Costs

It can be difficult to give an exact price on what a patent process is going to cost. The costs consist of payments for professional consultancy and patent office fees. The fees constitute a smaller portion of the total costs, but if the application is to be extended to many countries, the fees will also run up.

In general, it can be said that the most crucial factors for what a patent process is going to cost are:

1. The geographical coverage of the patent application

The more countries your patent covers, the more expensive it will be, of course. There is a wide range of strategic considerations to be made when you add countries and, not least, when you deselect countries.

2. The scope of the patent application

A key factor is also, of course, the scope of the patent application. The fees are often set according to the number of pages and the number of claims contained in the patent application. In the Patent Cost Benefit Guide, the calculations in the calculator are based on a simple 15-page application with 10 claims, within the mechanical field.

3. The selected application route

There are a number of routes that you can choose when you are about to apply for a patent. In particular, re-utilization of work can result in savings, e.g. preparation of the patent application and translations.

4. Costs for private consultancy

The cost consists of payment for private consultancy, e.g. preparation of the application(s).

5. Translation expenses

International patent applications will also require a number of expenses for translations.

6. Annual fees

In the long term, there are a number of fees involved in maintaining a patent in many countries. Most countries operate with increasing annual fees the longer you maintain the patent. The reason for this is, on the one hand, to ensure that the owner of the patent does not just leave his patent in force if there is no need for it, and, on the other hand, that access to a patent must be cheap in the beginning when earnings have yet to be established.

7. Other factors

There are also other costs related to patenting. First of all, it can be a time-consuming process. Secondly, it means that when you file an application, your idea will be published no later than 18 months from the filing date of the application. Finally, when the patent has been granted, others may freely exploit the invention, i.e. produce and sell the invention in the countries where it has not been protected by a patent.