The following schedule shows an estimate of typical fees and average costs for common patent‚ trademark‚ and copyright matters.




1. Initiating Litigation
(Our typical litigation retainer ranges from $5‚000-$20‚000 depending on the status of the matter‚ the issues‚ and the anticipated defense.)

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2. Basic U.S. Trademark Search
(Includes all fees for the search and a legal memorandum by a trademark attorney. In a Basic Search‚ we spend about an hour searching for similar trademarks and then report the results to you in a two page memo.)


3. Comprehensive U.S. Trademark Search 
(Includes our professional fees for review of the comprehensive search report and a 5-page Opinion Letter which summarizes the search results and suggests next steps. This is the search performed by Fortune 500 companies and is the most effective means of clearing trademark rights. It is often referred to as doing your “due diligence”. The price includes our vendor’s fee for the search report.)


4. U.S. or International Trademark Applications
(Includes professional fees to prepare and file the Application and basic follow up through registration‚ including basic communication with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office if necessary after filing‚ status updates‚ and forwarding of the registration certificate if received. Add $225 in government filing fees per class of goods or services – click here for a list of classes. Additional fees apply for Responses to Office Actions if necessary and for handling Notices of Allowance for Intent to Use applications.)


5. U.S. or International Patent Applications
(Flat fees include professional fees to prepare and file the Application and professional drawings: Design Application $1250; Mechanical invention $5‚950; Electrical‚ Business Method‚ or Software $6‚950; Biotech‚ Chemical and complex inventions $8‚450.)

(Expect government filing and registration fees of an additional $660 for design patents or $1300 for the others. Turnaround time is usually 3-4 weeks.)


6. U.S. Patent Search
(Includes our professional fees and our vendor’s fee. A patent search is always recommended‚ but is not required and may not be completely effective to clear patent rights.)


7. U.S. Copyright Application
(Includes the government filing fee‚ our professional fees to prepare and file the Application‚ status updates‚ and forwarding of the registration certificate if received.)


8. Responses to Office Actions
(Professional fees vary depending upon the complexity  of the issues.)


9. Patent Non-Infringement Opinion
(Professional non-infringement Opinion Letter on a specific patent.)


10. Cease and Desist Letter
(Professional fees to research the issues and prepare and FedEx a trademark or copyright related cease and desist letter‚ or research and prepare a response to a cease and desist letter.  Patent related letters require a $950 initial deposit.)


11. Attorney hourly legal work: