Washington Dc, DC asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Kentucky

Q: I had one of these ideas for a long time. How much does a lawyer cost to help with a patent?

I have wanted to get patents but feel I couldn't afford it. What should I expect in the process of contacting a patent attorney and the cost?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: A patent is a business tool. Just like a rice milling machine, or a tractor trailer truck, or a deep ocean trawler, or a customer list. It is just a tool.

What I ask people who are interested in getting a patent is whether they have a plan on how to monetize the patent that I could get for them. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take money from people to get them a patent, but I'd have trouble sleeping at night knowing that I earned that money giving a client something that they can't use.

But to answer your questions.

The cost of getting and maintaining a patent is about as much as buying a car. Typically, $20K to $30K, but it could be as little as $10K or as much as over $100K. About a third up front.

To find a patent lawyer, contact a lawyer who you already know regardless of what area of law they practice, and ask the lawyer for a recommendation. It is in their best interest to give you a good recommendation. Note that each patent lawyers have their own speciality, and the recommended patent lawyer may then refer you to some other patent attorney.

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