Although their advertisements promise to make it simple to submit an idea, there are a lot of things that companies like Davidson, Invent Help, and other lesser known invention patent “simplifying specialists” do not tell you. Before diving in and expecting to make millions, consider these important facts:
- For starters, it is virtually impossible to sell or submit an idea to any major company without first filing a patent. Most invent help companies do not protect your idea or invention by filing a patent for you. To protect your invention from the get-go, it is best to try to obtain a patent from the USPTO on your own. For help with filing a first-time patent, seek the advice of a patent attorney. Be on the lookout: Companies that advertise the ability to file your patent for only $99 are definitely SCAMS and should be avoided altogether.
- Second, most companies will not do a patent search to make sure your invention does not already exist. Invent help companies are in the business to make money, so they don’t necessarily mind taking yours. It is important to pay out of your own pocket for a patent search before deciding to move forward with any invention. Submitting an idea, only to find out someone has a patent on something very similar, results in lost money and wasted effort.
- Next, the fees for providing inventor services, professional patent illustrations, attorney fees, publicity and submissions to the industry are all additional. These fees will not be absorbed by any invent help company, and you may actually be charged more than you would by seeking these services on your own. One way or another you will still have to pay for all professional services related to your invention, so why not have control over what you pay to whom?
- Finally, know the statistics. Invent help services cannot and should never claim to guarantee the success of any product idea. Inventor Spot Forum recently posted these statistics published by one major invent help company:
“From 2003 to 2005, we signed submission agreements with 6,592 clients. As a result of our services, 119 clients have received license agreements for their products, and 15 clients have received more money than they paid us for these services.”
Obviously this confirms that a person’s success rate is not guaranteed.
Everyone knows that all good things take time, hard work, and dedication. You are the inventor, so be serious about taking the right steps toward protecting your invention before seeking promotional help from any one of the ideas-made-simple “invent help” companies. If you need professional help illustrating your idea, be sure to contact Inventia Patent Drafting right away!