“INVALIDATED”: New Documentary Tells Story of Josh Malone and Corruption In US Patent System

A new documentary is hitting the streets that exposes the corruption and robbery of American inventors. Produced by Jo Anne Livingston and directed by Luke Livingston, the film is centered around family man Josh Malone and his invention that fills 100 water balloons in under a minute.

Called “Bunch O Balloons,” Malone’s kickstarter page raised close to $1 Million to get the product perfected and rolling off the assembly lines.

After applying for a patent, Malone was shocked to discover a large corporation had swooped in and stolen his idea before he could it going.


What followed was an in depth investigation into the patent system, revealing how it’s rigged against the common person and favors those who have money and power.

From the Invalidated website:

When father of eight, Josh Malone, invents a genius way to fill 100 water balloons in 60 seconds, his invention Bunch O Balloons becomes an overnight success on Kickstarter and an international viral hit! Scrambling to get his idea to market and bring financial security to his family, Josh applies for a US Patent.

Suddenly, his plans of success are blindsided when his genius idea is stolen by a big company before he can make his first dime! Thrust into a battle to save his invention he uncovers the shocking truth that our patent system is weakening, property rights are at risk and American Innovation is dying!

Interviews with experts like former Attorney General Ed Meese, Inventor and Congressional Representative Thomas Massie, Antonin Scalia Law Professor and IP expert Adam Mossoff, provide shocking information about the state of the weakening US Patent system. Other inventors share their stories of theft, patent invalidation, and difficulty finding investors for their patented innovations. Ken Blackwell, Leonard Leo, Dr. Matthew Spalding, and conservative leader Dan Schneider all provide valuable insights into how the current system is harming Americans and the American innovation economy.

With theft of US intellectual property by China topping $600 billion per year, other countries are profiting off the ideas and labor of American inventors. Big tech companies are finding it easier and cheaper to infringe on patents rather than pay the patent owners. With an administrative tribunal pulling patents back from inventors, there is no safe place to bring an invention to the marketplace in America and our innovation is going overseas.

The United States once led the world in new medications, new technology, and new ideas. American inventors and their inventions touched the lives of people in every country, of every race and every language. But our weakening Patent system is invalidating their property rights – and with it, their incentive to create. Money and inventions are now going to other countries, and with them go jobs and a strong economy. Building something and owning it IS the American Dream, but without a strong patent system, the American Dream will be INVALIDATED!

Executive producer on the project is Jenny Beth Martin and her Tea Party Patriots organization. Earlier this year, she penned an op-ed in the Washington Times regarding patent rights, and is advocating for stronger patent rights for inventors.

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