What are hidden or unexpected patent costs?

Expecting unexpected patent costs I still remember the one piece of sage advice given to prepare me for my wedding day: expect the unexpected. Having the expectation that not everything would go as planned helped my bride and me to avoid getting frazzled when the inevitable hiccups occurred. My goal with this article is to […]

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How much does a utility patent cost?

What is a realistic cost estimate for obtaining a utility patent? Why write another post on patent costs when I’ve already written several articles, such as initial filing estimates, start-to-finish costs, prices of Office Action responses, and more? If you search for “how much does a utility patent cost” online, you may get some rough […]

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How much does a US national stage application cost?

What is the cost of filing a US national stage application? The initial cost of filing a Us national stage application based on a PCT application can vary widely depending upon teh US law firm or attorney. Some US firms charge hourly rates while others, like ours, charge flat rates. If the specification has already […]

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How much do foreign patents cost?

Foreign patent costs Foreign patent costs are high. If we’re talking about utility patents, expect about $2,000 to $6,000 for the initial filing in each country. That’s just the beginning of the international patent process. There will be ongoing costs in prosecuting each utility patent application in each country, although there are strategies to streamline […]

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How much does a patent cost from start to finish?

Patent costs depend on key factors There is not a one-size-fits-all patent. Patents vary widely in type, complexity, scope of coverage, length of description, etc. The question of cost, therefore, depends upon certain key factors. Perhaps the most important cost factor is choosing between a design patent or utility patent. A utility patent will incur […]

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Does our law firm take credit card retainer payments?

Yes, our law firm takes credit card payments for initial retainers While the legal industry has been slow to adapt, Innovation Capital Law Group tries to stay in tune with the needs of our clients by adopting flat rate legal fees and flexible payment options. We understand that paying a legal retainer in the amount […]

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How much does a patent Office Action response cost?

Office Action cost range: from simple to complex responses The cost estimate of responding to an Office Action in a utility patent application will depend upon the complexity of the issues raised by the patent examiner. What is a simple Office Action response? A simple Office Action requires a reply without arguments. Simple Office Action […]

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What is the design patent process and cost?

What is the design patent application process? The design patent process is much simpler than that of a utility patent. Costs for obtaining a design patent are significantly lower as well. If you have something that looks different, then a design patent may make sense. The examination process (aka “prosecution”) for a US design patent […]

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How to Defend a Trademark Cancellation

What is a trademark cancellation? A trademark cancellation is a mini-lawsuit filed with the TTAB to attack a trademark registration. Cancellations deal with only registered trademarks, and not pending applications. A third party may seek to cancel a registration in whole or in part. Here are helpful tips to defend against a trademark cancellation. What […]

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Flat Rate Patent Applications: Everything you need to know

What is a flat rate patent application? Flat rate initial filing A flat rate patent application generally refers to a patent application that is initially drafted and filed for a fixed fee. While I don’t have statistics, it seems that flat rates are more common for design patent applications where the initial preparation of the […]

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