Featured: Nicole Lininger, Director of Communications, InventHelp
Inventhelp can assist inventors in trying to submit their inventions or new product ideas to industry. InventHelp can also refer inventors to an independent licensed patent attorney to provide a preliminary patent search and opinion. Based on the opinion, the attorney may then help prepare and file a US patent application for the idea with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
InventHelp® was established in 1984 and employs more than 120 people at the headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which include researchers, illustrators, writers as well as customer service representatives and other staff. InventHelp maintains the largest network of regional sales offices of any similar firm: 60+ cities in the US, Canada, Germany and Australia.
BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to work with inventors?
Nicole Lininger: I was inspired to work with inventors and entrepreneurs because they are very passionate and creative people. I like to say they are problem solvers. Inventors will comb the store shelves to look for a product that they need, and if they can’t find it, then they go to work to develop it themselves. Inventors have the ability to persevere like no other group of people I know!
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you have any recent success stories that you’d like to share with our readers?
Nicole Lininger: The success rate for inventions is very low, however we are proud of some recent inventor’s products that are now available on the store shelves thanks to our efforts. For example, Muscle Cramp 911, invented by one of our clients, a compound pharmacist in eastern Pennsylvania, is now available for sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Muscle Cramp 911 is a muscle relaxing roll on lotion that is ideal for leg cramps and muscle spasms.
BusinessInterviews.com: What issue does your core service help solve and how so?
Nicole Lininger: For many inventors, they have come up with an idea for an invention, but they do not know what to do next. Or maybe they do know what to do next, but they don’t have the time or resources to develop the idea further. This is where InventHelp services can be of assistance. InventHelp® offers the convenience of many services under one roof. For comparable services, an inventor would have to obtain general information and research, hire a graphic illustrator, write text for materials and have them printed, pay for mailings, develop a database of companies to which ideas could be confidentially submitted, develop a list of publications, travel to trade shows and employ a patent attorney.