While we do have an hourly rate, we charge fixed amounts (flat rates) for many things that we do.
Third-party fees vary (sometimes wildly), but we use rigorous math (based on many years of data) to help you budget accordingly. We simplify our fee structure at least annually.
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 only about 50% of the cost (like ascending Mount Everest), overcoming objections from the Patent Office represents about the other 50% of the cost (like descending Mount Everest).
We require reasonable retainers for all services, and you may pay all bills (including the retainer) by check, credit card, or PayPal.
Nonprofit IP Law
Clocktower Law offers a 50% discount to selected nonprofits. Past and present nonprofit clients include:
We do require that nonprofit clients cover outside costs (e.g. USPTO filing fees).
Pro Bono IP Law
Clocktower Law offers a 100% discount (i.e. pro bono) to selected causes. How do we select the causes we support? Carefully. Past and present pro bono clients include:
- Accelerated Cure Project (multiple sclerosis research)
- Pan-Mass Challenge (cancer fundraising)
- Small World Big Life (loss of a loved one)
Pay With Stock
If you are a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record, then you may be able to pay us with stock. The definition of “stock” may include stock, stock options, warrants, or convertible debt.
We do require that all clients (including nonprofit, pro bono, and those paying with equity) cover outside costs (e.g. USPTO filing fees).
Government Fees (Links To Other Websites)
- USPTO: Patent Fees (U.S. Patents)
- USPTO: Trademark Fees (U.S. Trademarks)
- USPTO: PCT Fees (Foreign Patents )
- WIPO: Madrid Protocol Fees (Foreign Trademarks)