To place a typical US Utility application on file, the cost will between $4,000 to $5,000 including all drawings and filing fees and takes about 60 days to have the application “Patent Pending”. Complicated cases can take longer and cost more. Prosecution of a typical utility patent application involves additional charges. The additional charges involve submitting an information disclosure statement, replying to the patent office to argue your patent, and issue fees. These costs are an average of an additional $3,000 and it generally takes two to three years, but can over six years for some applications, until the patent issues (Patented). These estimates assume you are a small entity (less than 500 employees) and the application does not require continuation or divisional applications. When the patent issues, maintenance fees will be required to keep the patent active. The maintenance fees are due at 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 years. The fees currently run between $565 and $4,730 depending upon small or large entity and when the fee is paid.  To summarize you should budget $8,000 for a typical US utility application and expect the process will take 3 to 6 years.

The schedule below provides an estimate of the entire process from initial consultation until the patent expires, 20 years after the date the Patent Office (PTO) receives the file.

These estimates assume you are a small entity (less than 500 employees) and the application does not require continuation or divisional applications. When the patent issues, maintenance fees will be required to keep the patent active. The maintenance fees are due at 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 years. The fees currently run between $400 and $7,400 depending upon micro or large entity and when the fee is paid. To summarize you should budget $10,000 for a typical US utility application and expect the process will take 3 to 6 years.

Utility Patent Services

Utility Applications will be examined by the Patent Office and if the application is novel the application will result in an issued patent. 35 U.S.C. § 101 Inventions patentable.

To place a typical US Utility application on file, the cost is between $4,000 to $6,000, including all drawings and filing fees and takes about 60 days to have the application “Patent Pending”. Complicated cases can take longer and cost more. Prosecution of a typical utility patent application involves additional charges. The additional charges involve submitting an information disclosure statement, replying to the patent office to argue your patent, and issue fees. These costs are an average of an additional $3,000 and it generally takes two to three years, but can over six years for some applications, until the patent issues (Patented).

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