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PATENT COSTS

Albright IP endeavour to make the patenting process as simple and stress-free as possible, whilst obtaining the broadest protection possible for your invention. We can advise you whilst taking account of your circumstances, and will act for you and provide advice for at each stage of the procedure, as well as outlining likely future patent costs in the UK, Europe and internationally to allow you to budget effectively.

If you would like a specific quote, please contact us and we can give you up-to-date costs for handling patent applications at any stage in the UK, in Europe or in other overseas territories.

UK AND EUROPEAN PATENT COSTS

We are committed to providing the best service at an affordable price, and provide clear indications of cost for each stage of the UK and European patenting processes.

The following sections give a general indication of when and why costs are incurred on UK and European patent applications.

Is preparing and filing a UK or European patent application expensive?

We offer a competitive fixed fee deal for preparing and filing a patent application for a standard mechanical invention. For more complex inventions, such as chemical or software-related inventions, we offer another very competitive fixed fee deal. This applies to both British and European patent applications filed directly at the UK IPO or EPO.

Included in both packages are a full description, a set of claims, labelled drawings, an abstract and a request for an official search to be carried out on the application, once filed.

We also offer very competitive rates for filing British and European national phase entry applications.

For further details, please contact us for a brief discussion.

Are there any official fees to pay?

In the UK, the official fees charged for a patent application by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) can be seen on the UK IPO website Patent Forms and Fees page:

Where to find UK patent fees

Where to find UK patent fees

In Europe, the official fees charged for a patent application by the European Patent Office (EPO) can be seen on the European Patent Office website Fees Page. Note that, unlike the UK IPO, the EPO charges additional fees for claims in excess of 15 and pages in excess of 35 in a given application:

Where to find European patent fees

Where to find European patent fees

Whilst the EPO official fees are higher than the UK IPO official fees, you are able to prosecute a single patent application and, on grant, receive patents in the European countries of your choice. As a result, if you would like to pursue patents in a number of European countries, there can be significant savings by applying for a European patent rather than for individual national patents.

At what stages of a patent application are the major costs incurred?

For patent applications, there are two main stages where costs are incurred. The first is the initial drafting stage, where a patent specification is prepared from scratch. The second is the examination stage, where any objections raised against the application need to be dealt with and overcome to be granted a patent.

Costs are incurred at other stages too, such as reporting the Search Report and reporting publication to you, and for annual renewal fees, but the main costs are for drafting and examination.

It is difficult to predict whether objections will arise or be sustained against a patent application during examination. For responding to an examination report, or answering detailed queries about a report, for example, our hourly rate for attorneys is used. Our hourly rate is very competitive and will save you costs when compared to larger IP firms.

There is also a third stage of moderate cost that generally occurs between filing and examination. This relates to filing overseas patent applications. Overseas applications are optional, but if required then the cost can be comparable to the filing and examination stages. Any overseas application based on a first filing (made in the UK or Europe, for example) must be filed within one year of the first filing in order to validly claim priority.

INTERNATIONAL AND OVERSEAS PATENT COSTS

International patent costs relate to an international (PCT) patent application, whilst overseas patent costs relate to national patent applications in particular foreign territories.

Albright IP has selected excellent value overseas associates with broad experience to give you the best chance of gaining effective and wide-ranging protection for your invention.

Is preparing and filing an international or overseas patent application expensive?

We offer competitive fixed fee deals for preparing and filing an international patent application, either based on an existing patent specification or for preparing a specification from scratch.

Included in the fixed fee deals are a full description, a set of claims, labelled drawings, an abstract and a request for an official search to be carried out on the application, once filed.

For further details, please contact us for a brief discussion.

Are there any official fees to pay?

For official fees for patent applications in individual countries, please consult the the national Patent Office website for the country you are interested in. For example, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China are two such Patent Offices.

The official fees for an international (PCT) patent application are available on the international patent application fees page. The fees are periodically reviewed – click on the latest update in the section entitled ‘Documents’:

Where to find the latest PCT fees

Where to find the latest PCT fees

Please note that other costs (including further official fees) can be incurred on national and/or regional phase entry, normally at 30 months or so from the priority date.

Are there translation costs?

If overseas applications are filed directly in individual countries, it is sometimes necessary to provide a translation of the patent specification, either on filing or during the later stages of the application. For example, China, Japan and some European countries require translations into the relevant national language to meet local patent law requirements.

In contrast, an international patent application can proceed in a variety of languages, notably: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Other languages are also possible, but would require translation into one of the above languages.

The cost of a translation will depend on the language of translation and the length and complexity of the specification. Typically, we can obtain high quality translations on the order of £1000 to £2000 + VAT for a patent specification.

For further details, please contact us for a brief discussion.