The following are some of the services I provide. My hourly rate is $225 per hour. Flat fees for many services are available.
I provide an initial consultation regarding a possible patent application for $65 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 $3,000 to $5,000 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. For example, an application regarding a very simple mechanical invention with a single embodiment may be possible for around $3,000 in attorney fees. For a more complex mechanical invention, my attorney fees may be a flat fee of $5,000 or perhaps higher. My attorney fees do not include costs, such as USPTO filing fees, fees of patent illustrators, patentability search fees, postage, and other out-of-pocket costs.
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, sometimes as low as $1,500 to $3,500 depending on my involvement. A provisional application can also be prepared just like a non-provisional application, in which case my fees are the same as for a non-provisional.
I can appeal rejections of patent applications to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.