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I Have An Invention Idea But No Money

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“I Have an Invention Idea But No Money.” If this statement resonates with you, fear not. Many people with invention ideas face the same challenge—a very limited budget, and sometimes they have full-time jobs or uncertainties about investing time and money in their invention idea.

I’m going to provide you a few tips in this article on how to market your invention idea for less than $500. For over two decades, I’ve been assisting innovative individuals like you in licensing their product ideas successfully without the need for a hefty investment of time and money.  With the right knowledge and tools, you too can turn your invention dreams into a reality without breaking the bank.

Let’s delve into the world of product licensing and make your vision come true.

Product Licensing: An Affordable Path

Traditionally, getting an invention idea to the market involved writing a business plan, raising funds, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and fulfillment – a process that demands considerable time and money, with a low success rate and no guarantees. However, there’s a better way – product licensing.

What is Product Licensing?

Product licensing is a process where you rent your invention idea to an established company that already has a presence in the marketplace. These companies possess essential resources like shelf space, retail relationships, manufacturing capabilities, sales channels, and distribution networks. They actively seek out fresh and innovative ideas to maintain their competitive edge in their industries. Your inventive idea plays a crucial role in this scenario.

In the modern business landscape, companies acknowledge the significance of staying competitive and understand that exceptional ideas can originate from anyone, including individuals like you. To foster this collaboration, many companies have embraced the concept of open innovation. This means they open their doors to external inventors and innovators, inviting them to submit their invention ideas for licensing consideration.

Open innovation not only increases the company’s chances of finding groundbreaking ideas but also reduces research and development costs.

Here’s a video to watch and understand this process

If you’re wondering which industries welcome product licensing, the answer is nearly all of them. From pet products and hardware to kitchen gadgets, sports equipment, barbecue tools, fitness devices, medical innovations, automotive accessories, direct response TV (DRTV) products, toys, and many more, the possibilities are vast.

To support you in this journey, here’s a database of over 500 companies actively seeking new ideas for licensing.

What to Do When I Have an Invention Idea But No Money?

So, you might be curious to know, what should I do if I have an invention idea but no money to license it?

Disclaimer: Before you proceed, please note that I am not a patent attorney, and the following information is not legal advice.

Now, let’s get into the essential aspects you need to consider.

Ensuring Your Invention Idea is New and Unique

Before proceeding with your invention idea, it is crucial to ensure that it is genuinely “new” and “novel.” Your invention idea should offer a clear and concise benefit to potential customers. Ensure that it solves a problem or fulfills a need, making it an appealing product that people will want to purchase.

Research the market thoroughly to identify similar products currently available. Your invention idea must have a strong point of difference that sets it apart from the competition. Conduct a Google image and shopping search using various search terms to gather comprehensive insights. Additionally, visit local retailers to understand the landscape of similar products.

By thoroughly examining your invention idea’s uniqueness and market potential, you can increase your chances of success when approaching companies for product licensing.

Protecting Your Invention Ideas

Protecting the intellectual property of your invention idea is crucial to safeguard your unique concept. Thankfully, you have access to several intellectual property tools that can safeguard your invention. These tools encompass provisional patent applications, design patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Each tool provides varying degrees of protection, so it’s vital to determine and pursue the one that aligns best with the requirements of your invention.

While many invention ideas that get licensed may not have an issued patent, a well-written provisional patent application can offer significant protection. I highly recommend filing a provisional patent application before sharing your invention idea with anyone. The cost of filing this application is relatively affordable, usually under $100, making it an accessible option for inventors on a budget.

Trademark registration tends to be more expensive than copyrights. Therefore, it’s common not to file for trademarks right at the beginning of the process. Instead, focus on securing your invention with a provisional patent application initially.

While you can file a provisional patent application on your own, I recommend seeking assistance to ensure everything is done correctly. You can reach out to a patent attorney or a patent agent for professional help. Alternatively, you can use my highly recommended specialized software to help you with your provisional patent application.

Remember, safeguarding your intellectual property is a crucial step on the path to licensing success.

Marketing Your Invention Idea

Marketing your invention idea is a straightforward process that begins with creating a one-page advertisement known as a sell sheet. The goal of this sheet is to convey the essence of your invention within seconds, making it easy to understand and engaging for potential investors or companies. A compelling sell sheet typically includes a photograph or a 3-D rendering of your invention idea. Alongside the image, craft a one-line benefit statement or a unique selling proposition. Keep it concise and captivating to immediately capture the reader’s attention.

To enhance your sell sheet’s effectiveness, make sure to emphasize the key features of your invention, highlighting its unique selling points compared to competitors. Additionally, ensure your contact details are easily accessible for interested parties to reach out to you without any hassle.

If you’ve taken the prudent step of filing a provisional patent application, remember to include “patent pending” at the bottom of your sell sheet. This demonstrates that your invention is legally protected and lends credibility to your proposal.

Creating a high-quality 3-D computer-generated rendering and a well-crafted sell sheet has become more attainable than ever before. You can achieve this at a reasonable cost of approximately $250 or even less. Seek talented individuals at your local college or hire a freelance designer to help bring your invention to life visually.

If you find yourself in need of help in this aspect, feel free to contact us, as we possess vast expertise in offering exceptional 3-D rendering services to our valued members.

Pitching Your Invention Idea

Identify companies that are open to innovation and are willing to accept outside product submissions. To find such a company, you can use a simple approach. First, try calling the company’s main number and ask to speak with someone in sales or marketing. Inquire if they are open to receiving outside product ideas.

But the fastest and most effective way nowadays is to use LinkedIn. Connect with these companies through their sales or marketing department. Once you’ve established a connection, inquire whether they welcome ideas from independent inventors and inquire about their submission process. It’s essential to remember that different companies may have varying requirements.

While online submission portals may seem convenient, it’s advisable not to solely rely on them, as they might not lead to the most favorable outcomes. Instead, focus on building genuine relationships with the company representatives.

Remember, it’s about creating connections to get your invention idea noticed and considered.

Signing the Licensing Agreement

Once a company expresses interest in your invention, the next step involves working together on a licensing agreement. It’s crucial to ensure a fair deal for both parties, which is why having someone to assist with negotiating the business terms is essential. These terms encompass various aspects, including royalties, minimum guarantees, and the granting of a license.

As you approach the final stages of the agreement, it is highly recommended to involve a licensing attorney. Their role is to handle all the legal intricacies and safeguard your rights. This intelligent approach can save you a significant amount of money and alleviate potential headaches. Remember, signing the licensing agreement under your own name is not recommended. Instead, consider establishing a separate business entity to protect both yourself and your invention.

If you require assistance with negotiating the licensing agreement, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We have a track record of helping numerous individuals achieve equitable and balanced agreements with companies interested in their inventions. You can explore our testimonials to witness how we’ve assisted others like yourself on this journey.


Turning your invention idea into a reality doesn’t have to cost you a fortune or consume all your time. Embracing the process of product licensing can make your dream come true with a budget of $500 or even less. The key lies in gaining the right knowledge and putting in a little effort – a formula that anyone can follow to succeed.

If you require further relevant guidance, feel free to explore our resources and watch our YouTube channel “inventRightTV” with over 900 videos to support you on your journey. For any other details and assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Thanks.


  • Stephen Key

    Stephen Key is an award-winning inventor, renowned intellectual property strategist, lifelong entrepreneur, author, speaker, and columnist.
    Stephen has over 20 patents in his name and the d...