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Q: Where do I find my purchased company contact lists and sales sheet templates?
A: Check your email for confirmation and instructions on viewing, downloading and printing your purchases.
Q: What are my chances of getting my product idea licensed and in stores?
A: For most inventors the odds are pretty slim. One industry guesstimate suggests that 99.9% of ideas never make it to market; 99% of those are never even presented to licensees.
For people who do make the time to contact inventor-friendly manufacturers, it all depends on the feasibility of the idea (does the market want it, can it be manufactured cheaply, etc.), finding the right liaison, and many more factors.
Inventor Shortcuts only offers two things:
1. A platform to present your idea (sell sheet templates), and
2. Quick inexpensive access to decision-makers via direct contact lists.
Otherwise Inventor Shortcuts can't guarantee you'll license or sell your invention if you buy our lists and templates...only you can make it happen! For that reason we do not offer refunds.
Q: Won't every other inventor be calling these decision-makers?
A: Most people have every intention of making contact, but most will not due to fear of having their idea stolen, lack of faith in their people skills or their invention, and so on. Many people will just 'never get around' to contacting licensing companies. It's one of the toughest aspects of inventing, and people will naturally find 'better' things to do.
Will you be one of the few who make the grade? Remember, these are companies who want outside innovators to submit ideas.
Q: Why don't the contact lists include company addresses?
A: It's unlikely you'll ever send a sell sheet to a company as all of our contacts prefer email. If you get lucky and they want you to send a prototype, they'll give you their exact name and address. Most of the time your contact's info is different from anything you might find online.
Q: Are there lots of duplicates from list to list?
A: Many manufacturers produce goods in several categories, if not dozens. The more categories a company produces in, the more likely we have put it under the "Miscellaneous Company Contacts" list.
That said, only 4 or 5 of our hundreds of companies are found on more than one list. In other words, we have very few repeats.
Q: Do Inventor Shortcuts lists include a lot of As-Seen-On-TV submission sites?
Very few as they're often a waste of time. Most "submitmyinvention.com" sites aren't great about responding. They are also easy to find and available on free lists. Our contacts are generally only found after multiple phone calls, and are decision-makers, not unattended inboxes.
We do have some ASOTV contacts on the free "maybes" lists that come with a list purchase. We save you time there, at no charge.
Q: Why not just buy a random bundle of 16,000 business flyer templates for twenty bucks?
A: First, such templates are not unique to inventing, and don't give you clues on titles, claims, features, benefits and other elements specific to our inventing industry.
Second, they don't include real-life invention examples. With ours you'll see actual submissions! It's worth the education alone.
Third, they're very basic, much too generic for the serious inventor.
Finally, if everyone else is using them, yours won't stand out.
Q: Should I submit my cool new invention idea for free at submission or contest sites?
A: The only return you normally get from being the winner of a free idea contest is recognition. If that's okay with you, go for it.
Otherwise it may seem inexpensive and easy to submit to sites that charge $20-30 a pop to submit. (If you know of any truly free ones let us know!).
In return if your idea is chosen it's supposed to be developed and you get royalties on sales.
There are just two problems here:
1) You split the royalties 50/50, MINUS ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION COMPANY FEES that can rack up to hundreds or thousands.
2) The vast majority of submissions are never chosen or even recognized; it's widely suspected that they are ignored.
Q: Can I sell my new invention idea without a patent?
A: That's a firm maybe. And the answer is outside the scope of Inventor Shortcuts, which offers only quicker routes to legit decision-makers. Most patent attorneys offer a free consultation. They also are invested in seeing you do business with them. So do your research. Be wary of many "invention helpers", who may not be honest. The best way to tell is by their fees. If they're astronomical (say over $150 or so), don't believe the old adage "you get what you pay for". A high price tag won't get your product idea licensed any faster than doing it for free on your own.
See the USPTO's scam prevention page: https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/scam-prevention