The cost of filing a patent depends on the complexity of the application and the territorial extension of the patent.
For a German patent application of medium complexity with up to 10 claims, we charge 4500 EUR, including the lawyer's fees for filing and conducting the patent grant procedure as well as the official application, search and grant fee.
The average national filing and processing costs range between EUR 5000 and 8000.
An application for a patent granting procedure for an EP patent designating a large number of European states costs on average between EUR 18,000 and 30,000.
Ultimately, the costs also depend on the complexity of the application.
For national applications in Germany, China, USA as well as in the EP and PCT proceedings, for example, the following official fees are to be expected:
Germany Registration Fee: 40 EUR
Search fee: 300 EUR
Fee for requesting examination: EUR 350
Grant fee: 0 EUR
China Registration Fee: 950 Yuan
Search fee: 0 EUR
Fee for requesting examination: 2500 Yuan
Grant fee: 255 Yuan
USA In the USA, the official fees also depend on the size of the company. For small companies or individual inventors, the fees are reduced by 50% and 75%, respectively.
Registration Fee: 280 USD
Search fee: 600 USD
Fee for requesting examination: 720 USD
Grant fee: 960 USD
EP Registration Fee: 210 EUR
Designation fee: 580 EUR
Transfer fee: 0 EUR
Search fee: 1285 EUR
Fee for requesting examination: 1805 EUR
Grant fee: 915 EUR
Additional costs: Validation costs (depending on the number of countries. They lie on average between 1000 and 3000 EUR)
PCT Registration Fee: 1330 CHF
Designation fee: 0 CHF
Transmission fee: 100 CHF
Search fee: depends on the fees charged in the respective country.
Fee for examination request: maximum CHF 2000
Grant fee: 0,CHF
Additional costs: Validation costs (depending on the number of countries. They lie on average between 1000 and 3000 EUR).
Furthermore, so-called maintenance fees are due. The fees are payable annually. In the case of the EP patent, the maintenance fees only have to be paid until validation. Then the maintenance fees of the states in which the EP application has been validated become due.
As a rule, the following maintenance fees apply:
Germany First year: 0 EUR
Second year: 0 EUR
Third year: 70 EUR
Fourth year: 70 EUR
5th to 9th year: 930 EUR
10th to 20th year: 12100 EUR
China First Year: 900 YUAN
Second year: 900 YUAN
Third year: 900 YUAN
Fourth year: 1200 YUAN
5th to 9th year: 8400 YUAN
10th to 20th year: 70000 YUAN
USA In the USA, maintenance fees also depend on the size of the company. For small companies or individual inventors, the fees are reduced by 50% and 75%, respectively.
First year: 0 USD
Second year: 0 USD
Third year: 1600 USD
Fourth year: 0 USD
5th to 9th year: 3600 USD
10th to 20th year: 7400 USD
EP First year: 0 EUR
Second year: 0 EUR
Third year: 465 EUR
Fourth year: 580 EUR
5th to 9th year: 5650 EUR
10th to 20th year: 17160 EUR
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