Josh Sybrowsky poses as an engineer who can create drawings to file as a patent with the USPTO. He advertises on Guru.com and other areas online. Although he seems like a nice guy when you talk to him, little do you know that he's a scam artists.
He has connections in China with various manufacturing companies there. He has the Chinese design the invention then he takes their plans, draws them up as if they are his own, takes full credit for the "invention" then expects to get royalties off the work of others (unsuspecting Chinese who don't know what's going on).
We never received the plans. We paid him several thousand dollars and have nothing. Because we wanted him to design the project (as he was paid to do) and not take credit for an invention the Chinese were designing for us, it stopped the process.
Furthermore, he wanted us to wire almost $20,000 into an offshore Hong Kong account which turned out to be HIS account. He "promised" he would forward the money to the company creating the molds for the invention. We weren't going along with this scam because it didn't make sense that we couldn't forward the wired funds directly to the company at hand instead of Josh Sybrowsky's personal offshore account.
This is when our attorney said, "HELL NO!"
This was the first red flag. There were many others that led us to believe he preys on innocent entreprenuers who have an invention idea, he has the Chinese design it, then Josh Sybrowsky takes all the credit while enjoying monthly royalties off an invention he never designed. The Chinese don't know what's going on. Most entrepreneurs in the U.S. won't know what's going on.
He didn't want to commit to anything on paper in the form of a contract between our company and CREO Design Corp. (Josh Sybrowsky's company). The law in the state of California is that if you have a verbal agreement on a business deal, it will hold up in court if there is no written agreement. I think he was banking on the invention doing well in commerce then dragging us back into court with a 5-year lawsuit of "he said, she said" to unrightfully claim his portion of the millions of dollars in proceeds in an invention he NEVER designed...because nothing was committed to paper. And he actually thought at one time he was going to get a piece of our company for this one product line. I'm sure that would have been his argument during the 5-year lawsuit, that we verbally agreed to that.
This is when our attorney stepped in and basically said, "DOUBLE HELL NO!"
We unveiled his scheme. We asked for a refund. (Yeah, right! That'll happen!) He won't give us the money back we paid for the plans to file with the USPTO. He won't give us the plans (because he wasn't going to design the invention to begin with). He won't respond to emails or phone calls at this point.
If you're considering using him for engineering, please understand that he will NOT design anything for you. He'll use free labor overseas in China to create the design and then he'll take full credit for it PLUS royalties. If you want to know the definition of "slave labor," look it up in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of Josh Sybrowsky there.
Unfortunately we are in a position of having to sue Josh Sybrowsky to get the money back we paid for the plans we never received.