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Patent Drafting for Canadians – Costs

$500 upon booking
The best $500 you will ever spend on patents.
Learn if your invention is patentable.
A professional consultation makes all the difference.
$2400 after consult
All-inclusive, including the government fees.
No extra fees.
A professionally drafted application that will stand the test of time. All of your rights depend on the quality of this filing.
$6000 at month 12
Based on provisional.
Plus extra government fees (eg. PCT fees, if applicable).
A quality application reduces the cost of prosecution.

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You get what you pay for

Patenting is complex and takes time, effort, skill and experience. $99 patents (or even $900 patents) are not worth the paper they are written on.  In fact, they probably harm you by giving you a false confidence.

Quality upfront reduces costs later

Patents are examined by patent examiners. They reject claims that cannot be justified. A badly drafted initial application will increase the costs of this ‘prosecution’ process dramatically.

Quality increases value

To have value, a patent must be enforceable. If you have to sue someone for infringement, it will be worth their while to tear your patent apart and to show that they do not infringe.  They might spend hundreds of thousands of $ on this effort, and if they succeed they owe you nothing. In other words, a badly drafted patent is probably worthless.

Compare apples to apples

Many firms quote very low initial costs, but they are not all-inclusive.

Patents are a process: application to registration

Filing a provisional patent is the start of a process.  Ultimately, you need to draft and file a non-provisional patent application (which contains “claims”), and then, your application will be examined (scrutinized carefully) by a patent examiner.  It is very likely that the examiner will reject some or all of your claims initially.  Objections on the basis that your claims are obvious in light of the prior art are extremely common.  You must overcome these objections (often by narrowing and re-casting your claims) before any of your claims will be allowed.  All of this takes time, effort and skill and costs money.

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