Thank you for your interest in inventing. Are you serious about inventing? Are you serious about making money from your invention ideas? Are you looking for an easy way? Do you understand the process to be "have idea, get patent, find licensee, count money"? Perhaps swap the "get patent, find licensee" part and get the licensee to pay for the patent?
I hope your answer to the first two questions above is yes, you're serious about inventing and profiting from it. As for the last two questions I hope you read this whole page and at least enough other material to understand that, yes, sometimes there is an easy way--but it's rare--and that the sequence of "get patent, find licensee" almost never works--probably less than 1/2 of 1% of successful inventors use it. BUT, if you're sending for FREE information or clicking through "FREE" web links you will find many web sites or ads PROMISING you (or so it appears) "the easy way" or to achieve the elusive "patent and licensing deal" for you.
Rest assured, you're not reading the EXACT words the advertiser wrote when you think you see those promises (unless, of course, the "promiser" is an outright fraud). You're reading the words then recasting them in the way you WANT them to read (and in which the writer WANTS you to understand them) but NOT in the way the writer will tell the court they meant them, "See, it says '... results not guaranteed'."
The truth of the matter is that it's estimated that some 25-30,000 people with invention ideas annually fall victim to the scam artists who prey on the novice's "easy money" misbeliefs. Most people who start considering succeeding with an invention idea and begin doing some research, in fact, find the "easy money" starts to look harder than they thought at first. But then they find, or they see a TV or hear a radio commercial out of the blue, of someone (apparently) promising to switch the game back from daunting to easy. That's the ticket, they'll "let the expert" do it--for a fair chance at some of the profits, of course.
What the naive inventor doesn't know is that success at inventing is seldom easy, even for the successful independent inventor experts (a 15-25% success rate with invention ideas that met-the-tests-to-get-serious-effort is common, let alone the 99.5% of their ideas they never got serious about). And further the naive inventor doesn't know that the advertisers (appearing) to promise the "easy way" can easily afford to spend $1,000 - $4,000 for each victim (that's you) they suck in because the previous victims each, on average, paid $11,000 to get, at most, $1,000 of WORTHLESS "services" that never stood a chance at getting a licensee.
Unfortunately for me I'm not one of that kind of service providers. What you will find on the pages of this site, on sites of mine these pages link to, and on other pages/sites I link to is a lot of FREE information. Information I strongly urge you to read before spending money on a patent or even on your idea. Of course all this free information doesn't pay the bills. Mostly I sell a $25 book packed with information about how successful inventors approach the process so that they can AVOID significant patenting costs until AFTER they start generating revenue from their inventions. With a $25 book one cannot spend even $5 per sale and still make a profit. Those are the facts of life and not only do they impact me they will impact the future of your own invention (whose marketing costs MUST be included in its price--that's a fact).
And on top of that the scammers always offer you FREE information to first get your attention. Go ahead, read their free "information" and you'll find it isn't so informative. Compare it against the material at this and my other web sites. You'll find their information pretty much leaves you with no information other than that "they are the experts you need." Hopefully my web sites truly will give you much free information. I strongly encourage you to read them all the way through--and then go on to read at least two books about the invention-to-market process, not patenting. You'll find it appropriate to read about patenting in due time.
I'll boldly suggest two books but I wrote one and publish them both so I might be a tad biased. The first is my own "Will It Sell?..." book which you can read excerpts from at www.willitsell.com/aboutbk.asp $ . This is written from the perspective of a marketing consultant (me) looking for a new product to take national----and discovering that almost no first-time inventor has such a product (though they think they do). The book gives the basics that successful inventors use to cull their idea list down to one or two out of 200 that actually gets commercialization effort.
The second book is Alan R. Tripp's "Millions from the Mind" from which excerpts can be found at www.taletyano.com/MftM/Millions.htm $ . This book tells the stories of 50+ independent inventors who did succeed. Alan has worked on his own inventions and brought them to market and he spent 22 years as president of a company that really did successfully bring the inventions of independent inventors and small laboratories to market. These stories make it clear that one of the surest indicators of future success is how involved the inventor is in both the process and the risks.
And while I think these two books are excellent starting points I also think a fair number of other books are well worth a read (and I sell them too at www.booksforinventors.com $ ). Order enough books and I'll be able to keep this site up AND advertise it. Without the advertising this site would be almost impossible to discover through the clutter of the heavily advertising scammers and thus, without the advertising, more people will end up contributing to the approximately $300 million the scammers take from naive inventors every year in the U.S. alone.
But be aware too that many of the non-scammers that "help" inventors are not much better. Less than 2% of all patents ever make anyone a nickel. The vast majority of prototypes end up on the scrap heap. Most marketing campaigns fizzle. And the patent attorneys and agents, the prototype makers, and the marketers all know the odds are your project will fizzle too--but if you're willing to pay them, they're willing to take your money and see what happens. Likely you get what you pay for, a patent, several prototypes, a marketing campaign. But what you didn't know is they told you they "liked" your invention--and they could do those things--not because they sincerely felt you could succeed with your invention but because doing those things is what they do to make their own profits off of you! This happens to the tune of some $1.5 to 2 billion (yes, with a "B") a year in the U.S. alone. I strongly recommend you read (and sign) this linked I Agree... $ article before you engage any business services. (Read those two books first too.)
Read, study, enjoy, feel overwhelmed, take a break, think through things as a sequence of small doable steps--not grand faits accomplis--then read some more. I hope you find this site helpful and perhaps will even want to set it as your own home page. Let me know how I can make it better, what info you need (or find that I should link to), or whatever either through my Contact Us $ or Suggestion Box $ pages. And, if you'd like an InventorHome.com e-mail address let me know that too--first, of course, I need an e-mail service that will allow such so if you know of one please let me know.
And to get started at this site I recommend visiting the Home page then start checking out links on that page or available through the top bar menu. Enjoy!
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