Looks like we got another suck up pet here.
You say "In the section for product submission, it says that if you want to submit a video, make sure it is the inventor operating the invention. This is not a beauty contest. This is to ensure property rights. You don't want a video with somebody else using your unpatented invention. "
Are you an attorney? What the heck makes you an expert about property rights? You don't know diddly squat about property rights;
So you are saying that your spouse couldn't demonstrate it? If somebody else is demonstrating your invention, it only proves all the more that they didn't invent it. Because they would have to prove:
1. That they have the knowledge of how to make it.
2. Produce all of the receipts for the materials to make it.
3. Bypass your own 3rd party proof that you consulted with them to make it at an earlier date.
So this proves that you don't know diddly squat about what you are talking about. You're probably just another pet that is going to wake up a few years from now realizing that you've been scammed.
Let me ask you something: Has this Edison group taken any of YOUR
products to market? Are have you just been eagerly throwing... How much is it...? $25.00 per submitted invention?
If I were you, you should in fact learn how to protect your invention. If you are submitting inventions to this business with no patent protection, even if the business has completely ethical standards (which I doubt they do, but different topic) , all you need is just 1 sneaky or disgruntled employee that sweeps your invention into his pocket; Later, you see your invention on a shelf at Wal-Mart, the sneaky employee claiming he is the inventor.
At least with the patent office, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce can order an investigation if a patent examiner or other employee at the USPTO "suspiciously" comes up with a similar invention to an inventors submitted. You have no recourse with a private company such as this Edison business.