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Watchdog Group Blows Whistle On Guitar Hero Brands

A qui tam case filed in the Texas Northern District Court by a patent watchdog group (The Patent Compliance Group, the PCG) against Activision Video Game Products, the firm that owns the Guitar Hero line of video games and video game products, accuses the company of patent law infringement.

The lawsuit accuses the Activision brand of improperly labeling its products with the patent and patent-pending notation used to protect brand names from copyright infringement. The case involves provision 35 U.S.C. 292(a) which establishes that, “”… whoever marks upon, or affixes to, or uses in advertising in connection with any article the words “patent applied for,” “patent pending,” or any word importing that an application for patent has been made, when no application for patent has been made, or if made, is not pending, for the purpose of deceiving the public – Shall be fined not more than US$500 for every such offense (in this case per item sold).”

Even though Activision does have some patents currently pending, PCG claims that the patents the company has filed do not cover the scope the packaging notation has claimed.

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When to Contact a Whistleblower Attorney

Do you know about fraud committed against the Federal or State government? It may be time to call a whistleblower attorney to represent you in court. This article will help you understand the basis for and method of filing a Qui Tam lawsuit or what is better known as a ”Whistleblower” lawsuit against a corporation or medical practice that is defrauding the government.

The False Claims Act (FCA) was originally passed during the Civil War, but was amended in 1986 and gives citizens a potential monetary reward for reporting fraud. Typically, the individual who has reported the fraud is an employee or former employee of the corporation in question. This individual, known as the “relator,” is the whistleblower.

Once the “whistle is blown” as it were, the Department of Justice will review the case and decide whether or not it wants to intervene. Since the 1986 amendments, whistleblower attorneys have been able to recover over $12 Billion.

You will want to contact a whistleblower attorney for healthcare fraud (Medicare, Medicaid, drug corporation) or other government contracting frauds. A good attorney can represent your case and help you learn the details of being a relator in the case.

Turning a corporation in for fraud does not need to be a daunting process with the help of an experienced whistleblower attorney. It can be financially beneficial to you as the relator, and is also of beneficial to your country. If you suspect fraud and are interested in filing a claim, don’t hesitate to contact a whistleblower attorney.

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