FishFAQ: How much does it cost to get a patent?

How much does it cost to get a patent?


How much does it cost to get a patent?

Getting a patent in the U.S. typically costs between 15 and 20 thousand dollars. So, where does all that money go?

The process starts with a thorough search to see if the invention already exists someplace. If not, we work with the inventor to really understand the fullest potential of the idea, and then move forward by making drawings of the invention and carefully wording the patent according to the formalized rules required. It will then be submitted to the Patent Office with the necessary filing fees. Over the next several months or years, there will likely be quite a bit of back and forth- with the Patent Office finding issues and your Lawyers arguing for your patent.

Let me pause a moment to address a related question: you might wonder why, if you could technically file a patent yourself, you are paying someone else so much money to do it for you? The answer is that the process is not friendly… not at all easy. Every step of the way is going to be littered with what sound like rejections, terminology you don’t know, and discouragement.

Your lawyers are going to advocate for YOU… and there is a peace of mind that comes with that. Yes, you pay for the expertise, but the reason we exist is because the process is so difficult to navigate. So… back to where your money goes.

Once everything is ironed out and the Patent Office agrees you have a valid invention, another fee must be paid for them to grant you the official patent. Some firms will charge upwards of 30 thousand dollars just to file a patent, but a higher price doesn’t guarantee a better job.

The reason for the extra cost is most firms focus on the length of the patent rather than quality. This increases billable hours and is good for the Firm… not so much for the inventor.

On the other hand, it would be difficult to write a decent utility patent application for less than 6 or 7 thousand dollars. Keep in mind that if you want the protection extended to foreign countries, it will typically run about 15 thousand dollars per country.

Fish IP Law is happy to explain all these options, and work with you to find the most cost-effective solutions.