What costs are involved?

The costs usually vary according to a number of factors, including the complexity of the invention, the thoroughness of the initial documentation, your responsiveness to our questions, the urgency of the case, how many jurisdictions (and where) you are filing in and whether there are multiple inventors or a complicated chain of transactions affecting the ownership of the patent rights. However, as a rule of thumb, you may consider that the costs of drafting a patent application will be between $8,000 – $15,000, and the cost of filing in a single patent jurisdiction will be about $3,000 – $5,000. If you file in multiple jurisdictions, you only have to pay for a single draft. Some jurisdictions will require translations into a foreign language. Still other jurisdictions will build into their filing fees, the charges for requesting examination and annual fees for keeping the application in good standing, while other jurisdictions charge these separately. There are usually fees for having the patent issued and after the patent is granted, you may be asked to pay periodic renewal or maintenance fees to keep the patent in force. Once we have met to go over your invention with you, we can provide you with a more precise estimate of the costs we anticipate you will be charged.

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