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As millions poured in, #WorldPatentMarketing's tough-talking CEO, Scott J. Cooper, boasted about trips to remote islands on his yacht and lashed out in expletive-laden tirades at inventors who complained. In screeds posted online and emailed to customers, the company bragged about its security team composed of ex-Israeli special forces trained in Krav Maga and threatened critics with lawsuits — or worse.

Neither Cooper nor his attorney, Daniel Rashbaum, responded to multiple interview requests for this story. In court, they've argued that World Patent Marketing is a legitimate operation that gave inventors multiple warnings about the enormous odds against them. "Ninety-nine percent of inventions fail to become commercially successful, which... is why there are bound to be disgruntled WPM customers no matter the quality of the services," Michael Pineiro, an attorney at Rashbaum's firm, wrote in one filing.

But experts say World Patent Marketing is simply the latest iteration of a long-running con in a barely regulated industry that targets starry-eyed inventors. As Cooper took victims for up to $400,000 each, they say, he also might have scared away a whole generation of inventors.

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Love tacos? Miami New Times is proud to announce Tacolandia presented by @GoyaFoods! Get ready for a South Florida taco fest on Saturday, November 18, at #SohoStudios! #Tacolandia will be bringing together some of South Florida’s best tacos, ranging from urban contemporary to authentic street-style tacos. The event will be complete with live entertainment featuring South Florida's culture and a taco-eating contest. That's right, the flyer says unlimited tacos! Get your tickets to #TacolandiaMIA now using promo code: TORTILLA17 valid until 8/27 @ 10 p.m. #Tacolandia2017 #MiamiTacoFest #SohoStudios #WynwoodMiami #TacoFestival #MiamiEvents #MiamiNewTimes

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Despite it being the start of the workweek and the new school year, hundreds of people showed up to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to experience the #solareclipse on Monday, August 21. The museum set up telescopes around the campus, giving visitors the chance to see the astronomical event up close and personal. See more photos at 📸 by @gmartnx #solareclipse2017 #frostsciencemuseum #frostscience #miami #downtownmiami

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Last night, @countercorner returned to its new home at @1306miami for another rowdy lineup of local, contemporary drag. See more photos at 📸 by @karlievansphoto #miaminightlife #miamilgbt #lgbtq #dragqueen #miamidrag #drag #gaymiami #queermiami #countercorner

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