How much does a patent cost?
The cost of filing a patent in the US depends on multiple factors. The prices may vary between $140 to $10,000 or even more. Key factors that determine the cost of a patent include (but are not limited to):
Do you want to go it alone? A provisional patent application can cost $140, or if your income qualifies, as little as $70, if you do it yourself. A utility (full) patent application costs around $1,000 to file if you do it yourself. Design patent applications have similar costs to file if you do it yourself.
The complexity of your innovation can profoundly affect the costs of a patent application. For a utility application, the more complex your idea, the more claims you need to file - each claim will add to the overall cost. For both utility and provisional applications, longer patents cost more. In other words, more details needed to protect your idea will result in higher costs.
Your choice patent agent or patent attorney will affect the price of filing. Even the most straightforward patent applications benefit from legal help to file. Once you involve legal advice, costs can add up quickly due to the high hourly rates of other patent firms.
We always advise considering a provisional patent application first, as it is easier to obtain and more affordable. At other patent firms, moderately complex provisional patent application, including all filing fees, will usually end up in the $7,000 - $12,000 range, depending on the complexity of the application and the cost of the legal help.
In contrast to other patent firms, we don't work by the hour so that you can stay in control of your budget. We offer cost-effective, fixed priced packages for provisional patent applications that are much less expensive than other patent firms.
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