Look at 24 hour patent company at the Better Business Bureau at http://www.dc.bbb.org/report.html?national=y&compid=181250733
they just received another complaint and now have an F rating. If you do not trust the link go to the BBB website and use the "Phone, URL, Email" search and type in "24hrpatent.com"
After reading some of the posts and noticing "someone", I have suspicions that the person that runs 24hrpatent.com or a person closley affiliated with 24hrpatent.com is posting messeges here on this very website. Mr. "Steve" or Mr. "Michael" 'who are probably the same person' is not so smart after all.
I need say nothing else on this matter since The Better Business Bureau rating of F says it all.
Hmm? According to the link you posted 24hrpatent has not been registered with the Better Business Bureau, which means any complaints would result in an F. There are two complaints against it both of which sound extremely minor.
That said, there are a ton of similar firms out there you do not care to deal with that play on misconceptions regarding patents and in particular, provisional patent applications. Among other shady excepts from 24hrpatent.com:
Is my idea information safe with you?
Yes. It is a federal offense for us to benefit from your invention idea in any way. This company was created to elliminate idea theft by filing applications in 24 hours, faster than any patent firm in the US. Simply put, we file your application within 24 hours for your safety and ours. If someone steals your idea, the chances of them filing a patent between the moment you give your idea to us and the time we file is extremely slim.
However, if you would like to receive a signed Non Disclosure Agreement before you begin with us, just ask and we will email it right over."
It is no federal offense by any means, unless they are in some obscure foreign country, which they might be because their website doesn't specify. If they are in the US, I guess attorney/client privilege may apply if they are a law firm, but there is debate to what attorney/client privilege protects and it does not even appear from this website that this is a law firm.
Further, while it is very rare that someone loses out on patent protection because someone filed a patent on a similar invention a week or two earlier, it is very common for inventors to lose patent rights because they filed a hastily prepared provisional application.
What is the next step after I receive patent pending?
You should immediately begin your marketing process. Once you have patent pending, you should not waste any time showing and discussing your invention with buyers, manufacturers and retailers.
Hmmph? Probably just a typo. But, its worth noting that you don't "receive" patent pending, you "become" patent pending as soon as you submit an application.
Do I need a prototype or engineered drawings?
No. Those are not required on your provisional patent filing
You never need a prototype, however the requirement for patent drawings for a provisional app are none different whatsoever than the requirement for patent drawings when dealing with a non-provisional app. The only difference is a provisional patent application is never examined by the USPTO.
Why is the Provisional Patent application so important?
The provisional filing demonstrates the date of conception and foundation for your full application filed in the future.
The provisional filing must meet the same "enabling disclosure" requirements that any patent application must meet, which again, often require drawings. Otherwise, it does nothing at all to demonstrate a date of conception.
It has been written that nearly 90% of all successful products produced were never sold by the original inventor because he delayed filing for his patent. Instead, someone else thinks of the idea later, files the application and enjoys the benefits of the product.
Typical bs rhetoric...
Even the US Government was aware of the overwhelming invention theft. In 1995 the US Patent office created a new type of patent application to assist early stage inventors in the daunting task of protection.
Umm, no. The provisional application was introduced to allow US inventors and companies to be on equal footing with foreign applicants who could claim priority to a previous foreign application. It was actually not intended to assist cash strapped inventors.
The Provisional is a powerful and effective tool in the inventing process, although most inventors and many attorneys still know nothing about it.
Yes, lol. Have you ever heard an inventor or attorney ever mention the word "provisional"?
Furthermore, if you plan on distributing your product through any major retail chain, store or distribution channel, a patent or patent pending is required by every major buyer.
Percentage wise most products sold by major retailers are not patented. Plus, if the average inventor were to tell a retail buyer their invention was patent pending as they had filed a provisional - most retail buyers would know that that most likely meant nothing.