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?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: Welcome to Justia!

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.

Good luck!

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