On average, it takes 10 business days to complete the review of an invention idea.Learn More
If we agree to represent your invention idea, a free Patent Search is performed.Learn More
Your invention idea will be beautifully designed in a photo-realistic format.Learn More
We will illustrate how a consumer effectively uses your new product idea.Learn More
A professional writer will describe all the wonderful benefits of your invention.Learn More
A team of engineers will calculate the recommended selling price of your idea.Learn More
A U.S. Patent Attorney will write, file [and prosecute] a patent application for you.Learn More
Your invention detail will be placed on our Invention Marketing website for consumer review and selection.Learn More
10% of the highest rated inventions on the Invention Marketing site will be actively licensed to industry manufacturers.Learn More
For your protection and peace-of-mind, a ‘Non-Disclosure Agreement’ (NDA) is provided. You are presented with this document during the ‘Submit Your Idea’ process. In brief, the NDA states that we are prevented from disclosing your invention information to anyone else without your expressed written consent.
There are two types of inventions that we prefer. First, we like to work with simple improvements to existing products currently on the market. Second, we like to work with specialty tools that are used to perform specific tasks.
The invention ideas that are unlikely to be selected by us are; Ingestible (foods, liquids, medicines), Written Works (novels, business plans, marketing plans), Artwork (logos, designs, symbols), Unique Titles (trade names, tag lines, phrases), and highly complex ideas.
Depending on the complexity of your product idea, it takes us, on average, 3-4 months to fully design, develop, illustrate and patent a new invention concept.
It is a property right for an invention granted by a government to the inventor. A United States patent gives inventors the right “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling their invention throughout the United States or importing their invention into the United States” for a limited time. In exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted and for fees paid to the United States.
Maybe, but it is likely to be an uphill battle. Why pay for an unprotected idea that anyone else can copy Protecting your idea with a patent creates value for a potential purchaser. If a company purchases patent rights, they are buying an exclusive monopoly on the inventive concept for the term of the patent. They are the only entity that can make, sell, use or import a product embodying the inventive concept. Money the company invests in developing the product and bringing it to market can be recovered when the product has no competitors in the marketplace.
Inventors reap what they sow. The more they invest in developing and protecting the invention, the more value it has in the marketplace.
Foreign patent protection Most countries have patent laws, and a person desiring a patent in a particular country must make an application for patent in that country, in accordance with the requirements of that country. The laws of many countries differ in various respects from the patent law of the United States. In most foreign countries, publication of the invention before the date of the application will bar the right to a patent (In the United States, a patent may be obtained if applied for within one year of publication). Most foreign countries require that the patented invention must be manufactured in that country after a certain period, usually three years. If there is no manufacture within this period, the patent may be void or subject to grant of compulsory licenses.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) provides centralized filing procedures and a standardized application format for patents in its 124 member countries. Timely PCT application provides an international filing date in each country which is designated in the international application and provides a report of search of the invention. It also delays the time period for filing the national applications providing up to 30 months from the original U.S. filing date to file in any of the 134 member countries.
U.S. law requires that inventors with inventions made in the United States obtain a license from the USPTO before applying for a patent in a foreign country. Such a license is required if the foreign application is to be filed before an application is filed in the United States or before the expiration of six months from the filing of an application in the United States unless a filing receipt with a license grant issued earlier. Any denial of a foreign filing license is indicated in the filing receipt mailed to each applicant. This may be the case for example in circumstances where the inventor involved technology necessary for national defense purposes. The USPTO may order that an invention be kept secret. If the invention has been ordered to be kept secret, the consent to the filing abroad must be obtained from the Director of the USPTO during the period the order of secrecy is in effect.