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Got An Invention Idea? Protecting Your Idea

Got An Invention Idea? Protecting Your Idea - The Beacon


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By: Tom

Got An Invention Idea?  Protecting Your Idea

You’ve probably seen ads on TV, in magazines, or on the internet promoting how someone came up with an idea for either a new product or on how to improve an existing product.  All you have to do is to call the number on the screen and you can get your idea patented. 

Some of these offers may tell you that not all ideas are successful, and not everyone realizes fantastic results.  So what can you do to protect yourself and your idea from a less than reputable invention offer?

Your Tri-State Better Business Bureau advises using caution.  A healthy dose of skepticism is a good place from whence to start.  Don’t take the sales persons glowing remarks about your idea, and how fantastic things will be for you once your idea is patented.  Obtaining a patent takes time, and money. 

Find out the process for obtaining a patent from independent sources such as the US Office of Patents and Trademarks.  They can be reached via phone at 866-767-3848, via e-mail at, or you can visit their website at  You’ll want to know all costs involved starting with filing fees through marketability studies. 

If you plan on using the services of a patent company, patent attorney, or patent agent, visit our website at or call your BBB at 812-473-0202 or 1-800-359-0979.

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Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.