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How much does it cost to get a patent?

posted Jan 25, 2018, 11:46 PM by Edmund Xie   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 10:09 PM ]
People frequently ask me how much it costs to get a patent.  This is what I usually tell them. For most patent-related work, I charge based on an hourly rate of $400/hour. So if you hire me, the cost for preparing and filing an original utility patent application is usually in the range of $8000 - $16000 CAD. If you want me to do a patentability search and analysis prior to preparing the utility patent application, the cost for conducting a patentability search and analysis for one invention is usually in the range of $4000 - $6000 CAD. If the USPTO issues a substantive Office Action to the utility patent application, the cost for preparing and filing a response to the Office Action is usually in the range of $3000 -$5000 CAD.

In contrast to utility patent, it is much cheaper to get a U.S. design patent. I usually charge about $3000 CAD to prepare and file a U.S. design patent application. If the application is allowed, there is some additional cost (usually less than $1500 CAD) to pay the issue fee to the USPTO and obtain the patent.