @ 12:43am

    You must understand that Riley is only interested in cashing-in on a Patent system that doesn't work. He has learned how to take advantage of it, and pretends to be an advocate for inventors. He has led many people to believe that he can help them market their inventions. He has probably circumvented the invention marketing laws by mis-categorizing the money he receives as (non-taxable) 'donations' - instead of (taxable) fees. The same Federal agencies that he claims to work with (The FTC and the IRS), should be looking into Riley's methods of operation and accounting practices.

     

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    Alice B., Jan 2nd, 2009 @ 9:22pm

    Re: Bob Lougher - Still a Con Man

    Bob Lougher / Robert Lougher of UIAUSA.org has failed to admit that he has defrauded hundreds/thousands of inventors. He has collected 'hundreds of thousands of dollars' from his scams and convinced the naive' inventor that he had the qualifications to help him.

    Bob - aside from all your dribble - for the last time - state your credentials/qualifications (besides 'former scam artist') and please name one successful invention that you helped to launch(and actually made more money than the inventor paid you).

    I know that you will NEVER answer these questions because you are a carbon-copy of your good friend Ronald J. Riley. Riley has lied all over the internet about his non-existent, false credentials - and it turns out that he is a college drop-out - NOT the MIT engineer he claims to be (he's also never made a dime marketing an invention).

    So Bob, YOU HAVE NO CREDENTIALS - YOU HAVE NEVER SUCCESSFULLY MARKETED ANY INVENTION - AND YOU FOOLED ATTORNEY GENERALS, THE FTC, AND Hundreds OF INVENTORS - BUT THE TRUTH IS: YOU ARE A LIAR, A FAILURE AND A NOBODY -

    So - just answer the two questions above (with verifying information) or go back to your rat hole.

     

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    Home Decor, Jan 8th, 2009 @ 5:36am

    Any updates of the case? I really would like to know how things are right now and what were some of the most outstanding arguments used here.

     

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    Ray, Jan 8th, 2009 @ 4:23pm

    Re: Re: Bob Lougher - Still a Con Man + Penny Ballou

    You notice the rat Penny Ballou is still no where to be found. What ever happened to Penny. Is she no longer giving telepathic advice. Talk about a con women

     

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    Ruth, Feb 20th, 2009 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Riley creates a mirror web-site to hide the truth!

    Talk about smoke & mirrors, Penny Ballou should be sitting next to RJ. Penny stop giving your telepathic advise to inventors.

     

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    gloria, Feb 22nd, 2009 @ 9:12pm

    Re: Copy of lawsuit against Ronald J. Riley

    very good comments. Safe to say Penny Ballou is following the foot steps of Riley.

     

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    Joanne, Feb 26th, 2009 @ 10:01pm

    Re: Re: Bob Lougher - Still a Con Man + Penny Ballou

    Alice you hit it the nail right on the head

    So Bob & Penny, YOU HAVE NO CREDENTIALS - YOU HAVE NEVER SUCCESSFULLY MARKETED ANY INVENTION - AND YOU FOOLED ATTORNEY GENERALS, THE FTC, AND Hundreds OF INVENTORS - BUT THE TRUTH IS: YOU ARE A LIAR, A FAILURE AND A NOBODY -

     

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    Ronnie, Mar 16th, 2009 @ 8:22pm

    Penny Ballou

    would anyone happen to know if penny ballou has ever had a successful product? Or is she just a Dear Abby for patent holders

     

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    Helen, Mar 22nd, 2009 @ 10:48am

    penny ballou

    Anytime someone has asked Penny if she has ever had a successful product, she never answers the question. Do a little more research and you will find Penny lives in a trailer park in las vegas.

     

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    Harry, May 3rd, 2009 @ 9:23am

    I did research google earth on where Penny lives . Thank you for the information. I would have never thought Penny lived in a trailer park. That is very funny

     

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    Adam Clifford, May 20th, 2009 @ 4:42pm

    Re: Ronald J. Riley & Bob Lougher

    Hi,Alice,

    Enjoyed your article.

    Through all this stuff,InventorED,without reference to anything else,has provided extensive information for possible scams for apprentice inventors.That's a big deal.
    At a time when there hasn't been anything else as accessible.

    This is big mitigation,and is being overlooked.

    Maybe I'm wrong.

    Regards

    Adam Clifford[would be inventor]

     

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    Adam Clifford, May 20th, 2009 @ 5:10pm

    Re: Re: Penny Ballou is next

    I'm genuinely cosumed by a sense of naivete here.

    I'm a would be inventor and discovered the value of internet forums for inventors,and other online information resources for inventors.
    I would check things out with InventorEd-never felt obligated or manipulated in any way,and Penny Ballou would appear on some of the forums,warn people there about some dubious outfits,and give some useful advice/information,and is appreciated,as has been InventorED.

    She never promoted anything.

    That's exactly how it's been,so I'm gobsmacked by what's going on here.

     

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    Harlen, Jun 28th, 2009 @ 8:42pm

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    shall we call her trailer park Penny, lol

     

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    Shirley, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 11:10pm

    I just found this link about penny. Never would have thought she was handing out advise from her mobile home. Hope my attorney does not live in a trailer park!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 10:42am

    what ever happened to trailer park penny ballou???

     

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    Budget Van Lines Reviews, Feb 12th, 2010 @ 1:07pm

    well he does some right in this case so i don't blame you for defending him

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 9:13am

    Penny, I noticed on line you are telepathic. Can u help with the winning lotto numbers!!!

     

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    Classic, Mar 2nd, 2014 @ 10:33am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Oct 22nd, 2009 @ 10:42am

    That's classic. Penny Ballou living in a trailer park. Too funny. Another person hiding behind the screen of a computer. Telepathic! Oh no,
    It's a shame when people can not be real.

     

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