Thursday, December 29, 2005

Another Day, Another Invention Promo Victim Call

She gave them whatever amount, and only balked when they wanted $1,500 more to "get her idea out there." She did the "poor man's patent" thing -- you know, mailed it to herself, and has the sealed envelope. Now the industry is using what she thinks is her idea. Will an attorney go after them.

I hear the same litany over and over. The invention promotion firm advertises on TV. Good choice? No.

The "poor man's patent" is worthless, and the invention promotion firms are not out to steal your idea. They want your money. And they target the "poor man's" folks because you fall for it. Simple as that. They rattle of figures -- the money you are going to make. Sounds good. Is awful.

It is very difficult to make any money from a new product idea, unless of course you have an established company in that field.

Next, to protect the idea you need a patent application. Not a "poor man's" whatever. And before you spend the money on a patent application, have a professional search done. By your attorney. By a registered patent attorney you hire to provide a professional opinion. And read that opinion. Believe it if it is negative.

Or instead you can give your money to those awfully nice, cheery folks at your local invention promotion firm. Why shouldn't they be cheery. There is a lot of profit, for them.

Please instead contact the United States Patent and Trademark Office at
Or the Federal Trade Commission at (search for invention promotion).
Or your local or state Bar Association for a referral. In Chicago contact

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