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Ronald Riley

The Inside Story

For those who do not know me I founded the Professional Inventors Alliance
http:www.PIAUSA.org in 1993, and in 1995 I became one of the key people
driving the creation of the Alliance for American Innovation whose goal was
to stop so called patent reform legislation and to create a voice for
independent inventor interests in Washington, DC. In 1995 I started an
organization to educate independent inventors www.InventorEd.org and
incorporated it as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1998. My passion is innovation
and First Amendment issues.

As background information it is important to mention that this is the same
Taubman who was convicted in the Sotheby's art auction house scandal.

These is a bit more to this case. I was contacted by a journalist about
Hank Mishkoff because of the role I played in defending Mrs. Tibbets as
detailed on http:www.Skippy-SCAM.org. At this point Mr. Hank Mishkoff was
defending himself and not fairing too well. Taubman had prevailed in
getting an order shutting down the fan web site and Mr. Mishkoff had put up
a sucks web site in response.

The first thing I did was contact Mr. Krass at GIFFORD, KRASS, GROH,
SPRINKLE, ANDERSON & CITKOWSKI of Birmingham, Michigan because I knew him as
a result of his relationship with a personal friend and inventor named Mike
Levine. I suggested to Mr. Krass that suing a fan was very poor judgment
and that they should end this case. He did not respond well, and shortly
after the contact an order was issued shutting down Mr. Mishkof's sucks web
site about Mr. Taubman.

I was outraged by the court's attack on the First Amendment and responded by
creating http:www.Taubman-SUCKS.com, contacting Mr. Mishkoff and suggesting
that he contact Paul Levy with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. Paul
Levy had helped deal with threats of litigation by Edward B. Friedman
http:www.InventorEd.org/caution/friedman/ (Invention Submission
Corporation's attorney http:www.InventorEd.org/caution/isc). I then called
and wrote Paul Levy about the Mishkoff case, pleading that he should step
into the case.

Paul Levy took the case, and he kicked the crap out of Taubman. I have
little doubt that if Paul Levy had not stepped into the case that the
outcome would have been much different.

Ronald J. Riley, Exec. Dir.
1323 West Cook Road.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
www.InventorEd.org
Direct (810) 597-0195, Off (810) 936-4356

Also President www.PIAUSA.org

And former advisory board president of the Alliance for American Innovation
1995-2002.

Eric E

Thanks for the note. That reminds me that I forgot to add Paul Levy's name to my posting. I left a space for it, but then got distracted. I'll fix that.

Your comment is identical to the comment you posted on another site:
http://falsepositives.blogspot.com/2005/03/howto-defend-yourself-against-domain.html

Hopefully, you're not cutting and pasting the same comment in dozens of blogs?

Hank Mishkoff

I just stumbled onto a great story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/9/prweb287873.htm

For all I know, you may have written about it already, but...

The article is about the Fashion Institute of Technology, which markets clothing under its "FIT" trademark. In keeping with the trend of generally overaggressive trademark lawyering, they've been going around suing everyone marketing clothes under any name that includes the word "fit."

Now, one of their victims is fighting off the attack by suggesting that F.I.T. should never have been granted a trademark on FIT in the first place, pointing out that the word "fit" has a long history (particularly in relation to garments). And now the defendant is going on the offensive: He's countersuing F.I.T. in an attempt to invalidate their trademark.

If he succeeds, he will not only show companies that they may waste hundreds of thousands of dollars if they let their IP attorneys run wild, the companies may end up losing the very intellectual property they're paying their IP lawyers to defend!

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