• Report: #288716

Complaint Review: Inventors' Publishing & Research (IP & R, Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New...)

  • Submitted: Mon, December 03, 2007
  • Updated: Fri, March 09, 2012

  • Reported By:Mesa Arizona
Inventors' Publishing & Research (IP & R, Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New...)
60 Spear Street 10th Floor San Francisco, California U.S.A.

Inventor's Publishing & Research (IP & R, Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New...)Inventors' Publishing & Research (IP & R, Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New...) Another IP & R rip off, PLEASE DON'T suffer what I've suffered at the hands of IP & R! San Francisco California




*Author of original report: IP&R , IP & R , Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New, can all be spelled R-I-P-O-F-F!

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IP & R did NOT abide by their signed agreement, they did NOT fulfill their legal obligation and are refusing to refund any, yes ANY money! I entered into a contract with IP&R in Oct. of 2006. Per that contract, (Schedule 2, #2.) IP&R was to provide & perform, among other things, "The preparation and delivery to Client, within 30 days of the Effective Date (10/23/06) of a marketing research report, which shall include and industry analysis and an initial list of Potential Acquirers that will form the basis of IP&R's marketing campaign with respect to the Invention." This means that I should have received this report on or before Nov. 23, 2006. I didn't receive this report until mid Jan. 2007!
Also per my agreement, (Schedule 2, #3.), I was to receive "...within 45 days of IP&R's receipt of all items delivered by Client pursuant to Section 5.2 (photos, drawings, prototypes, samples, etc. ... embodying the Invention), a marketing package including a 1 page, full color marketing brochure as well as any other photos, designs, illustrations etc... which in the opinion of IP&R, serve and enhance the marketability of the invention. Since I delivered these photos, plus flyers, and even a small movie of my invention on Nov. 15, 2006 - I should have received this "marketing package" by Dec. 30, 2006 but didn't receive the single page flyer until Jan 19, 2007. This one page, full color flyer had all MY renderings used as graphics and they only added a picture of a dog. (My invention is a pet air bed) This page listed things about my invention that my invention didn't even have! Per the agreement (Schedule 2, #1.) IP&R was supposed to perform, "A thorough examination of the Invention for all it's marketable features." - so even though this "marketing package" was months late they obviously hadn't done their thorough examination!
This blatant oversight was probably due to the fact that I had lost my original "Assistant Product Marketing Manager" and had been shuffled to others ( I don't know how many, but it was at least 3). So DON'T BELIEVE IP&R's claims (on their website http://www.inventorspublishing.com/index.html ) that "When you partner with IP&R, you get: Individually focused Product Managers..."! I also did NOT RECEIVE, as the website shows, (a neat little Flash player movie of a flashlight invention) ANY similar marketing package.
I have filed complaints with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov/ ) but as of this date it has not yet published online. I also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and from that complaint I received a reply from IP&R making claims that were flat out lies! IP&R claimed that;
1)they entered into our agreement in November of 2006 ( it was October 23, 2006),
2) I did not deliver the photos necessary for the marketing sheet until Jan 5th, 2007 ( I delivered them in direct response to an email request from my first "Assistant Product Marketing Manager" on November 15th, 2006 - yes, I have proof of that too - it was emailed and received because that date was the ONLY date that I sent those particular photos to IP&R and those were the photos used in the "marketing page"!)
3) I would often wait weeks to respond to IP&R messages ( I responded to the November 14 email request for photos on November 15)
IP&R presented my invention to prospective "acquirers" before Dec. 30th, 2006 and it was subsequently rejected. Exactly what was presented to these potential acquirers is unknown to me because I was not given the chance to accept (or reject) IP&R's presentation of my invention.
On the reply to my response to IP&R's original response, IP&R claimed, "The graphics were completed in time to send to any manufacturers who might have been interested, but...". This means that even though IP&R claims that I didn't send the graphics needed until Jan. 5, 2007, these graphics were done before Dec. 30, 2006. Just ANOTHER IP&R LIE! IP&R also claims, "Our first draft of the invention on the marketing sheet depicted several views of his invention based on the drawings in the patent." This is also ANOTHER IP&R LIE! - the graphics on the marketing sheet were, with the exception of the dog, all the graphics I sent to IP&R - they were done by me with 3D/CAD software that I own. The graphics from the patent are not rendered the same way.(see for yourself - go to http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm and type in 6553935 in the query box) IP&R says, "The graphics produced by the company are photo-realistic 3-dimensional finished product looking multi-configuration views based on the patent drawings. Mr. Penner underestimates the work involved in transforming the materials that he provided into the views on the marketing sheet." ANOTHER IP&R LIE! How can anyone underestimate the work involved when the company (IP&R) produces graphics that I have already produced! IP&R added a photo of a dog and then finished the marketing sheet by misrepresenting it and putting features down that my invention didn't even have!
Please don't end up like me - these are NOT the only complaints I have against IP&R. They will keep after you for years, but don't do business with this rip off company! If you don't believe me, check out some of these other reports here against Inventors' Publishing & Research (IP&R) and the USPTO website

Mesa, Arizona

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/03/2007 06:21 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Inventors-Publishing-Research-IP-R-Amazing-Innovations-Absolutely-New/San-Francisco-California-94105/Inventors-Publishing-Research-IP-R-Amazing-Innovations-Absolutely-NewInventors-288716. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Peter - (United States of America)

Although AbsolutelyNew disagreed with my earlier posts; we were able to work out our differences. I am now satisfied with AbsolutelyNew's resolution of my invention project so that I would retract my earlier posts if this site allowed me to do so.

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#2 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: here to help - (United States of America)

Hi my name is Steve,

This company screwed me and many others.  I am tired of writing complaints on line but am instead offering my phone number for you to call if you would like to ask any questions. 818-445-1746.
If you are considering a contract with them or are already being screwed by them I can point you in the right direction to get the information you need before making your decision as to how you will proceed.
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AUTHOR: Peter - (United States of America)

Filed against : 
AbsolutelyNew, Inc.
650 Townsend St Ste 475 
San Francisco CA 94103-6225

Complaint Description:
We are requesting a full refund of our contract "fees". This request is based on the fact that Absolutely New has breached our contract. Specifically, Absolutely New has failed to comply with our agreement with regard to the following sections of our contract: 1) Absolutely New breached our contract according to the Marketing Agreement signed and dated November 30, 2010. Section 3 (sub-section 3.2 titled Installment Terms) is an agreement that requires my partner and I to execute a separate agreement allowing ANI to automatically withdraw the payment on the specified due date from a credit card or checking account over which the client has control ANI did not offer or require us to sign a separate agreement to pay our fees. 2) "Schedule 1 - Services" (Item #4): We were not given a virtual model within 45 days. We have not been given a virtual model as of the end of the contract. Not making the model available, as part of the package that was sent to the potential acquirers was seriously detrimental to the success of acquiring a licensing agreement. This is a direct material breach of contract. Our concept sheet was not completed until mid February 2011 this is a breach of the contract limitations. Our assigned Product Manager Christina Lett left the employment of Absolutely New, and delayed the final concept sheet. While Christina was our lead contact she ignored several calls, messages, and requests. In addition, Absolutely New made errors by disregarding changes to the concept sheet that we put in writing. ANI simply overlooked our editing changes; this further delayed the project. Serena Soo took over as our lead contact. We asked her to make changes to the concept sheet and we received resistance. We brought this to the attention of ANIs legal counsel, and we were given an emphatic apology for their oversight and mistakes. 3) "Schedule 1 - Services" (Item #5, #6, #7): In this schedule it states, "...ANI shall perform the following Marketing Tasks beginning forty five (45) days after the Effective Date... We were told several times by Absolutely New that they would be attending "...several trade shows on our behalf... and would specifically represent our invention at these shows. As of this day, we have received no written reports that confirm our invention was represented at ANY trade show. The only confirmation that Absolutely New has attended any trade show on our behalf are verbal comments from Absolutely New staff stating they represented our product at one trade show; the "PGA trade show". We explained to ANI during several phone conversations, and in face-to-face meetings that the "PGA" trade show was not an appropriate venue for our invention. ANI agreed, and said that they would be attending several other trade shows on our behalf, however this has not occurred. In your email today you cited two additional breaches that we did not note in previous emails. The first quarterly report we received was in May - this delivery was untimely, and is a breach of our contract. At your own admission, we have not received the second quarterly report as of the drafting of this email. This is an additional breach of contract. Our contract ended June 1, 2011, therefore; ANI breached our contract by not supplying our report.

Your Desired Resolution:
We feel the breaches of contract noted above are sufficient to warrant a refund of our fees. We are open to any meaningful discussion that will enable us to reach a reasonable and fair resolution to this matter. 
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#4 Author of original report

IP&R , IP & R , Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New, can all be spelled R-I-P-O-F-F!

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

I have received another response from IP&R to my complaint with the Better Business Bureau in San Francisco. More lies from IP&R and sadly, they even prove it in these responses. I am hoping that the BBB of San Francisco will hold IP& R accountable for what they've done to me - but with all the complaints against IP&R, I think they are sneaky enough to once again slip under the radar. IP&R cannot, and have not (wisely) substantiated their claims/lies in their previous responses to me. It is very clear that IP&R will NOT live up to their claims and I am taking the time here to prevent you, the reader, from having to suffer what I've suffered at the hands of IP&R. Please, please, PLEASE don't do what I've done by signing an agreement with IP&R and/or paying them money! If you're an inventor, I trust that you can invent a way to prevent the loss of your money to the likes of those at IP&R, Amazing Innovations, Absolutely New, etc. For more of the names of this "same" company go to http://www.inventored.org/caution/ip&r/ and see for yourself. I almost contacted another one of names until I noticed the address was the same as IP&R's. Just steer clear. Hopefully, you get caught in the trap I did.

Here are just some of the examples of what I have been dealing with;
IP&R claimed in their response dated November 30, 2007, that the graphics (used to make a marketing sheet to present to potential buyers) were, "...completed in time to send to any manufacturers who might have been interested...". Although I did not receive the proof of this marketing sheet, until mid January 2007, and my approval was required before any presentation was to be made, my invention was presented before December 30th to potential manufacturers/acquirers who rejected whatever it was that they were presented with. Now this marketing sheet was, per our contract, to be delivered to me for my approval before Dec. 30, 2006, but wasn't delivered to me until January 19th, 2007. ( I rejected it then - they used all MY graphics - except a picture of a dog, and listed features that my invention didn't have! - Why pay for that?!) IP&R claimed that I had not sent the graphics necessary for this marketing sheet until January 5, 2006, ( I emailed the graphics which they used on November 15, 2006 - and yes I have proof) and they said the marketing sheet was done "a week later". Yet remember that they said that the graphics "were completed in time to send to any manufacturers" which was in December 2006. I could go on for pages, and yes, I can prove all my claims, but please just don't do what I've done. I wish I had taken the time to research IP&R better than I did before I signed with them. Well, if you're reading this and you still sign with IP&R, you're REALLY going to need some prayer! Got it? Good
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