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  • Submitted: Tue, November 05, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, November 05, 2013

  • Reported By: RoastedLocust — Columbus Ohio
InventionHome
Monroeville, Pennsylvania USA

InventionHome (aka Jacob Enterprises) InventionHome's art department omitted important specifications from my invention, leaving me with a provisional patent that couldn't hold water Monroeville Pennsylvania

*Author of original report: I responded, but received no definitive solution to the problem

*UPDATE Employee: InventionHome response

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Last year, I contacted InventionHome.com to help me patent my invention/concept.  After paying for the patent search, I opted to get their "deluxe" marketing package, which included 3d animations of my invention/concept.  The package also included their services which would market the idea to retailers and manufacturers for potential licensing deals.  

After sending them dozens of photos of my invention in use, as well as tons of text and drawings explaining the purposes for the various specifications and components I was planning on using, the art-director I was working with assured me that they understood my concept and that they had what they needed to portray the invention in the best way possible.  

Needless to say, I was floored when I saw the artwork they came up with for my concept/invention.  They left out every critical specification, including components that were necessary for safefy reasons.  The basic form of the invention was wrong.  The components used to make it were wrong.  And even the way they used the invention in their artwork was wrong to the point where it was defying the laws of physics.   They, at one point, asked me to explain why, in ten words or less no doubt, a certain component I was using was necessary.  I said, "Because it allows me to add wheels to the structure."  Without giving too much away about my concept, I'll just say that it shouldn't take a genius to understand the importance of wheels or pulleys in certain applications.  

Eventually, their art-director got tired of me trying to make sure the proper specs were used for the artwork, and she said they were done with my project and that they would be sending the art to the patent firm for use as the figures in the provisional patent.  The patent agent later sent me a draft for the provisional, and I was again floored by all the specifications they left out - both the drawings and text of the provisional were lacking every detail I sent them in the dozens of emails, drawings, and photos I sent them.  I told them I would not authorize the filing unless certain specifications were added to the wording of the provisional.  Without the sentence or two vaguely explaining my specifications, you would have no idea that what they submitted was related to what I had created.  

In short, after spending $3000 on their services, I had a provisional patent that barely held water.  After coming down from the disappointment of working with people who don't bother reading emails or viewing pics and drawings, I found a decent patent attorney and an industrial designer that actually did a decent job with the non-provisional filing.

My only concern is that InventionHome's art-department seemed so clueless when working with me that I had to wonder if they weren't yanking me around in order to give me a worthless provisional so that they could file a proper patent with all the specifications they left out.  

 

I don't know much about IP law, but I will say this.  Keep a good record of everything you send them, and nail them to the wall if they steal your work.  I'm just hoping InventionHome's people are just inept and not thieves. It would be bad enough for them to take my money without providing adequate services, but if they took the concept on top of my money, I'd be livid.  

 

To add insult to injutry, as my provisional was about to expire and I was floundering on what to do next, they sent me an e-mail bragging about the success of one of their inventors -  a woman who had attached a magnet to a card-holder.   Move over, Edison, InventionHome has an invention that'll change the world.  

 

P.S.  Most revenue of companies like InventionHome come from aspiring inventors that pay them for their services.   They'd go bankrupt overnight if their success was determined by actual licenses of their inventors' ideas.   They'd go bankrupt overnight if they were obligated to tell their customers that most inventions submitted to them aren't going to be issued patents or that making a night-light with a NASCAR theme doesn't qualify as an original idea.  

  


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#1 Author of original report

I responded, but received no definitive solution to the problem

AUTHOR: RoastedLocust - ()

I was contacted by a customer service rep from InventionHome.com.   They told me they would redo the artwork for my invention and relist it on their marketing website.  When I told them I had alrady spent another $2500 to have an industrial designer do the figures for the utility patent and that I didn't want them "marketing" my concept, they offered to do another provisional filing and an artwork portfolio for another invention if I had another idea to submit.  I haven't heard back from them, but maybe they're waiting for me to contact them with that new idea.  

I would have had them redo the artwork for my invention to relist on their marketing site, but the thought of sending all the drawings and pics to them and trying to explain the specs again wouldn't get me anywhere, since it was apparent that they didn't understand the concept and wouldn't market it and all the functionality behind it.  

In their defense, InventionHome probably doesn't get many ideas like this.  My concept is a modular design system that is built to have practical applications as well as being a 3d modeling kit.  Unlike most inventions, my concept has many avenues of functionality.  It could be used as a modeling kit for RC vehicles or toy-houses.  The same set could be used as the skeletal support for robotics or drones.  It's also designed to act as a rail system for logistical movement of small goods or a security system.  In more simpler uses, it could be used for decorations, education, or simply holding objects in place (fabrics, tools, papers, etc.).  And since it's so adaptable, with a minor modification to one of the elements, it could be used to produce electricity or used as a mag lev track (some of the modifications were cut by inventionhome while I cut some of the others to simplify the process for them as they seemed to have a lot of difficulty understanding me and my drawings.   In short, most inventions have one or two functions and are easier for most people to grasp.  But as they ignored all the specs of the system and the various functionality behind it, I felt as if they were purposely ignoring me in order to leave me with an overly simplifed version of the concept while one of their associates walked away with the one with the depth.  More likely however is that perhaps they just felt my concept was a dead-end and that it didn't warrant much attention to detail, since they didn't feel it would be picked up by one of their partners for licensing.  

Another reason I didn't want them "marketing" the concept is that they would also have a claim to it if one of their retail partners discovered it, despite their lack of effort.  And since the artwork did such a poor job at portraying the concept, any retailer interested in the concept would have to discover it through another source. Imagine giving 20% of your concept to a company that put almost nothing into it.   

 

And for anybody thinking about using their services, your provisional patent is only good for one year.  Before that time is up, you will have to hire an industrial designer to do the actual drawings to submit as part of a utility patent, as well as hiring a patent attorney or agent.  You could use the drawings their art-department creates, but if they're like mine, they won't be any good for use in a utility.  Whether or not they find a buyer for your idea, you'll still have to spend quite a bit more to file the utiilty.  If you are confident in your idea, you might be better off starting with a real patent attorney and an industrial designer that does figures that will be accepted by the USPTO unless you have money to burn.   

Most inventions are commercial failures, and any inventor should go into the process with that in mind.  However, there are things you or your partners can do (or not do in my case) that can increase the success of your invention.  No matter where you go, you're taking a risk.  Companies like these probably have a success rate of 1%, give or take a percent, so be aware of that.   If you fall into that 1% or less, it's probably not a bad investment though...then again, if you're one of the 1%, you probably had a great idea that would sell without the need of a company like this, and you just traded 20% ownership to middlemen.  

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AUTHOR: OpsMgr - ()

InventionHome has reached out to the customer in an effort to discuss the issues contained in this posting; however, we have not yet received a response in return.  We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and were not aware of any issues until receipt of this posting.

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