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Patent Rates

The cost to prepare, file and/or prosecute a patent application varies greatly depending on the exact nature of the invention.  Some patent applications can be prepared for as little as $4950 in our legal fees while other applications may cost over $10,000. The following fees are presented as typical for comparison purposes only, and are based on an hourly rates of $175-315. 

As discussed in greater detail in our FAQ page, an inventor should consider the amount of time an attorney or agent will be spending drafting your application.  In our opinion, drafting a quality patent application for a mechanical invention of low to medium complexity with a good set of 20 claims (the maximum amount allowed for the basic filing fee) requires at the very least about 15 hours and often up to 25 hours or more.  And electronic, computer and business method patent applications tend to require even more time.  You should be very wary of attorneys with hourly rates of $350 or more that estimate they can draft your application for less than  $4000.  They might be able to, but quality will suffer.  For your convenience, typical ranges of the number of hours required to perform the various listed services are also provided.

 

Upon request and after reviewing your invention disclosure, we will provide a fixed price quote. Otherwise, we will provide an estimate and will perform all work on an hourly basis.  Please understand that the fixed price quote is based on the disclosure materials provided to us.  If you would like to add additional embodiments or variations to your invention that were not covered in the quote, additional fees may result.  Generally, 67% of our fees portion of the total estimated cost or the fixed price quote will be required before we begin work.  Further, the final 33% plus any United States Patent Office filing fees will be required before the patent application will be filed.  In certain circumstances, such as when an application must be filed in a very short time frame to meet a hard deadline, we may require complete payment upfront.  For a patent search and patentability analysis, we do require the entire fee upfront.

 

 

Service

Description

Fee

Est. Hours

Patentability

Search

  • Domestic Patent Search performed by professional searcher at the Patent Office with a patentability analysis giving client a clear idea of the potential scope of protection for his/her invention if patented.  The analysis also includes a cursory infringement analysis to identify whether the client's invention may infringe anyone of the patents identified in the search.  (FLAT RATE).  See our Patent FAQ for more information about patent searches. The search fee for business method and computer related inventions is $****.

$***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patent Application

  • Prepare mechanical application of low to medium complexity.

 

  • Prepare Computer or Bus. Methods application

 

  • Drawings (using skilled patent draftsperson)

 

  • Patent Office Filing Fee (individual or small entity)

$****- ****

 

 

$**** ****

 

 

$**-*** @ sheet

 

 

$***

 

19-24

 

 

 

24-50

  

 

 

NA

 

 

 

NA

Provisional Patent Application

  • Prepare mechanical application of low to medium complexity

 

 

  • Prepare Computer or Bus. Methods application

 

  • Patent Office Filing Fee (individual or small entity)

$****-****

 

 

 

$****-****

 

 

 

$***

11-16

 

 

 

 

16-34

 

 

 

 

NA

Design Application

  • Prepare design application

 

  • Drawings (using skilled patent draftsperson)
  • Design pat. appl. filing fee(individual or small entity)

$***-****

 

 

$ **-*** @ sheet

 

$***

3-6

 

 

NA

 

 

NA

Office Action Response and Amendment

  • Prepare and file Office Action response

$**** ****

5-13

Patent Issue and Publication Fees

  • Patent Office Issue Fee (individual or small entity)

 

  • Patent Office Publication Fee

 

  • Legal services related to issuance of patent

$***

 

 

 

$***

 

 

$***

NA

 

 

 

NA

 

 

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            Please contact us for estimates concerning other intellectual property related legal services including the filing of Trademark and Copyright applications.


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