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How much does a patent cost

The total costs involved in acquiring a patent depend on technology, the type of patent applied for, and the size of the applicant. For example, small entities get a 50% discount on PTO fees, and a microentity applicant get an even bigger discount. The more complicated the technology, the more expensive it is to prepare the application and to respond to rejections by the PTO. The type of patent and the size of the applicant affect the PTO fees. A provisional application is typically the cheapest in terms of PTO fee, while the utility application is the most expensive. The cost also varies based on the number of claims. Bio-tech patents are among the most expensive to prepare and prosecute, while mechanical patents are among the less costly to procure. Software patents are somewhere in between. In general, industry experts estimate that obtaining a patent on a “simple” invention (like a paper clip or a coat hanger) can be between $5,000 to $7,000. A patent on a complicated software may cost $15,000 or more. Each patent has maintenance costs payable over time so there are small on-going costs post-grant.