What fees are involved in filing a patent? 8 Answers as of January 18, 2012

How much will it cost for attorney fees and filing of a patent?

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DANIEL NESBITT | Hasse & Nesbitt
Patent attorney fees vary with the attorney and with the complexity of the invention. A complex invention matter can be $6000-$10,000. A rather simple invention might be as little as $2500. A good overall estimate is in the range of $4000 to $7000. Your will want to get an estimate based on your situation. Government patent office fees are about $500 for an individual for a regular application, and $125 for a provisional application.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 1/18/2012
Ochoa and Associates
Ochoa and Associates | Susan Ochoa Spiering
The filing fees depend on the type of application filed, and the number of claims. Plus there are fees for searching the application. Generally about $500 total for a utility application having about 3 independent claims, 20 or so pages. Please see the following fee chart at the USPTO office for details. A small entity is considered a person or company having less than 50 employees. http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee092611.htm The cost for preparing the application depends on the complexity of the case. $10-15K is an average number unless the application is based on software or electronics and then it can run higher.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 1/17/2012
Law Office of Thomas Williamson
Law Office of Thomas Williamson | Thomas Williamson
Our fees are as follows: Utility Patent - protects structure and/or function of a useful device, process, machine or composition of matter The first step that we recommend is a patent search with a patentability opinion to see if the invention has been done before and what else is similar. The search with opinion takes two to three weeks, and our fee is typically between $1,150.00 and $1,800.00. If the invention is for computer, electronic, chemical, or for business method inventions, it could be higher than this range, up to $3,000.00. The search is optional, but recommended. Assuming that the invention is patentable and that you wish to proceed, the next step is preparation and filing of a patent application. This takes about four weeks and typically costs between $4,700.00 and $7,700.00, depending on simplicity/complexity. Again, computer, electronic, chemical and business methods could be higher, up to $15,000.00. There is a filing fee of $530.00 to the Patent Office. The day we file the application you will enter PATENT PENDING status. Lastly, most patents require patent drawings, which we contract out to a draftsman at $100.00 per page. Most applications will have about three pages of drawings. Design Patent - protects only the ornamental aspects (appearance) of a useful device Flat rate is $1,700.00 which includes all drawings for a single embodiment. In addition there is a filing fee of $265.00. For prosecution after filing, additional fees will be billed hourly; our current rates are $375.00 partner; $185.00 associate; $75.00 paralegal.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/17/2012
Yang & Wang, P.C.
Yang & Wang, P.C. | Tommy Wang
Attorney fees vary pending: the degree of difficulty and complexity of the patent (more difficult, more expensive), the experience of the patent attorney (more experience, more expensive), and the field of invention (usually biotech, pharma, and software patents are more expensive than mechanical and design patents). For filing fees, see http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pct/sample/fees.jsp
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/17/2012
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
The fees are different from law firm to law firm and depending upon the type of patent application. Provisional applications generally run from $2000 to $5,000. Government Filing fees $125-$250 Non Provisional generally run from $4,000 to $8,000. Government Filing fees $530- $1250 Design application generally run from $1,000 to $2,000. Government Filing fees $265-$ 530.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/16/2012
    Shimokaji & Associates
    Shimokaji & Associates | Michael Shimokaji
    Attorney fees for filing a patent application can vary a lot from attorney to attorney. Please check out http://www.accessipgroup.com/Service_Packages.php for fixed fee patent applications. They focus on patent applications for the entrepreneur.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/16/2012
    Brett J. Trout, P.C.
    Brett J. Trout, P.C. | Brett J. Trout
    The governmental fees are about $1,500. The attorney fees will vary quite a bit depending upon the complexity of the invention and the skill of the attorney. While the lowest cost patent attorney will likely get you a bad patent, the highest cost patent attorney will not necessarily get you the best patent. For a simple invention, you can figure on paying a total of about $9K-$10K over the next three years. You might pay more or less depending upon how many similar devices the Patent Office finds are already out there. If you get quoted less than that by a patent attorney, I would question whether you are being quoted all of the anticipated fees and/or the skill and experience of the patent attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 1/16/2012
    Tran & Associates | Bao Tran
    If you use self filing software from powerpatent at www.powerpatent.com , then the preparation cost is the cost of the software ($249). If you use a patent attorney, the cost varies between $6000 and $10,000. The USPTO filing fees are at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee092611.htm. For example, as of January 2012, the fee for a provisional patent application is $125 for a small entity or individual inventor.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/16/2012
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