Can I get an attorney to help patent my application? 6 Answers as of August 13, 2011

I have an app planed and drawn out. What is roughly the cost for getting a patent attorney to do all the legal work?

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Intellectual Property Center, LLC
Intellectual Property Center, LLC | Ak Shaf
Generally, patents are not cheap and there is no one-size fits all. The cost depends on the amount of work needed.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 8/13/2011
Devon & Associates
Devon & Associates | Marcia A. Devon
You should be able to find a licensed patent attorney to assist you who is familiar with the area of technology of your invention. The cost of the patent depends on the type of patent: design, provisional utility or utility and the complexity of the invention. The cost of the patent application increases with the amount of time required by the patent attorney to prepare your application. If you provide the patent attorney with your written description of your invention and drawings, the attorney should be able to provide you with an estimate of the costs which include the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office filing fee, patent draftsman fees and the attorney's fees.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
The costs are determined by a few things. The field of art is the major determining factor - generally software patents are more time consuming and harder to write than say a simple mechanical toy. The cost to draft a utility application can range from approximately $4,000 to greater than $20,000 depending on the complexity. The number of drawings needed also determine the cost (unless the client is supplying their own drawings) If a search is needed, it also can drive the cost up.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/12/2011
The Law Offices of Mark Trenner
The Law Offices of Mark Trenner | Mark Trenner
Mistakes can be costly to have fixed, and the damage may be irreversible. Some mistakes can even end up rendering a patent application invalid and an inventor could lose some or all rights to their own invention. So it is usually a good idea to hire a registered patent attorney to help file a patent application, rather than trying to do it yourself. Patent attorneys charge different rates, depending on a number of factors, including how complicated the invention is, their experience, their geographic location, and even the size of their law firm. Call a few attorneys to get a good idea of what some of the charges might be. And don't forget that the US Patent Office charges fees in addition to the attorney fees. Many law firms, including my own, will offer a flat fee arrangement, so that you know the total cost up front.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 7/12/2011
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
There are many fine patent attorneys in New York. As to cost, please be careful when you choose counsel. Some lawyers will quote a very low price to obtain your business, and they may not offer the quality of services which you need. The cost depends on a wide variety of factors, including the complexity of the technology, the nature and scope of your claimed invention, and the nature and extent of prior art in the field of endeavor. Many lawyers offer to prepare patent applications for relatively modest fees but you should know that companies who pay quality lawyers to prepare and prosecute patent applications often pay fees of $40,000 or more draft and prosecute a single application. In this regard, you want to work with a lawyer who understands your business and commercial objectives, and can advise you on how this particular application fits into your overall strategy. This is one of those areas of the law in which you truly "get what you pay for." While cheap is tempting it may not be such a good idea.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/12/2011
    DANIEL NESBITT | Hasse & Nesbitt
    An estimate out of left field is $2500 - $5000, plus or minus. Your patent attorney will bring to light questions and issues of which you are not aware, which may spell the difference between a valuable patent application and a well written technical description.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/12/2011
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