The following are some of the services I provide. My hourly rate is $225 per hour. Flat fees for some services are available.
I provide an initial consultation regarding a possible patent application for $125 for the first hour and $225 for any time over an hour. Payment is due at the time of the consultation. Consultations are done at my home office. I will travel to your site for an additional travel fee. Before I schedule an initial consultation I will ask about the general nature of your invention to verify that I do not already represent another client with an adverse interest -- a conflict of interest. Please do not provide any confidential information before I perform this conflict check. During an initial consultation, I focus on answering your questions, but I also need to ask questions to help me determine what deadlines might exist for the filing of your patent application and to spot other legal issues.
I can advise you regarding a variety of issues related to patents and patent protection for your invention. I do not typically get involved in conducting litigation or sending demand letters, but I can advise on a variety of issues related to infringement.
The attorney fees I charge for a U.S. non-provisional patent application can vary from about $6,000 to $12,000 or more. The actual fee is negotiable and depends on the complexity of the invention, the number of different implementations (i.e., "embodiments") that I will describe in the application, and other factors. I normally require payment of this fee up front, before work begins, and I deposit it in an attorney trust account, where it stays pending progress payments and/or final payment. This is spelled out in a written fee agreement. My attorney fees do not include costs, such as USPTO filing fees, fees of patent illustrators, search fees, postage, and other out-of-pocket costs. All costs are required to be paid in advance.
A provisional patent application is temporary application that is filed to get you an initial filing date. They can sometimes be less formal that a non-provisional application. They go abandoned unless a non-provisional application is filed within the following year. Because they are less formal, sometimes a client can do part of the work, resulting in lower attorney fees. This depends on a variety of factors, including what my role is in the preparation of the provisional patent application. This can all be discussed at the initial consultation.
I can appeal rejections of patent applications to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.