Patent Attorney

The following are some of the services I provide.  My hourly rate is $225 per hour.  Flat fees for some services are available.

Initial Consultation:

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.    

Advising on intellectual property matters:

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.

Drafting and filing U.S. non-provisional patent applications:

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.

Drafting and filing U.S. provisional patent applications:

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.

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