Patent Law FAQs: How much does it cost to obtain a patent?

How much does it cost to obtain a patent?

Costs are directly related to the complexity of the invention, with simple mechanical applications costing less than sophisticated circuit inventions or computer software inventions. The major expense is legal fees that are paid to the patent attorney/firm doing the work. Legal fees vary among attorneys and firms; however, in general, legal fees are related to the complexity of the patent subject matter and the expertise/experience of the attorney.

A recent survey estimated the cost for preparing and filing a U.S. patent application as $6,000 to $12,000 in the United States but can vary from region to region. However, attorneys/firms focused in some very specialized technology areas (e.g. biotech, software and business method patents) charge more than others. It is also standard within the legal industry for many if not all patent attorneys and law firms to charge an hourly rate to perform any additional work after filing of the patent application (e.g. responding to office actions etc.).

Benefits of Hiring Ardent Law Patent Attorneys

In an information age, protecting one's intellectual property is crucial in the success and longevity of any business. In doing so, obtaining and enforcing patents is often a major concern that needs specialized attention. To meet these needs, we have developed a robust patent practice which allows us to obtain patent protection on behalf of our Clients, domestically and internationally. From initial filing to registration, our Patent Attorneys have substantial experience in dealing and maneuvering through the hazards and complexities of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") process. In fact, each of our highly regarded registered Patent Attorneys hold technical degrees which allows our Patent Lawyers to obtain patent protection in a wide range of disciplines including software, biotech, business methods, internet, medical devices, design patents, and simple to complex mechanical devices.
 
The Patent Attorneys at Ardent specialize in drafting patent applications and obtaining patent protection in a cost effective yet timely manner. We pride ourselves on being approachable for we take the time to explain complex patent issues and procedures to our Clients. Our Patent Attorneys, including a former USPTO patent examiner, are experts in negotiating and communicating with the USPTO to ensure that the application receives efficient and proper review throughout the registration process. Whether it is responding to office actions arguing for registration or personally conducting in-person interviews with the patent examiner at the patent office, our patent Attorneys have the experience and expertise to handle all matters.

If you are looking for a Patent Attorney, please contact us to schedule your free initial consultation. We service clients all across the United States and internationally.

USPTO Patent Counsel for Foreign Companies

Foreign companies who seek U.S. patent protection retain the services of our Patent Attorneys to initiate and navigate the complex U.S. patent system. Because of our diversity, international relationships and expertise, we have a global reach in prosecuting and procuring patent protection on behalf of our foreign Clients. Our patent Attorneys are fluent in several foreign languages, and represent foreign companies in countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam.

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