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Invention Assistance Companies

Customer beware! There are many companies that advertise that they will get your invention patented and commercialized. These companies offer a variety of services with varying quality. There are sites where independent inventors can check on the background of these companies:

US Patent and Trademark Office (go down a little to "Published Complaints")
Federal Trade Commission

For general information on such firms:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt020.shtm
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/documents/scamprevent.pdf
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro21.shtm
http://www.edisoninventors.org/beginner_articles/avoid_scams_p.pdf