• Report: #132109

Complaint Review: Invention Submission Corporation

  • Submitted: Sun, February 20, 2005
  • Updated: Sun, March 20, 2005

  • Reported By:Kanosh Utah
Invention Submission Corporation
www.inventhelp.com Pittsburg, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Invention Submission Corporation ripoff. FTC Settlement- charges of unfair or deceptive trade practices of promotion services Pittsburg Pennsylvania

*Consumer Suggestion: ISC has a long history

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In 1991 My husband's invention was submitted to ISC. A few years later, the design began popping up everywhere. I'm not saying they sold the idea, however, ISC received the ONLY drawing with items that are now patented by a man who in my state (and who never saw the item as we didn't show anyone). I called him with questions about the design.

The patent owner could not tell me why he added two particular items to the design, or what their functions were. There were indeed reasons to have them...not just looks.

Anyway, we received a notice from the FTC that ISC was being ivestigated and that a suit was pending. In Spring of 1996, we received a settlement check that was around $126.00. A far cry from the $6,000.00 sent to them.

I wish this existed back then, I would have thought twice. It was interesting that when we sent in the and product description and what it was used for, that the mkting dept couldn't get the idea right. We'd tell them and they finally admitted that they had no idea what a "dutch oven" was and it was painfully obvious that they didn't care either.

Kanosh, Utah

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

ISC has a long history

AUTHOR: Ronald J - (U.S.A.)

Invention Submission Corporation (ISC) is the biggest and oldest operation of it's type. And many of the similar operations are run by people who worked for ISC at some point. The owner of the company (Martin Berger)has become very wealthy by taking large amounts of people's money and delivering virtually no value in return. He has large real-estate holding and an ex employee alleged that he even owns a string of massage parlors. Personally I think that it is ironic and appropriate that he has an interest in diverse businesses which deliver virtually the same results to the clients like invention promotion and massage parlors.

Specific and continuously updated information about Invention Submission Corporation is available at www.InventorEd.org/caution/isc.

I am the Executive Director of www.InventorEd.org. InventorEd, Inc. is an IRS approved 501 (c) 3 non profit whose mission is to educate aspiring inventors.

We aggressively fight invention promotion fraud. Every year thousands of aspiring inventors are victims of invention promotion fraud. Collectively they lose over $300 million dollars a year. Most people so victimized take three to five years to discover what has happened. To see if you are using a questionable invention promotion company go to www.InventorEd.org/caution.

Information for new inventors is available at www.InventorEd.org/novice/.

InventorEd-L hosts a number of discussion groups for inventor-entrepreneurs. Inventors-L is for general discussions about how to proceed with your invention.

If you have been suckered by an invention promoter and are looking for help in recovering your money or simply to shut down the promoter you should join our fraud discussion group, Scammed@InvEd.org and follow the directions at www.InventorEd.org/scam/ to file complaints.

Follow the directions to subscribe at: http://www.inventored.org/forums/.

You can make a difference. If you want to play a role in crimping the style of invention promotion frauds please volunteer. We will show you how to gather information and we have contacts with numerous agencies to place that information.

Please remember that InventorEd is a non profit which depends on volunteers and donations. If you lack money remember that your contribution of time is just as valuable as money.

Please consider both. www.InventorEd.org/donate/

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