We do a couple dozen things really well and charge flat-rate fees for most of those things. For the hourly stuff, we can tell you the average costs (based on 10+ years of data) so you can budget accordingly. We simplify our fee structure at least annually and welcome your feedback.
When you are considering various law firms, you should ask each how much they charge per hour, whether filing fees are included, whether follow-up filings will be required, and so on. For example, we are always honest about the fact that filing a patent represents about 50% of the cost, overcoming objections from the Patent Office represents about the other 50% of the cost.
While we do require reasonable initial retainers for all services, you may pay all bills (including the retainer) by check, credit card, or PayPal. See our proposal [PDF] for details.
|US Patent Search (flat rate)||3400|
|US Patent (hourly)||425|
|US Patent Misc Filing (Assignment, POA, Etc.) (flat rate)||425|
|US Patent Office Action Reply (flat rate)||7225|
|US Design Patent Application Filing (flat rate)||3400|
|Foreign Patent (hourly)||850|
|PCT Application Filing (flat rate)||6800|
|US Trademark Search (flat rate)||850|
|US Trademark Application Filing (flat rate)||850|
|US Trademark (hourly)||425|
|US Trademark Misc Filing (Assignment, POA, Etc.) (flat rate)||425|
|US Trademark Office Action Reply Filing (flat rate)||425|
|US Trademark Renewal (flat rate)||425|
|Foreign Trademark (hourly)||850|
|Foreign Trademark Application Filing (flat rate)||3400|
|Foreign Trademark Misc Filing (Assignment, POA, Etc.) (flat rate)||850|
|Foreign Trademark Office Action Reply Filing (flat rate)||850|
|Foreign Trademark Renewal (flat rate)||850|
|Domain Names & IP Counseling|
|Intellectual Property Counseling (hourly)||850|
|Domain Name (hourly)||850|
|Domain Name UDRP Filing (flat rate)||6800|
|Domain Purchase/Sale (flat rate)||10000|
|0. Prices listed are U.S. Dollars (USD, US$).|
|1. As of 2014-01-01, CTLG’s rate is 425/hour.|
|2. Government fees are not included, vary wildly, and change frequently. See “Links To Other Websites” below.|
Government Fees (Links To Other Websites)
- USPTO: Patent Fees (U.S. Patents)
- USPTO: Trademark Fees (U.S. Trademarks)
- WIPO: Madrid Protocol Fees (Foreign Trademarks)
- USPTO: PCT Fees (Foreign Patents )
- WIPO: UDRP Fees (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy)
- Drawing That Explains Patent Costs
How to control the cost of filing a patent.
- To Search Or Not To Search
That is the (pretty simple) question.
- How To Get And Defend A Patent Without Going Broke
It is possible for independent inventors and small businesses to acquire patents and protect their ideas without going broke in the process.