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How much does a provisional patent cost?

The cost of filing a provisional patent application can vary depending on whether you choose to file it yourself or seek assistance from a patent attorney or agent. Generally, the government filing fees associated with filing a provisional patent application in the United States range from $60 to $300, depending on whether the applicant qualifies for small entity status. However, these fees are subject to change and should be verified on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.

In addition to government fees, if you decide to work with a patent attorney or agent, their professional fees will also contribute to the total cost. These fees can vary widely based on factors such as the complexity of your invention, the attorney's experience, the services included in their package, and how awesome they are. Each firm has its own style and approach, and filing for patent protection is a long-term relationship. This is different than going to a document prep company that, as the name suggests, merely preps what you put together for filing.

It's important to note that a provisional patent application provides temporary patent pending status for your invention but does not result in the issuance of a patent. To obtain full patent protection, you will need to file a non-provisional patent application within one year of filing the provisional application. This is a hard deadline that cannot be extended. If you haven't already, better start the hustle once the provisional patent application is filed!

Author: Fernando Dutra.

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