InventorToday wrote:I have been inventing things for 30 years. Once I discovered I could file a provisional patent I started using that to protect my new inventions.
I tried Legal Zoom and by the time I was done it Cost $480. They use a low teaser rate in their Ads much less then this. It took 3 months to get a patent pending number and receipt of the filing. They were constantly trying to get me to buy an expensive search and expensive drawings. Also they had some kind of patent review for $800.
When I would call LegalZoom.com the customer service was just horrible.
I tired 24hrpatent.com and things got much worse. They do not really have anyone there. This must be some kind of web site front for a non patent attorney business. There was no patent attorneys or patent experts. I asked to have the name of my patent attorney and they said they do not do that, this was emailed to me. Emails sent to them would get a response days or weeks later. The 24 hour turn around time turned out to be 2 weeks. I wonder what they actually sent in because they would not provide that when I asked.
So again I searched for a provisional filing service that was reputable. I found PatentMatch.com This is a Real Patent Attorney. He filed my provisional patent within 2 hours of submitting the documents to the web site. I was provided with all the documents and filing receipt from the US patent office showing this was all done within 2 hours. I called the 800 TOLL FREE number making sure this was a real person and the patent attorney answered the phone and spoke with me for at least an hour without a fee. Also I tired the chat online on the web site to ask some quick questions and it worked great.
For $79 plus the $105 US filing fee I had an actual provisional patent filed by a patent attorney from PatentMatch.com.
Also patentmatch.com will help with the regular non provisional patent application and licensing later on.
Thanks for the help Patent Match, I will be sending all my work to you.
Sincerely, George Wells.
JTSpangler wrote:Update on my LegalZoom complaint: the PTO returned my complaint without action because I was not a "customer" or their representative under the statute establishing invetnion promotion complaints. But I stand by my view that Shapiro's ads are misleading and deceptive. There is no such thing as a "provisional patent" and design patents are not renewable.
As for the importance of filing a fully enabling provisional, see an article I co-authored at www.ArlingtonBar.org. If inventors insist on doing it themselves, a good resource is Patent Attorney Michael Neustel's website with software which guides you through the drafting process. Go to www.NeustelSoftware.com.