Move Your Invention Forward With The Best Invention Companies

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Do you have invention ideas and think one might be the next hot breakthrough product? Of course, you want to protect your idea, develop it, and one day sell your invention. But where do you start?

There are a ton of services at your fingertips, but as a burgeoning inventor, beware —invention and patent companies are extremely varied in what they offer you. It’s a confusing industry for sure, and there are a ton of blurred lines about what each company offers and delivers. That’s where we come in to help.

Article Overview

How Do You Choose The Best Invention Companies?

Before you jump into an agreement with an invention or patent company, there are several things you need to know. The unfortunate truth is that not all invention companies are created equal. In fact, there have been a number of fraudulent practices associated with different companies over the years.

Are You Protected?

Fortunately, the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 gives you some rights. Patent and invention companies are required to disclose certain information before you sign a contract with them, including:

  • the number of inventions they’ve evaluated and which ones received positive or negative evaluations
  • their total number of customers
  • how many of those customers received a net profit from their services
  • the number of those customers who have licensed their inventions as a result of their services

How To Get A Patent And Avoid Scams?

Do your research!! In addition to the information companies are required to disclose, there are several tips that can help you avoid fraudulent practices.

  • Review invention and patent practices and laws through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Conduct a Google search on the company in question—include “FTC,” “scam,” “fraud” in your searches.
  • Join a local inventor group and ask for referrals and experiences from more seasoned inventors.
  • Consider getting an initial consultation from a local patent attorney or patent agent.

Top Invention Companies

We based our rankings and winners on a number of factors, including services offered, BBB rating, previous litigation, pricing, customer reviews and more.

Best Invention Marketing On A Budget: InventionHome Review

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InventionHome is one of the leading invention companies, and they’ve been BBB accredited since 2003. Their North American Product Invention Network includes thousands of companies looking for new products (Walmart, Target, Best Buy to name a few).

It appears that their main focus is helping you to license your invention, rather than sell it outright, and their prices are reasonable compared to other companies. Invention Home charges 20% of your licensing royalties with no large upfront fees required.

Pros

Cons

  • No large upfront charges
  • Network of thousands of companies looking for inventions
  • BBB A+ accredited
  • Extensive marketing services, invention portfolio assistance, trade shows, etc.
  • Patent search on their website
  • Excellent online resources including blog, articles, social media
  • Can only file a provisional patent application
  • No in-house patent attorneys
  • No in-house research analysis/evaluation services

Best Patent Company: Thoughts To Paper Review

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Thoughts to Paper makes it clear from the get-go—they’re not an invention marketing service, like many other companies we’ve reviewed in this article. As quoted on their website, “We are not an invention promotion.” Their strength solely lies in helping you in getting a patent—and they do it well.

What we like about Thoughts to Paper is that they’re up front about what they offer you and most of the fees they charge. They’ll run a thorough patent search for you ($245-$295, depending on the scope), do a patent illustration ($60), and work with you to apply for a provisional or full patent (fees vary based on how much of the application process you handle yourself).

Pros

Cons

  • Reasonable and upfront honesty about their fees
  • They work with patent attorneys and patent agents, so you don’t have to find one
  • BBB A+ rating
  • You get a dedicated consultant
  • Good customer service with live chat, phone and email
  • Offers patent search services globally (fee required)
  • Good online resources, especially about detailed patent information
  • No marketing services
  • No in-house product development or engineering
  • You have to go elsewhere or DIY to connect with companies looking for new ideas/design/products

Other Invention Help Companies Reviewed

We reviewed several other top invention companies to give you an idea of what you’re facing in this confusing industry. We’ve included some of the top names with our honest, well-researched reviews of each. Click on one of the companies below to jump to its review.

Davison | Docie Invention & Patent Marketing | InventHelp | World Patent Marketing

Davison Review

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Davison has been in business for more than 25 years and they claim that they help inventors prepare and present their innovative products.

But Davison has had some major problems over the years, most notably a $26 million fine by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2006 for bogus customer practices and another $10 million settlement with the FTC in 2008 for charges that they deceived customers across the country.

Pros

Cons

  • Offers patent/market research
  • Prototype services
  • 25 years in business
  • Marketing services, including trade shows
  • Decent number of positive customer reviews on “Consumer Affairs” within the past year about their professional customer service
  • Good online resources including blog, articles and videos
  • Two multi-million dollar judgements vs FTC for large-scale customer deception
  • Large upfront fees
  • Not BBB accredited (but their rating has gone from an F to an A- in the last year)
  • No in-house patent attorneys
  • Must file provisional and patent applications on your own

Docie Invention & Patent Marketing Review

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Docie Invention & Patent Marketing was launched in 1976 by Ronald Docie, Sr., a successful inventor and patent agent who’s well-known and respected in the invention assistance world.

He is also the author of The Inventor’s Bible and is still committed to helping future inventors. Docie Invention & Patent Marketing offers assistance with idea evaluation, market research, trade shows and general marketing needs.

They’re not a huge powerhouse; rather more of a consultant firm, where you’ll deal directly with Ronald Docie for his expert advice.

Pros

Cons

  • Free initial evaluation and affordable in-depth evaluation and consultation with Ronald Docie, Sr.
  • Good marketing services including market research, consultation, trade shows
  • BBB A+ rating
  • Excellent reputation as a legitimate, knowledgable service
  • In business for 40 years
  • Good online resources and book (for purchase)
  • Must hire your own patent attorney to file any applications
  • No product development or prototype services
  • It’s unclear how many companies Docie works with to market your invention

InventHelp Review

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InventHelp has been in business since 1984 and has a long history of providing trustworthy help with inventions. They get excellent consumer reviews and have an A+ BBB rating.

However, if you’re looking for a one-stop shop when it comes to patenting your idea, look elsewhere. InventHelp, as its name suggests, offers you invention help through the process, but you can’t actually file any kind of patent applications through their service and they don’t do thorough research/analysis of your idea.

Their strengths lie in their marketing services through trade shows, a network of companies looking for new inventions, 3-D prototypes, etc. So, if that’s all you’re looking for, Invent Help is a reputable company with a long track record of customer satisfaction.

Pros

Cons

  • Good marketing services
  • Free “Get Started” kit
  • Extensive online resources, including blog, articles, FAQs
  • BBB A+ rating
  • Overall great consumer reviews about their professionalism and customer service
  • Must contact them for pricing (no fees listed on website)
  • No in-house evaluations/analysis on your idea
  • No in-house patent attorneys (they offer referrals)
  • Can’t file any type of provisional or full patent application through their service
  • No patent search capabilities

World Patent Marketing Review

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World Patent Marketing was shut down in 2017 by the FTC for defrauding investors.

How Much Do Patents Cost?

Check out this video by an award-winning Houston patent law firm to understand a bit more about the patent process and how much you can expect to pay to patent your idea, design or product.

How Do I File A Patent?

If you’re still unsure about how to get started and how to patent an invention, we recommend reading our companion article on how to file a patent and check out The Inventor’s Bible, Fourth Edition: How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas by Ronald Docie, Sr., owner of Docie Invention & Patent Marketing.

As we said earlier, it’s a complicated process, and there are a lot of companies out there that will try to take your money for little or nothing in return. We hope we’ve given you some solid recommendations for avoiding fraud—consider one of our top picks if you want to move your invention along!

What advice do you have for fellow inventors about how to patent a product?

About The Author:

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations in the late 1990s, Sally began a long career researching and writing about business, technical and scientific topics. Her decades of experience as well as a passion to stay on top of the latest online tools and resources combine to help small businesses (and freelancers like herself) flourish.

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Mohsen Tavasoli
I am a mechanical engineer from Iran ( more than 16 years old experience). I have invented a new internal combustion engine for cars. This invention has many benefits. I’m looking for a company that can help me commercialize this invention. It’s a revolutionary invention in the field of internal combustion engines, especially the automotive industry.
Eric rudnick
Has anyone dealt with pacific world marketing?? San Francisco area
Robert ochoa
No but I did with world patent marketing and they got me good 17000.00 dollars. They got caught by FTC. But I never got shit out of it. Trust me the robbed me blind
Never
Hi Erick, I have a ton of information if you have the time…Ron Craig RONCRAIG02@MSN.COM
Are you now in contact with them..? Never mind, I just saw robert ochoa input and he is right on the money…Worse yet is davison design and developments inc., they are the kings of fraud.
Norm Larsen
anybody have any thoughts about Inventright, started by Steven Key author of “One Simple Idea”?
Valerie Brown
I worked with The Inventors Platform last year. I’m not here to promote and wont lie it wasnt easy sailing but they got the job done. I cant comment on pricing compared to others as I dont know how much others charge but The Inventors Platform was about $4500. I have a portfolio for my product, a physical prototype, a website and a few other pieces of information. It took about a month after everything was all said and done but I had a couple of manufacturers lined up and then got a distribution deal about another month after that. Again it took a bit and there were bumps but I didnt know what I was doing and they did everything for me so I cant really complain. They really do have good reviews out there and I am willing to share my experience in hopes of helping other pick the right company and to not lose their investment.
Terry
I just signed up with them after reading this article and your comment. Who did you work with? Is there anything else you can tell me about what I should expect?
Ron Craig
Hi Valerie, my name is Ron Craig inventor of the guaranteed golf putting Aid Trainer. I am having a rough time even after finally being awarded my Utility Patent, if you have any ideas from that point, I would really appreciate your wisdom, insight and contact information for someone that is even close to being honest. I pretty much got scammed by DAVISON DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ALONG WITH WORLD PATENT MARKETING, LAMBERT AND LAMBERT ETC… The only one that came even close to helping me was a gentleman name of Mike Marks of INVENTION CITY.
Jaliyah Garnett
I would love to pick your brain about information on how to get started I have an amazing idea and feel like I’m running in circles trying to figure out where should I start or who to even believe.
Jonathan Luevano
Hi I paid $4,299 to inventionhome for nothing dont work with them. I even reported them to the BBB. you have been warned.
L S
I am working with ‘Davison’, they ask for so much money up front, I am little scare. so far I have paid $795 for search and few other things, now they want a $1000 for retainer fees, and after that the final cost for the prototype services, marketing, will cost over $8000, they do call me every week to keep me updated. I have started with them, but wonder should I go forward.
Everett Coleman
Hell no a rip off company. I did what your doing and got nothing but call for more money they just paid out over $26 million dollars in a lawsuit for fraud. Pass it on
RON CRAIG
For God’s sake, don’t even consider Davison, they are the Master crooks of them all. They got me for over $12.5 K and never shed a tear. I proved that they never even presented my invention to the so called manufactures along with a lawyer to boot. The day before my court hearing, the California judge called my lawyer and said forget about coming to court, case was thrown out with no reasons given. Makes ya wonder…Right…If you got a lot of money, then there is a small chance of beating them, if not…then forget about it. Google GREG HOWE court fight with Davison, he is forging ahead and winning his case against Davison. Come back to me anytime for update and info.
RONCRAIG02@MSN.COM
T J
the one thing I always do before I do anything is check the ripoff report on companies, that is where I would go to see real people reviewing the companies.every one I looked into people were sending large amounts of money and getting nothing in return, not a phone call or an email after they sent their money.. just do your research I have not found one yet that I want to trust. have not tried them all but the 3 I did check into had a lot of bad reviews. they take your money and that is it.
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Thank You Sally Jones to share such a beautiful and stunning idea for me and other SEO worlds to marketing their IDEA over internet. I am sure these tips will prove you are great writer.
Sharawi
Are you sure Davison is getting “F rating with BBB”?
According to BBB website on July 15, 2018, Davison rating is “A-“, with 83% negative customer reviews.
I’m not defending Davison, but I’m investigating their current position and looking for a fair judgment
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
BBB ratings can change and it looks like Davison’s has. You are correct, it is now showing as an A-. We will be sure to update our article. Thanks!
Nick
I would recommend checking out Inventors Launchpad.
They also have a free educational podcast covering everything from patents, manufacturing, licensing, etc..
Rueben Martinez
I have an invention but don know what todo with it, any advice
Dumisani
I have an invention but I need marketing
Joey Olmos
im about to join davison what advise do you give me
M. RODRIGEZ
Stay away from them. regardless of the a rating in 2018, I think that’s a trick to suck people back in there company. They tried to scam me a while ago, and never did anything about getting what I wanted manufactured. their fees are sky high do your home work with to the fullest. But I would look else where.
VICTOR
i had a contract with Davison on march 2015 and it is the worst experecience I ever had.
Is a fraudulent Company, 3 years waiting for my invention to be in the market and they answer is….
We are not finding yet a company for your invention…… But when they want to steal your money , they promise is going to be ready in between 6 to 8 months.
I ALREADY REPORT THIS COMPANY TO THE BBB
Quentin
Have you found a different company are you still dealing with Davison invention company. I was thinking about investing but after the information I have found I’m looking for a company thats actually trying to help me not scam me
John
what a shame creativity is squelched by overarching Greed
Cynthia Ann Hompesch
I too have a great invention but don’t want to be taken advantage of or have them steal my idea. I’ve heard Both American Product Invention Network is great for licensing products only. Looking for advice from people who have been through marketing an idea. Any help would be appreciated.
Matt
Does any one know of an honest licensing company?
Robert ochoa
No world patent marketing are RIP offs look them up they did me dirty. I think they are also called cooper foundation. Desi something . But everything was s lie
RON CRAIG
Talk with Mike Marks of invention city, our dealing with him was great and very much appreciative.
JoAnne Leff
If you don’t have any patent app filed as yet, unless you’re talking with a patent attorney, don’t share or show or publish ANYTHING about your invention without getting a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement (an “NDA”), which can be found online or I can send you mine from anyone you want to discuss your invention with. No one can market an idea; you can only market an EXPRESSION of an idea, which is in the form of “intellectual property” like a patent, though a non-provisional patent application can be marketed; it doesn’t have to be an ISSUED patent to be licensed or sold outright.
Lucas H
I have a list of ideas for products but haven’t executed on them because I didn’t know where to start and the idea of having to do all the marketing, research, distribution etc after filing the patent seemed overwhelming and thus I never acted upon any of them. But to think all my ideas could be going to waste, so I’m happy to see some of your top picks have resources and support for everything comes with creating a product, not just the legal aspect of it. Maybe I’ll be a billionaire after all!
John parlato
Lucas H
don’t invent for the profits invent because it’s either something you like to do or its a massive passion because for me I invent because it’s my drive and passion I just see the money side of things as a bonus .
Quentin
So no recommendations on the Davison company what would you recommend thanks
Nick
Everything you need to know about Davison you can find on their own page. “Court Ordered Disclosure
David Blanchard
Check out Mars Rising,I used them for patent,Web site with animation drawings of invention.Every time I called they got back in 24 hrs.What they charge is a little high,but do you want cheapest.With this company they do what they say.Don’t be turned off because they are a little quick.They want a good rating,in my case 41/2 stars.
David Blanchard
I wrote on Mars Rising to Nick check it out
Jake Statch
Hey John, any recommendations as to where one could or should go in order to get their inventor’s foot in the door? I mean somewhere that you yourself would personally go. Much appreciated.
JoAnne Leff
Go to a reputable patent attorney or intellectual property law firm that is in your state.
David Blanchard
Go down to Nick’s message I’am an Ex Fire Fighter in Norfolk,Va.I’am not in possible trouble at work that’s always(Not Me).I have no reason to lie.