Q: I would like to file a patent for an accessible phone for the elderly. How do I go about it? What would be the cost?
How much time would it take?
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How do you go about it? Get in touch with a patent lawyer. He/She will guide you through the process.
What is the cost? To get a patent costs about as much as buying a car. A few thousand to a few tens of thousands of dollars, depending on many things. About 1/3 up front, about 1/3 during the next 2-4 years, and about 1/3 after the patent issues.
How much time? It generally takes a patent lawyer a week to a month of calendar time from the initial interview to the time the patent application is filed. Then it takes anywhere from a year to 4 years to get it issued.
The MOST important thing for you to do before you go speak to a lawyer is to find out how you want to make money on your invention. The last that you want to do is to spend money on getting a beautiful patent that doesn't do anything to advance your business.
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