Generally, when someone thinks of a patent, they are thinking of utility patents. These are the most common types of patents. In a broad sense, they are granted to new machines, manufactured items, chemicals, other compositions of matter, and processes (such as software and business methods). The term of a utility patent in the United States is 20 years from the date of filing.

The most important feature of all utility patents.

Utility patents end with a collection of textual claims. These are single sentence descriptions of the invention that set forth exactly what protection is granted by the patent.  They are drafted in extremely formal, even archaic language. If you are new to this process, certain words within a claim do not mean anything remotely close to the definitions in the dictionary. For example, the terms ‘comprising’ and ‘consisting’ have remarkably similar meanings according to most dictionaries. But they have entirely different meanings when used within a patent claim. It is important to know and understand the differences.

Why utility patents are so valuable.

The main reason that utility patents can be so valuable is that, if crafted correctly, they can be incredibly difficult to work around. Plain and simple, utility patents grant far broader and stronger protection for a useful invention than any other form of protection. A utility patent can be broader than the design patent, broader than a copyright and broader than any other form of Intellectual property protection for inventions.

If you’re a manufacturer and you want to maintain a monopoly on an innovative product, a utility patent is usually the way to go. If you want to make money by licensing your inventions, a utility patent is almost always the way to go.

Royalties with utility patents.

We represent many inventors that obtain patent royalties on their inventions, and almost all of them obtain those royalties on utility patents. In fact, there are billions upon billions of dollars of royalties paid on utility patents in the United States alone. 

While design patents can be powerful in the right circumstances, design patent royalties are only a small fraction of the royalty that are paid on utility patents. Well drafted utility patents are simply better than any other form of intellectual property for generating royalties from inventions.

Our Basic Utility Patent Fees

We prepare individual quotes for utility applications. Each invention has it’s own unique set of guidelines to receive the best protection possible for it. The quotes can vary depending on the levels of complexity of filing. We present and discuss these options with our clients in our consultations together.

The first thing to consider may be whether a provisional or non-provisional utility patent is right for you and your invention. Here are some general fees and costs for both:

For Simple Non-Provisional Utility Applications

Examples – an improved design for a spatula, a new lint screen for a dryer, etc.
Legal Fee: $4980.
Filing Fee: $455. (assuming qualifies as microentity)
Drawings: $230. (assuming two pages of drawings – $115 each additional page)

Total: $5665.

For Simple Provisional Utility Applications

Legal Fee: $3385.
Filing Fee: $75.(assuming qualifies as microentity)
Drawings: $230. (assuming two pages of drawings – $115 each additional page)

Total: $3690.

There are more complex filings which may increase the price. It is important to talk with an experienced patent attorney to discuss what the various filing levels or options are for your invention to get the best protection for your budget.

Learn more about all our utility pricing here, including some more complex filings and utility patent prosecution.

Sherinian Law Attorneys

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Patent Law is Complicated. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian have extensive experience in patent matters. We’ve helped clients obtain numerous patents, including more difficult categories such as software, electronics, and the mechanical arts. We have obtained numerous patents in the United States and throughout the world. In addition, we have litigated patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in District Courts throughout the United States.

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Whether you are at the initial starting stage, or trying to protect and enforce what you’ve already have, we can help patent and protect your idea or invention. Reach out to us today. We will quickly set up a time when you can speak to an experienced patent attorney.