Have a great idea for an invention? We have all seen those commercials on television where businesses are ready to assist inventors in making millions of dollars for their new widget ideas. Probably as many as 90% of these inventor business services are questionable and usually misleading. It is not uncommon for some of these businesses to charge independent inventors thousands of dollars for what they may accomplish on their own at their regional Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) library virtually for free. Yes, most of the questionable inventor promotion firms have been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission for misrepresenting independent inventors by swindling them of their life savings and getting nothing in return except what they could have done on their own via the USPTO website or with the support of their regional PTRC library. See FTC site for more @ http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro21.shtm.
The Inventor's Council of Cincinnati @ http://inventcincy.com/ meets monthly at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County @ http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ (PLCH) in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. PLCH hosts the meetings of the Inventor's Council of Cincinnati on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Main Library. The meetings are free and open to the public. PLCH also offers a great Inventors Resources guide @ http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/features/inventorresources.html.
There are many business and intellectual property resources related to small business start-ups or established business plan audit (tune-ups). The IPAC provides information related to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as other business topics. Contact John Schlipp, Intellectual Property Librarian at Steely Library for more.
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