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Working with an invention submission co. Can they prevent you from obtaining a patent on your product idea

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Patent vs product submission

Patent vs product submission
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:15:19 AM »
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« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 01:40:31 PM by Brad »

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Re: Patent vs product submission
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 01:52:20 PM »
Thanks for making this poll.  I updated it to include a "maybe" answer.

The reason for this is that just submitting your idea to an invention promotion company should not block or prevent you from getting a patent.  Most of these companies understand to keep your idea confidential which means that it would not block you from later filing a patent.  However, if the invention promotion company is going to start marketing your idea, putting it on the web, etc., then those public activities would indeed prevent or block you from getting a patent so you should make sure you have a patent filed before this happens.

Now, I must also warn people that invention submission companies have a very very low success record so most (99%) of people that spend money with them will never get that money back.  Please make sure that the firm you are working with has filed the necessary disclosure statements according to FTC and USPTO guidelines:  http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/scam_prevention/#heading-1


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Re: Patent vs product submission
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 06:12:45 AM »
Invention submission co. might have certain policy defined for them and non disclosure agreement between them
so under that, they cannot prevent others to do so.