KANSAS STATUTES AGAINST INVENTION MARKETING COMPANIES

(As of 12/12/98)

Statute 50-666

Chapter 50.--UNFAIR TRADE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

Article 6.--CONSUMER PROTECTION

50-666. Invention promotion services; definitions. As used in this act:

(a) "Contract for invention promotion services" means a contract by which an invention promoter undertakes to develop or
promote an invention for a consumer.

(b) "Invention" means a process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or an improvement upon any of the foregoing.

(c) "Fee" means any payment made by a consumer to an invention promoter, including reimbursements for expenditures made
or costs incurred.

(d) "Invention promoter" means any person, and the agents, employees or representatives of the person, who develops or
promotes or offers to develop or promote an invention for a consumer. The following are not invention promoters for purposes
of this act:

(1) A person licensed to practice before the United States patent and trademark office as a patent attorney;

(2) a department or agency of federal, state or local government; or

(3) a person who accepts technology from institutions of higher education or other state or federal research institutions for
evaluation and the providing of marketing services.

(e) "Invention promotion services" means acts to be performed or promised to be performed, or both, by an invention
promoter.

(f) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity. Such term does not include a department or
agency of any governmental unit.




50-667. Same; disclosures; required information and statement in contract.

An invention promoter shall make the following disclosures:

(a) In any solicitation, whether a fee is charged for invention promotion services.

(b) In any contract between an invention promoter and consumer for invention promotion services:

(1) The fee to be charged and the specific services to be provided including:

(A) Whether the promoter will construct one or more prototypes, models or devices embodying the consumer's invention;

(B) whether the promoter undertakes to sell or distribute one or more prototypes, models or devices embodying the
consumer's invention;

(C) the expected completion date of services; and

(D) the extent to which the invention promoter will acquire an interest in the title to the consumer's invention.

(2) Whichever of the following statements is applicable:

(A) That the invention promoter does not evaluate either:

(i) The commercial feasibility of inventions submitted to the invention promoter; or

(ii) the technical feasibility of inventions submitted to the invention promoter; or

(B) that the invention promoter does evaluate either:

(i) The commercial feasibility of inventions submitted to the invention promoter; or

(ii) the technical feasibility of inventions submitted to the invention promoter.

(3) That without an evaluation of commercial or technical feasibility, the consumer is at substantial risk that the invention may
not be commercially or technically feasible.

(4) The following statement in 10 point boldface type:

"IF YOU ASSIGN EVEN A PARTIAL INTEREST IN THE INVENTION TO THE INVENTION PROMOTER, THE
INVENTION PROMOTER MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN OR LICENSE ITS INTEREST IN THE
INVENTION, OR MAKE, USE, AND SELL THE INVENTION, WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT AND MAY NOT
HAVE TO SHARE THE PROFITS WITH YOU.

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT WITH A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING THIS
CONTRACT. BY PROCEEDING WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY YOU COULD LOSE
ANY RIGHTS YOU MIGHT HAVE IN YOUR INVENTION.

THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES DETAILED IN THE CONTRACT PROVIDES NO GUARANTEE OR
PROMISE OF PROFITS, OR THAT YOUR INVENTION WILL BE PURCHASED BY A MANUFACTURER.

THIS CONTRACT DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK PROTECTION FOR
YOUR INVENTION. THE PATENT OFFICE DISCLOSURE PROGRAM IS NOT A PATENT APPLICATION
PROCEEDING.

YOUR POTENTIAL PATENT RIGHTS MAY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY ANY ATTEMPT TO
COMMERCIALIZE YOUR INVENTION BEFORE A PATENT APPLICATION COVERING IT IS FILED.
NONCONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURES OF YOUR INVENTION MAY ALSO TRIGGER CERTAIN STATUTORY
DEADLINES FOR FILING A PATENT APPLICATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND WOULD PREVENT YOU
FROM OBTAINING VALID PATENT RIGHTS IN COUNTRIES WHOSE LAWS PROVIDE THAT PATENT
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED BEFORE ANY PUBLIC DISCLOSURE."




50-668. Deceptive act or practice; supplemental to Kansas consumer protection act.

(a) Failure to provide the disclosures required by K.S.A. 50-667 and amendments thereto is a deceptive act or practice under the Kansas consumer protection act.

(b) This act shall be a part of and shall be supplemental to the Kansas consumer protection act.


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