InventHelp Inadequate Services for Inventors Class Action

Invention Submission Corporation (ISC), which does business as InventHelp, purports to submit inventions to companies who might be interested in commercializing them and to provide other help to inventors. The complaint for this class action brings suit for violations of the American Inventor’s Protection Act (AIPA) and breach of contract, alleging ISC and its related companies do not provide the benefits they promise clients.

InventHelp has more than sixty sales offices in the US, Canada, Germany, Korea, the UK, and Australia. Related defendants in this case include Western Invention Submission Corporation (WISC), Intromark Incorporated, and Technosystems Service Corporation.

One of the two plaintiffs, Carla Austin, invented a cloth toilet seat cover. She agreed to pay WISC $13,900 and not to market her invention elsewhere. She also signed an agreement with Intromark, “promising to attempt to obtain a sale or licensing agreement when InventHelp’s submission to industry has elicited ‘substantial interest.’”

InventHelp first helps inventors prepare a Basic Information Package (BIP) that contains a description of the product, production and manufacturing considerations, classification codes, and so on.

After that, customers sign the Submission Agreements. Austin signed a Submission Agreement with WISC. The complaint alleges the Submission Agreements “contained material misrepresentations and omitted material facts.”

According to the complaint, “The services that InventHelp claims to offer include the development of a ‘New Product Submission Brochure,’ submission of this brochure to companies that InventHelp matches with the clients’ inventions and follow up with interested businesses.”

InventHelp says it will submit inventions to companies in its proprietary Data Bank and to other companies. However, the complaint claims that many of the businesses in the Data Bank no longer exist or do not respond to its requests for review. Also, it says that “InventHelp’s specific and industry ‘matches’ are far from accurate.”

On the lists of companies Austin’s invention was matched to, the complaint claims some were listed more than once and one was listed eight times. Others were no longer in business or not an appropriate match. One, for example, seemed to be a non-profit charity that promotes “the social integration of immigrants.”

Perhaps the plaintiffs should have paid closer attention to the disclosures InventHelp was required to give them, which contained information required by AIPA and the state of California. Two pieces of information in particular stand out:

  • “the total number of clients that had entered into contracts with WISC … (63,859)”
  • “the number of clients ‘known to have received more money than they paid InventHelp’ (45)”

The class for this action is all US residents who, within the applicable limitations period, signed a Submission Agreement with ISC or WISC and made any payments to them for invention promotion services.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

InventHelp Inadequate Services for Inventors Complaint

October 25, 2019

Invention Submission Corporation (ISC), which does business as InventHelp, purports to submit inventions to companies who might be interested in commercializing them and to provide other help to inventors. The complaint for this class action brings suit for violations of the American Inventor’s Protection Act (AIPA) and breach of contract, alleging ISC and its related companies do not provide the benefits they promise clients.

InventHelp Inadequate Services for Inventors Complaint

Case Event History

InventHelp Inadequate Services for Inventors Complaint

October 25, 2019

Invention Submission Corporation (ISC), which does business as InventHelp, purports to submit inventions to companies who might be interested in commercializing them and to provide other help to inventors. The complaint for this class action brings suit for violations of the American Inventor’s Protection Act (AIPA) and breach of contract, alleging ISC and its related companies do not provide the benefits they promise clients.

InventHelp Inadequate Services for Inventors Complaint
Tags: Did Not Perform as Promised, Inventions