google patents - simple and effective patent searching.

Inventor's Forum - If you are in So. Calif, attend a talk on a topic specific to inventors! Or become a member (only $50/year!) and share ideas with fellow inventors.


- Some sites with criteria and instruction on idea submissions to large companies -
Stanley Works Invention Submission
http://help-us.nikeinc.com/app/forms/patent
To become a QVC Vendor



FIND AND VERIFY PATENT PRACTITIONERS AT THE USPTO SITE
The USPTO maintains a database of all registered practitioners searchable by name and also by location.

USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline


Find patent prosecution professionals

NAPP directory


PLEASE BE CAREFUL REGARDING "INVENTION ASSISTANCE” COMPANIES.
USPTO invention promoter complaints - check them out!