How to Get a Patent

Utility or design patent? In order to know how to get a patent, first determine the type of IP you need. Do you need a utility or design patent, or both? A simple way to tell is to focus on the unique features, and ask whether they are primarily functional or visual. If you have […]

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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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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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How much does a nonprovisional utility patent application cost?

How much does a nonprovisional utility patent application cost? In answering the question of “How much does a utility patent cost?” the largest portion of the cost of filing a nonprovisional utility patent application will be the legal fees for drafting the application. The conventional approach has been to bill hourly attorney’s fees for drafting […]

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