Inventhelp also known Invention Submission Corporation is the world's largest Invention promotion's firm and they do just that they promote. They prey an people's dreams and hopes starting with offering free information on there web site and through advertising on radio and television. It all starts when a person who thinks or knows they have an excellent idea or invention to take to market. They see the advertisement thinking they will get some initial information mailed to them....they will not unless they live in an area where they do not have an office.
This is how it works you will call in and give your information big mistake because they sell your information to third parties hence telemarketing calls.
They will not give you any prices over the phone and will tell you you need to make an appointment in an office nearest you.
For example if you live in Florida they have offices in Boca Raton, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Panama Beach, and Miami. They also have offices in New York such as Manhattan and Hicksville. They have offices in Texas such as Arlingtron, Houston, and Austin.
You will be asked three basic questions over the phone 1. Is your idea something that can be made in to a product, 2. Are you interested in patening your idea? 3. Do you want to submit your idea to industry? Now is when they ask you to set up an appointment and to bring a sketch or a drawing the appointment setter or office will tell you it's a free appointment and it is.
When you get to your appointment your idea will be evaluated and big words will be used and then they ask you to buy a bip which is an initial investment to get started prices vary. The thing to remember here is you will lay down large cash to do this only for them to tell you oh well sorry it did not work out. Here is an example of what I mean:
really hate to do this but I have no other choice but to make a complain about your Austin office.
On Wednesday, I talked with your representative in Austin, TX , his name is Case Haynie, He called me in the morning telling me that my presentation is ready to pick it up, finally after almost 4 months and almost $1,000 paid at front!,
I really was very exciting about this, review my presentation and finally advance to the next step in order to have my invention on the market, so I called him and make an appointment for Saturday. (I don't live in Austin that is why my only day I can go to Austin is the Saturdays),well, I talked with Case Haynie and he told me that he can't receive me this saturday, because he has a very busy schedule and just on extreme circumstance he go to work on saturday!,
It did not look like that when I met with him the last 2 appointments, (when I signed the contract and paid
the almost $1,000 fee), when I asked him what Saturday he will be available for "his client" he told me that probably by the middle or end of July!,
Come on!, if this guy really want my business at least he can work something better, right???, it will take me less than 15 minutes to review the presentation but because this is not a extreme circumstance (at least for
him) he can not give me a better day.
The funny thing is that he told me that he can stay "late" on the office on the weekdays just for me. When I asked him what time is "late" the said 6pm.
I work Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm, and will take me probably more that 2 hours to be in Austin (including traffic), of course, he can not work 30 minutes one Saturday but he wants me to lose 2 maybe 3 hours of work?
We finally set the appointment for July 5th at 3pm (of course I will lose half of day at work) but this is just if he can make his return from vacations on time.
mam, let me ask you something? your company always treats to its clients like that? probably not but if your company don't want to lose one client who is really interested in advance to the next step, this guy needs to
treat me better, if not, I will take my presentation and find another company who really care about their client, like this guy told me, "I'm sorry that sometimes things don't work the way we like, but that is the way
I'm here to make business with your company and don't want any drama or delay. Hope you can send this e-mail to the correct person in order to "fix this problem"
Probably for this Saturday June 23 is too late but will be good an appointment for the next saturday June 30, at least to pick up my presentation (will take me 5 minutes of less)
Thank you for your help
San Antonio, TX
So the best thing for you to do is not dial 800 numbers or fill out forms on websites because your information will be sold. The best advice I can give you is contact a real patent attorney and do research at uspto.gov If you need additional information google trade comission VS. Invention Submission Corporation 1993 and you will see that they settled for misrepresentation in Federal court.