What we do
Need help with your invention?
Then you’ve come to the right place
Genuinely impartial advice and help for inventors
Since 1983 we’ve helped in some way with well over 5000 invention ideas. Read We provide inventors with the kind of impartial invention advice and help that is rarely available elsewhere. Our USP is ‘being there’ at the early stages of invention, when inventors need advisers and service providers who are sympathetic, knowledgeable and realistic in equal measure.
Invention services from £35
We offer support and advice to help you make progress with your invention idea and – equally important – make sure you don’t waste time heading in one or more wrong directions.
The biggest innovations often start with the smallest of ideas – so give your invention idea a serious run round the block to see if it can stand the pace before you think about giving up the day job.
We offer a range of services at different price levels to suit inventions at different stages, from promising beermat sketch to business plan. Our experience helps you to avoid the pitfalls.
Our aim is to help good inventions succeed, while recognising that not every invention can succeed. If we think your invention idea has little chance of success, we’ll say so and provide evidence to back up our opinion. But if we think it’s a good idea with serious development prospects, we can help you take it much further.
New to invention?
You’ve had a great idea but want to know how to do something with it. For example, what to do about patenting, design, prototyping, approaching companies, manufacture, marketing…
You’re not alone. Most of our clients have never invented anything before, so an important part of our work is helping inventors to do the right things in the right order, and avoid potentially damaging mistakes.
But for a more thorough grounding in the essentials of invention, you can’t beat a good book. And as invention books go, we shamelessly recommend our own A Better Mousetrap: the Business of Invention, available in either book format (£12 inc UK postage, euro and USD equivalents) or ebook PDF (£5/€5.75/$7.75).
And it won’t harm to read our free download Patenting Your Invention: the Ugly Truth. As the title implies, its aim is to stop you making one of the most common inventor mistakes: rushing out to patent an idea without fully understanding what patents can and can’t do. Take our word for it: patenting an invention is an expensive minefield, so don’t do it until you know exactly what you’re doing and exactly why you’re doing it.
What we DON’T do
To prevent any misunderstanding:
• We don’t look for invention ideas to develop ourselves. We help you to evaluate your invention idea, develop and manage it as an invention project, or solve problems. You stay in control at all times.
• Much as we’d love to, we don’t work for nothing. We’ll happily give free advice on which of our invention services may be best for you, or we’ll try to point you elsewhere if we can’t help. But for legal as well as commercial reasons we can’t advise on the specifics of an invention without a client relationship in place.