Today, Lougher is executive director of the United Inventors Association, a nonprofit group that helps inventors get their ideas marketed. It also teaches them how to avoid getting swindled, through meetings, publications, and its Web site (www.uiausa.com). Unfortunately, he says, many companies still peddle sham services, but neither the FTC nor most state attorneys general offices are much interested in investigating them. Worse, despite the 1999 Inventor's Protection Act, unscrupulous companies are starting to sue inventors who file complaints. "They know inventors don't have the money to fight the suits," Lougher says. "More than 25,000 inventors are defrauded each year. These companies prevent thousands of new inventions from ever hitting the marketplace."