Our "Patent Pending" Process

sketches or drawings of utility
Put your “Thoughts to Paper”
Order a Patent Search Report
Discuss your objectives with a licensed patent practitioner
consultants,engineers and patent practitioners
Request a Patent Search Report
Additional fee
application filed to the US Patent Office
Patent application is prepared and filed. Earn temporary “patent pending” status while waiting.
patent rights
If approved by the US Patent Office, earn 20 years of patent rights

File a Non-Provisional Utility Patent Application at a Fixed Price

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Mechanical invention

+$430 Govt Fee*

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Software or method invention

+$430 Govt Fee*

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Biology, chemistry, electrical circuitry, or other highly technical inventions

+$430 Govt Fee*

start application

All Include:

  • Apply for 20 years of patent rights

    Apply for 20 years of patent rights

    If your invention is considered novel, nonobvious, and useful by the US Patent Office, you will receive 20 years of exclusive patent rights to your invention.

  • Fully prepared patent application

    Fully prepared patent application

    A complete patent application will be drafted including specifications, claims, and drawings.

  • Consultation Time with a Licensed Patent Practitioner

    Consultation Time with a Licensed Patent Practitioner

    Ask legal questions and get legal advice, go over your patent application and request revisions before filing, or anything else you need to discuss with a patent attorney or agent. 60 minutes of phone or email time is included per case. Additional time is billed at the practitioner’s hourly rate.

  • “Patent Pending” 


    “Patent Pending” Status

    Once the patent application is filed, you will have legal “patent pending” status while the application is waiting to be reviewed by the US Patent Office.

*$430 govt fee assumes you are classified as "micro entity" by USPTO. If you have filed more than 4 non-provisional patent apps in the past, or have an annual income of greater than $177,117, you may be classified as "small entity" or "large entity" which requires a $785 or $1720 govt fee

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Should I request a patent search?

It's the first step before a patent application! First, you learn how patentable your invention may be. If it's not very patentable, don't waste time and money on a patent app. Second, it may help you increase your patentability. By seeing what is similar, you can improve your invention around other existing invention and increase patentability.


Q & A about Utility Patents

Q What is a Utility Patent?
A A utility patent protects an invention’s function or process - what the invention does and how it does it.
Q Non-Provisional Utility vs. Provisional Patent Application
A If you are certain you want to try and obtain 20 years of patent protection and the needed monetary capital is available, you may want to skip the provisional patent and go directly to the utility patent application.

Otherwise, you can file a provisional patent to temporarily lock in your invention date for 12 months. Within this 12 months, you have time to raise funds or test the market. You can thenmake the decision as to whether or not you want to follow-up with the full non-provisional utility patent application before the 12 month provisional patent application expires.
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