Invention Websites--Helpful Websites for Inventors
Have an invention or invention idea?
This is a list of some possibly helpful links for inventors. These websites are not being recommended by us, and are merely provided to serve as a helpful starting point for your own research.
General Advice and Overviews
A good place to start learning about the invention process is our Inventor Information section. We have hundreds of articles on inventing and the whole invention process so take a look at our Inventor Information or just search our site for any specific information you are looking for.
Also read Myra Per-Lee's Invention Blog. Myra's covers news and information of interest to inventors. Her blog also includes a Step by Step Inventor Guide written by an Inventor for Inventors. (To see her invention guide, start with her oldest post on How To Come Up With A Great Product Idea for general tips and advice on how to get started.)
You can also check out our Inventor Service Providers Directory if you are looking for a particular service provider.
Key Inventor Resources
- InventorSpot.com - the best and most popular invention website
- US Patent and Trademark Office - Inventor Resource Website
- US Copyright Office
- US Small Business Administration (SBA)
- United Inventor's Association
- Regional Inventor Supports Groups
- SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) - a nonprofit organization that is a source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.
- National Congress of Inventor Organizations
- Franklin Pierce Law Center - find valuable information regarding intellectual property law
- Technology Commercialization Learning Center - Comprehensive coverage of the technology commercialization process.
US Government Assistance for Inventors
- U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Advanced Manufacturing department offers financial and technical support to inventors and businesses for promising energy-saving concepts and technologies.
Defending Against Fradulent Schemes
- Spotting Fraudulent Invention Promotion Firms
- Form for Filing a Complaint against a Invention Promoter
- Invention Promotion Caution List
- List of Complaints Filed with USPTO
Industry and Market Analysis
- Hoover's Online - Online Businessand Company Information
- Polson - Great Overview and Instructions on How to Research a Particular Company or Inductry Guide
- US Census Bureau
- US Commerce Dept - Bureau of Economic Analysis
Patent Searches and Registration
- USPTO - free patent search
- Freepatentsonline - free patent search
- Patent Genius - free patent search
- USPTO - forms
- Guide to filing an utility patent
- Guide to filing a design patent
- Patent search tutorial
Finding a Lawyer
- Helpful article on How to Find an Attorney
- Search Database of Registered Patent and Trademark Lawyers
- Martindale Hubbell -Leading Directory of Lawyers
- Laywers.com -Search for lawyers by specialty
- Intellectual Property Law Server - has a helpful forum where you can ask legal questions
- On-Line Provider of Legal Forms - Legal Zoom
Financing and Loans
- Overview of Process of Financing an Invention or Small Business - How Stuff Works
- Tips on How to Present to Investors
- Find out who exactly are angel investors
- US Small Business Administration
- Regional SBA Offices
- Office of Entreprenuerial Development
- Terrific Article of Resources
- Angels' Forum
- Angel Investor Central
- Angel Network
- Atlanta Technology Angels
- Common Angels
- Global Project Marketing Network
- Investor's Circle
- Keiretsu Forum
- Kickstarter.com - online funding platform
- New Vantage Group
- OffRoad Capital
- VentureChoice Inc
- Venture Worthy
Crowdfunding -online source for microfinding for your invention idea
Invention Competitions and Crowdsourcing Competitions
- Quirky.com - Anyone can submit an idea, the Quirky commmunity helps develop the idea and winners are chosen every week to get their products developed.
Making The Most of Quirky.com - Inventor Tips, Advice and Info
- InventorSpot.com - post frequently on all the various invention and product competions and contests looking for new product ideas.
- Thomas Register of Manufacturers - Database for industrial information, products, services
- GlobalSources - directory of manufacturers
- MacRae's Blue Book - Classic industrial directory
- MFGQuote - online quotes for contract manufacturing parts and services
- Product Developer Blog from the Product Developer and Manager's Association
- AIPMM - Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) is largest professional organization of product, brand managers, and product marketing managers.
- European Intellectual Property Association - The European Intellectual Property Association (EIPAWEB) represents over 100 non-governmental and other not-for-profit organisations interested in protection the intellectual property of all europeans.
- Marketing Profs - helping info and marketing know-how from professionals and professors.
- Cision - Source for media contacts such as newspapers, magazines, television and radio.
- Marketing Sherpa - real life case studies, practical know-ho and benchmark data on what works in mnarketing today.
- LES - Licensing Executives Society- extensive resources and training for its members but there is an annual fee and to join, you need to have referrals for existing members.
- Thomas Register of Manufacturers - Database for industrial information, products, services available at most libraries. This is a great list to look for potential licensees.
Free Press Release Publication and Distribution
- PressExposure - free basic press release distribution service
- PRWeb - free basic press release distribution service
- PRLeap - free basic press release distribution service
- TSNN - search for a trade show
General Business Advice
- SCORE.org - terrific resource for free small business advice and individual counseling for free.
- StartUpNation.com - great resource on everythng you need to start your business
- Electrical Engineering Community - great resource for anything related to Electrical Engineering. They have news,extensnive resources and an active community for anything related to electrical engineering.
Foreign Government Patent Office
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- World Intellectual Property Organization
Make sure to check out our Inventor Service Providers Directory.
Also read Myra Per-Lee's Invention Blog -Step by Step Inventor Guide by an Inventor for Inventors.
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