INVENTION SUBMISSION – PROMOTION – MARKETING COMPANIES
Beware of the many invention submission companies that advertise on TV and other media promising to take your invention or product to market and share some of the profits or royalties with you. Before investing with any marketing company it is strongly advised that you read about how some of these companies operate by going to Inventor Fraud and reading what some inventors have experienced.
The American Invention Protection Act of 1999 provides disclosure requirements of companies to provide information which can be used to make an informed decision whether or not the firm will meet your needs. This disclosure is mandatory and required by law. Click for summary. Click for full Document.
To see if a complaint has been filed with the USPTO against any company go to COMPLAINTS . To see if a company is recommended as a red flag and to proceed with caution or extreme caution, go to INVENTORED. To see an Alert issued by the Federal Trade Commision on fraudulent companies, click on Alert.
If you live in Kansas, the Kansas Consumer Protection Act contains a supplement, House Bill 2792. This law was authored by Clayton Williamson of Hoisington, Kansas and is mandatory to any Invention Promotion Company. If your contract with any invention promotion company omits these mandatory disclosures and/or if you have been dealing with a company and feel they were not dealing honestly, you may file a complaint with the USPTO for the record and also with the Attorney General of your state.
In Kansas you can go to the Kansas Attorney Generals’ site and download a Consumer Complaint. You may be successful and receive a refund. As a minimum, your complaint can serve to warn other aspiring inventors. A bad experience with a unethical promotion firm can not only waste your money but can prevent you from getting a successful patent and license agreement.
New Inventor? Important do’s and don’t’s
A Summary Guide to Inventing with Links in a downloadable PDF format Open & Download…
United States Patent & Trademark Office – USPTO The main site to find all the necessary forms, instructions, fees, reports etc. Follow the Link…
Inventor Groups Find an inventor group in your area thru this helpful organization’s site. Follow the Link…
AVOID Invention Submission Companies that offer to market your invention!
Important information for helping to decide whether to employ a marketing company, or if you already are involved with a marketing company and are not getting satisfactory results, –YOU MUST READ!
IASCK Membership Application Form A downloadable form to return at the next meeting! Open & Download
Do you need someone to help with your invention?
Use a downloadable ‘Confidentiality and Non-Compete’ form to insure ownership in your patent. Open & Download
IASCK is now certified by UIA/USA. We encourage inventors to sign up with UIA/USA.
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LOCAL HELPFUL SITES
Statewide service that enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to be connected with the resources they need when they need them.
Contact: Steve Radley, Director or
Erik Pedersen, Operations Director, at (877) 521-8600
Mid-America Manufacturing Technical Center
Service Corps of Retired Executives Association
Kansas Small Business Development Center
Contact: Marcia Stevens
Telephone: (316) 978-3193, Fax: (316) 978-3647
South Central Kansas Economic Development District
Contact: Bill Bolin, Telephone: (316) 262-7035.
HELPING SMALL BUSINESS OR ENTREPRENEURS TO GET STARTED
Contact: Telephone: (316) 665-8468
One East Ninth, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Technical Applications Group
Contact: Leland Johnson, Telephone: (316) 267-6993.
Contact: Richard Brown,Telephone: (316) 262-8387