Patent, Trademark, Copyright & Costs

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What Is a Patent?

A patent is a grant of an exclusive U.S. property right to the inventor for an invention which is issued by the Patent and Trademark Office for a 20 year term from the application date, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. The property right conferred by the patent grant is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.

Patentability search costs can be expensive, since prior art includes everything known in the world from the beginning of time to the date of your invention. Searches are performed on an hourly rate basis.

Patent application costs vary with the complexity of the invention. However, for a basic utility case, one can expect to spend between about $5000 and $7000 in application preparation fees, exclusive of government fees. Complex applications are considerably more expensive. International filing varies with the number of countries and is also an expensive undertaking. All government fees are subject to change October 1 of each year and are viewable at .

What Is a Trademark?

Trademark and services mark (word, name, symbol or device which is used to identify your goods/services from those of others) which is used in Interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to protect such trademark/service mark in the U.S. to prevent others from using a confusingly similar marks in the U.S.

Research costs can be as extensive and expensive as you want, since prior uses of similar marks include every prior use in the United States and other countries. Most entities opt for a preliminary search at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Searches are performed on an hourly rate basis. U.S. Trademark application filing is typically under $1000 per application inclusive of government fees.

What Is a Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. Registering your copyright is essential for one to recover damages from those violating the copyright. U.S. copyright application preparation costs vary with complexity and number of the filings required and is performed on an hourly rate basis exclusive of government fees.

U.S. Copyright application filing is typically under $500 per application.

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