I carefully read the American Inventor Consent and Release form of which you speak. My background is in media production and not the law. I do have a clear understanding of copyright and intellectual properties concerns as they apply to artists, creators and inventors.
The first few pages of the C&R document that American Inventor requires applicant/contestants to sign is basically a release form whose purpose is to permit American Inventor, its producers, assigns, and others to videotape, audiotape and otherwise record and present applicant/contestants and their inventions. In my opinion this part of the C&R is understandable and acceptable. It`s basically a model release for public appearance(s).
Unfortunately, as I read further.... specifically paragraphs 27, 28 and 29, I felt that the American Inventor people were being ridiculous. They claim rights to exclusivity to the invention forever. Come on. Do they really expect that people who bother to read what they require them to sign will actually sign away their interests in their inventions? I doubt it. The problem is, I think, that many of the contestant/applicants are so blinded by the possiblities of national exposure, being in the spotlight and promotional possibilities for the product of their blood, sweat and tears that they either don`t read the fine print, don`t understand it or say: "Screw it, I`ll do it anyway". Just based on those three paragraphs alone, I would strongly advise any inventor against pursuing a relationship with American Inventor in any capacity.
President, Chris Moore Media
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