• Report: #327444
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Invent Tech

  • Submitted: Sun, April 20, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, September 16, 2009

  • Reported By:Astoria New York
Invent Tech
www.invent-tech.com/ Internet U.S.A.

Invent Tech They Stole the (original) Spiderman web shooter Glove Idea from me! Internet

* : web shooter

* : Take off the Hulk gloves

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To Whom it May Concern,

I am a Sheetmetal worker in NYC. I am in charge of the sign division/outdoor advertisements. I do the ball in Times Square for New Years each yr, maintain all of the billboards, big screen tvs, moving images & signage on Broadway, 42nd street & Times Square. As part of my job, we do mass advertisements sometimes hudreds of feet tall & wide. We hang billboards, signs for upcoming movies, adverts for companies etc.. Before the 1st spiderman movie came out, I called Marvel & told them about an Idea I had & that we had to act fast because (this can be corroberated) I was just about to install a 40' blow up version of spiderman on Lowe's theater in Times Square as a promotion for the upcoming Spiderman movie. The woman from Marvel stopped me in my tracks during the phone call & said "DO NOT tell me anything, you must protect your Idea". So, I followed her advice & after a few minutes, we discussed a few different things but never my full Idea. We then ended the call. My next call was to Invent Tech, which I thought was a reputable company. I discussed a little about the Idea & didn't want to tell them the rest of my Idea until it was protected. He (not sure of the person's name I spoke to since it was several yrs ago) ASSURED me that if I signed a confidentiallity agreement, I would be safe. So, I did, I also sent in a drawing of my invention. (also attached)

Three weeks to a month later I received a letter from them (Invent Tech) stating that they did not want to pursue the Idea & that I was on my own, blah blah blah. My Idea was a spiderman glove that shot silly string. Not 3 months later, MY idea was on tv for sale. I was enraged & didn't know what to do. The spiderman movie came out & I started seeing several commercials for the simple glove & the silly string can that attached to it to shoot a simulated web.

((((EDitor's REDACTIONS: Some text of this report has been redacted per our Terms of Service))))

My girlfriend threatened to leave me If I continued to talk that way, so I was forced to shut up about it. We didn't have money for a lawyer, so the Idea of getting back at them died.

She convinced me that Invent Tech wouldn't do that to me or anyone else because they were a big company & didn't need to do that. I finally calmed down & forgot about chasin my my dream due to the love I had for my girlfriend. I kept the paperwork since 1992. Then I did a web search because I was always curious about what would or could have been. Then I see all these accusations on the web against them & my pain has begun again. April 29th 92' is the anniversary of my submittal. I am not starving now by any means. I make $38.00 + an hr as a Union worker & since then have accumulated several licenses in my field ranging from a NYC Crane Operator, welder, Scaffolding, O.S.H.A certs etc.. So I don't want anyone to think I am some bandwagon jumper. I did a thorough search for my initial sketch & finally found it. I was elated. Now I would like to know if 6 yrs is too long to sue them since I do have money, whom do I spoeak to about it & if there is a special lawyer for this. I figured your co. would know better what to do.

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In a way I am glad she did. I would've had to do the deed, then punch out myself as well because I will NEVER go to jail because of something I didn't deserve & at the time I thought they deserved a violent death as I do to this day, each & every one who was responsible for the actual deed. My life is a little more full & I have a great one at that. However, it's a matter of principal. ((((EDitor's REDACTIONS: Some text of this report has been redacted per our Terms of Service)))) I researched & saw that another version of the web blaster silly string shooter has been made, & saw that millions are being made out of my original Idea. The new one is a lot more advanced than my Idea & frankly puts mine to shame. I kept the sketch w/ invent Tech's headers & confidentiality agreement which I gleefully signed & submitted.. I feel I was robbed. I am too old & have too mch to lose by killing anyone now. Although I do pray the ones that stole & profited from my Idea are killed in a car crash on Christmas Morning & will continue to do till my own death. What should I do? Please, I do not want anyone to think I am some unstable nut. I am not. I am a hard working individual, I run my own company online & still work as a NYC Crane Operator. Thank God I went back to school & took a few yrs of college or I would feel trapped in this life & still want to take revenge myself!

I decided to take pictures of the agreement to share with others & give my story an element of truth & you may use them on your web site as well. I have no fear of reprisal about what I have written or told here today. I am innocent of any wrong doings other than wanting a better life for myself & family. Nobody has been injured or harmed in any way shape or form, other than myself! I wish it were the other way around!!! I'm sure that if a young man with NOTHING to lose that has been wronged by this company or others acts out what every person is thinking of doing to big corporations who purposely steal & shun the little guy in this world, I'm sure NO invention company would ever steal another Idea from someone again. That man would be a pioneer! The dates of the pictures of my confidential agreement (attached) are inaccurate. They were taken Sunday, April 19th 2008. There is something wrong with the dates on my camera because it was bought on eBay.com as a damaged product. The date on the agreement is 4/29/02. That is accurate, right before the first Spiderman movie came out. The thieves at Invent Tech owe my X girlfriend their lives! I am creating a web site in Invent Tech's name to showcase my story & ordeal so that other potential income from weary inventors NEVER finds their way into their bank account or hands! Let them come after me. This remains unfinished business with me. It is still personal & dear to my heart! Too bad Invent Tech doesn't have an open email address instead of a web contact form. I called them Friday & left a message that I have recovered the paperwork, along with my phone number. They did not return my call, nor do I think they will ever.

On 911 I was in NYC operating a crane on 6th Ave at the time of the attacks on the WTC. I was caught in the hail of debri from the falling buildings. Then rushed to a hospiltal due to breathing difficulties. After observation, I was released & given some medication to help my breathing. I then saw fit to return to ground zero & help my City to recover. We were told my City officials that the air was clear & it was safe to return & help out my fellow man, which I willingly did. It was a terrible experience for all. I still have nightmares that wake me from sound sleep in a cold sweat.

I have since been inducted into the federal WTC Monitoring program in which they evaluated & diagnosed my illness. I will be on medication for the rest of my life. I take Singulair, Proventil & Advair to help me breathe each day. I will forever be bound to 911 by memories, numerous Dr's visits & trouble breathing. After one full year, I was told that some of my friends had passed away that day. I was both angered & sad. Carlos Lilo who was the only EMS worker killed, a childhood friend named Christopher Santora, a firefighter from Queens & another friend Chris Duffy, who had worked in the World Trade Center. I created a web site for all who fell that day in my friend's memories called http://nyfd.org When I made the web site, there were only two friends that I knew of, who didn't make it. To this day the count is at seven. I still have a lump in my throat when I think of that day, as I do writing this today.
One day I pray that I will have the courage to go & edit the site's death count. I am not ready yet, nor do I know when I will be.

You have my full permission to use this testimony for free as you wish or see fit! Any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Michael Di Pippo, President & CEO

p.s. I have the photos, actual paperwork, letters of the confidentiality agreement between Invent - tech Thieves & myself. Also, if anyone thinks what I wrote is way too harsh & that taking action against someone physically is wrong, you didn't grow up in NYC. Snitches wore stiches. You had to do your own dirty laundry! This is my God given name & my company. To this day I fear nothing. I was brought up to believe "If you're in the right, keep up the fight, sooner or later all others will join your plight"

I have come to believe that companies like invent tech with millions of dollars operate by stealing an idea, sending you a discouraging letter in hopes of thwarting your efforts of following up on your idea all the while patenting, negotiating behind your back for the sale of your idea(s). If they are caught or busted or found guilty in a court of law, they simply pay restitution ( a small amount) & keep operating their company with the rest of the income they dervived from stealing your Ideas. They always come out the winner. They have the means & money to battle anyone in the legal world with high cost lawyers, while you struggle with the decision to go after them & have a hard time making ends meet. ((((EDitor's REDACTIONS: Some text of this report has been redacted per our Terms of Service)))) We didn't dial 911.

Astoria, New York

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web shooter

AUTHOR: poppajoeseppi - (USA)

I make this with reference to report #327444.

Michael, my heart goes out to you brother.  I have been burned by PTI.  Had an idea stolen and actually patented by someone else.  I am now trying to find the link between the "inventor" and one of the members of PTI.

I can so relate to your story, I am an electrician and feel like my ship came in but I was at the airport.  In my investigation of PTI and the connection with Invent-tech, I came across your story. I looked for a patent on a web shooter and found one that was filed in 4/10/96 and issued 10/24/97.  go to yahoo patent search and look up patent #5678730.

As a minister I need to give you this information so that maybe you can find some peace.

God bless you

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Take off the Hulk gloves

AUTHOR: Boiler Room - (USA)

LMAO, like no other person ever could invent that idea, considering it's spidey's famous weapon, did you also invent the Hulk gloves?

Many people sit on an idea, others get them to market.  Do you want to be the guy with the dated submission form for an idea he never did anything about, or do you want to be the person who got off the couch sought the proper lawyers, financial advisors, etc. to get a product launched.  I'd rather be Donald Trump than Al Bundy.

If you are serious about resolving this and find out who is really to blame instead of blaming a company without much proof, what you should do is look up that patent, see who it is listed under, see what company produced it, was it a licensed product, if so from who, or was it developed in-house.

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