Invention Websites - Helpful Websites for Inventors

Have an invention or invention idea?

This is a list of some 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 inventions, inventing and the whole invention process so look for what you need on our Inventor Information section or just search our site using the site search box for any specific information you are looking for.

Check out Myra Per-Lee's Invention Blog which 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 read her invention guide, start with her oldest post on How To Come Up With A Great Product Idea. You'll find 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

  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) - a nonprofit organization that is a source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

US Government Assistance for Inventors


Defending Against Fraudulent Schemes And Inventor Scams

You can check our site for more information on Invention Cons, Scams and Other Problems. See also these resources: 

Industry and Market Analysis

You can check out our site for more information on How To Do Industry and Market Analysis. You can also take a look at these great resources:

Patent Searches and Registration

Take a look at InventorSpot's information for inventors on Patenting Your Invention Ideas. Additional resources on patenting and patents is available here. 

  • USPTO - free patent search

Finding a Lawyer

Our tips on finding a good lawyer and commonly needed legal information useful for inventors is here.  You can also check these sites:

Financing and Loans

Getting financing for your invention will usually be a challenging process. Here's information on InventorSpot on  Financing Your Invention (including information on how to use Crowdfunding). You should also take a look at these resources to help you get started. 

  • Inventor Networks And Sources For Finding Investment Partners

    Crowdfunding - online sources for start up and micro funding for your invention ideas. You just submit your invention idea and you get access to funding from members of their community.

    • Kickstarter - one of largest on and most popular online funding platforms

    Invention Competitions and Crowdsourcing Competitions

    • - post frequently on all the various invention and product competitions and contests looking for new product ideas.

    Kid Inventors


    Creating a working version of your invention will be critical to the products success. Check out our tips on Prototyping and Finding Prototypers here. You should also consider these other resources:

    • Prototype Today - Helpful forum of rapid prototyping service providers and community


    • MFGQuote - online quotes for contract manufacturing parts and services

    Product Development

    • 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 organizations interested in protection the intellectual property of all Europeans.


    At the point you are actively marketing your product, you probably need to look at information that is focused on marketing and marketers. We have some limited information on this topic and you can find our marketing information for new products here. Additional resources to help you get started are:

    • 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 marketing today.


    Unless you are going to go through the process of taking your invention idea from concept to finished product actively in the market, you will be looking for a potential licensing partner. And even after you have finished products available, finding a great licensing partner to promote and sell your product may be a great idea.  So licensing is a critical part of the invention process and not something you want to have someone else handle without your active participation.

    Look here for our tips on licensing your product idea and other helpful resources for licensing an invention idea or a finished product.

    Other helpful resources on the web are here:

    • 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.

    Free Press Release Publication and Distribution

    • PRWeb - free basic press release distribution service
    • PRLeap - free basic press release distribution service

    Trade Shows

    • TSNN - search for a trade show

    General Business Advice

    • - terrific resource for free small business advice and individual counseling for free.
    • Electrical Engineering Community - great resource for anything related to Electrical Engineering. They have news, extensive resources and an active community for anything related to electrical engineering. 

    Foreign Government Patent Offices

    Make sure to check out our Inventor Service Providers Directory.

    Also read Myra Per-Lee's Invention Blog - A Step by Step Inventor Guide Resource by an Inventor for Inventors.  (Some of the older  articles with advice on patents is outdate, so please make sure you are looking at recently updated patent information.)

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