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A good invention submission company is worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous ones out there that tarnish the entire industry. You don't have to be discouraged from hiring one, just use some common sense and do your homework. Here are some places to check before hiring any invention submission company:
- Call the USPTO at 1-866-767-3848
- The Better Business Bureau
- The Attorney General in your state or city, and in the state or city where the company is headquartered.
- Under the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, invention promoters must give you the names and addresses of all invention promotion companies they have been affiliated with over the past 10 years. Use this information to determine whether the company you're considering doing business with has been subject to complaints or legal action.