Patent Searching

We can do most patent searches for $675. If there is a determination of patentability we will include an exact quote for the cost of preparing and filing the patent application including the government filing fee and the estimated cost of preparing the necessary drawings. The quote will not include patent prosecution if required or the government issue fee, which is due upon the notice of allowance.

Reporting time for a search is 7-10 business days.

Maintenance Fees

Maintenance fees on utility patents are due at 3 1/2, 7 1/2, and 11 1/2 years from the date of issue. Failure to pay the government fee on time will result in the cancellation of the patent. The current fees for a small entity are $800, $1,800, and $3,700 respectively. While under Micro Status are $400, $900 and $1,850 respectively.


The cost of preparing & filing a patent application depends on the complexity of the invention. Most utility applications are in the typical range of $4,500-$5,500 + Government filing fees and formal drawing cost. Design applications $1,500. A formal quote will be made in the search report outlying the total cost of the preparing and filing of the patent application. Patent prosecution cost will be determined at the time of the first action and are not included in the original application and filing cost.

Filing & Maintenance fees have changed as of March 2013 respectively, based on a new Micro Entity filing status. If the inventor qualifies as a Micro Entity based on the following number of requirements, fees are reduced.

1. Income, less than $150,000 year.
2. Number of previous patents issued 4.
3. The inventor does not have an obligation to assign the patent, or is currently employed by an institute of Higher Learning.

Now for example, the combined filing fees are reduced from $730 as a Small Entity to $400 as a Micro Entity, for up to 20 claims.

Also changed, is the
first to invent rule, it’s now the first Inventor to file, making it more important than ever to file a patent application as soon as possible.

By filing a provisional application you establish “a first to file” filing date for one year, then must be converted by filing a non provisional application, which will maintain your early filing date.