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June 18, 2023

I FEEL AS THOUGH IVE BEEN SCAMMED BEWARE WARNING WARNING Invention Promoters Will Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges

July 18, 2008


The owners of an invention promotion operation have agreed to pay $10 million in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers across the country. The settlement includes a cash payment of $6.9 million, plus other property valued at $3.1 million.

According to the FTC, the defendants charged up to $12,000 to evaluate and promote consumers’ inventions. The defendants enticed consumers with false claims about their selectivity in choosing products to promote, their track record in turning inventions into profitable products, and their relationships with manufacturers. They also deceptively claimed that their income came from sharing royalties with inventors, rather than from the fees consumers paid.

Under the proposed settlement, in connection with providing research, patent, marketing, and/or invention promotion services, the defendants cannot misrepresent that they’re selective in accepting inventors, and that they have a stake in an invention because they “work for free” and/or receive significant income from royalties. They also can’t misrepresent how many consumers have contracted with them, how many of those consumers realized a net profit, or how many product licenses they obtained for consumers.

The settlement also bans the defendants from misrepresenting that they’ve helped inventions become products without disclosing whether consumers have profited from the product, and that they have a vast network of corporations with which they regularly negotiate licensing agreements. They also can’t misrepresent that their services are necessary for consumers to license their ideas, and that they prepare objective and expert analyses of the marketability or patentability of ideas.

The settlement requires the defendants to post on any Web site or advertising, and to furnish to prospective clients, an affirmative disclosure statement that clearly and unequivocally states:

How many consumers submitted ideas within the past five years;

Of those, how many were offered, and how many signed, agreements for defendants’ several services including research, presentation, and licensing services; and

How many consumers succeeded in licensing their ideas, how many made more money in royalties than they paid the defendants in fees, and the percentage of the defendants’ income that comes from royalties earned from their customers’ inventions.

The statement must include, in bold print, how many consumers in the last five years made more money in royalties or sales proceeds than they paid the defendants, and the percentage of the defendants’ income that came from royalties paid on licenses of consumers’ products.

The defendants are Davison Design and Development, Inc., formerly known as Davison & Associates, Inc., and its principal, George M. Davison III; Manufacturer’s Support Services, Inc. and its principal, Gordon M. Davison, and his wife, Barbra M. Davison; and relief defendant Barbara L. Davison, who is George M. Davison’s wife. The settlement ends the litigation between the FTC and the defendants.

Earlier, after a trial, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania entered a $26 million judgment in favor of the FTC against the defendants, except that it limited Barbra M. Davison’s liability to $8 million and imposed no liability on Barbara L. Davison. The proposed settlement will suspend the judgment once the defendants transfer cash and other assets valued at about $10 million, including residences in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. The cash payment includes $6.8 million specifically listed in the order, plus approximately $105,000 in interest on a cash bond. The FTC has established a telephone line for consumers who may have been harmed by the defendants’ conduct. Consumers may call 216-263-3434 for more information.

The Commission vote to authorize staff to file the proposed consent order for permanent injunction was 4-0. The order was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on July 14.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

(FTC File No. X97-0085)


Contact Information


Frank Dorman

Office of Public Affairs



Steven W. Balster

FTCs East Central Region


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Find another company! This one doesn’t give a damn after they’ve got your cash.
May 25, 2023

Go elsewhere. I used to get a call every Monday from my representative, but once I paid them off its been silent. In the past year I’ve asked for two changes. One was a color change and the other was a two word correction. It’s been a year and still hasn’t been done. Any other company would complete these simple tasks within a couple days. They love to take your thousands of dollars, but you’ll be lucky to get a final product sample. I’ve discovered that I’ve flushed thousand$ down the toilet.

Bringing my idea to reality
May 19, 2023

Tonette is very helpful, answered all my questions, she went above and beyond to ensure my comfort and satisfaction to welcome a high-quality experience bringing my ideas into reality. I am at the en-stage of my invention. Her guidance provided me with support which she advocated for my project which was a long road finally coming to an end, the foundation of my invention is good but somehow, the designer intended to express sarcasm, and discontent, displeasure in my ideas. I am feeling somewhat uneasy about my creative design. I need for every traffic signal to turn green in my inventive idea, my primary image of losing a love one is not pleasing to her style of taste for my art of memory.

Bewareof Scams June 18, 2023

How do you feel now Has your product made it to market.Their displeasure is because. YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED

Scammers took me, a single mother for $800 then asks for more.
April 5, 2023
Scam, They took me for $800 back in 2012 thinking I had an invention. I told them I wouldn't do it if they were going to ask for more. They promised they wouldn't then after I sent them the $800 they ask for $10,000. I took a loss. They didn't care I was a single mother barely making it. DONT even think of working with them unless you want to lose money. The person I was working with was Parris Logan. I am still mad about this after all these years.

They don't search for patents
February 16, 2023
Davison is scamming someone I know. They sold them a dream and this person can't let go of the notion that they're going to be rich. Only problem is it took me mere minutes to search the internet and find that not only has this persons invention already been invented, but the patents date back to the 90s and a major corporation already added the feature to their product in 2022. People tried to tell him but he refuses to listen. His fault there, but obviously Davison doesn't even do the research that you pay them for. They just want your money. Don't give it to them.

Richarddominick August 23, 2023

not sure as Darren sent me a lot of info (patent search) on my idea but I was fine, My invention still in limbo. But Morgan the license dept did not do much. sent out forms to 20 contacts and zero so far. I think we all should get together get media to investigate Davison..I still owe $$$s and still paying interest going back 2019

Terrible company, FRAUD.
February 13, 2023

The representative told me I would get a prototype for the $595 when I asked. Here he said that was just the pre development work. So I ended it. He told me YES when I asked SPECIFICALlY if I would get the prototype for the $595.

Terrible company. Scammers.

File a complaint with the FTC
November 2, 2022
File a complaint with the FTC the more people who file a complaint the better for all of us. Davison was ordered to pay $26 million in restitution to former clients after they were sued by the Federal Trade Commission and lost.

SeanHills December 23, 2022

Agree with this whole heartedly. Davison are organized scammers. DO NOT deal with them.

ShawnaRicketts April 13, 2023

I too was a a single mother barely making it! I had submitted multiple of my ideas to davison! And now that I'm seeing some of my ideas out there on the market I couldn't be more upset!!

But back in 2021 During the pandemic I paid them the 595.00 $ that i had to borrow! And then I had gone to jail for failure to return retail property in which I had violated my probation and was held there for 60 days without a bail.

And when i got out of jail I had called the company right away to explain to them my situation and they told me that they had called my sell phone and that I had told them that I no longer was interested in moving forward with my idea!

When I told them that was impossible because nobody had my phone in order to answer it, that it was in my property in the jail. And that was that!!!!!!

VinceTayler January 16, 2024

Thank you for this information. I had a feeling it was too good to be true. I spent 13 - years perfecting my invention and I'm not about to hand it over. Thanks again.

Davidson Inventions SCAM
November 2, 2022

DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE DON'T GIVE THEM MONEY. They will steer your product design to fit their benefit, tell you their design of your product is best for licensing. After turning over to licensing department they will ask for more money, if you don't give them money they will, i feel what happened to me, is not put much effort into licensing. MONEY LOST, YOU WILL NOT GET IT BACK. WE NEED TO FILE WITH TRADE COMMISSION THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM!

October 9, 2022

Davison is a fake. Over a period of two years I have paid them a large amount of money. The first invention idea was stolen from me and produced by someone else.

The second and third (combined) idea was paid for and stolen from me and put out by two companies. ANGIS LIST AND YOHANA. MY IDEA. Davison just kept dragging me along knowing I had to make installments and while I was doing that, paying for the predevelopment work, they sold my ideas.

Davison sent me a hard bound book with the names of my idea and my name on the front and it disappeared out of my house, Noone knew it was here, and next thing you know Angie's list revamps and comes out with my idea and Yohana exactly duplicates my idea.

When I inquire with Julie my new Davison rep she can't find any record of Davison ever producing the predevelopment book or of my payments.

Julie was helping me with another idea I had, I had already researched patents, made the first two physical products all I needed was help finding an investor. She kept telling me that as soon as the initial 800.00 dollars was paid we would go into production. LIE. She told me i owed 116.00 to be paid and when I went to pay it it had turned into 225.00.

And she couldn't recall telling me about going into production. Asked for an itemized payment invoice, didn't get it. I asked for a new book from my last idea she said 795.00. Now she has just quit talking to me completely. If this last idea gets produced by anyone I am getting a lawyer.

Watch out for Davison, they are wolves in sheep's clothing and they will rob you of your invention

Scammers...everyone please beware
August 18, 2022

Please every one listen, this company is a scam, they have the best sales team to promise you the world, and once you stop giving them money they totally kick you to the curb.

I spent $13,000 on my idea and once I went threw all the phases, they asked for another $100,000 to manufacture it. But they waited to the last phone call with all the promises in the world, to ask for it.

Then I wanted to complain about Frank Vescio and how much of a con man he is, I left a message for management to call me back and instead he actually calls me back calling me a liar and every thing else.

I know they will contradict everything I say cause that's what they do to rip every one they can off, so please do take my word like everyone else who had to learn like me, do not waist your money on this company.

Richarddominick August 23, 2023

This Frank "dork" ask me for another few grand said they can make my product????? Darren told me they don't do that???

I am in Canada but another company is in Mississauga? Invent Help? I am not good at selling but like most of us ingenious ideas arses take advantage of?

Do not use them
July 2, 2022

Yes Davison is a big scam. They stole $3,000 from me and wouldn't answer my calls.

Richarddominick August 23, 2023

me too but I paid a LOT more $$$s..just um pray (prey) they get over stressed and >>>U know!

June 15, 2022

I was very excited about an idea I had but like many others did not know where to begin so I googled help and Davison came up.

I submitted my idea and was shortly contact by Michael Meyers. The initial call went smooth and was informed I would get an email to go over what to expect. I got numerous emails over the next few days which were videos and testimonials but never got around to viewing them all as I wanted to review them in detail.

I missed Michael’s calls and had not reached back as I got busy he then threatens to close my account and is confused on why I contacted them. I wanted to move forward and discussed with my wife that it would make sense to pay the fee if they did all the work.

He proceeds to be pushy and rude saying “if there was no cost involved you would have no hesitation in moving forward” insinuating money was the issue holding my decision.

Very unfortunate to have a hard close and pushy approach.

You will never get anything
December 9, 2020

You will never get anything from them and then they sick their attorneys on you. Davidson Invention robbed me of 15 thousand dollars. They have promised me the moon and stars.

After 2 years of phone calls stating my porotype was moving into yet another level of production I decided to call their bluff When I asked them for the delivery of my prototype as promised via our contract and as promised. Now to top it off they say they delivered said prototype to my personal address, they sent me some fake fed ex receipt. They say I signed it I DID NOT EVER GET IT>;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

The receipt reads that it got sent to some city, Limerick which I have never heard of and my name clearly is not B Robinson, which is who supposedly signed for my 14 thousand dollar project. I have had a couple emotional break downs over this 2 year rodeo and numerous panic attacks....not only have they robbed me financially but emotionally

The consumer affairs has 100s of complaints for the exact same issues as well and the BBBS. I am contacting Consumer affairs, the FBI, the federal trade commissions and the list goes on and on.. I want a full refund. If I have to obtain legal counsel I will be asking for emotional damages, punitive damages, all out of pocket legal fees and what ever else deemed possible to get this settled.

They have been sued so many times they are creating new companies like inventionland, bold patent and enhanced Davidson Invention robbed me of 14 thousand dollars.

All I have to show for my 15 k is some shiny pictures, do your due diligence people!

UndraBoyd June 08, 2022

Thank you for the info I'll head in another direction.

February 23, 2016

It started in April, 2013 when I had my light bulb moment when I thought how cool it would be to have an appliance to help me track lost items such as keys, wallets, pets, with an activated sensor from my mobile phone. Early March I contacted Davison and discussed my invention idea. I was introduced to the case officer and direct of new products by the name of Marian Gray.

Initially I had to make an upfront payment of AUD$700.22 just to get me idea looked at. Then came the patent research to find out if a similar product was already patented and in the market place, which I had to pay another AUD$1,809.64. Funnily enough, there was already similar products on the internet. The case officer was really cunning and told me that Davison would come up with a different design and encourage me to pursue this invention.

Well long story short I had to pay other additional fees and in total I was duped into paying Davison AUD$4,574.49 plus conversion fees and international phone call charges from Australia to America. This financial loss has heavily affected my mental state of mind and my marriage. I have contacted Davison company numerous other times to refund my money but this has fallen to deaf ears. I have all records of all transactions that occurred and emails in case there is a class action against these scammers.

So, If you are thinking of using Davison inventions you better be very careful and not fall into the same trap. I not stop giving this company a bad reviews on other sites until they fully refund my money and apologize for all the pain they have caused me.

Bob June 29, 2016

Yes I know exactly how you feel. I gave Davidson over $10,000 to design an invention it took them almost a year before they even presented the idea that I told them wasn't what i wanted they told me that's how it works so I signed off on the terrible product they designed only to have it rejected by the manufacturer. The they wanted more money to present the product that was garbage to other so called manufacturers. Save your money there are many ligament companions out there.. Take it from me stay as far away from Davidson as you possible can. They will make you think your idea is special but all they really want is your money. Bob B.

Lydia LDuncan July 11, 2020


File a lawsuit at this site.

brenda December 09, 2020

they have been sued so many times they have created Bold patent, inventionland and enhancepd all owned by Davison inventing

brenda December 09, 2020

AAA Customer Service

American Arbitration Association

brenda December 09, 2020

You can also avoid inventionland, enhancepd, and bold patent, they are all the same, yes you guessed it DAVISON.

DR September 12, 2022

They have not created Bold Patents.. I work for Bold and I am currently on the phone with an inventor explaining to him that Davison is a SCAM and to stay far away from them.. we are constantly battling with trust that has been ruined from them. It is legit law firms that battle and have to deal with these scam companies like Davison and Inventhelp.. Bold does not associate itself with these companies whatsoever.

September 28, 2013

Please people,

Many people that have a passion and a belief in their invention, I encourage you to follow your dream. Be careful on who you select to assist you with doing so. Davison is a false advertiser. They are really good at hyping you up and giving you FALSE confidence.

They tell you everything you need to hear to get excited and amped-up to proceed. Once they have some of your money, the pressure is ON for more and more $$$. My initial rep.'s name was Dan, he was willing to help me with payment set-ups and knew I was in a living on a very structured financial situation, but seemed eager to help.

After giving $1,000.00+ money, shortly after (maybe a month), I was called by another rep. LEO, "Head of BS" who pressured me at least 3 times a week for more money, he was RUDE, INSULTING and RELENTLESS.. shortly thereafter I received a letter stating I could not keep a commitment and Good Luck with my invention, very condescending.

I felt like a fool, after the receiving that letter I did research with the BBB and Consumer Affairs, informed me of ALL negative reports and complaints (wish I would have done that first). I am amazed that there is not a "CLASS-ACTION" lawsuit, yet. BEWARE my fellow inventors.


Michael October 23, 2013

I am actually working with Davison on an invention right now. They are AMAZING and everything has been great. Apparantly "Judy" didn't do her homework and thought her invention would be built for under $1000. Anyone with an average intelligence knows this cannot be. I'm working on a payment plan with the company right now and they have been very helpful.

D. Allen October 13, 2015

'Yo, Michael! How shameful of you to insult "Judy" as you did. Even if Judy, "didn't do her homework" as you're insinuating, still... they didn't have to pressure her for more money. And... why did they have to send Judy such a condescending letter? And... it can be done! I did it w less than $500! And... now I own my own business! I hate when I hear, "It takes money, to make money." You crazy, brainwashed fools are being raped of finances/funds! Use that lump 3 ft. above your ass, kid!

brenda December 09, 2020

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American Arbitration Association

brenda December 09, 2020

I agree and hes probably on Davisons payroll...........

scam $6750
August 6, 2013

Davison take your money and give you a copyright product. In every way you are a looser.

After submitting my idea only to Davison, I received a call from Phillip Cotis and he told me that my idea is brilliant. He could not believe that no one has thought of this before. As he thought my product will be a worldwide use, he wanted to start on my idea as soon as possible. I first paid $750 for Davison to undertake a patent research to see if this product exists or if someone had such a patent. After a month or so Phillip got back to me and he said that this product DOES NOT exist and everything was possible to bring my idea to life.

He gave me a $9,300 ( all ready paid $6750 price in order to design and make a prototype of my idea. I paid them and after 6 months they came back to me with a design that had absolutely nothing to do with my idea and the design was a copyright of a product that already exists and is selling in the market. (Even Barbra Browning, the Licensing Director agrees that the two designs look exactly the same).

After refusing to sign and accept the design they presented to me, I spoke to Leo (engineer) and he said that the reason why they “made” the product this was is because to make my product will cost a lot of money and we will not be able to get anyone to manufacture it. Even thought I paid $750 for research and this shows that they did not do any research or word on my idea at all, instead when the time came for them to represent something to me, they simply went in the internet, found a product, copy and pasted the pictures and sent it to me.

I also spoke to Barbra Browning, she said we are sorry we could not design your product and we will NOT refund you the money as we worked on your project. Also when I mentioned what Phillip and Leo had told me, she simply said that she is different from them and does not know what they would say to me (which I do understand) but since all of them are working on my idea wouldn’t a reasonable person communicate with the team instead of making up stories every time they spoke to me. Also their stories never give you a direct answer, when I ask them a question they find a way to go around it and not answer it (a typical sales SCAM persons answers).

I would advise everyone to NOT GIVE DAVISON ANY MONEY!!! From my experience what I have found out is that Davisons’ are scam artists, they will take your money and find a way to make you think that they are in the right and you will not be able to do anything about it. You can end up with just a copied picture of an existing product that will cost you thousands of dollars.

I have all my conversations recorded and also have pictures. If you wish to see/listen to them do not hesitate to contact me and I will happily send them to you. [email protected]

At the moment my first priority is to advise and stop other people from making the same mistake I did. I am currently preparing my case to take to the American Arbitration Association (AAA

Andrew T August 21, 2013

I have had the pleasure of working with Phillip on multiple projects. None of what you state seems to be accurate. You seem like another bitter inventor with unreasonable expectations. I am sure they tried to resolve whatever issue you were having and worked hard to keep your idea moving forward. Davison does not have 25yrs experience, hundreds of products in over 1,000 stores by accident. I look forward to working with Phillip on other projects and have recommended friends to pursue their ideas as well.

Judy September 28, 2013


It sounds like your defending Davison... I say be careful, I have a similar story like Eric's. I think you need to do more research on Davison; check BBB and Consumer Affairs. You will see a lot of the same comments that Eric made, I too was told most of the same things, My rep's name was Dan, whom seemed like a descent person and was willing to help me with payment options, after consulting with Dan on a weekly basis for approximately one month, I received a phone call from LEO "Head of BS", pressured me relentlessly for MONIES, 2-3 times a week, already had given over 1,000.00+ dollars only to receive some samples of prototypes that had nothing to do with my IDEA, informed me DAN was no longer with the company, LEO was rude, unhelpful, etc.. etc.., good luck on your adventure, but you really should check out the BBB and Consumer Affair sites before you get in any deeper. Just Saying "beware"

Judy September 28, 2013

I believe Dan was no longer withn the company because he had a conscience!!

Michael October 23, 2013


I've done my homework and there is no company that can do what they do. I'm sorry you couldn't follow through with your invention. You do seem like a bitter person.

brenda December 09, 2020

Judy this is probably one of their retained attorneys>..Stay the course my friend. I am working with an attorney on filing a class action suit and I have 33 people, all formerly associated with Davison and have been ripped off by them as well. Do not back down.

brenda December 09, 2020

AAA Customer Service

American Arbitration Association

alicemoreno November 16, 2022

Hi my name is Alice, I just submitted an idea to this company, and a representative has been calling me by the name of Joseph, has talked to me a couple of times, and at this very moment is now calling. I thought it was quite quickly that he got in touch with me, I told him about my idea, and its not really anything that great, and he asked me not to tell anyone. hummm?anyways I thought I would do some research, thats when i came up with all these bad reviews ?

priceless February 06, 2023

same here except i talked to janine