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  • Submitted: Sun, November 30, 2003
  • Updated: Thu, September 20, 2012

  • Reported By:Somerton Arizona
Davison Design & Development
595 Alpha Dr. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States of America

Davison Design REVIEW: Davison & Associates customers can feel confident and secure when doing business with Davison Design - Committed to customer satisfaction & success, Davison Inventegration ensures that all customers get the highest level of service and support - commitment from Mr Davison and other executives to the inventors success Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
*Update.. Ripoff Report REVIEW: Davison Design and Development (Davison Inventegration) pledges to resolve all complaints and address any issues with customer service, commitment to 100 percent customer satisfaction.

*Consumer Comment: Thank you for saving me big $$$$$$

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*Consumer Comment: Jason has a new name @ Davison Inventrigration Davison Design and development

*Consumer Comment: marketing my idea through davison

*Consumer Comment: ALMOST TAKEN BY THIS COMPANY

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: IM sure glad i looked up this co.

*Consumer Comment: OMG! WHEW THANK GOD I FOUND THIS SITE!!!

*Consumer Comment: thank you for stoping me

*Consumer Comment: Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

*Consumer Comment: Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

*Consumer Comment: Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

*Consumer Comment: Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

*Consumer Suggestion: Zeroback? - Almost but "Zero given"

*Consumer Suggestion: Try Inventor's Digest Magazine

*Consumer Comment: You saved me $685.00!! Thank you!

*Consumer Comment: Davison

*Consumer Suggestion: Do your Homework. I tore up the packet they sent me.

*Consumer Suggestion: Try USUIA or Inventor's Digest Magazine

*Consumer Comment: DAVISON TOOK ME FOR $1,685.00

*Consumer Comment: Jason Who???!!!

*Consumer Comment: Ripped off by Davison.

*Consumer Comment: Glad I read this.

*Consumer Comment: To whom it may concern I found this information-about Davison-how to get your money back!!!

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SPECIAL UPDATE: September 20 2012: Davison Design remains committed to increased customer satisfaction and has improved their business practices over the years to better serve their customers. Davison Design is truly dedicated to making sure their customers are satisfied and that any complaints which do arise are addressed promptly and fairly.

To date, Davison Design has made good faith efforts to resolve all complaints reported on Ripoff Report. Based on our experience, the member business has proven to be among the top members of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program as a Verified Safe Business.

Over time and since becoming a member, Davison Design has remained actively engaged and improving the way they address customer service complaints. As an active and current member of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program we are happy to report that now more than ever Davison Design remains committed to improving customer satisfaction.

Remember, no company or individual can ever satisfy 100% of the people 100% of the time. There are no products or services that will always be perfect for everyone and even the best companies will receive complaints from time to time. However, by participating in the Corporate Advocacy Program, the member business has made a commitment to working with its customers to resolve complaints quickly and fairly whenever possible.

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Ripoff Report REVIEW: Editors UPDATE: Positive Rating and Recognition has been given to Davison Design for its Commitment to Excellence in customer service.

Ripoff Reports investigation of Davison Design uncovers an ongoing commitment to total customer satisfaction. This means that customers can expect that Davison Design will always work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any complaints or concerns. Davison Design listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the product offers and the support for customer service.

One top executives in the internet marketing industry stated to Rip-off Report, that Davison Design's corporate philosophy is that customers are a valued. Our company is committed to listening to customers and responding to their needs. This ensures that we will always be successful and offer 100% satisfaction.

Another top executive of the company stated to Rip-off Report, that the company's policy is to add value to every service. The company knows that successful businesses are based on valuing the customer and taking care of the customer's needs. Davison Design is committed to ensuring that customers are happy with the product and service provided by the company. Davison Design is committed to always doing right by the customer. With customers in 26 countries and territories around the world, this is essential to our company's success.

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===================== NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
===================== Davison Design & Development, DAVISON.Jason Zerbach, Jason Zeroback 1-800-544-3327 Ext. 2412 RIPPED OFF BY DAVISON DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT - GOT "ZEROBACK"  MY INVENTION IDEA AND MONEY ARE HISTORY Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

In May 2003, I received a internet banner regarding patenting and production, seeking INVENTORS. I responded to the banner and within a very short time received a phone call response from a sophisicated sounding man - Jason Zerbach, Director of New Products *I'll now fondly call him "Zeroback", because that's exactly what I got "Zeroback".* His direct telephone number is 1-800-544-3327 ext. 2412, you will get a receptionist running interference for him, but if you ask for his voice mail you can leave a message.

He might answer, or even return your calls , if he fells like it. Any way he was quick to mail me a "Confidential" packet, in which I was to draw my idea in a 4"x4" grid on a paper, provide a basic description of the idea, and how I came up with the idea. I felt silly, it's kinda like that filling out that Art school thing on match book covers. - Jason assured me that this "Confidential" document was just that Confidential between myself and Davison. I thought that was pretty simple. Jason then mailed me an agreement document -with the name of my idea throughout spelled wrong -,which required a $685.00 retainer fee to Davison to initiate research my design, conduct a patent search and compile a portfolio to deliver to me.

In mid May 2003, I wrote this following letter to Jason. He conveniently claimed he never got the letter.

Dear Mr. Jason Zerbach: I received your agreement packet yesterday, and was immediately dismayed. I couldn't believe receiving your documents with the name of my idea grossly misspelled. The spelling should have been THERAPEUTIC,not THEREAPUTIC. If you will note on my original fax, the word was correctly spelled. I'm not a big corporation, but I at least do a spell check on items I send out. It was probably a secretary typo, but you signed , and forwarded it anyway, causes me considerable concern.

I realize it cost $3.85 to for you to send me the misspelled original documents express mail. If you expect me to sign any agreement documents, they will have to be re-delivered spelled correctly. I did notice in the documents a portion saying nothing in the agreement will be changed without agreement from both parties. I'm sure you realize, I don't need the embarrassment or the hassle trying to market something not spelled correctly, just because of a clause on any document.

Additionally, you didn't include in your letter anything how the $10.00 fee for the Disclosure Document Deposit Request gets paid. Is that part of the $685.00, or is that an extra $10.00. It says right on the document mail to: Assistant Commissioner for Patents. Were you going to forward the document to them?

You also didn't explain about the additional costs regarding client responsibility of protecting the idea, invention. I guess my initial understanding was, Davison would be assisting with the process .The agreement also says Davison wont talk to any corporation until client hires Davison. How much does the hiring cost? The agreement goes on about the client providing a virtual reality prototype of the idea with whatever materials. And what is the expense of a separate contract for assistance by Davison to provide such a service?

Your agreement, also has a disclaimer , that you do not guarantee any client gains. I could get looped into this for a small fortune, have no product designed or developed within 6 months to market, then at the end of 6 months Davison disappears when the contingency agreement expires. Explain this.

By your the wording in client relationship document, prior oral and written representations on this subject are considered null and void. It appears by that my initial CONFIDENTIALITY, signed document becomes null and void, upon signing the client relationship document. Explain this please!

I'm a little apprehensive with this. Before I commit the initial investment of $685.00, and potentially several thousands of dollars more, I'd really like to know alot more about what appears to be a mounting checklist of client costs. Could you be more specific what dollar amount I could expect to be looking at to get this idea off the ground. Sincerely,William

Well, to make a long story short, I was very apprehensive at the beginning. In the course of several phone conversations with Jason,I attempted to ascertain - exactly what the bottom dollar was on this venture. Jason in a carefully constructed script always knew the right things to say to make this whole deal my responsibility. He repeatedly said - Were not offering a "Pie in the sky or get rich over night." Jason also frequently said "We are both going to have responsibilities in this agreement." I kept inquiring exactly what the end amount was going to be for my financial obligation. Jason said "At this point theres no way to know. In my last phone call to Jason in May 2003it was on a Friday morning 10am my time, he basically coerced me with words to the effect -I need your reply on your idea today,I'm scheduled to be in a meeting shortly and have your idea on the agenda to be discussed at that meeting. You need to decide to make the commitment,or you don't it's your decision, if you you make the commitment Davison will stand with you throughout the agreement. I felt so pressed and pressured at that time, that I broke weak and against better judgment, I obtained the Davison bank routing number from Jason, so I could wire the $685 directly from my bank at a cost of $25 to the Davison account. Jason advised me that the account number was to be kept Confidential. I even called him back from a pay phone to let him know the money was wired from my bank. Jason over the next month or so, Jason would stage telephone appointments with me to keep me informed of the progress. These telephone calls were all basically the same - Jason speaking "Our research is continuing on your idea,we've had quite a bit of progress,it's coming along ahead of schedule." About 3 months ago I received the promised Portfolio. To my suprise, whom ever did it spelled "Therapeautic" correctly. What a shocker!!!! I was dismayed at the contents however, it just had page after page of legal mumble jumble, and photocopies of a bunch of product in the field of my idea. Big deal!!! I'm just interested in what I want to produce, Right!!! Jason would call me 1 or 2 times per month, this went on for 4 months. About 21/2 months ago the president of Davison, Mr.Davison sent me a letter also with the name of my idea spelled wrong, that they had secured a prospective manufacturer for my idea. In another later telephone call Jason, attempting to sound suprised claimed - "I understand that Mr. Davison let the cat out of the bag when he named the prospective manufacturer interested in production of your idea. When I mentioned Mr. Davison's letter and the misspelling , Jason goffed with - "Spelling isn't Mr. Davison's forte, but making people successes is." In yet another phone call near mid October 2003, Jason staged an important phone call to discuss our responsibilities. Jason then mentioned that he was working on my project and determined that the responsibility from me was going to be in the area of "6 to 10", I gasped,you mean $6,000 to $10,000. Jason said "I'm having the numbers put together and will be mailing them to you." Jason also inquired "Have you done your homework?" He was referring to my checking the website of the prospective manufacturer of my product.

On 10-24-03, Jason mailed me another $3.85 postaged envelope with of course my idea spelled wrong once again. This time he included 20+ pages from the prospective manufacturer's website - this was the homework he asked about earlier- ,and some Production sample agreements for me to sign with Retainer and Royalty. I was to now select from 4 options to compensate Davison as the inventor - Option 1 $165.00 per hour plus expenses, Option 2 $13,406.00 and 10% royalties, Option 3 $11,331.00 an additional 5% - makes it 15% royalties- Option 4 $9,217.00 an additional 10% - makes it 25% royalties. I figured if my idea was sold at $200.00 each

I was suppose to speak with Jason on Monday the first week of November 2003, but I was unable to keep the call, I left a message on Jason's voice mail - I also mentioned that there was no way for me to come up with the figures quoted in the Executive Agreements. Jason I could tell from his voice on my machine that he was upset. Well, over the next week we played phone tag and finally connected. Jason attempted to sweeten the deal when he told me that had I been available for the missed call, Davison was in a position to let me in for $1,000 on a one time offer, and then at 40% of the agreement,but that offer dissolved when I wasn't available for the call. I told Jason that I didn't even have the $1,000, or the 40%, and I wasn't about to take out of my son's college fund for this venture. Jason said he could understand that I wasn't a business that could undertake this calibre of venture, that he would let the President know that we will be closing our agreement. That he would soon mail me a "Termination of Agreement" for me to sign and return as soon as possible. I asked Jason, Well, what about my $685.00? He said "It's been spent on all of the research,the application for patent,patent search, and the Portfolio sent to you. I can assure you that Davison doesn't just take every idea that comes along and put what we've put into your idea. Davison gave you a drastically reduced agreement fee on your "Confidential", to get you started. Davison, I can say has spent several thousand dollars above your fee researching your idea for production." I told Jason, Too bad you guys lost money. Jason said "In business you always take that chance of losing money, that's just doing business." Jason said "It would behoove me at this stage to not drop the ball now." I told Jason that there's no way I can come up with money like they want. Jason said "You don't know a third party that would invest in your idea." I told Jason that everybody thinks it's crazy to put out that kind of money and not know what's going to happen. Jason said " If it was easy, they'd have a line of wanna be's all the way to Maryland." Jason assured me that my invention idea will remain "Confidential", and in their inactive files." Jason also cautioned me that- In this world it's not a matter of how a product from an idea comes to be, it's a matter of when someone else will come up with the same product idea." When I received the "Termination Agreement", it was in an unsealed envelope, and the insult on injury was when I opened the agreement Jason still had "Therapeutic" spelled wrong as "Thereputic", isn't that something. I sent the Termination Agreement signed back about 2 weeks ago. I haven't heard another peep from Davison or Jason Zerbach. -Zeroback- I'm still laughing a month later at being duped out of $685.00 and these prices. Jason even attempted to assure me that these 4 options was the bottom line, unless I wanted to select additional manufactures.

William Somerton, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/30/2003 06:27 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Davison-Design-Development/Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-15238/Davison-Design-REVIEW-Davison-Associates-customers-can-feel-confident-and-secure-when-d-73472. 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

Thank you for saving me big $$$$$$

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

I recently replied to a web site for inventions, and didn't expect to get called! And to my surprise I got a response for Jason. He sweeet talked me and sent me the information, I avoided the first meeting he set up and he contacted me a day later, saying how there were 3 potential manufacturers interested in my product. He even said I could make payments on my $685 since I couldn't afford it! I discussed this with a few people, because I was sceptical. They are very tricky with thier paper work and wording and my brother in law said, make sure you will not get charged any more, as I read on, the paper work got even more suspisous. I decided to go on line and really research them. Thank god I did. I have not signed anything and burned the papers he sent. I left a message on sweet talking Jasons machine and said I can't afford to do this and told him that I checked them out and everyone says how you have to come up with more money. I am a stay at home mom, I couldn't afford that! So I told him to forget it!

I guess what they say is true, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
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#2 Consumer Comment

Thank you for saving me big $$$$$$

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

I recently replied to a web site for inventions, and didn't expect to get called! And to my surprise I got a response for Jason. He sweeet talked me and sent me the information, I avoided the first meeting he set up and he contacted me a day later, saying how there were 3 potential manufacturers interested in my product. He even said I could make payments on my $685 since I couldn't afford it! I discussed this with a few people, because I was sceptical. They are very tricky with thier paper work and wording and my brother in law said, make sure you will not get charged any more, as I read on, the paper work got even more suspisous. I decided to go on line and really research them. Thank god I did. I have not signed anything and burned the papers he sent. I left a message on sweet talking Jasons machine and said I can't afford to do this and told him that I checked them out and everyone says how you have to come up with more money. I am a stay at home mom, I couldn't afford that! So I told him to forget it!

I guess what they say is true, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
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#3 Consumer Comment

Thank you for saving me big $$$$$$

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

I recently replied to a web site for inventions, and didn't expect to get called! And to my surprise I got a response for Jason. He sweeet talked me and sent me the information, I avoided the first meeting he set up and he contacted me a day later, saying how there were 3 potential manufacturers interested in my product. He even said I could make payments on my $685 since I couldn't afford it! I discussed this with a few people, because I was sceptical. They are very tricky with thier paper work and wording and my brother in law said, make sure you will not get charged any more, as I read on, the paper work got even more suspisous. I decided to go on line and really research them. Thank god I did. I have not signed anything and burned the papers he sent. I left a message on sweet talking Jasons machine and said I can't afford to do this and told him that I checked them out and everyone says how you have to come up with more money. I am a stay at home mom, I couldn't afford that! So I told him to forget it!

I guess what they say is true, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
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#4 Consumer Comment

Thank you for saving me big $$$$$$

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

I recently replied to a web site for inventions, and didn't expect to get called! And to my surprise I got a response for Jason. He sweeet talked me and sent me the information, I avoided the first meeting he set up and he contacted me a day later, saying how there were 3 potential manufacturers interested in my product. He even said I could make payments on my $685 since I couldn't afford it! I discussed this with a few people, because I was sceptical. They are very tricky with thier paper work and wording and my brother in law said, make sure you will not get charged any more, as I read on, the paper work got even more suspisous. I decided to go on line and really research them. Thank god I did. I have not signed anything and burned the papers he sent. I left a message on sweet talking Jasons machine and said I can't afford to do this and told him that I checked them out and everyone says how you have to come up with more money. I am a stay at home mom, I couldn't afford that! So I told him to forget it!

I guess what they say is true, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
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#5 Consumer Comment

Jason has a new name @ Davison Inventrigration Davison Design and development

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

My husband has an Idea that he was all excited about. Somehow he got in touch with this Davison Inventegration. We received the packet in the mail and have been expecting a phone call from "Jason" except his name isnt Jason Zerbach anymore it is Jason Michalski ; Director of New Products now.

According to the BBB (found on the BBB website) here is a list of AKAs for the business on 595 Alpha Drive in Pittsburgh PA

180054ideas.com
Davison & Associates
Davison 54
Davison Inventegration
Invention Inventigrations

Here are the phone numbers as also listed on the BBB website
412) 677-6382
(412) 767-0350
(412) 828-5855
(412) 828-9530
(412) 967-0137
(412) 967-0171
(800) 544-3327
(800) 545-3332
(800) 677-6382.


So glad I made sure we checked them out before we dropped the $695.00 and needless to say we have a phone appointment with him tomorrow, we will tell him where to go with his "helpful patent and product marketing plan"
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#6 Consumer Comment

marketing my idea through davison

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

i would just like you know that i have been dealing with davison for about 8 months and, have had good luck using davison in fact my invention is no longer just a dream but a reality now. I know everybody thinks of ideas ever day but only a few ideas are selected for marketing, unlike what has been said i did receive a prototype, news from the manufactuer, also a contract from the manufactuer and signed with them. My invention is doing rather well, so as you can see patience is all you can hope for. Davison stands by what they say, it's not just a sells pitch....
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#7 Consumer Comment

ALMOST TAKEN BY THIS COMPANY

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

I just got off the phone with my first conversation after playing phone tag with Matthew for about four days. I decided to pray about this situation and what to do. God led me to this site and all the stories so I would be protected. Here's how my occurence came about:

I selected to have information sent to me from a pop up choice when doing the "free iPod" challenge. I was sent nice looking marketing material along with a page the asks for a design drawing and a synopsis of my idea and when I thought of it.

Yes, the call today was "scripted", from being in sales I noticed right away. Since they asked for no money "upfront" until I read and accepted their proposal packet they'd be sending to me, I actually thought it could be legitimate.

I had just looked up their name from a google search during our phone call. I did not read any of the stories, I only saw the complaint listed and the companies replies. I interrupted him immediately to address the issue of the website research showing about the "fraud/rip-off" reports. Matthew said, "the person that was involved with that has since been removed from the company and the he was practicing unethical business practices. In addition, all issues have since been rectified." I thanked him for addressing my question rather than avoiding it.

I'm glad I prayed and found this site. I spent the next hour reading all of these replies. Don't think your idea is seperate from the rest, a few too many bad reports is a "HUGE SIGN" not to "SIGN". I found this information on the Inventors Digest Website that was suggested in a reply above. I now know there really is help out there...but "you" must be willing to make some investment with "yourself" and do some of the upfront work needed "before" outsourcing the rest. Make sure you get your idea patented FIRST!

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There is AlWAYS hope for the weary and willing!
Blessings,
Edmonds, Washington
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#8 REBUTTAL Individual responds

IM sure glad i looked up this co.

AUTHOR: John W. - (U.S.A.)

Dear sir's
I sure am glad i looked up for info on this co.
I talked to one of there reps. the other day about my idea and he told me what they can do for me and that it would cost me $55.00 d0llars an hour for 13 hours,and i got the packedge in the mail just yesterday and was going to send in the money this morning $685 bucks.
I said let me look this web site up.
The guy who talked to me was quick talker and i had to slow him down a little with questions and his name wasn't Jason it was Richard C.Schachner,and he had me pumped up i seen his add on tv and called the no.
Well thank you again and i hope other suckers look at this report and don'1 get beat by this guy.
Very truly yours John W.Rohloff
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#9 Consumer Comment

OMG! WHEW THANK GOD I FOUND THIS SITE!!!

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

WOW! I had filled in an info box about 3 invention ideas I had.

Manys missed phone calls later and 1 postcard in the mail I decided to call the man whose name was on the post card. I cannot find the postcard right now or remember his name but he is calling me at 930 this morning (it is 12:27 am now).....anyway he called me last thursday morning and was all yadda yadda talking a mile a minute, saying oh i am going to mail you out a packet of info in about 3 days. well it hasn't come so tonight i thought maybe its a joke, so I looked up Davison Design on yahoo and found this site. apparently many people have had THE SAME problems with this company and a man saying he is the director of new products and yadaa yadaaaaa.

NOW I AM WORRIED

I told this man my ideas!!

I havent signed anything but he can still steal my ideas, wtf, what do I do? Is there anything I can do besides run to get a patent??????

ugh I just have to wait and see if he keeps his meeting call this morning. hopefully he will and i am going to confront him with this website and other peoples claims. I am very concerned now, I am not a dupe, and I would never hand over money, so thank heavens I found this site before hand.

I will wait for his call and find out whats going on, but if anyone has any info on how I can protect my idea b/c I have told him about it, please post it here so I can know what to do.

Thankyou,
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#10 Consumer Comment

thank you for stoping me

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

i am only 15 and i was about to pay Davison 685.00 dollers when i came on this site and saw that it was a fake thanks..
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#11 Consumer Comment

Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

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

I was very apprehensive about this whole thing from the first call I had with "Tom." It just felt too much like a sales pitch which to me says SCAM all over it. After checking here and the BBB's website I realized that this a SCAM. I was on the verge of sending money to this company after several phone conversations with them. They put a very positive spin on a situation which is a hard one at best to profit from. Something needs to be done about this company. It is outragous to me that they can sit out there taking thousands of dollars from people and returning nothing on it. Thanks again for saving me a lot of trouble.
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#12 Consumer Comment

Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

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

I was very apprehensive about this whole thing from the first call I had with "Tom." It just felt too much like a sales pitch which to me says SCAM all over it. After checking here and the BBB's website I realized that this a SCAM. I was on the verge of sending money to this company after several phone conversations with them. They put a very positive spin on a situation which is a hard one at best to profit from. Something needs to be done about this company. It is outragous to me that they can sit out there taking thousands of dollars from people and returning nothing on it. Thanks again for saving me a lot of trouble.
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Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

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

I was very apprehensive about this whole thing from the first call I had with "Tom." It just felt too much like a sales pitch which to me says SCAM all over it. After checking here and the BBB's website I realized that this a SCAM. I was on the verge of sending money to this company after several phone conversations with them. They put a very positive spin on a situation which is a hard one at best to profit from. Something needs to be done about this company. It is outragous to me that they can sit out there taking thousands of dollars from people and returning nothing on it. Thanks again for saving me a lot of trouble.
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#14 Consumer Comment

Thanks! I am extremely happy that I was able to find this website in time.

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

I was very apprehensive about this whole thing from the first call I had with "Tom." It just felt too much like a sales pitch which to me says SCAM all over it. After checking here and the BBB's website I realized that this a SCAM. I was on the verge of sending money to this company after several phone conversations with them. They put a very positive spin on a situation which is a hard one at best to profit from. Something needs to be done about this company. It is outragous to me that they can sit out there taking thousands of dollars from people and returning nothing on it. Thanks again for saving me a lot of trouble.
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#15 Consumer Suggestion

Zeroback? - Almost but "Zero given"

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

All I can say is thank you so much for this site!!! The stories are identical to the sales pitch, package and 'scripted' conversations I've had with "Tim"...not "Jason". I am an educated, intelligent person with alot of common sense,as I am sure many of you are as well & which is why I found this site before I sent them my $685.00! It is funny how everyone idea comes to be the same amount of $685.00!?!

I am on a fixed income and truly cannot spare the money, so my 'investment' is/was a huge decision and Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
People, do the research and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!

Here's another hint that I noticed in my 'appointment' conversations...He always spoke so rapidly and kept me on speaker, which I didn't like at all. It was also hard to ask him a question and if I managed to interrupt him to ask my question I never really got an answer.

Of course, I only realized this after the dust had settled in my head after I had hung up and sat quietly and thought about what I just experienced. Protect yourself, No one else will!
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#16 Consumer Suggestion

Try Inventor's Digest Magazine

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

As I noted above, try Inventor's Digest Magazine, on the web at www.inventorsdigest.com

I have been in the Patent business since 1987, when I went to work for the Patent Office. Since then, I've seen hundreds, if not thousands of people with similar stories to yours.

Most of the Patent Bar doesn't seem to care or do much about it, although the Patent Office is trying, along with the FTC (the case you cited above). Most of these cases are settled, however, and the companies continue to operate.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, editor of Inventor's Digest has made it her goal to provide a place where inventors can get the "straight dope" about Patents and inventions. I support her efforts and those of the United Inventor's Association.

The only thing you CAN do is educate yourself and learn more about Patenting and inventions.

There is no easy money in inventions, period. But if you are serious about promoting and developing an invention, magazines like Inventor's Digest can be a great help.

Good luck with your endeavors!
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#17 Consumer Comment

You saved me $685.00!! Thank you!

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

Thank you so much for all the information sent in. I have the money in hand for my invention and was going to be mailing it out Monday. I assure you after reading this I will not. It's kinda funny how everyone's project @ $55 an hour always adds up to $685. After reading the complaints there is a pattern I have noticed.
I found a lawsuit filed against them. It's alittle lengthy but helpful... If we believe our idea can succeed and obviously most of the Davison like companies are basically all scams does anyone know what you can do on your own??
If anyone has any info that isn't very costy I would appreciate it.


DEFENDANTS' COURSE OF CONDUCT

Since approximately December 1989, and continuing thereafter, defendants have maintained a substantial course of trade in offering and selling research, patenting, and invention-promotion services to individual inventors who want to profit from the sale of their ideas for inventions.

Defendants have solicited the sale of patent and invention-promotion services through the use of, among other things, advertisements on television, in newspapers and in magazines, including but not limited to Entertainment Weekly, correspondence and contracts sent through the United States mail and telephone sales presentations.

Defendants' advertisements invite consumers to call an 800 number. When consumers call the 800 number, they are asked to give their name, address and telephone number, and are sent sales literature.

In a typical letter consumers receive, defendants state that "[o]ur firm's team is made up of international award winning designers, engineers, marketers, former U.S. Patent Examiners and many other support staff members. We have hundreds and hundreds of corporate executives who are working with our organization in the development of new products."

Several days after receiving the sales literature, a sales representative for Davison & Associates typically telephones the consumer. After soliciting information about the consumer's invention, the sales representative typically invites the consumer to send in a form describing the invention and represents that Davison & Associates will review it to determine whether it is patentable and marketable.

In most cases, the sales representative then tells the consumer that the idea has passed the scrutiny of the reviewers at the company. The sales representative then attempts to sell the consumer a product research report and patent search costing approximately $790.

The product research report is a document about seventy pages long and consists of copies of prior patents, journal articles, and an engineer's report. The product research report purportedly evaluates the marketability of an idea or product. In most cases, the product research report concludes that, based on the research in the report, the product should be commercialized.

After the consumer has received the product research report, the sales representative typically calls the consumer again and attempts to persuade the consumer to enter into a promotion agreement authorizing Davison & Associates to promote a customer's idea for an invention, for a service fee of as much as $12,000. The agreement provides that, in exchange for this service fee, Davison & Associates will promote the idea or product to industry in an effort to secure a licensing, marketing or manufacturing agreement for the customer.
Consumers who utilize Davison & Associates' services virtually never recoup their investment. Of the hundreds of sales made by Davison & Associates, only a handful have resulted in a licensing agreement, and of those actually licensed, few if any have resulted in consumers making an appreciable amount of money.
Defendants' course of trade is in or affecting commerce, within the meaning of Section 4 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 44.this
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#18 Consumer Comment

Davison

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

Hi Rachel. I just wanted to say that I did my homework, that's why I didn't send them anymore money. That's why I got my 50 dollars back. I also filed a report with the betterbusinessbureau (way before you even said anything about their lawsuit) I had stated what happened to me and how they lied to me and the BBB got in touch with them and they completely lied to the BBB... They told me my idea was going to be in stores nationwide and they lied about that to the BBB..... But the good news is since I didn't sign a contract of release , they can't use my ideas... But my sent one in and she didnt sign a contract with them at all, and they used her idea.. The tote bins with the brackets or locks whatever you want to call them, on the sides...So that pretty much sucked.. We were so mad... I know it was them who sent it in because a few days after she told them the idea it was out..... Assholes, that they are!!!! I am not trying to be mean but the way you said we all should our homework,, It just rubbed me the wrong way...
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#19 Consumer Suggestion

Do your Homework. I tore up the packet they sent me.

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

Davison has contacted me, twice in the past week. However, I searched out information about them on the Pittsburgh Better Business Bureau website. There is a pending lawsuit against them.

The web link is here
http://www.pittsburgh.bbb.org/nis/newsearch2.asp?ID=1&strBCode=01410000&ComID=0141000012000782&ComName=Davison+54

The report on the company is interesting, and condemning.

I tore up the packet they sent me.
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#20 Consumer Suggestion

Try USUIA or Inventor's Digest Magazine

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

Two excellent resources for solo inventors are the United Inventors Association:

http://www.uiausa.com/

and Inventor's Digest Magazine:

http://www.inventorsdigest.com/ME2/default.asp

Both are dedicated to serving the needs of solo inventors and have lots of helpful advice for individual inventors. Subscribe to Inventor's Digest Magazine if you are serious about developing an invention.

My advice to most inventors is to put your money in the bank and forget about developing an invention unless you really have the time and energy to do so. You cannot hand this task off to a company and realisitically expect them to make you a millionaire. You have to do all the hard work.

As Edison said, inventing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. There are no inventors who just came up with an idea and made millions - they all had to work hard to develop and market their ideas and get them accepted.

The idea that you can come up with an idea and have someone just hand you a check is an Urban Legend. It just isn't true. Sorry.

Inventions for products that are only marginal improvements over existing products are particularly hard to make money from. People will often not pay extra for only incremental improvements. Price sells a lot of products, not innovation.

The inventors I have represented who are successful are the ones who realistically assess the value of their own inventions (hard to do!) and spend the time, money, and effort THEMSELVES to develop, market, and promote their inventions.

Raw ideas on paper are rarely sucessful.

I cannot comment on the specific company mentioned here, only to say that you should read any contract carefully and do not sign anything that you do not understand, and do not rely upon verbal promises. It takes two to tango!

Disclaimer: I am a Patent Attorney, and I do advertise in Inventor's Digest and am a member of USUIA. At the present time, however, I am not taking on any new clients, so please do not call or e-mail asking for assistance. You may find some helpful articles on my website, however:

www.robertplattbell.com

Good luck with your endeavors!

Regards,
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#21 Consumer Comment

DAVISON TOOK ME FOR $1,685.00

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

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING MY MONEY BACK AFTER GOING THROUGH EXACTLY WHAT THESE OTHER PEOPLE ARE TELLING SAME STORIES AS MINE...EXCEPT I WENT ONE STEP FURTHER AFTER STEVER CIANFLONE OFFERED VERBALLY ON PHONE MEETING THAT OF THE 1-4 OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT TO GET PROJECT STARTED, ALL I HAD TO DO WAS COME UP WITH $1,00.00 DOWN OF THE 8,718.00 AND GEORGE DAVISON WOULD HANDLE THE REST IF I ALLOWED MORE ROYALTIES FROM THE SALE OF MY INVENTION....WAS ALL I LIE, MR CIANFLONE DENIED EVERYTHING ONCE I MAILED $1,000.OO, AND KEPT DEMANDING THE $7,718.00 OR PROJECT WILL CEASE...WELL THEY ARE REFUSING TO GIVE ME MONEY BACK SENT LETTER FROM THEIR LAW FIRM AND OFFERED REFUND OF $775.00 OUT OF $1,685.00 AFTER I SIGNED PAPERS THAT EXCLUDED THEM FROM LAWSUIT....WHAT DO I DO.....
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#22 Consumer Comment

Jason Who???!!!

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

Well everybody, it looks like we've all been duped. I myself sent in an invention idea and the "Director of New Inventions" worked the details out with me over the phone in the same manner. Only he didn't say his name was Zerbach.
At the time I was living about 30 miles outside of S.L.C., Utah and was struggling. But I knew that if I could just get my invention promoted than I could go to work full time working on all these "potential ideas" running through my head.
Of course "Jason" assured me that the retainer would be the only fee I would end up paying. Eager to get the ball rolling I went ahead and sent about a third of the retainer before I saw the contract and even then I was too excited to really read the small print...
I was struggling with retaining a job after the 2002 Olympics and so I chose to move to California. I've tried to get a hold of this "Jason" character and I'm beginning to be convinced that this company could be a front for an elaborate scam that seems to be working quite well.
I would like anyone who has had this same problem like me to consider joining forces and taking these "scam artists" to court. For me it's not about the money that I spent, but the idea that some "company" has a contract with me that binds me from being able to continue developing that single idea because of the nondisclosure agreement that I signed. I have been ripped off and I intend to seek justice.
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#23 Consumer Comment

Ripped off by Davison.

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

After reading bad reports on DAVISON I was !!!!! and figured I had been ripped off too. First of all I am a average man with four kids and a wife to support and cannot afford to be ripprd off by crooks like this.... now I am in a financial bind. about three years ago a friend of ours lost her littlegirl in a power window when her knee hit the button and the window came up on her neck. since then I thought of a safety idea and called it the safety seal. then I had my idea noterized and faxed them a copy . Shortly after I recieved a phone call. after a conversation about my idea they sent me a confidentiality sheet to sign and send them 685.00 dollars. All together they ended up with 5885.00 dollars.. I have been ripped off. WHERE is my design idea and hard earned money?
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#24 Consumer Comment

Glad I read this.

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

Well my name is Robert. I was looking over my agrement sent by the same company. I was getting ready to send the $600+ in to them. I am glad I seen this. I am very upset over this right now.
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#25 Consumer Comment

To whom it may concern I found this information-about Davison-how to get your money back!!!

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

Hi I am writing to you because you stated in your report that your idea is history, not necessarily... I found this information on the Better Business Bureau....------

Be aware that as of January 2000, The American Inventors
Protection Act of 1999 provided new protection for inventors:

The invention promoter must disclose in writing the number of positive and negative evaluations of inventions they have given over a five-year period, and disclose their customer's success in receiving net financial profit and license agreements as a direct result of the invention promotion services.

Customers harmed by failure to make required disclosures or by any false or fraudulent representation by the invention promoter can sue to recover statutory damages of up to $5,000, or actual damages.
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