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InventHelp helps people patent and market their invention ideas to companies. InventHelp can assist you with pitching your ideas to retailers or obtaining a licensing deal. The company can also refer you to a lawyer for a preliminary patentability search and opinion. Other services include creating videos with 3D renderings and as well as 3D prototype model packages with professional sketching and illustration.
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- 3D prototyping services
- Confidentiality agreements
- More than 60 offices nationwide
- Patent referrals
- No legal services
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InventHelp creates 3D prototyping and animation for your invention. It helps you market your idea to companies and find an attorney if you need a patent. The company has local offices throughout the U.S.
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Reviewed July 13, 2015
Some friends told me to try InventHelp and my experience since then was wonderful. The rep have a warm smile and all friendly. He was really good. I learned more since I've been with them and it's hard for me to do stuff like this. They're a great company.
Reviewed July 11, 2015
I showed Bernie what my invention was. He liked and understood what I was trying to explain to him, so we went ahead. He helped me patent it which took between seven months to a year. I got a patent and now, I'm waiting for somebody to buy it from me so I can make the money. I had a very good experience with InventHelp. They have been trying to get my product out there and all of them have been great and very helpful.
Reviewed July 9, 2015
I have two utility patents. My nephew looked into the computer and saw InventHelp’s website online. I then set up a meeting with Richard and his wife in Arlington, Texas. They’re very professional. In my years of research and building experiences, I was very impressed with them. When I received the disc and the letter, I felt very comfortable that I had not made a mistake. My patent attorney told me that my utility patent could take as long as five and a half years but that now that I had signed up with InventHelp, the utility patent would be part of the sale of the design part.
Reviewed July 7, 2015
My wife and I, and even my kids went to get our thing registered after we saw the InventHelp ad. We talked to Jeff, a very nice, young man. They do help people get their ideas in the right place. Right now, I know my idea is all the way up in Pennsylvania and the lawyers are trying to get a patent for me. If it was not for them, I don't think I would be anywhere close to even seeing that. They really are very helpful. When I call, they're always there for me.
Reviewed July 5, 2015
My interactions with reps at InventHelp were always positive. Good people. They explained everything and fully disclosed the relevant stuff. Mike, down in the OC area kept us informed all throughout the process. They’re doing what they say they’re doing in regards to pushing the products in the way that they said they are, along with their timeline that they give you. However, I didn’t know that this shows up on your credit. Overall, I’m pleased with them.
Reviewed July 3, 2015
The representative of InventHelp has been great. We haven't finished the deal and I haven't completely got the patent on my invention yet. The service has been absolutely wonderful. They've done everything they said they were going to do. My timeframe is just not there yet though--they said 24 to 36 months, and I'm only like 12 months in. They'll call me back in 24 months from now and get into where my timeline is and that could be different.
Reviewed June 10, 2015
I submitted a product at InventHelp and it was patented. They were very, very good with helping me - they tried to help me to get manufacturing and license deals. Everything went well with them. This is a good company. If you have a product that you want to get patented, that's where you go.
Reviewed May 20, 2015
Years ago I talked to **. I had an invention that I wanted to take up with them. I was in a field service job and going from state to state. I never really had time to get back to him. And on some occasions, I've got with him and talked to him but I never was able to get to him. My son was working up there and he knew ** coz he has been there too. So that's how I got linked to InventHelp. All of the people there told me where I stood, as far as the timetable. They were courteous and knowledgeable all the time and the service is great but I didn't know that the timetable would take so long before I get to the submission part of it, because it's been over half a year. But the submission has started now, so it's fine. I would say they stood by their contract wholeheartedly.
One thing I couldn't understand is why they didn't put the garage on with the house shelter. When they do the brochure, the garage wasn't there. And then they said they didn't want to give out too much information and that was what's requested, and the statement on top of it did say Mercy House Shelter. So then they gave me revision and then they go into a couple more weeks of waiting time but I just let that go because I don't think that's important to somebody who's interested and inquiring about that. Overall I would recommend them because they really stuck by the timetable. And every time I called they generally told me exactly what's going on and I was satisfied with the experience.
Reviewed May 14, 2015
I thought I had something that the public would like to see that's why I went to InventHelp. And also it would be some kind of an investment. I had great help and support from them. I've been talking with my buddy, Mr. ** and we went over the patents with the product and a lot of information that they gave about it. The service that he's provided, I feel is putting me in the right direction to go and proceed to make a good product for the public. InventHelp helps people with the dreams to become a reality and the steps that they help you with to create your reality is something I'm really looking forward to.
Reviewed May 1, 2015
I have this idea. I thought of making something that people can breathe properly and be comfortable with and still not compromise the patient's health, like in terms of breathing and causing infections from the worker, going to the patient. At once I took the idea to Mr. **. I went in and he explained the process I would go through. It was made clear to me that everything is a chance to take because it's not a guaranty. It's not guaranteed that your patent would be accepted and people will want to use it. But I decided to take my chances because it's something that I have in mind from work and in what I see and for myself, using the mask, it's very uncomfortable and you become claustrophobic and can't breathe properly.
** showed me everything and I started the process. So far I'm satisfied with the way the process is moving forward from the time I started with InventHelp. Everything to me has been going smoothly. I have not had to call and ask for updates and to know what's going on. They've been informing me all along the way everything that they've been doing. The last letter I received from them told me by the year end they should be able to put this in the hands of proprietors who would try to put it on the market.
Reviewed April 26, 2015
I just love InventHelp. They helped me every step of the way so I'd recommend them to anyone. Their representative was a hoot. We drove into Michigan and he was so helpful. We absolutely thought the world of him. We kept in touch and he walked us through all of the different things from beginning to end. We met with him again some time after that. Then we moved on and we talked with their patent attorney, and they did all that. They told me the amount of time it takes to get the patent through. It just has a process and it takes about two years but all in all, they're outstanding. They're always so happy for me when I take the next step. When the patent agency people notified me that they did want to patent it, I called InventHelp and they were so excited about it. They said that they would get the file out and it will be patented. They're always very good when I talk to them.
Reviewed April 20, 2015
I got an idea and I don't know if there's anything out there like it at the time. So I talked to my mom and she backed me 100%. I went down there and got the ball rolling. The representatives at InventHelp was very nice. He walked me through all those steps they take and then they go to Intromark. The, he made the book later on. The book came later saying that I was the inventor of the rock cutter. There was nothing else like it, and got the patent thing started. We went to an INPEX show in Vegas through InventHelp in 2009 and I loved that. I had InventHelp's help and Intromark's help. I got an offer from a company, but they didn't want me to keep the patent and they didn't want any royalties, so I turned it down. And so, I just waited and I started doing it myself by word of mouth. And I kept it in the United States so it's all US made and it's made in Minnesota. So, I'm very happy about that.
Reviewed April 17, 2015
I'm very pleased with InventHelp. Their representative seemed to be very profound on helping people and that George Foreman ad that they did is excellent. That kinda boosted my morale. I was already interested in it before that but that increased it more.
Updated review: April 22, 2015
InventHelp successfully did resolve my situation by working with me.
Original Review: April 16, 2015
I don't really work, I work labor and labor does not really pay a whole lot of $$$$$$$ like other people's bigger checks. In other words I don't make a lot of money and I had an idea/invention, complicated idea/invention too. And I'm still in high school, senior to be exact, have not graduated yet as I'm writing this post right now. And I gave away $850 hard working dollars to get a book that I have not got yet, waited over 3 weeks still to get. And as I'm writing this post right now which I have not yet got the book but from reading other people's post I have a weird feeling their book they supposedly give you won't be all your invention - it will for sure I think include other people invention with your invention.
I asked my sales person for a refund at least $200 out of the $850 back and they keep the rest but guess what he basically said? In other words "no $0 I'll give you back" because inventors be aware you have a 3-7 day the max cancellation where you can I think get all your money or some money back, please think! And the reason why I'm dissatisfied is because I'm still in high school and the cancellation I know but why not anyway work with me for that last reason. InventHelp you need to shove this, in order to do this must have requirements for the future like real job history and not under the table (which really is actually not considered real job if you know what I mean). Please think about inventors if your invention will really work. InventHelp is not a scam but they take a whole lot of hard working dollars.
Reviewed April 13, 2015
My husband and I have a dream of this invention being adopted and saw InventHelp ad on television, and went to the associate in Johnson County, Kansas. ** was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient explaining all the details of how our idea would be submitted. Any follow up questions we had, he was just as patient. He was a real joy to deal with.
Reviewed April 10, 2015
Service is good overall. InventHelp representatives have always been helpful and friendly.
Updated review: April 11, 2015
I've had a call from an InventHelp representative who was able to assuage my fear that a breach of the confidentiality contract had occurred. She was most helpful in restoring my view of the company as trustworthy. I'm looking forward to working with them to a successful conclusion.
Original Review: April 7, 2015
I submitted my invention idea about 1 1/2 years ago after researching and finding no similar item on the market. I signed a confidentiality contract that I thought would protect my idea and started making payments on the very high fee for service. I received copies of press release and CD of a digital drawing of my invention and a list of companies it was supposedly submitted to. Apparently no personal promotion was done. No one contacted me to manufacture my invention. However my idea is now a product at Amazon and other stores, magically come to fruition, which leads me to believe that the confidentiality does not hold and my idea was stolen or worse even, that someone at InventHelp is responsible. I am very angry and disappointed.
Reviewed March 24, 2015
Inventhelp staff is great, they're promoting my invention now on web paper and fixing to air on TV. They're not a scam, it's real. They help you with patents to save your invention and keep you post on track of progress. I am Judy, I live in Tampa Chen. InventHelp TPA 1940 you see the iav vest. Thank you.
Reviewed March 14, 2015
It's been very pleasant, and they've been upfront. I just hope it keeps going. They let me know and we're pretty much good bases with what's going on with the product and I'm really satisfied with that. The guy from InventHelp did a really good job explaining how it works and he's doing a really good job on the idea so I really appreciate that. I went to a lot of other places and at least, InventHelp will give you a chance to express yourself and your ideas with minimum range when it comes to the pricing because a lot of people might not be able to do what I'm able to do or try to do.
Reviewed March 1, 2015
Everybody at InventHelp has been helpful so I've been pleased all the way around. We're in the phase now where we're starting to work on some pamphlet and they're working on a virtual type disk for it. We are trying to get it ready to go to the convention that's coming up in June.
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015
InventHelp is a scam. They do very poor work but are good at billing and then threatening you with the credit bureau if you don't pay up for their lack of quality work. I would never recommend this outfit to anyone! Their accounting process is also questionable. They don't tell you the upfront $700 (so called review) or so is not part of the contract price.
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015
I am a Disabled Iraq War Veteran whom was underestimated. I submitted a whole bundle for a patent to Patent Trademark Institute of America, letters to fake trademark demonstrates that my agents mail and let me know to, gave over $6,000 of my monies for charges and exchange shows. Patent Trademark Institution of America was closed around the US Supreme Court and I was advised by patent lawyers that PTIA was being closed down and I was just going to get a little refund of $300 and that they lied about the majority of the exchange shows or works that they said they have accomplished for me.
I have not submitted another package through InventHelp again because this company was the one who referred me to PTIA. I have lost all trust with Inventhelp and also check with the Better Business Bureau who said that there were many complaints from other people, but that is the risks that one takes for trusting people with your monies. Instead, I received a bunch of lies and lost my money.
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015
I was completely clueless about the process and whatnot and the business aspect of it. And the InventHelp rep walked me through it and answered all my questions. Didn't rush me, gave me plenty of time to make decisions and kinda guided me in the decisions but didn't make them for me. She gave me the options and laid out all the variables.
I went through the initial process, submitting my idea. They did the research on it and sent me books on similar but not quite my idea from the patent office. And they put me in contact with the patent attorney to get my patent pending, which is my state right now. They picked up then made a pamphlet and submitted it to quite a few companies out there. I have a brochure and it's being submitted and they're pitching it to corporations right now.
They kind of go up and beyond answering my questions. If I have a question, especially being not knowing - they explain it well to me and get back to me very promptly. The only stupid question is one not answered or not asked. I'd ask a number of different things and I'm sure it was half of them, but I was clueless. They're thorough and it's educational because they're teaching me as I go along.
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015
InventHelp is a very good service. Their representatives are very friendly and very explanatory.
Updated review: Feb. 18, 2015
We are in the process of moving forward in resolving. I have been contacted by both the InventHelp Rep & patent attorney, and we are working on the patent process.
Original Review: Feb. 6, 2015
About 10 years ago, I had submitted my idea on a slot machine unit that operate in a unique way; went through the whole process, they [InventHelp] told me there is no other machine like it & everything is a go; after their patent research. Submit my drawing along with explanations & details; spend tons of money, & they send me a picture of the finish drawing & companies that they'll be "marketing" to, in which I have research & done a follow up called to the companies & they [the companies] known of no calls from InventHelp on any products.
Afterward, was then when reach by so-called patent attorney who waited till he got his full paid that I worked so hard to save to paid the "patent" attorney, to then tell me that my invention will not be license or patent. I should have been told from the very beginning; instead of wasting my hard earn money. I still have my originals drawings, the letters & booklet of the drawing from InventHelp, & letters from the patent attorney. I am very disappointed how they let this go through, when they should know, according to their research that if my invention was a go or not.
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015
InventHelp is one of the greatest organizations I've ever encountered. They took care of me from beginning to end. Very organized, extremely supportive, very understanding. The patent attorney that I had, Carl **, was very supportive. He followed up with me on a regular basis. For example, if I called him, he wouldn't wait til the next day. It would be within the next 30 minutes or I would get an email as a follow up. I would refer InventHelp to anyone that has any interest in Intellectual Law. It was a great experience for me - very enlightening and educational.
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015
My brother told me about InventHelp. The sales rep told me about the services they provided and what they would do for me and my invention, and the cost involved. My experience with them so far has been pretty good. I have no complaints right now. They were helpful in the contract area and for launching the invention.
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015
I have had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. ** in Lancaster. He made it very clear that only the marketplace can determine if my product will be successful. He laid out the steps that we will be taking to present my product to manufacturers and other companies that may be interested in buying or giving me a royalty for my idea. He told me that it is difficult to be successful, but it is not impossible. He made things very, very clear and easy to understand. I appreciate how honest Mr. ** is. I look forward to working with him.
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015
The representatives at InventHelp were really nice and friendly. I'm a very sarcastic person so they're very joke-friendly. When I joined the first step was obviously greet and meet in the office, showing my invention, my idea, and they were very receptive to it. I know a little bit about the process now so it's like peeking behind the curtain, that every person you present it to there is really not going to give a whole lot of input. That's a legal thing: that they can't assure nobody that whatever they have in front of them is going to go. So of course, that's what everyone wants but the truth of it is InventHelp's a business. They're there to make money so they're just there to help you push your idea through and make every accessibility of what their services provide be a reality to you as a consumer that is wanting to join that industry.
My advice is before going to them, do your research and find out what is going to be the best avenue of approach for you. Because InventHelp can offer you many things that private lawyers or law firms will do for you but only up to a certain point. I believe in my experience and opinion with them that they will push forward the whole way with you but it's going to be more costly. So you have to figure out what's more cost effective for you and your strategic planning in trying to go forward with your idea.
Updated review: Jan. 16, 2015
I wrote an unfair comment about InventHelp regarding my services that I received from them ten years ago. I learned that being an investigator needs to be left to the investigators and would like to apologize to invent help for any defamation this has caused. I was told the company has changed the way they operate, so I feel that I can trust them and I am going to try them again. Please don't be discouraged by my prior comment, it was totally unfair. Thanks.
Original Review: Jan. 7, 2015
If InventHelp is an extension of Invention Submission Corp. I went through the process, the down payment, monthly payments etc. Got an exciting call when they were supposedly at the trade show in Philadelphia, but the only good news I heard was there were two companies looking at my idea, but I got a huge stack of papers of the companies that they marketed my invention/idea to. I eventually stopped hearing from them, but a few years later, a lawyer that knew had a great idea of his own, we sat down and contacted about 15 of those companies and spoke with the head person (of course a lawyer knows who to contact). To my not surprise, neither company knew anything about my idea. They even changed the name of my idea. By the way, a lot of the people we contacted said, "I would love to see that." I knew without a doubt it was a remarkable idea.
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015
My experience with InventHelp is satisfactory so far but we haven’t finished everything yet.
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015
I had one or two other inventions. I constantly see InventHelp on the TV, mainly, so I just called that number, then I knew they had one right in my area. It's been a pretty good experience but I'm trying to be patient. When you're enthusiastic about your invention, you want to check with them and you want them to constantly check with you. I call all the time at about 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning, but they only got certain times that the representative would be in the office. The representative, she's a real nice person. I just wish you all could just rate the inventions and just tell somebody that they got a real good idea. Again, it's been a good experience - it's a time-consuming process that you got to go through but they gave me a time table for things to happen.
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015
I went to InventHelp about 6 years ago with what I thought was a great Idea and paid them a Thousand dollars. I waited and heard nothing back from them for a while and in due course I received a book from them describing my idea. I waited and heard nothing more from them. Now when I watch the news in the morning I see my idea which I called the Cell-locator now being sold as the Magic finder. I even saw it advertised on eBay. I'm sure if they would have contacted me we would have both benefited from my idea. I think they really liked it.
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014
InventHelp is very professional and very helpful in whatever projects we work on and whatever they bring to us. We've never had an issue with them. They're a good company to work with - technically and ethically. We have a good trust level with them and we're very happy.
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014
My experience with InventHelp has been great. It's been going on for years. InventHelp is on top of things and get me good products.
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014
I've been working with InventHelp for a couple of years. My experience with them was always very good. There were no worries at all. They're very honest and upfront. Unfortunately, there's no good news but it's not that they won't try. If you read the paperwork - which I'm sure most people don't - it's very honest. It's a long shot business, this invention world. They tell you the odds and what you're up against but then, they do what they say they're going to do. So, the process was very easy and simple. Overall, my experience with them has been very nice and positive. They are trustworthy.
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014
I've been working with InventHelp since 2009. We haven't licensed anything from them at this point, and it's generally because the manufacturing falls out of our expertise. But they're always good to deal with when we are looking at particular products. They're one of the few companies we will deal with that are offering patents and products. They're easy and pleasurable to deal with, and they respect our decisions when we decide not to move forward with a project. Unlike a lot of other companies. There's one company, I wont even take their phone calls anymore because if we say were not interested, they're just trying to sell us. We have to like the product and feel that we can sell the product or else it doesn't do any good for anybody.
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014
I have been working with InventHelp for at least two years. The licensing department has been fabulous and super easy to work with. They’ve been very quick to react to us, whether it is in the request of prototypes or requests for license, exclusive relationships that we’re doing, product availability and delivery of product. If every partner of ours was like them, we'd be a lot bigger of a business.
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014
I'm a reseller of their products, so I met them at a couple of trade shows. They attend a couple of different trade shows throughout the country. They help a lot of small inventor people with ideas to get their products to market, and they had a couple of products that I was interested in reselling, and has been reselling all along for many years - I have found the relationship beneficial. Just like anything that gets invented, not every product is a homerun, but they have a couple of guys that work in the sales department and those guys pack the boxes too.
They tell a good story about the inventor and how they come up with the idea, and how they got them from idea stage to completed product. They demo the product at the trade shows that I'm at. You can actually see what it looks like in the packaging. You get it and if you like it, great. If the product doesn't work out and sell, they buy it back from you. They're not the manufacturer but it's a similar relationship. Their policies and the way that I interact with them is just as good as anybody else. I don't have any complaints. I would recommend them to somebody else, for sure, but I wouldn't tell them because then I would have a competitor.
The products that I've looked at at trade shows and ended up buying to resell are ready for market. They understand what a product needs to look like and a lot of the challenges like having unique UPCs and resell-ready packaging. If I had a product idea, I certainly wouldn't be afraid. But as far as helping somebody get a product from idea stage all the way through to production and into a retail space, they do a pretty darn good job.
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014
With the local office, everything’s been good. They're 10 minutes away from me. I see them in person. We have a good relationship, talk about everything, and if I have a problem, we go over it and make sure I understand what's going on. But as far the the main office, I have no contact with them. They barely call me. I usually have to call them and ask what's going on to see where my progress is, and I think they should be more active. I figure all my information comes from them, not from the local office, so anytime I need any information or to know where I'm at and what's the next process, they're the ones that will have to tell me or show me that or send it to me, and I don't get anything from them.
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014
So far they've kept me updated and kept me informed of whats going on. Really kind of impressed of what's going on and would definitely recommend them. They've been very formal, professional, and courteous. Actually, I just received a booklet the day before yesterday and my representative that I've been dealing with told me if I have any changes or any differences to either call or write changes myself and send them in. Well, so far, I'd just like to see some results...
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014
I love the fact that I called InventHelp! The Mirror Ball Star is in stores now and on almost every Christmas website. I am going through my first holiday season with this new tree topper, made by Kurt Adler. The only thing I know for sure is that this wouldn't be happening if it wasn't for InventHelp. Thank you so much for all that you have done for me, and I'll let everyone know how it goes in the future.
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014
The man that worked at the local InventHelp here was a nice guy. He got to me pretty good. For the money I’ve spent so far, I thought that InventHelp would help me find somebody to help me market my product a little better. All they can do is send out my information to all these different companies that’s in their databank and all that. I’m at a point right now to where I’m trying to find investors or somebody to help me invest in manufacturing and marketing the product because I feel I sell some of this, all I’ve done so far is spend money. But I did get made a patent. They helped me with the patent that I needed. That part was done at more than very reasonable price, without a doubt, but my whole goal was to get this stuff out in the marketplace. And I realized that not all inventions become successful.
Nevertheless, I’m not disappointed of what InventHelp has done for me so far. I can’t get on the phone because I haven’t seen anything in the way of any returns at this point of this invention that I’ve got. Also, every single person I’ve ever showed it to says this is a killer idea and this is awesome. And so, I’m still waiting for the fruits of my labor to come in.
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014
I saw the George Foreman commercial on TV about InventHelp. The representative has been absolutely superb. I’m very confident working with him. I have no reason to expect that would change. We’re moving forward. The products that I have received, the first book and the patentability study and all that, and then later from corporate I got a packet that outline where the steps, where we go from here. Really great. I’m very comfortable.
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014
I went on the internet and Googled how to patent an idea and InventHelp came in and I emailed them. I was very impressed with the service. I didn't really know much about the service but Lou was my representative and he helped me out a lot and explained everything to me because in the beginning, I had an idea but didn't know it actually cost to get everything started. He worked with me and made me understand the process. So it ended up working out fine for me.
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014
I heard about InventHelp on the radio and I used to see the Kmart commercial. I was with a company that was around the corner but they've only been there like maybe 6 years. I ended up calling up InventHelp and I met Mr. Bobby **. He was telling me all about their company and it was pretty good because it was much better than the company around there and I felt I would stick with the company that's been around for maybe 25 years than a company that's been around for 6 years. George Foreman deals with InventHelp and I'm a George Foreman fan.
The experience was worth it because life is a challenge to me. You just want to be around good people and that's the way I feel about it. I've got to go through the patent. I'm going to sell this for another $8,000 but that's kind of steep. He said I can do it. He told me that I could do it like the percentages. I would have to put the whole thing up. In the near future, I'm still going to do business with them. It's just that I'm dealing with the holidays and everything. I'll probably go back downtown to see Mr. Bobby from time to time because he's a good guy. I've got some ideas, and I am trying to get my nephew to help me out.
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014
We were first made aware of InventHelp through a TV advertisement. We've seen it repeatedly and we thought we'd give it a try. The representative was very nice and very helpful. Also he was very truthful and he was very easy to work with. He did explain a lot of things to us. He didn't promise us anything but he also said that we'd get all the help that we possibly would need to go on. All in all it was a very positive experience. We would definitely recommend InventHelp. Our grandson had gone ahead and researched the InventHelp and he had nothing but high respect and praise for their business and their dealings. So that made us feel a lot more comfortable.
Updated review: Dec. 4, 2014
Okay spoke with a law firm, found out a lot, a whole lot. Here is what you need to know. One and very first thing to know, keep your idea to yourself. If you choose to try to talk with someone about your idea, draw up a contingency contract, basically starting you retain all rights unto your self, that this is your creation, invention and in no way in any form are you releasing your rights for a marketable venture of any type at this time. ETC.
Contact a patent attorney, ASAP. If you send or talk to anyone about your invention send them any information without a contingency contract, you are pretty much screwed. Did invent help actually steal my idea? Under the current law, NO. So because of this, I mark it resolved, the rest of you have been made, shall we say more knowledgeable of the law. Just getting something legally patterned is several thousand x several more.
Keep your idea to yourself, copy right only works with books, computer programs, music etc. If you don't have an extra 20,000 don't bother with these type places. After you send in several hundred, rest assured, you'll need several thousand to continue. Had I was told this up front, I would still be nine hundred bucks richer.
Original Review: Nov. 28, 2014
In late 2003, early 2004, had been working on a new invention, a consumer marketable product. Contacted Invent Help, spent nine hundred dollars. Faxed them pictures, drawings how to assemble it. I sent a proposal. Several different ways to make it. They send me thick packet back stating, no company was interested, but my particular idea was not marketable, but it is copyrighted now. This morning, I be damned watching TV a commercial came on, there was my Invention. Today being November 24th 2014, so in the morning I am taking all my paperwork, drawings, everything to an attorney. Do not use Invent Help or any other invent type organization. They want to steal your ideas, tell you they can't market it, wait 3 or 4 years, then market it themselves.
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014
It was a great experience dealing with InventHelp. I created a prototype myself and the representative said they will have someone call me back and that's when Bobby ** called me back. He looked at it and explained everything slowly. He helped me figure out what it was that I wanted to do. He had a good understanding of everything, but didn't tell me if it will make it or not. I would love to pursue it one day. I just need a little bit more time and money to make sure I can finish my payment and I think it's a very good, useful situation.
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014
I saw a commercial of InventHelp. I sat down with their representative and we discussed the inventions and he gave me some insight on what to do and how to do it. It was no pressure. The process is a little long but everything takes time. Everything is a stepping stone. They explained to me how long it would take and what are the steps that they have to take and how it works. I was pleased that they reached out to me. And the thing that I like about the company is that they don’t do anything without my consent. They send me papers and notifications first for me to process. Then either I meet up with them or sign any stuff, then they take action. I like that. It’s a great company. I recommended it to two other people that are interested in doing stuff with them. It was a good and awesome experience. I’m excited to see the outcome. I’m looking forward to doing more business with them.
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014
My experience with InventHelp goes back 19 years. It has been very positive and helpful. They've been helping me through the process of the invention that I came up with. At one point, it ran its course and there was nothing more coming out of it. Several years later, they came back, followed up with me because they found another company who was interested in my product. They took the time to track me down and I worked under another arrangement with them. They were constantly looking for ways to promote my product and didn't give up on that process.
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014
I first heard about InventHelp through a television ad years ago and had a good experience with them. I came up with an idea, wanted to see if it’s patentable, and then sent it to them. I ended up getting two patents. They helped me market it and found somebody and we sold. It was on QVC twice. I still get mailings from them and some royalty checks here and there. Not bad, in other words. Overall, they were very helpful.
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014
The InventHelp representative I talked to was Jack and he's okay. He was knowledgeable and explained the process well. As long as I'm getting some kind of feedback from the company, I'm happy with that. They're trying to get the patent and all that - 13,000 to 14,000. That's a lot of money, but overall, I'm pleased. InventHelp is helpful and expensive.
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014
My experience with InventHelp is very good. They are a first-class company. I went to one of their offices in Massachusetts, talked with someone, and they decided they would accept the product I was putting out. Their representatives are very good and very helpful. They take the product to shows and it’s been very good. They do have this panel that comes together to look at new inventions, and if they like your invention, they might sponsor or go on TV with it. They had asked me a few times in the last couple of years. I haven’t gone to those as I’ve had some issues at the time and most of them involved quite a bit of traveling. But I’m almost thinking the next time they make that offer, I will go. But on their own, they have trade shows all over the country and they bring the products that they represent to the trade shows. And from there they pick up people, catalog people and internet people and whatnot, that are interested working for new products to sell, and so we pick up customers that way. That’s just very good. I couldn’t ask any more of them.
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014
I saw InventHelp on TV. The representative has been easy to work with, however, I didn't know it was such a long drawn out thing, but I'm learning that the corporate world is not as fast as everybody thinks it is. It takes a long time to get things done and I wasn't aware of that.
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014
I can never get an answer from InventHelp. The person I always deal with, I can never get anything sent to me or get him to call me back. I haven't heard from this place since I-can't-tell-you-when. I don't really know what's going on unless I try to call. He also talks to my daughter and I have her call him for me, and he never calls back. He did contact us and told us that somebody was using the patent and really that's about all I heard from him. It has not been a great experience for me.
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014
I first heard about InventHelp when I saw an advertisement for it on TV. I did some research on it after I saw the ad, and got hooked up with a lady who sent me three options to choose from. I talked to her several times, chose an option, paid for it, and applied for a patent. Then, they sent around 60 to 100 companies they had contacted for me. At that time, I went out on my own. I wish I hadn't but they offered me manufacturing. I chose to buy my own manufacturing and packaging, and now I know it was a mistake. I should have gone with them. It would have been a lot cheaper and quicker. They helped me with the design and a page describing my product, and we went 50-50 on manufacturing and packaging, so I paid my 50%.
Now, we are on the websites of Home Depot and Lowe's. It has been a really pleasant experience. You just have to really realize that everything takes a long time. They have done everything I've asked them to do. They have worked hard and held up more than their end of the bargain. I've enjoyed everybody who I've dealt with in the last three or four years. The cost with them was a lot less than if I went out on my own. They didn't push me; they just offered me some things. I opted out and thought I could go cheaper, and it didn't work out. It cost a lot more money.
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014
I've been pretty pleased with InventHelp to this point. I've had a couple of contacts with catalogs that has brought a little bit of income back from the cost. They've been helpful with the process and I already have the patent in place. They've been able to draw some interest in the product, so that's good.
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014
My experience with InventHelp was wonderful. The person who handles my account is very good. The first years that we had it, we've won an international award--that's a pretty impressive award. I use that a lot in promoting the product. They've been giving me a pass to the show. I have been at this for probably a good eight years now and InventHelp is probably the fourth or fifth marketing company for manufacturers. The other companies, they tell you what you want to hear but once you sign up, they won't do anything. But InventHelp helped me every step of the way. I highly recommend them to other people.
Updated review: Dec. 3, 2014
The issue has been resolved. Nora ** of InventHelp has been incredibly attentive and has shown a very high level of customer service in responding to my previous low score. I will give them five stars when they license my invention.
Original Review: Nov. 7, 2014
I'm disappointed with InventHelp. I thought they would be working harder to get my product licensed. There was a guy named Chris who was at the InventHelp expo called INPEX. I thought he was going to be the one that was going to the different companies to get my product licensed, and it turns out that it's all these young kids who may or may not have any experience.
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014
Everything's been wonderful with InventHelp. We'd taken ideas to them and they helped us license it with the company, and we've been getting royalties for almost 20 years. Everybody was really helpful. Whenever we had any questions about anything, we'd call and they'd answer or return calls. They're fantastic.
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014
The representative at InventHelp is knowledgeable. The explanation is straightforward. I haven't had any problems with their services. Everything is good and they're still working on something for me, the distribution contract, but I don't really have any contact with them at this point. They are helpful.
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014
InventHelp representatives showed me right upfront what the service is and what to expect. They've always been professional to me. The whole deal took a while, but they've been patient and it's paid out. We've been at it through the years. They've been out and pursued a lot of potential clients for me and most of them worked out pretty well. They're still doing a good job. I have recommended them to people because they've done me right. I had a good experience with InventHelp.
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014
It's always been a good experience with InventHelp.
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014
I had a pool toy, and it was carried by SwimWays. It did make the sales, the stores, and major chains, but apparently what happened was somebody stole my idea and what they did was they tweaked one little word from the invention and it then went and I ended up getting a part commission. They stopped making it due to the company that stole my idea and me holding the patent. So InventHelp stuck up for me, got what was rightfully mine, got what I deserved. They took that company to court, and I won. InventHelp was wonderful, very helpful and very informative. They got my back, fought for me and went to court for me. They saw everything through and did everything that their advertisement said. They stood behind me, over and above expectations. They do go and look for companies and contact companies and have a lot of contacts within companies to help you.
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014
I have been with InventHelp for 14 years. Their representatives are knowledgeable. We've done the trademark, patent and infomercials. We've done marketing and shows. I enjoy working with them, it's very pleasant.
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014
I had a great brochure with InventHelp. I looked at it and felt proud. It looked pretty good so I continued with it. I never thought I could invent anything for I’m not an engineer. But I looked at that brochure and man! I said, "Wow! We did that? Oh boy!” InventHelp helped me out. They did pretty good. It was just great. They kept me going. The first one, I had to get my feet wet, but I got a knack for it and I've penned more ideas.
InventHelp helped me out real good with the first invention. And if it wasn't a customer service by the name of Angela **, I don't think I would have gotten through the first one all that well. She had to talk me through some of the things because I was very inexperienced. From there on, I came out with more ideas and I continued and we're now currently working on our third one.
The first invention was a bin cover system. The second one was more like an improved container and lid. I'm on my third one right now and I've been inventing things for five years. The sales rep is Annette ** and it’s called Recycle A Little Bit Easier. So far, nobody’s bought any of it. But we've gotten patents on the first one and we've got two publications on the other one. We haven't sold anything yet so I didn't get any money in my pocket. But maybe something might sell.
Updated review: Nov. 25, 2014
InventHelp has told me that they are going to get in touch with the artist, which was what I was having issues with. I believe what they’re saying and I don’t think you could ask much more from a company. They’re going to do the artwork over again, to my satisfaction, because they have a new way of doing the art now. They told me that they are going to reintroduce the artwork to the companies they’ve worked with. I then asked her if I was going to have to be tied into another 7 years and she said no, absolutely not! I think this was a good resolution to be honest.
Original Review: Oct. 31, 2014
I did a thing with them which I know if I could go out and sell it, it would be sold. There would be no problem with it. But they have to sell things... and they come up with this drawing of it which I wouldn't have bought it from that thing. It’s ridiculous. I know they can’t show people exactly what it is, and that’s where the problem lies. How do you sell something like that?
The company representative was very adamant about the fact that a lot of inventions don't get sold. That’s one thing that he did put into my head, that a lot of things don’t work. I can understand that. But it really bothered me that it was such a good thing and they couldn't sell it. I put $12,000 down on it and they couldn't sell anything. I spent a lot of money for nothing, for an experience, a learning lesson... Nevertheless, they really tried. For what they do I think they did a good job trying. However I wouldn't go that route if I were to do it again.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014
InventHelp is excellent. They help me in every aspect, every way. They tell me from day one and continued telling me that nothing is guaranteed. They make sure to continue telling me that but at the same time, they inspire me and show me certain things. They had given a lot of information. And if I have anything to do, I'd phone their representative Karen and she always comes down and looks about it and it was good. They send a list of the companies that they file to. So they are just waiting on the companies to reply. I'm very appreciative and I recommend them to anyone. I've got a lot of other projects, too. But I've got to wait until this one starts to bring some money. They're already submitted to companies but we have to wait until a company takes up the challenge and then we hear from them. They're going to the trade shows, explain and show them that. So far, the experience was good and so far, they do their part of the job that they said they're going to do. I'm looking forward to see my invention on the Internet.
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014
The first people I called at InventHelp were extremely helpful in directing me in the right spot. I had an idea, went with it and turned it over to them. They're extremely helpful. Any question I had, no matter how dumb it sounded, they answered every bit of it for me. They put it in my terms so I could understand how everything went or how they were gonna go. They would explain it to me on my terms. That was the biggest help to me because I was totally ignorant of the whole thing and never knew any of that. InventHelp has been an awesome help and kept my invention going.
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014
I've just been overwhelmed with the service that I received from InventHelp. If I needed a question answered, I always had a representative call and help to find out as much as I could. Since this was a new venture for me, I put my trust in the people that I was talking to. They've been a great service for me. InventHelp has been a big help to me, because had it not been for them, I would not have known all the steps and procedure to go through in order to get to where I am today.
On my initial visit to the office, a representative spoke with me and explained to me their part in the project, step-by-step what InventHelp would do to help me reach my goal. From the very first day that I went into the office of course, I was afraid, I didn't know what to expect. My drawing looked crazy to me so I knew it would look crazy to somebody else because I'm not an artist, but there was some encouraging words. And so from that moment on, it was just a step-by-step procedure with the financing and how everything was taking place. After that took place, I was put in contact with the draftsman to help with the design. Then I was introduced to a patent attorney who took over from there. We communicated often as I needed to with them until we got to where we are today. People from InventHelp were very professional in what they were doing. They were very clear to me, presented me with the documents, designs, the people that I needed to talk with. So I highly recommend them to anyone.
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014
My product has been sitting over there since October of 2013 and I thought they should have been promoting it better at the beginning. But it didn't go as I thought it would. And then they shut my product down due to nonpayment. They said that they can't do anything until I make some kind of payment, I need to pay them 1800+ dollars. But what I'm trying to figure out is shouldn't they all be promoting this? They were supposed to have been sending it out to 50 companies. I know the product that I have will make it, but if you sent it out to 50 companies and nobody picked up nothing they say, "well, some products do not make it."
So I went in with my nephew and was trying to talk to Ms. ** and another lady there. Ms. ** has not talked with me at all. I yelled at her. I told her that I just simply couldn’t believe what they were doing. I’m like “This is not right. I have paid you.” And then she hyped up the amount of the payment to $343 from 200+ dollars a month. I asked, "Can you all bring that down?" But Ms. ** will not talk. “Ms. ** is not involved in this.” [I was talking with the other lady] She said, “No, I’m sorry. We can’t change it.” But the other lady was very nice. She's not being rude or ugly. She said, “Ms. **, let’s see what we can do...” That’s when I gave them the name of the company, Clean Living. I'm giving them names now to use to put my product out...
My eyes weren't shut when I did this. I did sign a contract. But I thought that this was going to be a good thing. I was looking at old age, living comfortable. I had seen a lot of things come out and I'm not against them because I liked it so much that I went into it with open eyes. So I have nothing against InventHelp. I can’t fault them for some of the flaws / the money situation. And some of them have been pleasant with me. However I didn’t know Ms. ** was going to ask again that amount of money...
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014
InventHelp is pretty good. They really wanted to help me, and it really seems like they're on your side. They got me a deal, a manufacturer to make my product, but it's still not out there yet. Good things come to those who wait.
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014
The representatives at Inventhelp had all been positive. I got a lot of help from Karen; she's very supportive. They've kept me informed of the different steps that are going on and I don't have to call them about that. They laid it out clearly when things are going to happen and they keep in contact by mail and by phone.
Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We’re glad to hear that Karen has been helpful and that you have had a positive experience with InventHelp.
Updated review: Oct. 28, 2014
InventHelp has closed the account. I am happy with that.
Original Review: Oct. 10, 2014
On February 25, 2014 I contracted to have InventHelp help me get my invention to market for $10,519.57, and I gave them $3000. They agreed to finance the remaining fee of $7519.57 over 36 months. I received a TIMETABLE OF SUBMISSION SERVICES which states that a Virtual Invention Presentation would be sent to me within 6 to 20 weeks. It has now been more than 32 weeks and I still have not seen it. I received a hard-cover book which contained a Description: Product Concept Review, which was completely incorrect, and quite a bit of information on marketing and packaging - much of it redundant and duplicitous. I pointed out all of the corrections to be made, and I received a correct new book. A New Product Submission Brochure was to be completed at the first step. I received a draft of the brochure which did not accurately describe my invention with an image depicting their interpretation of my invention. After many conversations via email, they got the image mostly correct. I am now in the process of canceling the contract.
Reviewed Sept. 30, 2014
I called. No name on caller ID. That was a red flag but processed anyway. The lady ask some questions, then gave an appointment time for Oct 1, 2014 at 11:00 am in Roswell, Ga. The day before my appoint my cell rang with no name just a number (hint). The caller never announce his self just said, "I'm calling you have an appointment with InventHelp tomorrow." I said, "Oh I glad you called because I have to cancel." Then the rudeness in voice, he said, "Did they tell you I have 130 people waiting to see me and you cancel?" I politely said to him, "Well now I have freed you up to see all 130 people because I will NOT be rescheduling," and I hung up. This is the call back # **. Now I was suppose to met with someone named Lou I remember receiving email. I so glad I read reviews, why I cancel.
Reviewed Sept. 29, 2014
I called, made appointment, took all info with me regarding my idea. $900 to 'see if' idea is patentable (which basically says no one else has ever had this idea, or yes someone else already had this idea). Then the different 'tiers' are pitched. With each tier you get certain things done on your behalf. They entice you with a few posters on the wall showing inventions and entice you with financing available... the $$$ needed is a huge gamble!!!! The rep kept looking at his watch nonstop while I was there and when I started asking too many questions and making statements out loud, he realized I had put 2 and 2 together and was realizing that I would probably be losing @ 10K and have nothing to show for it. When I asked him "what happens if someone did already patent the idea, but I want to still pursue manufacturing and selling it?" He said, "Oh don't worry about that, the chances are slim that anyone would ever find out!"
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014
InventHelp charged me $10,000 to make a crappy pamphlet. At first they put someone else's obvious idea on pamphlet. It took a year to fix then they tell you they send it to companies and put the pamphlet in a computer data bank. What I have learned is people in companies don't search for you. There are thousands of people with ideas everyday bugging them. InventHelp does no cold calling, they want a lot of money to make a pamphlet that you can make yourself. They gave me false hope and made me think they do more for my money so I feel I got ripped off. Now I make my own pamphlet, send it to the Patent office for $60 to get a provisional patent and mail it to companies myself.
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014
I was another victim of a fraud company who promise me by one of their employee that she was going to help me with my invention idea to get a contract and receive royalties. The company name is InventHelp. They charge me $10,000 in 5 years.
Updated review: Nov. 14, 2014
Invent help reached out to me and completely resolved my Issue. I am very satisfied with their service. Thank you to Lark and their marketing team.
Original Review: July 2, 2014
I had an idea for years, and knew it was good but need guidance. InventHelp insured me that all would work out well. They told me as they will tell you everything you want to hear. They will offer you a payment plan that is basically a credit card and sell you hook, line and sinker. To all the hardworking people with amazing ideas out there please do not waste your money with these people. They will not get you what you want. They will sell you a payment plan and at the bare minimum call you as they promised you with nothing to offer. When you want help they will rarely call you back. My patent that did not go thru took 5 years, then I got a letter saying it was not possible - the opposite that InventHelp told me. Please do not waste your money. There are so many good invent tanks to see. Work hard, get a lawyer for rights papers and show investors. This is the way. Good luck!
Reviewed June 13, 2014
Hi, here's what happened. I have an electrical degree and a electronics degree. I worked my whole life in the field. In 1999, I worked in this engineering lab helping design centrifuges. I came with idea that a sphere magnet will produce a different field and that field under the right conditions would produce a gravitational field. So I wanted to buy 1 so I could do some experiments. There was only 1 problem. There was no such thing. I contacted 3 magnet manufacturers. They all said the same thing. 1 manufacturer said for 2 thousand dollars, he would try to make me one. I did not have the money so time went on like 2 years. I kept seeing the InventHelp commercial on tv so I decided to go and see them. I told them my idea. They told me that it was not an invention but more like an experiment and they could not do anything so I left.
After telling InventHelp my idea, 2 years went by. Now all of a sudden, every manufacturer has sphere magnets for sale. Before I told InventHelp, there was no such thing. After telling InventHelp, 2 years later everybody selling them because they disclose my idea. Now engineers have a new field to work with some ideas that I had other people are doing and they worked. They have patents on them. The sale of the magnet alone would have made me rich never mind the inventions. These people should pay for what they did.
Reviewed May 13, 2014
I decided to do the $1000 patent search. When the research came back and the booklet was completed, the spelling of my invention was misprinted and misspelled so many times it more than bothered me. When the sales rep called me to go over the review of the patent search, I did bring this to his attention that it was misspelled and he reassured me that this would be fixed and done at a later time going forward. I went online to see reviews. In a very short of time I realized bring this to screeching halt although I did not tell the salesman this. After another de pasion, I tell him that I would do one of the packages. The basic. You send me all the information contracts 50 pages thereabout and again total misspelling of the idea.
The payment quote that was over the phone was $60 than the payment that was written, strike two, and now that I think about it there is no return envelope that was guaranteed and mentioned multiple times. It was just coincidence or a voice in my head that said, "Search the internet. See if you can find something out." There is a plethora of information and not one single positive feedback did I come across about InventHelp. Have currently gone with another company feeling much better about their reviews, but still coming off being busters from the other company and apprehensive. I have 99 percent faith in this new company Inventhome.
Reviewed May 9, 2014
Invent help is a ripoff. They took me and my client for over ten thousand dollars each. If you have been scammed by this company please call BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU 877-267- 5222 AND FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 877-382- 4357 and report them. Thank you.
Reviewed April 10, 2014
I responded to a tv ad on the unassuming pretense of obtaining free information as stated by invention submission organization called Invent Help. A couple of days later I received a telephone call by a member of the firm which could only be characterized as rude, arrogant and pretentious on his part. I was informed in a belligerent and curt manner that there was no free information and that I had to drive counties and hundreds of miles away from where I live in Stroudsburg to Lancaster, PA to meet with him as he harshly stated that he did not conduct business over the phone and that I had to meet with him in person. Now I've never spoken with this man in my life and he had that attitude, my question was why?
And he further lamely stated it was bad business not to conduct it in person and that he didn't know me from Adam. My fist thought was so... what!!!? I've got two years of business college and this schmuck is gonna give me the condensed version. Business is conducted that way all the time, that's what confidentiality agreements are for. Then upon submission a reputable firm will determine if the idea has merit or not. My advice to others is if a company advertises free information and then contacts you and says they won't discuss anything over the phone or by mail and that you have to meet with them in person, BE WARY!! RED FLAGS SHOULD immediately go up!
There is nothing that has to be discussed in person that can't be communicated over the phone or by mail! Never remit payment under any circumstances unless you get something in writing. And if they won't tell you what they charge over the phone they are HIDING SOMETHING!! And trust me it ain't good. RUN!! Run like you're fleeing a burning building because if you get trapped inside you will get burned out of thousands of dollars and you'll have nothing to show for it but a pile of ash. This is the second company that has made this unfounded demand. Needless to say I turned it down. You don't really need these companies or a patent attorney either to go forward with an idea unless you have something that is technically complicated or involved like I do. You can do it yourself. The targeted companies will let you know if your idea has potential or not.
There's a song Greggory Abbott sang years ago I think best describes Invent Help, I've just altered the lyrics a little.... Girl, come and let me shake you down... you can give me all the money I need... I'm gonna scam you....
Reviewed March 23, 2014
I no longer contact Invention Companies because they are conning scammers who want your ideas and your inventions so that they can make money off of them. If I knew then what I know today I would have avoided the low life's because they ripped me off and they made money off my invention which I have not received a cent for. People can be cold, yet I may see what I can do about this considering I told them invention, yet the blueprint still is with me. What am I gonna do right now since they done me wrong and ripped me off.
Reviewed March 21, 2014
I used Invent help and I wish I had done better research. In the end they got me for 14K plus and I literally have nothing to show for it. The first 1k went to do a patent search so I would say that was money well spent but I wish I had stopped. Invent help obtained a lawyer for me that did not have to much knowledge in my opinion with what the US Patent office actually looks for and how to word the material. I didn't think the guy did a good job at all. 13K for the lawyer and filing the paperwork, that is all they do for you. I did not get the patent through this guy. I did obtain a patent but the next time I went to a patent lawyer spent about 4 K and received a lawyer that had 20 years experience and had worked at the patent office. This is what you need to look for. My blueprints were better quality and I received my patent. If I went that route the first time I would have saved about 8 thousand dollars. Besides helping with getting a patent they are useless. Save your money and contact an experienced patent attorney on your own.
Reviewed March 5, 2014
I had met with a gentleman at the time so I thought I discussed my invention idea so we did paperwork. 750.00 to get started. I got a disk with my invention. They said they would be putting my invention in their data base and sending my ideas to media and different magazines. Never heard from them after that. That I think was 4 years or so ago.
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014
I have been with Invent Help for awhile, and they have always been upfront with me. I first dealt with another company and found out some real bad dealings that had happened with that company. Thank goodness I never gave them any money. The associate here in SL is very upfront and open with me. I think that any time you take on a venture like this is naturally a risk. Hopefully things will work out, and if not, at least you tried.
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013
I took a great deal of pleasure in reading the reviews on subject organization. I'm not exactly unfamiliar with the patenting process. After reading what others have been exposed to, and considering what I've learned from my personal involvement, my advice to anyone contemplating the use of this company is... RUN!!! InventHelp appears to be more of a scam than a service. On a whim, I tried to contact the local InventHelp office. I spoke with a receptionist who promised me that someone would contact me within a day or two. The call never came and I ended up contacting the toll free phone number. As a result, I did receive a call from some lady who claimed to be in a supervisory position. She explained that the reason I wasn't contacted by anyone in the Oklahoma City office was because that office isn't staffed. The representative they had in that office proved to be "a miserable failure and not a good fit for our company".
I had one simple question that I needed answered; what's in it for me? She was very vague and kept insisting that the most important issue was to keep all dealings confidential. DUH!!! Ya think! She talked about a need for me to sign an agreement electronically. I suggested she fax it to me so I could review it but was informed they did not do business in that manner. She scheduled a telephonic interview which she never kept. That's unfortunate. I had some serious questions that I'm certain she would be unable or unwilling to answer. I'm waiting for an episode on American Greed where this company is exposed for what they truly are. Others had admitted to giving this company $15,000 with nothing of any real value in return. The truth is, with that kind of money, and depending on the complexity of your invention, you could pay for a patent through a legitimate patent attorney.
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013
Yesterday I had meant with Kevin in King of Prussia pa. He talked good and had so much bad things to say about this other company. I went to first for my invention at Invent company some guy name Peter which was a scam too. But come to find out after Kevin bad reviews on his self, invent help is a scam too!! Please don’t invest in them!! Kevin almost had me. I was about to get 1000 taken from my account this morning. I hurry and cancelled my payments before he scam me out of everything. He cursed me out 10 am this morning and told me I was a waste of his time and hung up on me! He was mad I find out I had 7 days to cancel my payments.
I then called the headquarters to make sure everything was cancel. Thanks for the reviews because it same me from getting scam!! Which Kevin was a scam and hung up on me when I tried to cancelled. I been to all these fake invention companies and its sad and a waste of time n money!!!! My next step is to go to a patent lawyer from USPTO.GOV!!! Please don't get scam by these companies, I almost did 3 times. It’s stressful but keep trying and do everything through a patent lawyer or through someone you really trust!! If they can’t invest in you than don't give them any money!!!
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013
I have went there a few times both different locations in Houston TX. Let me say this. When you go to these companies you have to be very cautious. Don't spill the beans or show all your cards on the table. Tell you find out info from the company. You should ask general questions - how long have they been in business, what is their succession rate, how much is this gonna cost, how many steps do they have, how much is each step, how long before the product will be on the market. I asked all these questions without even revealing my invention and in both situations they chocked. One lady asked me to quit messing with her head. I told, "Look obviously I don't have means to mass produce a product but how I am I even gonna invest if you can't answer simple questions?" Her response, "Mr. **, I am not gonna play games with you all day." I realized in the first ten minutes they were a business, not a place of opportunity so don't be fooled.
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013
In 2002 I paid Invention Submission Corporation Thousands of dollars to help me bring my invention to fruition. This invention is "the perfect Spam slicer." After paying them thousands of dollars they tried to say they could not get a patent for it... But now after eleven years it has come into the retail market scene just recently. This type of tactic of waiting ten years is being played on many individuals whose invention ideas have fallen prey to Invention Submission Corporation. By the way my idea drawings are exactly detailed in the product you can plainly see on youtube entitled "the Best Spam Slicer"...This is a crime and I have the Evidence to prove it. Please bring this this injustice to light. Thank you.
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013
This company is all about the money. The patent search can be done in your own hometown for the same amount. The book they send out is cheesy. I decided after 57 bad reviews that I read to contact my attorney who has my best interest at heart. For 200 he advised me he would not necessarily call them scammers, BUT the contract they supply is not in my best interest in any way and having a patent done for 4000 by some firm in Florida when I can be hands on with one a couple hours away that is on my side and not InventHelp.
My idea is a good one and there is truly a need. I told InventHelp from the get go I did not have the money to pursue this. Come on, if we did, we would not contact them, right??? I was led to believe they were looking for investors to believe in this idea and thrust it forward. Well, I have read as of today 58 bad reviews and mine will make 59. Well, most have between 13000 and 15000 invested with nothing in return. Get out your calculators folks and add 15000 x 58 people who never got their invention even on the table. Just Beware.
Reviewed Sept. 27, 2013
I have an excellent idea so I made appointment with this people. After 1 hour talking, I figured out the only thing that they want is 1,000 dollars to start the scam, and later that you sign a contract with them for another 15,000 dollars. Be careful, guys. This company is a millionaire company because the profit of them is not you invent, it's the contract of around 16,000 dollars that you will owe. They need to take your idea if really good and do everything not with your money. If you want to try take a piece of **, go there and tell them you have a big idea to color it. I'm 500% they're going to say, "Good... sign here to make the investigation for the patent AND GIVE me 950 DOLLARS."
If nobody has the patent, you're going to sign for another 15,000 dollars to do papers, and they have already a minimum of 13,000 dollars profit after paying employees and material. They're going to give you a bunch of papers. Go home and wait if one day your idea go forward. It's better to play a lottery. You have more chance to win. Nobody have an idea how much invent they have there to see any day any company want to take it but meanwhile, InventHelp has 16,000 dollars from your pocket, and you for sure are going to be paying the bank 300 dollars a month if you don't want to lose your credit. Thanks for reading and make your own conclusion.
Reviewed Sept. 20, 2013
After several times of complaining that I never received my patent research that costs 1,000 dollars, I informed Mr. ** that I would stop paying for something that was never received. I was immediately turned over to a collection department who has placed a negative account on my credit report. So BEWARE OF INVENTHELP. Never, ever, ever, ever would I recommend even an enemy to these guys. Terrible experience.
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013
I still cannot understand that I fell for this kind of scam. They were nice at beginning, creating some paperwork and working manual for my submitted invention, but after 2 years, I can clearly see how sophisticated scam this company does!! This lesson cost me nearly $13,000 - and I regret the day I sign up for this idea. They are gonna suck money out of people like me, and nothing can be done!! Beware!!
Updated review: Jan. 3, 2014
My case was resolved. I am satisfied with Inventhelp's customer service.
Original Review: Aug. 12, 2013
I was trying to get back into an idea I had back in 2007 and wanted to do a little research on a new company online that I found and luckily I ended up in this handy Consumer Affairs page. It is unbelievable to hear so many negative comments from different people all who went over what I did. It is sad and reminds me of the show American Greed on CNBC because it sounds exactly like one of those stories. I paid Invent-Help around $14,000+ for absolutely no steps moving forward. As other people write on the reviews, I had a very negative experience because I never got a call from them saying what was being done, and on the contrary It was hard for me to reach them. When I asked there was always a time-sensitive issue, "It takes time", "the results were negative" and asking for more money on other options.
I waited around 2 years to get a response back saying that I cannot get a patent but I do not need it to sell a product. Come on guys! It all makes sense to me know and I feel duped. I will try to make things right so that no one losses money like I did. Here is what I got for $14,000. A booklet with about 30 pages or so of research, all poor grammar and simple pictures about market research in a broad level. Tons of paperwork and a video prototype that doesn't seem to work on Mac nor PC. A paper diagram of my concept and a letter with about 10 other similar concepts patents and a summary of why I cannot patent the product. For $14,000 I never once received any customer service attention regarding my progress on the idea. I never got a call back from the first representative I met with in Houston... Please let me know if you had a similar case.
Reviewed July 25, 2013
I started my process in 2011. I paid $500 for the start up fee, $1000 for the lawyer search and the blue book, $1200 for a patent search and monthly payments of $200 for over a year. I had many meetings with the office manager. At one point there was a lady wanting her money back before her 30 days was up and Invent Help would not return her money so she had to go to BBB and WSCO-TV to get her money back. I was in the program too deep so I had to move forward, so I signed up for the mail-in program. After paying for about a year they sent me a package of letters and forms. I paid for all stamps and sent off 10 letters every month and at least 4 letters would return back as "Unable to Forward" so Invent Help didn't research the companies.
After I talked to Sean (office manager) he said "That's wield" so I ask for more forms and none was sent to me, so I stop paying. After all the money I spent with this company I would think they would work better with the inventor and not be a money grabbing hog. I paid out $500 + $1000 + $1200 + $2400 = $5100 and now my credit is ruined. Thanks Invent Help at Fort Mills, SC.
Reviewed June 17, 2013
Called in for my free inventor's kit. I got a call saying I had to come in and get it, so I made an appointment and met with Kevin ** in King of Prussia near Philly. After he talked and talked for over an hour, I ended up paying for the research book to evaluate my idea. When I came back to pick up my research, he started telling me how great things looked and how I would be a fool to walk away from investing in my idea. I asked him how successful InventHelp was with inventions because I had been cautioned by my brother-in-law on these types of companies since paying for the research and he had danced around that question in the first meeting also.
He did a complete about face. He said that he had been involved with InventHelp for more than 25 years and they were not very successful at all. Then he showed me this funny looking American Express card and said that he had that card because he made so much money with inventions, but not through InventHelp, but through this other company. He saw that my invention was good enough for him to take on. Then he said that because he thought my idea was so good, he would do represent it at half the price InventHelp would charge for the same service and that he would cover the rest of the cost himself. But I needed to come up with $7,500 upfront. That's right. $7,500 was his special deal to go with him and this other company. Then he started pushing me to liquidate my 401K to get the money and go to my family and ask them to invest in my idea.
I started to get a really bad feeling about where this conversation was headed and told him I had to leave and think about it. When he saw I wasn't going to give him money right there and then, he started telling me that InventHelp were going to take the idea and run with it because it's so good. And I would lose out on millions of dollars and find myself 5 years from now kicking myself on why I didn't take a chance at all. Anything to get me scared. After reading these other reviews, I know I am lucky that I only lost $1,000 with them. I don't know what type of company this is or what type of people they employ, but nothing seems right about it. These reviews confirmed my fears about moving forward.
Reviewed June 13, 2013
I've worked with a company who dealt with InventHelp. They leased office space with us. They always had a ton of client appointments and typically, they would wait to be seen half an hour or more beyond their scheduled appointment. Time management is not their thing. And trust me, they could care less about your time. I don't think I've ever seen a client who seemed happy with their services. And I've had several of them complain about issues with their accounts. If being a client of InventHelp is anything like InventHelp being one of your clients... I assume it's pretty miserable. I wouldn't recommend using their services EVER.
Reviewed June 4, 2013
My name is Neal **... After I paid about half of what this company (InventHelp, NO HELP) required, and a year later, I see no results about my invention whatsoever. I've been many times disappointed in my life, but this time, I'm feeling downhearted and have lost faith even in people who actually deserve it. Their communication skills are worse than mine as a self-instructed person. If I don't call them, they won't call me... and they keep on giving hope that they will call back... GOOD LUCK.....
If anyone out there feels as deceived as I feel, we'll have those people investigated by some TV channels, such as (just to mention a few) channel 10 On Your Side, Anderson Cooper 360, 60 minutes, etc... What kills me most is the final print saying that after contract is due or terminated (two years later) they, what's called a sister company, will extend the contract for the period of 3 more years. Besides, even if You sell Your idea on Your own, they will still claim the 20 per cent... which would be really fine with me if I felt they're really working on it.
I've tried to terminate my contract with them numerous times....not even making payments. They claim they're working on it... What a bunch of liars... Don't do the same mistake I made... Check reviews and complaints before even spending time for a meeting with them... Otherwise, your complaint will be the next one I'll be reading on this page! Thank you all for taking your time to read... BELIEVE me... it's worth it!!!
Reviewed June 4, 2013
I made an appointment with InventHelp, then read the online reviews and canceled. T. ** of InventHelp called me and reassured me by rationalizing reasons behind the negative responses. So I met with her and submitted my idea, paying the initial $895 for the Basic Package (a copy I signed said the Basic Package was $780). I could tell her sole objective was to get me to sign up for the second phase ($9,900 to $14,400) even before we finished the first. Long story longer, I received the book and was quite surprised. Yes, the information covered the gamut in sales/marketing/advertising for selling a product, but the book was filled with typos, incorrect grammar, spacing errors and even covered a subject matter which did not concern my product. Most of the information was repetitive and consisted of material I gave them.
This book seemed like a template where you plug in information, but astonishingly still had all those errors. T. ** said that I didn't understand. This book wasn't going to be seen by anyone (I thought I was the someone who paid $895). I told her my drafts didn't go out until they were perfect, much less a book to a customer. She turned the conversation around blaming me and said I initially came into her office with a negative attitude. With this lack of professionalism/service/product, I say do not deal with InventHelp as their only concern is making money from the Basic Package and the substandard book. There are absolutely NO guarantees for your investment plus (the contract reads) they don't have any products on the market. However, they have 55,772 customers contracted with InventHelp with money paid to customers being $0. Meaning just like me, they paid the initial (approximately) $900 or even more for the second stage fees.
I believe Vegas or the lotto have better odds. I did notice all the awards T. ** has covering her office walls, except they were from InventHelp instead of from all their successful product stories of which I saw one from years ago. T. ** asked me to return to the office so we could talk, but I declined since their product said it all. I say if you don't have the time, deal with the (reputable) companies directly and let them make the prototype, conduct the focus groups and see if your product will be a success. I already have a patent pending. Good luck! (which you will have if you stay away from InventHelp)
Reviewed May 29, 2013
I paid $1,500 and received duck ** from anyone as promised. I see that my product is now widely available. My advice is do NOT use these cretins or contemplate the idea!
Reviewed May 20, 2013
I contacted InventHelp. They explained how it’s supposed to work. I started with the $1,000 search. They gave me a book with the results about my idea with some advice to be a possible utility patent. I continued with them next after a year and saw I can't pay everything in full, so they gave me a payment plan with a company called Universal Payments. I’m still paying to this day, but I have been suspicious all this time if they really work as they say. I read a lot of complaints about this company and are the same they mentioned to me. I’m worried that I’ll keep paying for something that’s worth nothing as a book and lots of pages with supposed companies that are not even in relation with my idea. I have to recommend the person that contacted me, some companies to see if they are interested for my idea and they just don’t respond to the InventHelp (I know now why). Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Reviewed May 11, 2013
My now deceased fiancee gave me an idea by keeping on putting things like money, etc. in her bra and then later on losing them or they would fall out or end up around her waist! Then I drew up some blueprints and had some prototypes made. Then we saw InventHelp ads on TV. We got my brother interested and he invested around $6,000 on submitting our idea after we met with a salesperson, who gave us all the details on how they do everything. One of the biggest things that stuck in my mind was that they would submit our idea to 50 companies in their databank (companies that have privacy contracts with them) and 150 companies in their database (companies they just know of).
In the end, they sent our invention to 8 companies in their databank. When I personally checked out those companies, 4 of them were bra companies! One company was a plastic pipeline making company. When I called InventHelp about that, they said, "Well maybe they would be interested in trying a different type of company!" Yeah right, a successful pipeline company is just going to want to start making bras! What it really is is they don't have even close to 50 companies! They say they're a 50 million dollar company. That's easy to be if you get 5,000 people a year, which they claim to have, to invest $10,000 each. It equals $50,000,000! They still use the slip and slide as their primary "as seen on TV" ad, making me wonder how much money does this company really make on patented inventions.
I saved every piece of paperwork from this company to prove any point I have to make! Sure, I was referred to 2 patent attorneys to get my idea patented, but that money was out of our pocket; in addition to what they initially charge! But that's all that got done! I'm in a wheelchair and make $680 a month, so I couldn't afford to go to Las Vegas to their show, pay for a booth to sell my product and a motel room, the flight, etc. They did not even come close to fulfilling their obligations on this deal! It is a great idea and we have polled over 600 women with whom 99+% said they would buy them if they saw them on store racks! That money could have gone along way towards starting my own small business, which by now would be a big business. And now my son and I wouldn't have to worry about where we're going to live at the end of August 2013!
Reviewed April 24, 2013
My friend and I came up with a great idea. We decided to go to InventHelp. We paid $1,000 for the Bluebook and got it within 5 weeks. Contact was made for the $12,000 they asked for. We've had satisfactory communication since then. However, they apparently submitted our idea to Washington DC and haven't heard anything yet. InventHelp is apparently not the ones to be contacted again after money is given to them and things are complete. Any queries we have to go and call Washington. We are still waiting to hear back with our contracts and written ideas from the attorneys. From reading some of these reviews, I can't figure out whether we have lost out or are lucky?! It would be interesting to see.
Reviewed March 14, 2013
I contacted InventHelp during the summer of 2003 with the idea to make automobile car windows darken and lighting by touch or by sunlight. They told me that this was a viable idea and that it would take 8 months to construct the “blue book”. However, I told them that I would be overseas on a military mission, but I would contact them through a third party. Long story short, I returned home after 8 months to no blue book and only lies about what was taking so long. When I received the book, it stated that the invention was already patented. This immediately saddened me, but something told me to dig deeper. To my chagrin, the patent was approved on the date I told InventHelp that I came up with the idea. What’s more is that the drawings in the US Patent where the exact same drawings that I submitted to InventHelp!
I contacted the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint. I thought this would help. They only called me on three-way with InventHelp, and I was basically scolded for contacting the BBB by InventHelp. Moreover, the BBB didn't help resolve the situation. I looked for the InventHelp headquarters online only to find that they are around the corner from the BBB. Moral of the story, the patent process is corrupt from start to finish. Questions we must ask: How did my drawings get into a patent that was published before I contacted InventHelp? Why is the BBB around the corner from InventHelp?
InventHelp has the worst business model known to humankind. If they were really reaching out to inventors, where does the aforementioned company support the next great invention or breakthrough? You don’t see this because they steal the really lucrative ones and parade the mediocre inventions at their shows. The application for smart windows can be translated from automobiles to homes to companies, etc. and InventHelp exploited this opportunity. I have had friends (attorneys) look at this case, but they say I've been "Darwined".
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013
I live in Atlanta, GA. I went to InventHelp with a solar power generator. They said it was too much to deal with but 6 months later, it was out. I’m no mind reader but I know for sure they sold my idea. Don’t give them your dream.
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013
I setup a meeting to meet with Jim ** in Memphis to discuss my invention idea. For starters, I live in Little Rock, Arkansas and I barely had gas money to make the trip. I tried to talk to him over the phone but he said we had to meet in person. When we finally talked about my idea, he told me that my idea of a remote control finder was already invented. I spent $50 in gas to get there that I couldn't really afford. Plus, I drove 4 hours around trip. If we could have talked on the phone, I could have saved the trip and used the money to buy beer or cigarettes. Instead, I had to go 3 days without a cigarette because I was out of cash until my next pay day.
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013
I submitted a complaint about InventHelp some time ago, and then when it came to the attention of the right people, InventHelp has worked with me very hard to resolve any misunderstandings and only wish to have customer satisfaction.
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013
I have paid Inventhelp $13,000.00. I did receive a prototype, but it was not anything like the invention was drawn up. I have copy of what they printed the prototype to be, but it will be hard to sell invention with the prototype that was actually made. They told me that they will be sending copies of invention to plastic companies to design, but I have not heard anything from them since. I tried calling the company, but they put me to an answering machine that says normal business hours are 8AM until 5PM and that there are no representatives in at this time. I am calling at 2PM. At this point, I would be happy to get my money back. They were very interested in taking my money until after they got it.
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012
I submitted my Invisitrack to InventHelp and they told me that I would have to pay $12,000 to at least get my idea out there. After telling them I couldn't pay that much and that I would find another way to get my idea out there, a month or so later, I see my idea being sold as Invisi part tracks. There has to be something we can do to get what is owed to the original inventor.
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012
Invent Help didn't do all that they said they would do, and they sent my invention to be manufactured to companies that had no relation to the item that I had invented. I told them that I was dissatisfied with their services and didn't wish to pay them any more. They want to report me to the credit companies and also they told me that they would publicize my idea and then they told me that it would be up to an editor on whether or not my idea was published. In a sense, I am paying for nothing and possibly my invention will fail. I wish to cut my losses and run, but they refuse to allow me to breach because they are getting paid.
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012
What does Discovery of Fraud cover? I got involved with Invention Marketing/Submission, connections and/or same company under InventHelp a long time ago, and now my idea is being sold everywhere. They said my idea would sell within the year and then after that year, they told me they never promised me anything. Long story short, so I got the FTC, Attorney General Pittsburgh, PA, and Dept. of Justice Wisconsin involved. I am being told statutes of limitation ran out, and nobody told me there was anything for time limitation, even though dates were documented. For me, there are no exceptions, yet these invention companies continue. I feel this should be classified under Discovery of Fraud.
I feel my idea was stolen when Invention Marketing/Submission put my idea in the Monroeville Tradeshow. There have been many lawsuits with this company, which I was never given anything for a settlement. It is common knowledge that manufacturing firms travel the world going to trade shows for new ideas. It is just strange that all these complaints are all similar, the same pattern. I need an attorney, and yet the attorney says straight out no without even looking at my papers. What about Discovery of Fraud, since I just discovered my idea is being sold everywhere? What does Discovery of Fraud cover? If an attorney can help me on a contingency fee and take the time to look at my papers, it would be nice.
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012
I'm an attorney in Pittsburgh, PA and often represent clients who want to pursue invention ideas. I thought I'd investigate "InventHelp" to determine if they had any services of value to offer. They list a local office here in Pittsburgh as their "corporate headquarters.” I made an appointment with them, and then the night before, one of their reps called me at 8:30 p.m. to confirm that I was coming in the next day. The next day en route to the appointment, I was delayed by road construction delays and tried calling InventHelp to tell them I was running late. I called the number that came up from the rep that had called me at night, and that number came back with some recording about the number being unavailable.
So I called the number listed on the office address and was connected to a call center who then told me that they would try and reach someone at the office. When that call went through, I again got a recorded message. I had done some research on InventHelp prior to my meeting with them and found a great deal of negative material. Nevertheless, I thought I would give them the benefit of doubt. When I arrived at their office, I signed in and an older lady came from the back of the office to greet me. I told her that I was running late and tried to call but was not able to get through to the office. She said that was OK and that they could still see me. I told her that I had done some research on the company and was concerned about the negative reports but that I still wanted to talk to them. She then said that once we signed some papers, we could talk about my inventions.
I told her that I did not want to sign any papers at this time but that I did want to sit down with them and learn more about their company and the services they offered. The woman said that I had to sign the confidentiality papers. Again, I reiterated that I was not going to be talking about the substance of any inventions but that I just wanted to learn more about the company. The woman then replied something to the effect that "Honey, I've been doing this for 22 years, and if you aren't going to sign some papers, we can't help you." At that point, I said, "Then, I guess we have nothing more to talk about," and walked out of their office. As an attorney with over 20 years of experience, this meeting fired off numerous red flares in my mind. I got the distinct impression that InventHelp is very heavy-handed on the initial sales pitch routine.
Further, I have always counseled clients to immediately run away from any person or company that will not fully disclose their prices (or estimates thereof), services offered, background and experience up front with no argument, charge, or legal commitment of any kind. I have drafted non-disclosure or "confidentiality" agreements, and these documents do not need to be signed if there is not going to be disclosure of sensitive or proprietary information. All I was asking of InventHelp was some initial information about their company, services, and prices; and they were unwilling to provide that information without me clearly making a more significant decision to become committed to their company. This is unacceptable business behavior. Had a client come into my office and related this story to me, I would have urged him to have no further contact with InventHelp. Consequently, I would urge individuals to avoid InventHelp.
My advice to inventors is to find an attorney in their area who does Patent Law or who represents inventors and talk to them. Attorneys will either not charge for the initial meeting or will give the inventor a fixed consultation price up front. I'm not trying to drum up business for attorneys. However, I am confident that a potential inventor will get more accurate and substantive information from an attorney than from any experience they will ever have with InventHelp.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012
I went to InventHelp to discuss my idea. When I talked to Orion, he said that it would cost me $1,000 to take my idea to market and I asked him specifically how much it would cost. That is not true. When I found out that it would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000, I was very upset. I was very upset talking to Orion, so he said that they would refund $750. He also said that the company allows him 2 refunds a year and that he had not had to give a refund to anyone this year. When I received my packet, the outline of my idea was completely wrong.
Upon talking to corporate, they said they would not honor the verbal contract that Orion made with me, that he was not authorized to make a contract with me, but yet he could make the contract with my idea. They also claimed that the outline only had several lines that were incorrect. Their outline was incorrect in 20 pages. They also tried to blame me for the mistake in the product outline, until I told them what I had written in my description. Then they said it was a misunderstanding, just like the amount of their services was a misunderstanding.
Reviewed Sept. 20, 2012
My sister and I contacted InventHelp with a sure hit idea, paid over $13,000 and never heard a word. They keep saying that we had interest, but it was not what they were looking for. They never returned a call. How can we open a class action suit even if they so-called filed bankruptcy but are under a fictitious name? Now I want my money back. I see my idea everywhere online - Facebook ads - and it only makes me angrier.
Reviewed Sept. 6, 2012
InventHelp used to be Invention Submission Corporation. They did not do anything they said they would because I contacted the companies that I was told they had sent a press release to and not one of them knew anything about my invention or the company. They even checked their records and found nothing submitted. Now I am out $9,500 and since there is no way to contact the company, except to answer recorded questions to order their packet of lies, then any money you send them will be a huge gamble. I was told their success rate was 20%, but found out after it was too late that it is actually .02%. If you can afford to lose money, then go ahead but be warned. Now we know why they changed their name. Since it is a corporation, they can change their name all they want and not be liable.
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012
I answered a newspaper want ad for an engineer to evaluate new inventions and markets for them. I went into an interview with this "Invention Submission Company" that had a "top executive" who told me what his company did. He showed me his latest "super-duper market-buster" of a plastic practice golf ball that recorded the distance of a drive with a plastic plug (like the pop up thermometer on a roast turkey). Then he hit me with the big pitch: If I joined his company, I would be expected to contribute funds to go toward advertising the company. He wanted me to pay to work there! That is the level these people stoop to. Here is the kicker: This happened in the summer of 1971! So you see, the shafting started long ago and continues today!
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012
I entered a contract with InventHelp in 2007 with the hope of them getting an idea of mine marketed. My idea was a nail care product. At first, I received correspondence from them on a fairly regular basis. After a while, it slowed down substantially until it finally stopped all together. Shortly after my payments (over ten thousand dollars) were finished and my contract expired, I saw an advertisement for a product that was a carbon copy of my idea. Sally Hansen (a large nail care company) was advertising their new product as a new "invention" and it was the exact same as mine.
InventHelp had me sign confidentiality papers and I know I did not tell anyone about my idea, but how do I know they kept their end of the bargain? I find it really ironic that a large company found my idea interesting enough to come out with a product based on it, but InventHelp couldn't get anyone else interested. I feel ripped off because either they did nothing for me or they sold my idea on their own. At this point in time, I would at least like my investment back!
Reviewed July 25, 2012
They lead you to believe that they (2) are the original "inventors" who have made so much money that they want to help others get started, not true. But it takes forever to finally figure out that "they" are simply a scam franchise. Don’t give them any info regarding yourself or marketing idea. If you do, you may as well say goodbye to it. Find your own financial backing, not these guys.
Reviewed June 28, 2012
This happened a few years ago. It’s the same company. I sent them over $600.00 before I realized this was a scam. I demanded my money back, but they filed bankruptcy and I received nothing. I see them on TV all the time. I should have sent this warning the first time I saw it. I hope I helped some of you.
Reviewed April 19, 2012
It’s very hard to contact them and there’s no follow up after payment. I’m getting worried now that I read more and more of these comments. I would be happy for anyone from InventHelp to proactively contact me!
Reviewed April 4, 2012
I was going to use InventHelp for an idea/working model for help with a patent. I was contacted and later requested an unsigned copy of their non-disclosure form that InventHelp and I would sign at their office. I wanted my personal attorney to review it first. I was told they do not do that and I would have to review and sign their document when I made an appointment in their office. I am not an attorney. This threw up a really big red flag for me. The lawyer represents InventHelp and not me. For them not to be willing to just send me the form for review is not understandable.