Free Invention Help

By Daniel Ketchum

  • Overview

    Many people have an idea for an invention (either an entirely new product, or a new take on an old one) that they are sure could make them a fortune. But all too often they have no idea how to go about getting their idea out of their head and onto store shelves. If you are one of these people, the following free resources should point you in the right direction.
    • Step 1

      Look online. There are many free advice web sites for new inventors to go to for help. Free Inventors Help has a lot of useful information on patenting, prototyping and marketing a product, while Ask the Inventors answers any questions you might pose about the process with a prompt email.
    • Step 2

      Within the US Government Patent Office is a group called the Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) whose experienced members assist you in the complex job of finding the right forms and filling them out. While you are there, you should either download or request the following brochures or forms. Scam Prevention Provisional Application for Patent A Guide to Filing a Utility Patent Application A Guide to Filing a Design Patent Application

    • Step 3

      Local inventor groups or associations will have people like you who are in the process of patenting and selling or licensing a product. They can help guide you to the knowledge and resources you might need to get your own project off the ground.
    • Step 4

      You local library may well have several books that will explain the inventing and patenting process, as well as give you good ideas as to which companies you might want to offer your product, if you want to license it rather than sell it yourself.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Tip: Remember, never tell anyone even vague details of your invention without first getting them to sign a nondisclosure form.
    • Warning:
    • Don't be scammed by invention marketing companies. Many only want to stick you with a fee for a useless patent.

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