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How much does a design patent cost?

The cost of obtaining a design patent can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the design, the services of a patent attorney or agent, and any additional fees associated with the patent application process, such as responding to "office actions" (an examination by a patent examiner into the merits of the filing based on what else is out there). Fees vary widely depending on if you plan to use a document prep company (i.e. one that does not provide legal services) or an attorney.

On average, the total cost for filing and obtaining a design patent in the United States typically ranges from $2,000 to $20,000, including government filing fees and attorney fees.

It's important to note that this is a general estimate, and the actual cost may vary based on individual circumstances and the specifics of the design being patented.

Example: For instance, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as of January 2022, the basic filing fee for a design patent application is $380 for a large entity and $190 for a small entity. However, this fee only covers the initial filing, and additional fees may apply for various services throughout the application process, such as examination fees, extension fees, or maintenance fees. Additionally, many applicants choose to work with a patent attorney or agent to navigate the complexities of the patent system, which incurs additional legal fees.

Author: Fernando Dutra.

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