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The Free Inventor Kit includes the below info plus two packed reports you can either have e-mailed to you or read online. Read on.
I appreciate you finding us through. Knowledge is power. And this site is all about knowledge. And believe me, it takes knowledge to avoid the many scams perpetrated against beginning inventors. And not just from outright frauds but including patent attorneys, marketers, machine shops, etc. If you read through this page and follow the links and study the material you find you won't be so likely to be scammed out of $3,000 or $11,000 or whatever. On the other hand, if you just say "learning is too much work, I'll 'be smart' and just pay someone in-the-know" I guarantee you'll lose that $3,000 or $11,000 or whatever as you gain knowledge the really painful way. Anyway, here goes. Hope this helps.
First, patents are not a ticket to riches. Sometimes they can be but the bottom line is that less than 2% of all patents make any money for anyone---and that percentage is likely even less for independent inventors. Read this page on Inventing and Inventor Myths first, hopefully it will pop a few of your easy money misbeliefs. Before you know whether a patent will actually be useable to protect a profit stream you must know essentially 2 things. The first is usually that it is a foundation patent for the idea (this worthless "Toilet Bowl Odor Removal System" patent is a classic example of one that isn't) and the second is that products made under that patent can be sold to buyers at a price that provides solid value to the buyer while allowing good profits not only to the inventor but to everyone in the idea-to-marketplace chain (here is a classic example of a patent that can't meet either test: "Two-piece patient examination garment" ). How do you figure these things out? And here I may be biased because I wrote this $25 book, but Will It Sell?... provides a sound sequence of steps that can be inexpensively performed by anyone. Most inventor help books relegate the steps fleshed out in Will It Sell?... to one or two paragraphs and just say "it must be done" without any specifics as to how. And that's just how the scammers like it!
When books and other sources of information leave things so fuzzy beginners can't figure out exactly what to do they look for help--as you likely were doing when you found this web site. Unfortunately the scammers, who took $3,000 or $11,000 from their last victim have plenty of money to advertise widely so that you'll find them first. It's entirely probable that the top three ads you find for the search terms "inventor" or "patent" cost over $5.00 to the advertiser each time they are clicked--a price that obviously can't be paid when selling a $25 book. I strongly urge you to check any such advertisers--even beyond the top 3--against the list of firms to be cautious of found at the InventorEd web site and the ones listed with complaints against them at the USPTO web site (read down the page to find them). Also check out this HTML version of the USPTO's Are YOU a Target? publication identifying questions you should get satisfactory answers to BEFORE you sign any deals with a company promising to help you with your invention or patent. See these links for more on scams and the come-ons used to hook you. And, fair warning, even patent attorneys and other "legitimate" help will be delighted to part you from your money regardless of how commercially worthless your idea might be. Okay, so finding honest help won't be as easy as you hoped.
Free Inventor Kit
Start with the basics. You've already read the Inventing and Inventor Myths so what's next? You can use the form below to get the main two parts of the Free Inventor Kit e-mailed directly to you with one click. Or you can read the basics---and a bit more---at these two sites (both mine): First learn about what "rights" you can actually get to an "idea" at IdeaRights.com then read a suggested sequence of steps that many successful inventors use to keep their costs down and that make up the guts of the Will It Sell?... book (or start with a summary of the summary at The Steps Successful Inventors Take).
And the rest of the free inventor kit? It's right here on this page with plenty of links to lots of solid information. Particularly see the links to the USPTO Disclosure Document Program, Non-Disclosure Agreements, and additional free reports in the sections below. In fact I challenge you to show me any "inventor information kit" free or costing up to $495 (and those rip-offs are out there) that provides more real solid information than this one does. E-mail me if you know of one. Thanks.
Ah marketing. I know that this page is poor marketing for my book and my services because I see the statistics. Most people that land here only spend 10-15 seconds. Obviously I'm not promising to "do it all" for them and give them all the credit and rewards so they have no interest in what I provide. You, having read this far, are the exception. And, trust me, YOU are an exception no matter how rational you think taking part in this learning exercise is. Few wannabe inventors see learning as something they need to do, they already "know it all," (get the patent and you're set for life, everybody will want one, the need is so obvious, ...) they just need to find a manufacturer to license their invention and run with it---in fact, rather than waste their time contacting manufacturers they'll "be smart" and just get a pro to do that for them! They'll find a "pro" all right. A professional scammer. The real secret to marketing? It's not what you say or where you advertise. It's what VALUE do you bring to your prospective buyer. To figure that out I must again suggest Will It Sell?..., my book, to help you learn how to figure out that answer with minimal expense (and a 100% money back guarantee, of course).
Licensing is really easy. In fact the perhaps 10% of inventors who became successful through licensing will all tell you there are really only 3 ways. The first is to actually start by venturing your own invention. That's right, get it on the market and successfully selling. If it's reasonably profitable there will be a lot of folks interested in licensing the patent and/or buying the company you built. The second way is to have an invention idea that is both clearly new the instant anyone sees it and clearly among the top 10% of all ideas likely to be floating about at the same time. It is actually very hard, of course, to clearly belong in that top 10%. One thing you can do is, again, test your idea against the questions in the Will It Sell?... book. But before you even do that I suggest you read this basic InventorHome.com licensing page. Oh, and the third way---pure luck, it does happen. And don't fall for the con that, for $500 or $2,500 up front, promises to get you a licensee then sure enough comes back with a license offer where you license to them, not some real principle. The con is extremely unlikely to have a principle licensee in the wings even if they suggest they do, they just want to lock up your patent for some years in the hopes you'll find a real licensee who must then license from them, not you.
Financing is easy too. You just present your convincing business plan or prospectus to prospective financiers and they accept you or turn you down flat. Well, only 999 out of 1,000 times do they turn you down flat. So to substantially increase your odds of being in that 0.1% you need two things. The first is to pass all the tests in, you guessed it, Will It Sell?..., or at least the appropriate tests applicable to each phase of the invention-to-marketplace process. The second thing is to know to who and how to present your financing needs. This latter can be taken care of via Jack Lander's book How to Finance Your Invention or Great Idea. You might also want to look at the US Small Business Administration's Fund Your Business information but be prepared to discover it will take some work on your part and you will have to give up some of the control and much of the riches. Oh, and one other thing those prospective financiers will require---usually you must have enough personal wealth invested (could be $1,000, could be $100,000, but certainly enough) to hurt should the enterprise fail. And don't ever fall for the scam artists who try to convince you that yes, you need to pay your share---but you can get that through student, credit card, home equity, etc. loans---and they will take the major risks for trying to find a licensee or market your invention IDEA for varying percentages of the future royalty revenue. The less you invest the bigger their percentage. The only catch is that their actual costs for what they'll really do is likely under 20% of what you pay them. This con is now being done not only with the traditional "find a licensee" but also with 3D video virtual prototypes and infomercials.
Read David Pressman's Patent It Yourself. Got that? Read David Pressman's Patent It Yourself regardless of whether you intend to venture, license, write your own patent, or pay a patent attorney or agent to write and prosecute your patent application. I guarantee you that your failure to substantially understand the patenting process and just what patents are will increase your patent costs at least 10 and perhaps even 100 times (or more) the cost of the book. Also important here is understanding WHEN you need to take patenting steps. See The Steps Successful Inventors Take for a summary of the process. Note that you can start with the USPTO Disclosure Document (DD) Program and form (pdf) and proceed on with the use of NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) such as the two at www.willitsell.com and the two at www.taletyano.com (another site of mine) then go on to the Provisional Application for Patent (PAP) and its cover page form (pdf) with the USPTO. Be VERY WARY of patent practitioners trying to rush you into patenting, EVEN PAPs, because they know that less than 2% of the time does an invention merit patenting. Their method, of course, is the safest in the unlikely event you're invention is in that 2% because among that percent there may be 1 in 200-400 that would benefit from the ASAP filing. But, of course, their method insures that your money ends up safely in their pockets long before you discover just how marketably DEAD your idea is---as, of course, happens with 98%+ of all beginning inventor ideas.
Free Info Web Sites
There are many good sites but I strongly urge you to find trusted web sites then follow their links. My master (but not complete) lists of trusted links are at the willitsell.com Resources pages and at the InventorHome.com main page (see the below list) but I also suggest you check out sites linked from www.InventorEd.org, the United Inventors Association, and Inventors' Digest. But a word of warning: T-H-I-N-K when you read anything and ALWAYS find out what you will get before you pay your money to anyone. Many of the sites linked to from the latter two sites (UIA and ID) are NOT what I would consider trustworthy---they may have paid for the privileged of getting the link and there's simply no reliable evidence of any actual fraud by them. As for the rest of this site, either start at the Start Here page or the complete list of books.
James E. White also maintains and can be contacted through the following web sites:
www.willitsell.com Free information on the invention process used by successful inventors.
www.inventorhome.com Free information and resource links on clubs, licensing, etc.
www.idearights.com Free information on your rights, if any, to own your own ideas.
Or just call me at (517) 381-1960 and we can chat for a bit.