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Example Patent Cost Information

Patent application preparation cost can range from $500 to $12,000 depending on the type of application and other variables. Please review our work samples, read the general pricing information below, and contact us for a quote to prepare and prosecute a patent application for your invention. We are confident you will not find our unique combination of technical expertise and high quality problem-solution claiming driven by business focused invention analysis anywhere else. In addition, we offer a reduced-fee guarantee for ongoing prosecution if certain conditions are met; please ask about this when you call.


The cost of patent application preparation and prosecution may be difficult to accurately estimate, depending on multiple factors including an invention's complexity and the invention disclosure's quality and quantity.

We will be able to estimate your cost for most of our services after an initial consultation to discuss your project. After you have fully disclosed your invention and the requested services, we will provide a price quote upon request. The price quoted will be fixed, unless the invention disclosure or requested services change (including changes or additions to your invention).


Most communication, including correspondence and conferences related to a quoted service, is included in the quoted price. We may charge an hourly rate for communication, including correspondence and conferences, not specifically related to a quoted service.


Costs or fees from illustrators, search providers, docketing services, foreign associates, or other service providers will be billed to you without surcharge, however we may also bill you for practitioner time related to these services on your project.


Most projects will require at least two-thirds the estimated fee including expected costs, paid as a retainer before we begin work, with the balance of fees (including any excess above the estimate) due when the project is complete. In an illustrative example, when we give you a draft version of your patent application including documents needed for filing with the USPTO, the project would be "complete."


Pricing Examples: The following pricing examples are based on rough order-of-magnitude estimates, including most fees. Please request a more accurate estimate after disclosing your invention to us.


Initial Consultation (Up to One Hour)

Free

Introductory consultation for initial contact, including verifying no conflicts of interest, schedule, or subject matter concerns.


Office Consultation (Beyond Initial Consultation)

$200 per hour (One Hour Minimum) payable in advance.

If the requested retainer is received and work agreed to at the first Office Consultation, 100% of this fee will be credited to the fees paid for quoted service.


Provisional Patent Applications

A provisional patent application temporarily 'holds your place' in line with respect to filing dates in the USPTO. Provisional applications are not examined by the USPTO. A provisional application provides the means to establish an early effective filing date in a later filed Non-provisional patent application filed under 35 U.S.C. § 111(a). It also allows the term "Patent Pending" to be applied in connection with the description of the invention. A Provisional Patent Application expires one year after the date of filing. Any Non-provisional Patent Application claiming priority to a Provisional filing date must be filed within one year of the Provisional.


We prepare and file two broad categories of Provisional Patent Application, a "Primitive," and a "Standard" Provisional Patent Application. Please contact us if you have questions.


  • "Primitive" Provisional Patent Application (including only the information and written description provided to us in your invention disclosure, such as, for example, short descriptions, summaries, or informal sketches, prepared by the inventor): $500 to $2,000, depending on the amount of information in your invention disclosure and the amount of work necessary to determine if your disclosure is reasonable. Please contact us for a quote. USPTO small-entity provisional filing fee included. A "Primitive" Provisional Patent Application may be useful as a "flash filing" to obtain a filing date when an impending disclosure or sale is anticipated. Flash filings may include a sales brochure or a conference presentation, but should be followed up with a Standard Provisional Patent Application, or a Non-provisional Patent Application. A "Primitive" Provisional Patent Application should  only be used as a placeholder while we work towards the preparation and filing of either a Standard Provisional Patent Application, or a Non-Provisional Patent Application, due at least to "enablement" and "written description" requirements in United States Patent Law that must be met in order for a subsequent patent application to claim benefit to its filing date.


  • "Standard" Provisional Patent Application (including up to four illustrations prepared at our expense, a broadly stated summary of the inventive concept identified based on our analysis of your invention disclosure, and technical description of your invention written by a licensed patent practitioner): $1,000 to $3,500, depending on the amount of information disclosed and the amount of work necessary to identify and describe the main inventive concept in your invention disclosure. Please contact us for a quote. USPTO small-entity provisional filing fee included. A Provisional Patent Application expires one year after the date of filing. Any Non-provisional Patent Application claiming priority to a Provisional filing date must be filed within one year of the Provisional.



Non-provisional Patent Applications

A Non-provisional application for a patent is filed under 35 U.S.C. § 111(a) to the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and includes: up to four illustrations prepared at our expense, a broadly stated summary of the inventive concept identified based on our analysis of your invention disclosure, detailed technical description of your invention and up to three independent / twenty total claims defining your invention, written by a licensed patent practitioner.


  • Mechanical Invention Non-provisional Patent Application Preparation and Filing: $3,000-$6,000 for one embodiment, depending on the amount of information disclosed and the amount of work necessary to identify and describe the main inventive concept in your invention disclosure. $500-$1,000 for each additional embodiment. Illustration cost and USPTO small-entity fees due at filing included. Please contact us for a quote. Total Cost of Patent for 20 years, including Application Preparation and Filing, Prosecution (Responding to USPTO Office Actions), and Maintenance Fees payable to the USPTO: at least $25,000.


  • Software, or Electrical / Electronic Invention Non-provisional Patent Application Preparation and Filing: $3,000-$12,000 for one embodiment, depending on the amount of information disclosed and the amount of work necessary to identify and describe the main inventive concept in your invention disclosure. $750-$1,500 for each additional embodiment. Illustration cost and USPTO small-entity fees due at filing included. Please contact us for a quote. Total Cost of Patent for 20 years, including Application Preparation and Filing, Prosecution (Responding to USPTO Office Actions), and Maintenance Fees payable to the USPTO: at least $40,000.


Responding to Office Actions:

$1,500-$3,500 for a response to an Office Action in which 2 or 3 references cited are clearly distinct. References that are not as clearly distinct, or more than 2 or 3 references, will cost more. This estimate does not include writing an explanation of the Office Action. More references or close references would increase this cost. Preparing Office Action Responses is a significant part of the prosecution cost.


Any estimates herein may vary widely from your actual cost due to multiple factors beyond control. In addition, such estimates do not include any cost related to foreign filing, searching, Requests for Continued Examination, appeals, or litigation.



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