What is the cost for a patent and how can it be done? 5 Answers as of June 09, 2015

Is a patent search included? Do you do the drawing's? What do you charge for a complete patent application?

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Microtechnology Law & Analysis | Daniel Flamm
It depends on complexity and whether it is drafted by hourly or fixed fee (either way can end up being the more expensive than the other). Generally cost for drafting and filing a skillful application can be between about $8000-$20000. Be aware that the cost of drafting and filing can be less than expenditures later on for prosecution (you will often need an attorney to respond to office actions such as a rejection.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/9/2015
Webb IP Law Group
Webb IP Law Group | Jason P Webb
Depends on the technology, the kind of patent you want, the goals you have for the patent, the results of the search, etc. You should consult privately with patent attorneys to get specific numbers for your circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 6/9/2015
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
The cost of obtaining a patent includes the application fee plus whatever help you obtained to prepare the application. This could include a search of existing patents and applications for similar products that didn't get granted, drawings, descriptions, refinements to the product to make it conform to the requirements of the USPTO, and completing the application form and submitting it. It also may include the expenses necessary to defend your application if the USPTO examiner doesn't think your invention deserves to be patented or if a competitor challenges your application. Figure around $2000 to $5000 or higher for a simple patent application. More if the invention involves pharmaceuticals or genetic modifications.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 6/9/2015
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
Patent fees vary greatly based on the type of patent application - provisional vs. full utility or design. Patent fees vary greatly based on the technology - simple mechanical, complex mechanical, simple chemical (mixture of A, B, C), complex chemical, simple electrical, complex electrical, simple software or complex software (beware - software patents are now hard to obtain). Patent fees vary greatly based on who does the work - patent agent or patent attorney; and based on how long the person has been in practice. Patent fees vary greatly based on where the person works - some law firms are very expensive, while some solo practitioners are not so expensive. Shop carefully - interview at least 5 or 10 practitioners and work with the one you feel most comfortable with. Filing an application is only the first step in the patent prosecution process - there will be examination, rejections, responses, and perhaps allowance. Each step costs money. I suggest you budget at least $15,000 for the process - and it could easily be double that in total costs.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 6/9/2015
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
There are essentially two types of patents, a Design patent that cover the ornamental design, and a Utility patent that protect the function, use or process. Each law firm operates differently. A search is typically performed before a patent application is prepared, and may or may not be included in the price. Drawings can be included, but could also be extra. From the AIPLA 2013 economic survey the average price to prepare a simple Utility application is $6,500 and a design patent application is $1,500. These are average and you can find lower prices. You should contact local patent law firms to shop for a price for your application.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/9/2015
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