How much does it cost to patent an idea worldwide
International patent filings are quite expensive. In addition to the national official filing fees, once a patent is granted by the patent office, you must pay maintenance or renewal fees, generally on an annual basis, to maintain the validity of the patent. The cost of patenting an invention depends on factors such as the nature of the invention, its complexity, the fees of the patent attorney, the length of the application and possible objections raised by the patent office during the examination. Some countries give discounts to small and medium-sized businesses and to applicants who file their applications online. In case you decide to get international patents, you should also consider the relevant official filing fees for each country in question, the translation costs, and the costs of using local patent agents, which is a requirement in many countries for foreign applicants.