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What is the cost for filing an international patent?

Hey this is from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website. WIPO is the entity in charge of protecting IP across the globe. The United Nations administers WIPO, which handles how patents are registered on a worldwide stage. Although there is no such thing as an “international patent” there are ways to protect your protect in multiple countries. The following info is an answer, on its Q & A portion of the site, to the question “How much do patents costs?”

Here’s the answer:

“The costs of patents may be divided into four types of costs.

Firstly, the costs relating to the application fees and other prosecution fees paid to the national or regional patent offices. Such costs may vary widely from country to country (information on the fees may be obtained directly from the national IP offices) and are typically lower than the other costs referred to below.

Secondly, the costs relating to patent attorneys/agents who assist in drafting the patent application. While the use of a patent attorney/agent is usually optional (unless the applicant is not residing in the country and the law requires that he be represented by an attorney or agent admitted in the country), it is generally advisable to seek legal advice when drafting a patent document. Patent attorney fees will vary significantly from country to country.

Thirdly, costs of translation. Such costs are only relevant when seeking IP protection in foreign countries whose official language is different from the language in which the application has been prepared and may prove to be high, especially for highly technical patent applications.

Fourthly, the cost of maintaining applications and patents through payments to the patent office. Such fees are usually paid at regular intervals (e.g. every year or once every five years) in order to maintain the application or the patent. Protecting patents for the entire term of protection (in general, 20 years) in various countries may prove an expensive undertaking, also taking into account that annual maintenance fees are usually increasing the longer the protection is maintained. Such costs would have to be compared to the wide range of benefits that could derive therefrom (see “How do you Turn Inventions into Profit-making Assets of Your SME”).”

So, as you can see, it can get pretty costly – and confusing. If you’re looking for some straightforward, trustworthy advice then check out the patent attorneys on LawTrades. Our site is a one-stop shop to take care of your legal needs, backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Feel free to message me w/ any questions!

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