• Report: #570269

Complaint Review: United Patent Research Ltd TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified Safe™ …businesses you can trust. United Patent Research, best resources to the invention industry, makes ideas a reality. United Patent Research receives a positive rating for their commitment to the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation Program – a program that benefits the consumer and assures them complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a vendor. United Patent Research Ltd. has made a serious commitment to 100% customer satisfaction and provides a step-by-step service to ensure most favorable results.

  • Submitted: Tue, February 16, 2010
  • Updated: Sat, August 01, 2015

  • Reported By: Mit — lewisburg West Virginia United States of America
United Patent Research
2939 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. St. A OlneyInternet, Maryland United States of America

United Patent Research REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: United Patent Research is totally committed to customer satisfaction. UPR’s proven methods ensure a client’s success in researching their product, filing all the necessary patent applications with the United States Patent Office, supplying companies with the information needed, & then utilizing their licensing affiliate to work with the client to close the sale.
*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service. United Patent Research, LTD. pledges to always resolve any issues: feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with United Patent Research, LTD., recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to United Patent Research for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with United Patent Research, LTD. have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. United Patent Research, LTD. listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

United Patent Research, Ltd.’s president, Mr. Patrick Ralston, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients’ success are at the heart of the business. [continued below]....
..... As a successful businessman, Mr. Ralston feels it is critical to listen to his clients and respond properly. By always putting his customers first, Mr. Ralston has maintained a successful enterprise both now and in the future. The most powerful legislative body in the inventor world is the United Inventors Association. Their philosophy is the same as Mr. Ralston’s – to guide inventors and provide them with the best advice and service to enhance the prospects of taking an invention from concept to successful licensing. That is why United Patent Research is one of the few selected companies that holds the status of platinum sponsor with the United Inventors Association. This philosophy translates itself very strongly when contacting manufacturers on behalf of its clients. United Patent Research takes this philosophy very seriously in truly communicating their clients’ projects to prospective manufacturers, distributors, and buyers, evidenced by the fact they average at least one trade show a month. One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads: “United Patent Research, Ltd. truly communicates all aspects of the service in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that the employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments and deliver on their promises.”

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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by William Baker during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward United Patent Research.

Leads for United Patent Research are acquired through various different sources including online and televised marketing. Once the initial interest has been made a potential client can expect customer service that goes above and beyond, "we provide the highest level of service that we can give them...I think when people analyze what we're doing for the price it doesn't take them long to figure out that we're saving than a lot of money upfront. We're doing the work for a fraction of what it would cost them to do it by themselves." At each level of communication and progression United Patent Research aims to provide the highest level of customer service.

During the onsite interview Mr. Ralston was asked to describe a situation where a client was not satisfied with the level of service they received. Mr. Ralston explained while they rarely receive complaints some clients can become dissatisfied when their product is not as successful as they anticipated it being, "it's not a get rich quick scheme. It's an ongoing process." While United Patent Research cannot guarantee the success of a product it will provide a service which will give a potential product it's best chance to succeed. They combat unrealistic expectations by explaining their processes both verbally and in writing.


When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Ralston believes that the comments could be from competitors because of the dates that they were posted. In order to assure future clients Mr. Ralston expressed that United Patent Research's methods of development are both legal and successful. This can been seen through their many accreditations, "the most powerful legislative body in the inventor world is the United Inventors Association...they are very careful with who they associate themselves, and we are actually on the United Inventors Associations website." Not only is United Patent Research on the website, but they are listed as a Platinum Sponsor which is acknowledges as being the best of the best. It should also be noted that they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Ralston stressed their high standards for customer service, "the one thing that I think really keeps people happy is that if there is an issue we will get it fixed." United Patent Research is so dedicated in fact that clients have a direct line to Mr. Ralston if any issues arise.

United Patent Research is pleased to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Ralston stated, "it's an absolute honor to be a part of the program...at the end of the day you as a company have every expectation to make the client happy, and that's what this program is about."


"I am more than happy to be an ardent spokesperson for United Patent Research. I have been working with the company for a year and a half. All of the personnel who have been involved with my intellectual property have been well-educated, articulate, responsive, and encouraging without giving any false promises. The company is extremely honest.

“UPR, from the inception of my product, has offered step-by-step instructions, with my protection in mind. I have found everyone to be highly knowledgeable about the entire patent process. I give kudos to Jim Jackson who was extremely helpful in the beginning. Then, I had the good fortune to speak with Pat Ralston, President of UPR. Pat Ralston is a gift! He is so personable, and is extremely timely in returning phone calls or emails. I have told him that he makes me feel as though I am his only client! He has been extremely helpful with his suggestions in getting my idea to the marketplace, and with all of my questions and concerns. I also would like to say that I feel extremely comfortable with the licensing attorney involved with my product, Mr. Michael Freedman. It’s a salute to the company that they have chosen him to represent their clients. I also would like to say that the first person who called me after my first inquiry about the whole process (and I regret that I forget his name), was also knowledgeable and very encouraging.

“United Patent Research is very thorough and also kept me highly informed in the step-by-step process to where my product is today. I have been very happy with the whole exercise, and it’s my fervent wish for their continued success and prosperity in these challenging times. Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of a wonderful American company. They are the embodiment of what a great company should be!”

— Claire deNatale (Inventor)


United Patent Research, LTD.'s United Patent Research, Ltd.’s clients have expressed their confidence in UPR’s services.

Recently a United Patent Research client, Victor C., commented on the service he has been receiving from UPR:

"United Patent in my opinion, based upon our initial meeting, proved to me with extreme confidence by Pat Ralston, that he is a man of integrity, which is something that I was truly impressed by. The President has been completely honest and very professional in how he advised me.” - Victor C., Inventor of The Shield



United Patent Research, LTD. takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "United Patent Research, Ltd. takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as: “UPR provides a very positive environment to work in; opportunities for suggestions and improvements are always encouraged. Mr. McCorkle is truly concerned about our contribution and input in improving client services which will ultimately provide more opportunity in securing a licensing agreement.

The staff from top to bottom takes all the time necessary to listen and communicate with UPR employees and their clients to learn and implement all positive staff suggestions so as to constantly improve UPR’s services to its clients. UPR has a positive, collegial, friendly environment for its employees and this translates into a positive and friendly attitude by the employees toward UPR clients.”

" Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that United Patent Research, LTD.'s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


"United Patent Research, LTD. recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, United Patent Research, LTD. has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Patrick Ralston, Ripoff Report is convinced that United Patent Research, LTD. is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.

As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.



United Patent Research One Time Payment To Have My Invention Patented And Find A Company To Produce And Market It OlneyInternet, Maryland


Ripoff Report would like to let readers know that Ripoff Report emailed this customer so the member business could make things right with them. When a business joins the Corporate Advocacy Program, Ripoff Report emails everyone from the past so the member business can make things right with them. Of course, everything within reason. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. The author of this report never contacted Ripoff Report back so United Patent Research could make things right with them.


I believe the report is false. If it is a client they never contacted me or this office. I do not see the persons name at the bottom to identify who it is. We have very few complaints if any. The one thing that I have implemented was giving every patent client my direct line to my desk. We also disclose future cost to our clients in writing. We also keep our clients happy by always going beyond the scope of our agreement.



The United Patent Research LTD is a scam.  I requested information on an idea I had.  This company, with very knowledgeable employees about the patent business, convinced me that I had a great invention.  They sent me some documents to fill out and return. The individual I talked was  Mr.Al Lever.  He informed me that a one time payment of $795 would be needed to have everything I need, to get a patent. This also included a 'patent attorney,' which is needed to research my invention. Mr. Lever called me about a month after I sent him the information he requested along with the $795.  The way he talked would have given anyone the idea that the invention was going through and that a patent was defiantly going to happen. He then sent me another document to fill out and send back. But this document wanted anywhere from $2,000 to $13,000 to continue. WOW!  Then I decided to do a little more in depth research on their company. And guess what!! This has happened before to several other people. So, the $795 was a very hard lesson to learn, especially the way this economy is today.  The hard part is trying to understand that when we come home from Iraq and Pakistan, we can get ripped-off by the very people we are fighting for.  There is just something not right about this.  If anyone would like to help a poor man get some of his $ back, please call them and let them know how you feel about them. 


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/16/2010 04:22 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/United-Patent-Research/OlneyInternet-Maryland-20832/United-Patent-Research-One-Time-Payment-To-Have-My-Invention-Patented-And-Find-A-Company-570269. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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Update About the United Patent Research LTD

AUTHOR: MMorgan - (United States of America)

After chatting with the president of UPR, a Mr. Ralston ,and the lady that initially contacted me, a Ms. Christine Parker, I reread my contract.  I also visited many online websites about patent companies, ripoff reports and websites for the complaining about companies.

A misunderstanding on both sides, is how I now understand the situation. The contract does inform the inventor of the difference between searching a patent and applying for a patent. I only wish that I had been told about the possible amount that would be needed for the Universal Licensing LLC.  Since the UPR and UL work together a lot, I do believe they had some idea of what that part of the process would cost.

I have yet talked to Mr. Lever.  But due to me already talking with Mr. Ralston , there really is no reason for us to talk.  What I did not realize was the fact I was only talking to the UPR representatives and that the UL is a totally different company with a totally different job.




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