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HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM
COUNTERFEIT AGENCIES


For Parents and Students of Inductees into the
National Gallery For America’s Young Inventors™
and all other competitions and youth honors


Becoming inducted into Washington, DC’s only authorized hall of fame for America’s young inventors is a very historic honor! Because of this, you may have individuals and organizations calling you to offer publicity, patents, contracts and more.

The National Museum of Education cares deeply for each student!  In order to educate families of young inventors, we are providing the following checklist of reputable practices to protect yourself and your ideas.

MOST IMPORTANT: Are they a not-for-profit group, certified with a Federal class of 501(c)(3)?  If not, they are most likely for profit!  Use Caution!

Yes

No

Have they provided a non-profit Federal Tax ID# for your reference?
Verify it at www.irs.gov

Yes

No

Can they provide a photograph of their office or building? (Not a house!)

Yes

No

Are they offering a contract? We recommend having a patent attorney present to review any promises, licenses or patent offers!

Yes

No

What is their track record? Can they provide 3-4 references of other inductees with their phone numbers?  Call all of them!

Yes

No

Is their selection method determined through a juried process? Or is it being directed by a few individuals to provide a self-serving media experience in order to provide P.R. for their own benefit?

Yes

No

Is there a publicized ceremony?   Are there reputable speakers? Are your travel & lodging expenses covered?

Yes

No

Is your child being coached on what to say and what not to say? These are BIG "red flags" and you should be very cautious! Yes No

Are scholarships or credits offered for an accredited institution or university?

Yes

No

Keep in mind, everyone on the Internet technically has a worldwide presence. "Idea Predators" will benefit financially from promoting your child. Anyone can set up a site. But if an organization is claiming an international presence, investigate carefully.

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Many organizations harvest children's photos and ideas. Do they pursue public donations to maintain the website, etc.? Are awards given in return or will your child only receive a certificate?

Yes

No

Are they offering cash, manufacturing assistance or other bonuses?  Do not release any details or materials on your child's invention without protecting your child.

Yes

No

Remember: If you’re not getting anything, they are getting everything!


With over 35 years in the invention business,
we have a vast amount of experience.
Call us at any time with questions and concerns,
and we will do our best to keep you safe!

   
NMOE
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The National Gallery for America's Young Inventors ™ is the only nationally recognized hall of fame for student inventors, established in 1993 and given permission by the adult National Inventors Hall of Fame Board in Washington, D.C. to archive and enshrine great student inventions and inventors K-12.


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