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Complaint Review: Invent Tech

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  • Submitted: Tue, July 19, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, July 19, 2011

  • Reported By: a98durango — Liverpool New York United States of America
Invent Tech
Internet, Florida United States of America

Invent Tech took my idea and did nothing for it or my family Internet, Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: And you expected... what exactly?

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 A few years ago i still have all my info my wife and i had a great Idea. Heated steering wheel long before they were for sale in cars and trucks i have all my documents from invent tech all the pattent searches and all the other things they included. They were all excited to go with my idea it was a great product could make tons of money ect ect.  recieved tons of mailers for companies in the middle east,,orient africa but not one of the big 3 after my 2 year contract was over i did my own checking and half of the mailers were companies that were closed or didnt even exist and look now what you can get for an additional fee on all new cars and trucks a heated steering wheel talk about a gut check could have been my money ticket if you have a good idea do your own searches you can google the us pattent office and do your own search its free dont waist the 8.000 on invent tech or other invent help companies call a pattent lawyer again google or bing or yahoo search what ever but dont waist you time or money or the false promises from these for profit companies.....................


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#1 Consumer Suggestion

And you expected... what exactly?

AUTHOR: Josh - (U.S.A.)

There is a very common misconception among a bunch of people that all you need to make a lot of money is an idea.  Companies like Invent-Tech prey on that misconception, which is not true at all.  Even if your idea is truly groundbreaking, you still need to actually do the legwork to go from an idea to at least an issued patent (and more likely a finished prototype) before you will get a single other person or company to care about you or your invention.  This is a lot of work, it costs a lot of money, takes a lot of time, and involves a lot of risk.  $10k is not even enough to file and prosecute a single patent application, so why would you think they would do all that and more?

At the minimum, you should have filed a provisional patent application before you even talked to anyone about your invention.  Provisionals only cost about $100, and you don't really need a lawyer.  There is an excellent book by Nolo Press (Patent It Yourself), which covers all aspects of a patent application.  Once you file a provisional, you have a year to file a real application (during which time you can shop the idea around).  A real patent costs somewhere between $10k and $25k, depending on how much work you do yourself and how complicated it is to write and prosecute.

Not to mention, you can't just patent a fuzzy general idea, you need to patent a specific embodiment -- and yet the patent needs to be sufficiently broad to cover all possible variations.  Just so you know, a 3 minute google search found a patent for a heated steering wheel from 1920 (patent number 1,358,451), so you were only about 80 years too late.  There are still plenty of improvements on that general concept being filed, but they are all very specific and protect a particular implementation (for example, one using a conductive fabric material as a heater).  And really, even most issued patents are mostly worthless, because they are easily gotten around.  Getting a patent that's actually good for something is next to impossible.
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