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    Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    (1888PressRelease) October 27, 2009 - In the midst of the worst economy in decades, traditional methods of fundraising are not providing charities the means necessary to meet their ongoing expenses, according to Dennis Tubbergen, CEO of Charitable Concepts, LLC and inventor of Immediate Legacy™. Camps are closing their doors, scholarships are nearing extinction, and charities are frequently unable to serve the needs of those who they’ve helped in the past.

    It’s no surprise to Tubbergen traditional fundraising methods are falling short as these methods often rely heavily upon stock market performance. When the donors’ investment portfolios are suffering or are in danger of suffering, donors are simply less likely to make charitable contributions. And, charities are painfully aware of this fact.

    In these tough economic times, charities are now exploring new methods of fundraising, methods that get results, according to Tubbergen. They are finding these results in the patent-pending giving strategy called “Immediate Legacy™”, Tubbergen explains.

    Immediate Legacy™ is one of the many topics that will be discussed at the “Increasing Charitable Contributions in the Current Economy” workshop being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this month. Charities are able to explore ways to expand their budgets and exceed fundraising goals when other organizations are tightening their belt or closing their doors all together.

    Charities aren’t the only ones that can benefit from the Immediate Legacy™ concept, Tubbergen explains. A charitable supporter who might be able to use the Immediate Legacy™ giving method could give a donation without permanently parting with an asset and still receive a tax deduction. This means if they qualify, the donor isn’t giving to charity at their family’s expense—their family will be made whole.

    “We are very excited that this patent-pending program can create donations even in this tough environment,” Tubbergen says.

    Charities selected to attend the “Increasing Charitable Contributions in the Current Economy” workshop will benefit from a strategy-building setting relevant to their unique situation, Tubbergen notes. Leaders and decision makers for non-profit charitable organizations can find out more information on how to attend and possibly receive a complimentary stay in a four star hotel along with round-trip airfare by requesting an application and more details from ****( @ ) ImmediateLegacy dot com dot

    If you’d like a DVD with additional information feel free to visit www.ImmediateLegacy.com

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    Some of Scam.com's most wanted scammers have jumped on to this Titanic. There are many interesting discussions across the net. It is said that an insurance agent that can con a charity or church into this scheme could retire on the commissions. Interesting that it is impossible to contact Dennis Tubbergen. Every webpage I found had an e-mail that was no longer working. Rumor is swirling about the Michigan Attorney General's Office investigating this deal.

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    Re: Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    There are three types of patents


    • Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof;
    • Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and
    • Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant...

    1. What do the terms “patent pending” and “patent applied for” mean?

    A. They are used by a manufacturer or seller of an article to inform the public that an application for patent on that article is on file in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The law imposes a fine on those who use these terms falsely to deceive the public....

    7. Does the USPTO control the fees charged by patent attorneys and agents for their services?
    A. No. This is a matter between you and your patent attorney or agent in which the Office takes no part. To avoid misunderstanding you may wish to ask for estimate charges for: (a) the search (b) preparation of the patent application, and (c) USPTO prosecution.

    8. Will the USPTO help me to select a patent attorney or agent to make my patent search or to prepare and prosecute my patent application?
    A. No. The Office cannot make this choice for you. However, your own friends or general attorney may help you in making a selection from among those listed as registered practitioners on the Office roster. Also, some bar associations operate lawyer referral services that maintain lists of patent lawyers available to accept new clients.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_pending

    The use of the term "patent pending" or "patent applied for" is permitted so long as a patent application has actually been filed. If these terms are used when no patent application has been filed it is deemed as a deceptive act and a fine may be imposed for each offense
    Has Tubbergen applied for a patent???

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    Re: Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    WHAT CAN BE PATENTED
    (Excerpted from General Information Concerning Patents print brochure)


    The patent law specifies the general field of subject matter that can be patented and the conditions under which a patent may be obtained.
    In the language of the statute, any person who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent,” subject to the conditions and requirements of the law. The word “process” is defined by law as a process, act or method, and primarily includes industrial or technical processes. The term “machine” used in the statute needs no explanation. The term “manufacture” refers to articles which are made, and includes all manufactured articles. The term “composition of matter” relates to chemical compositions and may include mixtures of ingredients as well as new chemical compounds. These classes of subject matter taken together include practically everything which is made by man and the processes for making the products.
    The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 excludes the patenting of inventions useful solely in the utilization of special nuclear material or atomic energy for atomic weapons.
    The patent law specifies that the subject matter must be “useful.” The term “useful” in this connection refers to the condition that the subject matter has a useful purpose and also includes operativeness, that is, a machine which will not operate to perform the intended purpose would not be called useful, and therefore would not be granted a patent.
    Interpretations of the statute by the courts have defined the limits of the field of subject matter which can be patented, thus it has been held that the laws of nature, physical phenomena and abstract ideas are not patentable subject matter. A patent cannot be obtained upon a mere idea or suggestion. The patent is granted upon the new machine, manufacture, etc., as has been said, and not upon the idea or suggestion of the new machine. A complete description of the actual machine or other subject matter for which a patent is sought is required.

    http://inventors.about.com/od/invent...e_patented.htm
    Question: What can be patented?
    Answer: Utility patents protect inventions that are a novel, nonobvious, and useful:
    • Process
    • Machine
    • Article of manufacture
    • Composition of matter
    • Or an improvement of any of the above items. Most patents are for incremental improvements in known technology; the innovation is evolution rather than revolution.
    Design patents are for the new ornamental design of an article of manufacture. One example is the look of an athletic shoe. All Star Wars characters were protected by design patents.
    Plant patents provide patent protection for asexually reproduced any distinct and new variety of plant.
    Meaning of Novel, Nonobvious, and Useful

    • New and Novel: For a United States patent the invention must never have been made public in any way, anywhere in the world, a year before the date on which an application for a patent is filed. In other countries, you have no one year grace period and require absolute novelty.
    • Original and Nonobvious: An invention involves an inventive step if, when compared with what is already known, it would not be obvious to someone with a good knowledge and experience of the subject, for example, if you just make cosmetic changes that is obvious.
    • Useful: This means that the invention must take the practical form of an apparatus or device, it has to do something.
    http://inventors.about.com/od/invent...not_Patent.htm

    Question: What cannot be patented?
    Answer:
    • Laws of nature
    • Physical phenomena
    • Abstract ideas
    • Literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. These can be Copyright protected.
    • Inventions which are considered not useful or possible by the USPTO for example perpetual motion machines; or offensive to public morality.
    http://www.legalzoom.com/provisional...atentable.html

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    Re: Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    Wow, this is an interesting thread. I read all this, and then I contacted some of you who posted, and then I contacted Charitable Concepts. I'd heard very positive feedback from both agents and charities, so was curious. I found Charitable Concepts answered their phones, and their emails, and all my questions. There doesn't seem to be a scam going on. What's all the fuss about anyway?

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    Re: Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    Just checking back in -- Immediate Legacy is NOT a scam. Check this out: I inquired about the patent, and received a letter from the Law Offices and attorney representing Charitable Concepts -- they confirm that they filed the patent, and that Immediate Legacy is currently in Stage Three, progressing in the patent process. A patent is indeed pending. I also learned that it is the system and process that is being patented (in accordance with Legal stuff above), as it consists of a unique combination of insurance, entities, personal pension plans, and other instruments, each structured to meet the unique needs of a Charity, and of the donor. It's a tool that fulfills a real need among Charities -- one tool among others to be sure -- but, at least in my opinion, a tool worth evaluating.
    Last edited by FinDude73; 09-28-2010 at 12:19 PM. Reason: try to get rid of ads

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    Re: Patent Pending Charitable Strategy / Tubbergen

    To SoapboxMom and FinDude73:
    Is FinDude a member of Immediate Legacy or? The attorney of the company is not going to say anything against his own client. I am an inventor myself and know the USPTO's process(es) and how the check the site. I cannot find anything, neither can our attorneys. So my question is:
    1) If they indeed filed a patent way back in 2005 and it takes 18 months for a patent to issue...even if they filed a CIP (Continuation in Part), which means another 18 months...it is now August of 2011, why does the patent not appear in searches?

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