If one truly believes they have a great idea, then I recommend you have someone search the patent database and the internet to make sure no one has had the same idea.
If you idea is truly novel, then I would file a provisional patent application that covers the basics of your idea. Should cost about $1,000.
This provisional gives you a year to develop your idea, make any necessary changes and test marking to see if the idea will sell.
Depending on the out come of the above, if all looks good, then before the provisional expires (1 year after filing) I would fine a NON-provisional application to cover the idea.
Confidentially agreements are nice but they only keep honest people honest. If I were going to use inventhelp, I would file a provisional myself using software off the internet to have draft the application and I would not tell Inventhelp I had filed the application.
Not that they are crooks, I have no idea, but when planning for the future, one should hope for the best but plan for the worst.
Planning for the worst, one has to plan that: (1) you have a great idea, (2) someone at inventhelp or associated with inventhelp might try to steal your idea.
Filing a provisional is an added level of protection but keep the application confidential and do not disclose to anyone.
A provisional $65 to file if you do it yourself. Just make good drawings of the idea, show top, bottom, side, perspective, and exploded views and explain it in nice clear language as if you were trying to tell someone how to make and assemble the item and how to use the item.
Such an application will be no where near as good a patent attorney would generate but it will be good enough for $65 and a little time.
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