Davison Inventions Scam: New Developments

Back in December, WFHW team member Neil decided to write a report on the many Davison Inventions complaints online, and it generated a fair amount of interest from our visitors.

If you missed his report, you can read it here.

Much to our surprise, we received a reply to this report on the 5th of January from someone that we really didn’t expect to hear from…the Chief Consumer Advocate at davison.com (no actual name given).

The reply is very long (1072 words), and it appears to be an attempt to address the concerns raised in Neil’s report. If you have the time, I do suggest that you read the reply in full below because I think it will help you to understand more about Davison Inventions and how they operate.


“To the anonymous blogger,

Customer service is vital in all businesses and is imperative when operating a successful business.  Customer concerns upset everyone and our staff works very hard to troubleshoot them so communication errors are kept to a minimum.  From reading your complaint there appears to a communication breakdown and you are upset.  We are acknowledging your post so let’s fix this.

In truth, customers are not always right and companies are not always right.  The effort to curing issues of concern, listening intently and calmly addressing issues is a role our Chief Consumer Advocate’s office has enthusiastically taken on.

If you are a client, we are sure that you received our initial printed brochure, visited our website and received subsequent materials – all of which thoroughly described our services.  In addition, you would have received simply written contracts that clearly describe each service offering and the fees associated with those services.  When you have the opportunity please re-review the materials.

One of the things you will notice is that all of our contracts and the disclosure documents that you received said explicitly that we don’t evaluate product ideas.  So, if you were thinking that you had the greatest idea in the world, it wasn’t because the company was offering you services or telling you that.

If you still feel as though you did not receive the services that were described to you in writing, you should contact our offices.  We try to communicate in a very complete manner while recognizing the fact we are contacted by individuals from all over the world.  Sometimes communications can be difficult because of cultural barriers.  Thus, the great need to place all of our service offerings in clear and easily understood agreements.

When someone contracts with us for design services, they are contracting to have our company prepare a design and build a sample.  Sometimes, the way that a client proposes that a product should look or function is not an efficient or even workable way to make something.  Sometimes, clients with little or no design or engineering experience decide that things should be a certain way without having any idea how to make the product or get it to do what they want.

We are proud of the quality of our work and employ the latest technology and quality controls in producing product samples and packaging.  If you have an issue with the quality, contact us and we will examine it.  Anonymously taking to the internet doesn’t get your problem fixed.

Also, we would like to note that in the past competitors have posted false and malicious complaints about us on the internet. Instead of choosing to compete by offering economical product design, development and packaging services they have chosen to confuse consumers with false information. We don’t know if this person is a client or not because they did not include any contact information, not even an email address. We have found in the past that competitors hide behind “internet handles” rather than out in the open where their own conduct can be questioned. If a real client has a complaint they were really trying to resolve, why would they post anonymously?

Since we don’t know if this blogger is a competitor or not, below is a brief description of the services we offer and the way that we offer them:

Step One: All customers must acknowledge invention development is high risk. In order to do so, each prospective customer is provided with an Affirmative Disclosure and an American Inventors Protection Act disclosure, which includes a description of all of our services and estimated fees. All potential clients must acknowledge that they received and read these disclosures before we accept any idea submission from them. Thereby, we ensure that the general public understands that inventing is time-consuming, costly and rarely results in profit. As a result, none of our clients reasonably can have the impression that inventing is easy and financially rewarding. Inventing can be educational, fun and exciting as long as everyone keeps in mind that there are no guarantees that profits are imminent.

Step Two: Pre-Development Service Offer: After receipt of an invention idea we could offer to perform preliminary design research services on the project. This would include researching prior patents and other products that are for sale or have been for sale that are similar to the one submitted. Any service offer made to a potential client is made in writing. Therefore, consumers are assured of exactly what services they are purchasing and when they will receive them.

Step Three: Invention Prototype Services Offer: If the inventor does not have a professional quality sample for use, we can perform one or more services, including brainstorming new product designs, designing components, creating prototypes, building working models, virtual reality renderings, and complete product graphics and packaging. Again, any service offerings are outlined in a written contractual format. Therefore, clients are assured of exactly what services they are purchasing.

Step Four: Licensing Representation: Once projects are designed, built and packaged our team presents them to companies for licensing consideration

The above is a basic outline of how our company does business. Clearly, all of our services are provided with full risk disclosures and on a written contract basis only. If you are ever contemplating any development services, we hope that you will consider us. We think that you will find our prices to be very reasonable for the services we offer.

For over 20 years, we have helped people prepare and present their ideas to corporations and manufacturers to see if they would be willing to license the product ideas. Our exclusive idea to product method is responsible for more products on the store shelves than any other competitor in this industry.

Quick facts about our company and our process

We are based in Pittsburgh, PA and work with clients from around the world.

We have been in business since 1989.

Our company’s products have been sold by over 1,000 stores & online retailers.

Our staff designs products for both individuals and corporate clients.

We have over 250 staff members.

Our staff has won numerous design awards for innovative product designs.

We are a member of the Online Business Bureau.

Our services include research, prototype development, and packaging design.

We hope you found the above helpful, but if you want additional information on anything concerning the company, please email cca@davisoninvents.com



Before I go any further, let me just give you proof that we did receive this comment from inside our WFHW back office:

Davison Inventing Comment

We were very excited to receive this reply, but something about it didn’t seem right.

First of all, the reply was addressed to”the anonymous blogger”, and that suggests to us that this person had failed to read (in detail) anything on this website, and who actually wrote the post.

Reading further into the reply we also felt that this was an attempt to defend the Davison corner, and that much is to be expected.

However, we also agreed that it felt like a generic reply that didn’t really focus specifically on the individual points that Neil had raised in his report.

That concerned us, so we decided to dig a bit deeper…

Davison Inventing duplicate comments

Using Google, I took a paragraph of text from this reply and pasted it in the search box (in quotes), and hit the search button.

Doing this will return the number of web pages on the internet that contain the exact same words. I was surprised to discover there were 7 web pages online that contain this exact same reply.

What Does This Tell Us?

It suggests to us that someone representing Davison is searching the internet for complaints about their business, and replying with the same 1000+ word generic reply above.

Is this a good business approach? Ok, the reply is well constructed, but we think it’s a not-so-good way to approach individual complaints.

Sure, we were pleased to receive a reply of sorts from Davison themselves (we assume), but disappointed to discover that it was not a personal reply.

So we would like to invite a representative from Davison to reply to this post or contact us directly to address the concerns raised in both our reports and to hopefully assist those who have left comments.

Marcus – WFHW

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  • Not another dime will they get. I learned early in the beginning that they were the biggest scam artist. I gave them 795.00 of which they never intended to do a thing. I called the Federal Trade Commission and wrote then a Dissolution Letter asking them to cease and stop any further production. They have currently a 26 million dollar pending Lawsuit against them, and this will only grow until they stop ripping folks off. My brother Ray, had an invention and poured over 4900.00 into this bogus company. It’s time we start exposing some of the stronghold goons like Debera Watson and Brian Savantner who work for their MOB BOSS Mr. Big (oops) Mr. Davidson. WHAT A SHAME!!! The FTC, and the Local BBB should be so deep on the heels of Mr. Davidson until every penny is paid back to everyone who has been taken advantage of.

    MAD AS HELL!!!

    • Hi Tammie,

      I absolutely agree with you.

      Davison (and their unethical tactics) are devastating people’s lives by tricking them into thinking they can turn their product into a pot of gold. The reality is, it’s just not happening!

      I am so sorry to hear that both you and your brother have lost a lot of money to this company. I hope the FTC gather enough evidence to bring these guys down and make them pay back AND compensate every individual affected.

      All the best to you, Tammie.

      Marcus – WFHW

  • I gave the company over $10,000, maxing out a credit card and going into savings. I feel like a complete fool. I was given promises at one point telling me to start making plans on how I am going too spend the money that I will be making a few short weeks. I only heard from the licensing department once and that was after I threatened to call my lawyer after the department failed to call me twice on two schedule appointment phone calls. Maybe I need to call them again, but with my attorney in the room.

    • Hi Jody,

      So sorry to hear about your experience with Davison Inventions. It’s sickening to think that they are giving people like you false hope and taking all of your cash and savings.

      I absolutely agree that you should get your attorney on board and see if you can reclaim what you have lost.

      It would be great to be kept up to date with your progress, Jody.

      All the best,

      Marcus – WFHW

  • Sadly,
    I gave them just under $10k, my inheritance after my mom passed away in 2013. I had such great hopes. I was concerned when their design wasn’t even close to what my thought was. I explained to the representative that I would never buy the product because it doesn’t suit my needs, my invention. They “allegedly” had designed the product according to the materials and packaging according to that the company was interested in my product. Then, they backed out sooner than they said yes. Within two weeks, they had another company interested in my product. Licensing dropped the ball and never presented the product to this company. After numerous phone calls without any response, I finally sent a registered letter to the owner of the company – George Davison. No response from him, but a response from licensing that they dropped the ball and didn’t show the interested company my product. On and on for months that no one was interested. In the meantime, my patent pending expired and I wasn’t able to renew unless it was a full patent. Tried to file a claim with my state representative for fraud. (My nephew has been experiencing the same thing). Apparently the company has high paid lawyers and said no one can touch them. My dreams, inheritance and invention are out the door. I am anticipating my invention will show up on the shelves somewhere. In my mind, they take your idea, let the patent pending expire and sell your idea to other companies.

    Don’t give your money to this company. I totally feel they are illegitimate. I know not every product will make it to market, but just to blatantly take money and sit on it? Not right. How do I know they even proposed my product to anyone? I don’t. And you won’t either. Don’t trust them.

    • Hi Lisa,

      So sorry to hear of your experiences with Davison.

      It’s very concerning that I get so many replies just like this one. I am a firm believer in ‘no smoke without fire’, so to hear stories like this on a regular basis raises the red flag.

      Your story is even more upsetting, Lisa, because it was in your Mom’s memory. It makes me wonder how these people can sleep at night when they hoodwinking people in this way and basically abusing their positions of power.

      I wish you well and hope that no one rubs salt in the wounds by claiming your invention as their own. I also wish you well with any legal battle that you might take up with Davison in the future.

      All the best,

      Marcus – WFHW

  • I am a retired Plumbing Contractor that was disabled from taking Celebrex(arthritis meds) and my lame attorney left me hanging till after the law suits were settled so now I live on 726.00 a month. I have an idea and have developed drawings of my idea and worked out all the aspects to make it a reality. I contacted Davison 6 months ago and then illness(Shingles) hit me hard almost taking me out from my heart condition brought on by Celebrex. Having been in the industry I know my invention is a necessary item needed by the populous but after reading your reports it scares the bleep out of me to entrust my possible way out of my misfortunes to any one as I was going to refinance my house to make it a reality. I have not signed anything or given any drawings or gotten any prices yet although I am called quite often by Davison. Who do I trust at this point. I am so glad there are those that look into the scams and I wish I had learned earlier as I think I have fallen for about every internet scam there is from cashing money orders and checks to finding that soul mate. I know it takes money to make money but there has to still be some stand up folks out there. Thanks for letting me vent and Best of Days to Ya’ll

    • Hi Harry,

      Thanks for sharing your story and I wish you the best of health.

      Unfortunately the Internet is a great platform for those who wish to portray themselves as trustworthy businesses – regardless of if they are or not.

      My advice is to ALWAYS thoroughly research any program that you might consider trusting, and don’t just base your thoughts on the first few listings on Google as these are often often created by people trying to promote a program for their own financial gain. Dig a little and you will often find the real facts.

      I am glad to have been of some help here Harry and I wish you every success in the future.

      Best wishes,

      Marcus – WFHW

  • So pissed, I sent them my idea and my money. $795 is what it cost. They claim they have a company and honestly I had really high hopes as both individuals I spoke with thought my idea was wonderful. I hope this is real, I wonder if I can back out and get my money back. I am so frustrated after reading this as I am a single mother of three and gave parts of my savings to this. I just give it to God that they will not scam me.

    • Hi Tanae,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      I think the first thing you need to do is contact Davison and ask them what kind of agreement you have with them. Also ask about your right to cancel and if you can reclaim your investment and idea if you want to. Much of your situation is dependent on what you have agreed with them thus far, and this is likely to be covered within small print that they have likely asked you to read.

      If you have not agreed to anything or signed anything then you will probably be in a strong position. However, contact them first and get it from the horses mouth, so to speak.

      Hopefully this works out for you Tanae, and by all means let me know how things go from here.

      Best wishes,


  • Michelle Thompson is suppose to call me today…I am going to UNLOAD on her…lol…but now the fact that they have my idea is scary…can they use it if I never call back…haven’t given any money…itsat the beginning stages right now….but YOUR GUYS websites kicks ASS!!!! Muwahh!!! THANKS GUYS…

    • Hi Myisha,
      I hope that Michelle Thompson was able to carry the load…
      I’m hoping that they won’t use your ideas and never call back!

      It’s always scary at he beginning of comms as so much is rushing through your head.

      Keep us tuned and stay tuned yourself


      WFHW Team

  • Thank you so much for having this website. I too was almost sucked in, I was suppose to return the call tomorrow. After reading all this information I won’t be making that call!

    Excellent work guys, and again,thanks so much, I will keep my money in my Pockets!

    • Hi Lsloane,

      Thank you very much for your comment and I am happy that you found us first.



  • I trusted this company to develope my idea, when they finally sent me the final drawing I sent in my final drawing to instill into their drawing, they decided not to use my final drawing. Later that design that I sent them was copied/stolen by another person that I trusted patent attorney. I need an attorney to assist me. If Davison would have used my idea it would not have been stolen.