Five Misconceptions About Patents

This post from Patent Pending notes the following as patent misconceptions. Go to his post to find out why the following statements are not true:

1. I know that this invention is patentable because I have never seen it anywhere else.
2. Patents are only for big corporations, they cost a lot of money, and I can adequately protect myself using contracts.
3. Patent and Trademark searches are just tools that Patent Attorneys use to get extra money out of you.
4. Invention promotion companies are mostly reputable organizations, with my best interest at heart.
5. I have a new invention that I know that I have to patent so that I can sell it.