Fees

Flat Fees

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.

Patent Prosecution  
Phase 1:
Search
Patent Search 5000 flat rate
Phase 2:
Filing
US Utility Patent Application [1] hourly
US Provisional Patent Application [2] hourly
US Design Patent Application 5000 flat rate
PCT Application [3] 10,000 plus fees
Phase 3:
Pending
US Patent Office Action Reply hourly
Foreign Patent Office Action Reply hourly
Phase 4:
Renewal
US Patent Renewal [3] 500 plus fees
Foreign Patent Renewal [3] 500 plus fees
Phase 17:
Random
US Patent Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.) [3]
250 plus fees
Foreign Patent Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.) [3]
250 plus fees
Trademark Prosecution
Phase 1:
Search
Trademark Search [4] 1000 flat rate
Phase 2:
Filing
US Trademark Application [5] 2000 flat rate
Foreign Trademark,
Madrid Protocol Country [5]
2000 flat rate
Foreign Trademark,
Non-Madrid Country [5]
3000 flat rate
Foreign Trademark,
Europe [5]
4000 flat rate
Phase 3:
Pending
US Trademark Office Action Reply 425 flat rate
Foreign Trademark Office Action Reply hourly
US Trademark Statement of Use (SOU) 500 flat rate
Phase 4:
Renewal
US Trademark Monitoring [6] 20 per month
US Trademark Renewal [5] 1500 flat rate
Foreign Trademark Renewal [5] 1500 flat rate
Phase 17:
Random
US Trademark Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.) [3]
250 plus fees
Foreign Trademark Misc.
(Assignment, POA, Etc.) [3]
250 plus fees
Other Services
Domain Purchase/Sale 10,000 flat rate
Trademark Purchase/Sale 20,000 flat rate
Patent Purchase/Sale 30,000 flat rate
DISCOUNT for nonprofit 50% off our fees
DISCOUNT for pro bono 100% off our fees
Notes
0 As of 2014-01-01, our rate is 425/hour.
1 6500 average. To minimize your cost, use our outline.
2 5500 average. To minimize your cost, use our outline.
3 See links below for government fees.
4 Applies only if we search – but do not file – your trademark.
5 Includes government fees for 1 class.
6 Plus $5 per month for each additional class.

Government Fees (Links To Other Websites)

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