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Invention Submission FAQ

The questions listed below are important to inventors who are considering working with an invention submission company or firm. InventHelp®, "The Invent Help People," has answered these questions so that you may fully understand who we are and how we do business.

How large is your company?
Since 1984, we have grown into the largest company performing invention submission services for inventors in the United States, and perhaps the world. We have regional sales offices in more than 60 cities in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, South Africa and Australia.

Can InventHelp help me patent an idea?
"The Invent Help People" can assist you in obtaining US patent services. We do this by referring you to a registered patent attorney or patent agent to perform these services.

Will InventHelp evaluate my idea?
Our company does not evaluate inventions. We simply do not believe that our opinion or anyone else's opinion of the possible acceptability or market potential of a new product idea or invention is any more than just that – an opinion. We cannot make any correlation between that opinion and predictable acceptance by the marketplace. The only opinions that matter are those of companies who may review your invention. This is the basis of our invention submission program of attempting to present new product ideas to industry in the hope of obtaining a good faith review.

Will "The Invent Help People" tell me if I have a good idea?
No one at InventHelp is permitted to or will express an opinion about or evaluate or appraise the merit or marketability of your invention idea. If they do so, it is improper and we ask that you contact us immediately.

Why would an inventor choose to work with InventHelp?
For the same reasons consumers buy any service: convenience and cost. For example, in order to obtain similar services as those offered by "The Invent Help People," an inventor would have to:

  • Assemble general information relating to the invention such as benefits, features, market targets, etc.
  • Hire a graphic illustrator
  • Write text for invention literature and have it printed
  • Assemble lists of companies to which ideas could be submitted
  • Obtain confidentiality agreements with those companies.
  • Attend industry trade shows to make general contacts
  • Compile a list of publications
  • Create a press release to send to publications
  • Submit your idea to companies

These services purchased individually by an inventor acting alone could cost much more than InventHelp's fees.

Does InventHelp work confidentially?
Yes. On your first visit to our regional sales office, InventHelp signs a Statement of Confidentiality and Non-Use with you. We promise to keep your invention or new product idea confidential.

How can "The Invent Help People" keep my idea from being stolen?
InventHelp has a unique system of submitting client inventions in confidence. We do this by submitting your idea to companies that have signed up in the InventHelp® Data Bank and have agreed to review our clients' ideas in confidence. To our knowledge, no other invention company has a similar resource.

Does InventHelp charge a fee for its invention submission services?
Yes. InventHelp charges fees for our services. Our sister company, Intromark Incorporated, also takes a percentage from an invention that may be licensed and becomes a financial gain. Such gains, however, are rare and we rely on payment of fees to InventHelp to perform our services. We are unaware of any invention submission company or other organization that is able to perform inventor services without some form of fee. There are a small number of people who believe that invention companies should work only on a percentage basis. However, the reality is that there are virtually no such firms in existence. We believe that a few firms of this type may exist, but only in extremely specialized fields – and they are only able to handle a very tiny percentage of available inventions. InventHelp® tells each inventor who contacts us exactly what we will charge for our services, prior to entering an agreement.

Do "The Invent Help People" exhibit inventions at trade shows?
Although there can be exceptions, we do not usually display client inventions at trade shows we attend. Rather, we attend trade shows for the purpose of attempting to obtain new contacts and adding new companies into the InventHelp® Data Bank. Inventions are confidential in nature and should not be exhibited unless they have been patented or manufactured. You can display your invention at InventHelp's annual INPEX® trade show if you purchase a booth. We will explain this to you if you visit an InventHelp office, or you may call us at 1-800-INVENTION for more information.

Can InventHelp furnish me with references?
InventHelp is in a confidential relationship with our clients, who are located in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Korea, South Africa and Australia. "The Invent Help People" submit inventions to companies in the hope of obtaining a good faith review. Only a small number of these inventions are accepted by industry, and we give you a compilation of our track record in advance. We do post on our Web site several inventions that Intromark has successfully licensed.

InventHelp gives no advice as to whether your idea is patentable. Such advice may come only from a patent attorney or licensed patent agent. If you wish patent advice, it is advisable to seek advice from an independent patent attorney.

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