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Patents and Trademarks: Patent fees and costs

Basic patent resources for general research and design ideas

The Cost to Obtain a Patent

There are many factors which impact the cost to file and obtain a U.S. patent.  The basic fees are (from the USPTO FAQ page):

There are three basic fees for utility patents:

  • The filing fee, which is non-refundable whether or not a patent is granted. (This is the cost to have your invention "examined" by the US Patent and Trademark Office - remember, you may or may not get a patent!)
  • The issue fee (you pay this only if your application is allowed)
  • Maintenance fees (paid at 3 1/2, 7 1/2, and 11 1/2 years after your patent is granted - these fees "maintain" your legal protection).
  • Additional fees may be required.

For further information we recommend you contact the USPTO Contact Center at (571) 272-1000 or (800) 786-9199.