Fees

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We do a couple dozen things really well and charge fixed amounts for almost everything in the “Clocktower Law Charges” category. Third-party fees vary (sometimes wildly), but we use rigorous math (based on 10+ years of data) to help you 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 (like ascending a mountain), overcoming objections from the Patent Office represents about the other 50% of the cost (like descending the mountain).

While we do require reasonable retainers for all services, you may pay all bills (including the retainer) by check, credit card, or PayPal. See our proposal [PDF] for details.

Phase Service Clocktower Law
Charges
Third Parties
Charge [3]
You Should
Budget
Patent Prosecution
1: Search Patent Search 5,000 0 5,000
2: Filing US Utility Patent Application hourly about 750 7,000 to 17,000 [1]
US Provisional Patent Application hourly about 150 6,000 to 16,000 [2]
US Design Patent Application 5,000 about 500 about 5,500
PCT Application about 5,000 about 5,000 about 10,000
Foreign Patent Application varies varies 7,000 to 17,000 [1]
3: Pending US Patent Office Action Reply hourly 0 about 3,000
Foreign Patent Office Action Reply hourly varies wildly varies
4: Renewal US Patent Renewal 500 800 at year 3.5,
1,800 at year 7.5,
3,700 at year 11.5
1,300 at year 3.5,
2,300 at year 7.5,
4,200 at year 11.5
Foreign Patent Renewal 500 varies wildly varies
17: Random US Patent Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.)
250 varies wildly varies
Foreign Patent Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.)
250 varies wildly varies
Trademark Prosecution
1: Search Trademark Search 1,000 0 1,000 [4]
2: Filing US Trademark Application 1,725 275 per class about 2,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
Europe
about 2,400 about 1,600 about 4,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
India
about 2,200 about 800 about 3,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
Australia
about 2,000 about 1,000 about 3,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
Canada
about 2,000 about 1,000 about 3,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
China
about 2,000 about 1,000 about 3,000
Foreign Trademark Application,
Japan
about 2,000 about 1,000 [5] about 3,000
3: Pending US Trademark Office Action Reply 425 0 425
Foreign Trademark Office Action Reply hourly varies wildly varies
US Trademark Statement of Use (SOU) 400 100 500
4: Renewal US Trademark Renewal 1,000 about 500 about 1,500
Foreign Trademark Renewal 1,000 varies wildly varies
17: Random US Trademark Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.)
250 about 500 about 750
Foreign Trademark Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.)
250 varies wildly varies
Other Services
Domain Purchase/Sale 10,000 0 10,000
Trademark Purchase/Sale 20,000 0 20,000
Patent Purchase/Sale 30,000 0 30,000
DISCOUNT for nonprofit 50% off no discount varies
DISCOUNT for pro bono 100% off no discount varies
Notes
0. As of 2014-01-01, our rate is 425/hour.
1. Two-thirds of our filings are in this range. To minimize your cost, use our outline.
2. To minimize your cost, use our outline.
3. See links below for government fees. For US estimates, small entity fees are shown.
4. Applies only if we search – but do not file – your trademark.
5. Estimate includes “first part” and “second part” fees.

Government Fees (Links To Other Websites)

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