ED Magedson – Founder
InventionHomeMonroeville, 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
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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