InventHelp is a service which claims to help inventors bring their products to fruition. The service has been seen in heavy advertising rotation in recent months. Have you used InventHelp? We want your review.
InventHelp claims to have been formed in 1984 as a way to assist inventors realize their products. It is also known as Invention Submission Corporation. The current spokesperson is George Foreman.
As “The Internet Legal Advisor” wrote in 2010:
As noted in IPWatchdog’s Brief in Opposition to the Motion by InventHelp for a Preliminary Injunction, according to InventHelp’s own representations, only 1.61% of InventHelp’s customers enter license agreements with industry, and a mere 0.51% of their customers receive more money then they pay for InventHelp’s services.
In 2013 InventHelp described its service on their “about” page as such:
InventHelp, “The InventHelp People,” has made its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over twenty-five years. We can assist you in trying to submit your inventions or new product ideas to industry. We do not promise that you can obtain profits from our efforts. In addition to helping inventors submit their ideas to companies, we refer clients to independent, licensed patent attorneys who can perform invention patent services.
That paragraph had changed by April 2015 to read:
InventHelp has made its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over thirty years. We can assist you in trying to submit your inventions or new product ideas to industry. We do not promise that you can obtain profits from our efforts. InventHelp can also refer you to an independent licensed patent attorney to provide a preliminary patent search and opinion. Based on the opinion, the attorney may then help prepare and file a US patent application for the idea with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
- Registered June 3, 2003
- Americas leading service inventor company.
- InventHelp also makes it a priority to take an active role in community outreach programs.
- InventHelp holds INPEX, The Invention & New Product Exposition, America’s largest invention trade show.
- Cost varies on the invention.
- We have heard prices vary from $500 to $12,000 or more.
Several websites contain multiple complaints about InventHelp. Consider the following short list:
- Consumer Affairs: Had a 1.5 star rating in 2013, which is at 4.5 stars in April 2015
- Pissed Consumer: 180+ comments, 30+ reviews
- Ripoff Report: 35+ complaints
- Amazon: Small discussion of the service
- Below are screen shots of InventHelp’s website, captured in December 2013 and April 2015
- This is an advertisement for InventHelp, posted to their official YouTube channel.
- Have you tried InventHelp? Please give us your review in the comments below and give it a star rating above.
First published December 2013
Modified April 3, 2015