Anyone who entered into a contract with InventHelp for “invention promotion services” within the last four years.
What’s Going On?
In October 2019, InventHelp was hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company scams aspiring inventors out of thousands of dollars for “invention promotion services” it does not provide. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from more people who feel they were scammed by InventHelp. This suit was filed as a related matter to another proposed class action suit.
What You Can Do
Fill out the form on this page and tell us what happened. One of the attorneys handling this investigation may then reach out to you directly to explain more about the class action lawsuit and why you may be able to get money back from InventHelp.
InventHelp has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company made false and misleading promises to entice inventors into signing up for “deeply flawed” invention promotion services that have cost consumers thousands of dollars and produced little in the way of return.
If you feel you were scammed by InventHelp, fill out the form on this page and share your story, or read on for more.
InventHelp promises that its clients’ inventions will be submitted to a propriety “Data Bank” of 9,000 companies and can even help to “match” inventions to businesses, the lawsuit says. But what the company fails to disclose, the complaint states, is that it has no procedures in place to make sure its “Data Bank” is not “rife with defunct and non-operational companies” and will not provide any “invention matching” services.
In fact, the suit alleges, InventHelp does not make sure it sends clients’ inventions to legitimate, operational companies still interested in receiving new ideas. The case claims InventHelp effectively sends clients’ invention submissions “into the ether” without checking if the intended target company was reached, was an appropriate industry match, or even exists. Indeed, the lawsuit claims, the industry “matches” were “baffling.”
“A Costly Scam”
Instead of making good on its promises, InventHelp “takes advantage of hopeful inventors’ naivete” to “induce them to enter into expensive agreements,” charging unwary inventors anywhere from approximately $8,900 to $16,900 for specialized, expert invention submission services it does not provide, the lawsuit claims.
One of the plaintiffs in the suit claims she paid nearly $14,000 to InventHelp for its submission and matching services. Several months after signing an agreement, she received a letter that listed 25 companies InventHelp had reportedly sent her invention to, the complaint states. In May of the following year, she received yet another letter listing 25 companies that had also supposedly received her invention. Several companies included in these letters, the complaint alleges, were listed multiple times,were no longer in business, or were inappropriate matches.
InventHelp Complaints and Reviews
While InventHelp is believed to have blocked bad reviews on popular complaint sites, some reviews were still available online at the time of this post [sic throughout]:
Watch out for this hoax… I signed up with invent help in late 2017 & then rollercoaster of false hopes & crappy low budget ‘referral’ services began. They know every trick in the book to hook you & then take your money. My biggest mistake I made was not researching the large amount of lawsuits against invent help that have been filed over the years, not to mention the scam alert pages & news reports found online pointing to invent helps tricks in their billion dollar industry.” — BRIAN, DIRTYSCAM.COM
On 11/20/2015 I entered into a contract with Inventhelp and paid a total of $15,995.71 for submission of my invention since that time I have received a book with basic marketing info and a pamphlet and DVD, they claim that my submission will be entered into a DataBank for companies to review and as per the contract I was suppose to receive quarterly updates, as of today 1/16/2019 I have received 3 generic pieces of paper saying that no companies were interested in my submission, there was no reasoning or follow up and I only received these papers after I called to make a complaint about the status. InventHelp is a total scam. They claim they have a databank but can give no details. I am deeply disappointed and will need to take legal action.” — ANONYMOUS, BBB.ORG
My experience with this SCAM company is terrible! They tell you all the things you want to hear, to get your money. And then they sit back and do nothing. It's a racket plan and simple! Other than drawing up a elementary school level sketch of my product, they virtually didn't do anything that was promised! I'm going to seek legal action! I want to give negative 5 stars.” — CHRISTOPHER, CONSUMERAFFAIRS.COM
How Can a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If successful, a class action lawsuit could help InventHelp’s clients get back some of the money they spent in hopes of marketing their inventions. The lawsuit claims that would-be inventors would not have spent as much money as they did had they known that InventHelp’s services were “illusory” and that its “data bank” was full of non-existent companies.
The suit also seeks a court order requiring InventHelp to correct its business practices and to comply with consumer protection laws, as well as The American Inventors Protection Act.
To learn more about the lawsuit and how you can get involved, simply fill out the form on this page.