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It could save you time and money to accept a referral to an independent attorney from your invention services provider. A reputable invention company can often refer you to an independent patent attorney or agent to perform patent services such as a U.S. patent search and opinion, as well as the preparation and prosecution of a U.S. patent application. In many cases, patent services obtained through a referral from an invention services company are less expensive that what you could have found on your own.