Legal And Government Fees

Don't be fooled by low flat fee offerings for filing a patent application. At Kaufhold & Dix Patent Law, you pay once throughout the entire patent application process from the time of filing until the resolution of your case (either an allowance or final rejection).

Read all of the associated costs of other flat fee firms and often you will find that you will be billed separately for different aspects including hundreds of dollars for patent drawings as well as several thousand dollars for required responses to office actions (rejections) from the patent office. Many times, the person offering the flat fee will not even mention what the exact charges are for the drawings and office action replies in advance. You might even be charged handling fees to simply forward issue fees to the Patent Office. In the end the total cost for legal fees can be at least $8,000 and will often be more than $10,000. We include all of our services in a complete service flat fee agreed upon before work starts, and there are no hidden costs.

Further, we highly advise against using services that provide low cost "assistance" where you are actually the one writing the application with presumed oversight by a third party not putting their contact information on your application filing. If they are not willing to tell the USPTO they represent you, then they are not standing behind their work. In 20+ years of assisting clients, we have seen filings that are fatally flawed costing the inventor not only time and money, but the loss of patent rights due to statutory time restrictions.

Initial Consultation:

  • Free.
  • The initial consultation will include a discussion of your invention, the types of protection available to you and the fees associated with each type of protection you are interested in.

Patent Search And Opinion Letter

  • $750 with a reply in eight to 10 business days.
  • $950 for a rush reply within three business days.
  • The search includes finding inventions similar to yours found in printed matter of the US and foreign patent offices as well as a simple search of websites. The search usually includes 10-15 prior art references and the opinion provides an analysis of those references with respect to your invention. This process will give you the confidence that your invention is potentially patentable before you spend funds on further development or the protecting of your idea. The fees for the search and opinion may be varied after the consultation to account for highly technical inventions or those having multiple embodiments.

Provisional Patent Application Fees

  • $1,500 flat fee includes preparation of mechanical and light electrical applications, a flat fee for chemical, biological and computer-related applications will be determined after free initial consultation.
  • $50 per figure if professionally rendered figures are needed, though typically they are not.
  • Government fees to be paid by client.

Nonprovisional Utility Patent Application Fees

  • $2,900 to $6,900 flat fee.
    • $2,900 to $5,900 for mechanical applications depending on complexity.
    • $4,900 to $6,900 for electrical applications.
    • $4,900 to $6,900 for highly technical areas such as chemical, medical, biological and computer related applications.
  • The above fees, as explained below, further include all required responses to office actions up to and until receipt of a final office action or an allowance, whichever comes first.
  • Government fees to be paid by client.

Responses To USPTO Office Actions

  • $ -0- No fee for replying to the USPTO as they are included in the complete service flat fee. These replies are typically needed between 12 and 36 months after the filing of the original application. There is always at least one reply required and often two or more. You will not receive any bills from our firm to handle these replies regardless of how many replies are needed up until you receive either an allowance or a final office action.
  • $ -0- No fee for filling out routine forms for the USPTO or for forwarding issues fees to the USPTO.

Design Patent Fees

  • $1,000 flat fee, preparation of a design patent application; includes drawings.
  • $ -0- No fee for office actions; included in preparation fee.
  • $500 flat fee, preparation of a design patent application, including drawings if the applicant is also filing a utility patent application at the same time.
  • Government fees to be paid by client.

Trademark Fees

  • $1,195 flat fee for the filing of an Actual Use application; includes the government fees.
  • $995 flat fee for filing an Intent to Use application; includes the government filing fees.
  • $450 fee to file Actual Use Statement (when mark is used after originally filing an intent to use application); includes government filing fees.
  • $750 state and federal database word search.
  • $350 per hour to respond to any trademark actions; typically a trademark action response requires less than two hours.

Copyright Fees

  • $495 flat fee for registering for a copyright, includes batch filings (i.e. multiple songs or photographs).
  • Discounts for multiple filings.
  • Government fees to be paid by client.

Find out more about how Kaufhold & Dix Patent Law can protect your intellectual property. Complete our simple online contact form or call 612-216-1161 for our Twin Cities office or 605-334-1571 for our Sioux Falls office.