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Services

Search and Patentability Opinion
Typical ~ $975.00
 
  1. Search in USPTO patent database resulting in a search report, in which I present an analysis of the found patents compared to your invention, concluded with a professional opinion regarding the patentability of your invention. Copies of at least the most relevant patent references are appended. A reasonable amount of consultation following the search report/opinion is included. Foreign patent databases can be searched but add to cost. Price depends on complexity and scope of search.
      
  $775 to
$1,275
Provisional Application for Patent
Typical ~ $855.00 (including filing fee)
   
  1. Preparation and filing with the USPTO of one (1) Provisional Patent Application that includes a brief summary description of all invention aspects, with appropriate notes, illustrations, drawings, sketches, and/or photographs supplied by the inventor. Price depends on complexity, and can be reduced by submitting a thorough description to me.
  $450 to
$1,500
  1. Expense: USPTO filing fee.*
      
  $110
Utility Patent
Typical ~ $5,335 at filing (including filing fee)
   
  1. Preparation and filing with the USPTO of one (1) Utility Patent Application that includes a full "enabling" description, and claims for all invention aspects that I can find in the inventor's disclosure. Does not include a search, which is strongly recommended in order to assure the best patenting. Cost for my billable hours (depends on complexity):
  $3,000 to
$9,000
  1. Expense: Cost of formal patent drawings, using my draftsman. Estimated maximum number of sheets will be quoted.
  $100/sheet
  1. Expense: USPTO filing fees.*
   
  • Filing fees total (utility patent application)
  • Excess pages filing charge for every 50 pages over 100 total in appl
  • Extra filing charge for each independent claim in excess of 3
  • Extra filing charge for each claim in excess of a total of 20 claims
  $462
$135
$110
$26

For Planning Purposes: Costs After Filing
Typically at least 2 years after filing

   
  1. Post-filing "prosecution" - charges for my time (e.g., responding to Examiner's Office Actions, negotiating with the Examiner in order to get the best possible claims "allowed" for issuing as a patent). These charges will be discussed with you for approval before I spend any significant time. Typical prosecution involves 4 - 8 hours to respond to each of 2 Office Actions.
  $ 1,600.
to
$ 3,200.
(quote if
desired)
  1. Expense: Other USPTO fees*, when required by USPTO.
   
  • Flat rate charge for my time (per payment)
  • Publication fee (at 18 months after filing, or end of prosecution)
  • Issue fee (after successful prosecution)
  • Issued patent maintenance fees - due 3.5, 7.5, 11.5 years after issue:
    • 4th year maintenance fee
    • 8th year maintenance fee
    • 12th year maintenance fee
  $100
$300
$755
  
$490
$1,240
$2,055
  
Design Patent

Typical (including all expenses) ~ $1,390 at filing
   
  1. Preparation and filing with the USPTO of one (1) Design Patent Application that includes a full "enabling" description consisting of drawings illustrating all invention aspects that I can find in the inventor's disclosure. Cost for my billable hours (depends on complexity):
  $450
to
$650
  1. Expense: Cost of formal patent drawings, using my draftsman. Cost depends on complexity. Estimated maximum cost will be quoted. Note that the drawings are the patent claims.
  $100/sheet
to
$200/sheet
  1. Expense: USPTO filing fees total (Design Patent Application).*
  $230
For Planning Purposes: Costs After Filing
Typically at least 2 years after filing
   
  1. Post-filing "prosecution" - charges for my time (e.g., responding to Examiner's Office Actions, negotiating with the Examiner in order to get the best possible claims "allowed" for issuing as a patent). These charges will be discussed with you for approval before I spend any significant time. Typical prosecution involves 2 - 4 hours to respond to each of 1 or 2 Office Actions.
  $ 400
to
$ 1,600
(quote if
desired)
  1. Expense: Other USPTO fees*, when required by USPTO.
   
  • Flat rate charge for my time (per payment)
  • Publication fee
  • Issue fee (after successful prosecution)
  $ 100
$ 300
$ 430

(There are NO patent maintenance fees for design patents).

   
  
Other Patent Work

Patent Assignment Recordation:
   
  • USPTO fee per patent (regardless of number of co-inventors)
  • My billable hours for paperwork and filing
  $40
$100-$200
Miscellaneous work, such as consulting, or such as reviewing and revising or recommending changes to documents prepared by another person, is billed at an hourly rate. These charges will be discussed with you for approval before I spend any significant time.
  
  $200/hr

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*   The listed USPTO fees are as of 10/02/2008. They typically are increased by a few percent around Nov. 1 every year. USPTO fees are shown for "small entities" (individuals and companies that qualify as a "small business" according to the SBA - generally <500 employees). USPTO fees for large entities are generally double the fees shown.

Discounted hourly rates are available for individuals and small businesses.
  

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