PATENTING AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COSTS
Our Patenting and Product Development Costs are very competitive, and embrace a wide range of facilities for helping you with you Invention.
These will vary depending on the nature of your invention and how you wish us to work for you.
These can be provided over the telephone, by email, or in written form. Initially, the telephone is best, because there will be instant feedback between us.
We will discuss inventing per se, and answer any questions you have. At this stage, we only wish to know where your invention "lies", and not what it is. After this stage, you can provide exact details, but only after we have provided you with a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement; often referred to as a Confidentiality Undertaking.
THE PREPARATION AND FILING OF A FIRST PATENT APPLICATION
This depends on how much work is involved, and involves preparing a patent specification, which comprises a Description and Diagrams. The patent specification will eventually be accompanied by a set of Claims and an Abstract. We will discuss this with you, and consider you needs.
The Description has to be written in sufficient detail that there is no ambiguity concerning what you are attempting to describe about your invention. It is a legal document and whilst it may require modification during the twelve months that we have, to "get it into shape" you are advised to include as much detail in what you send to us because you cannot add to it after the filing, unless improvement applications are filed after the first filed patent application during those twelve months.
Such improvement patent applications can be filed as product design and development progresses over time, and each of these filings will be available for establishing a time-stamp for your intellectual property.
As you will see from other parts of the website, the Description does not have to include a set of Claims initially, but they will need submitting before twelve months have elapsed measured from the date of first filing, so the cost quoted can include the work for preparing them. The time for submitting them really depends on how the invention is progressing and the Claims need to be written very carefully.
When we have decided on the best time for getting a Substantive Examination carried out by the Intellectual Property Office (and please note that the earlier this is requested, the earlier we will receive some feedback concerning whether or not you will be likely to get the patent granted} we can quote for making a Request for a Substantive Examination. There is so much to say regarding the matter of protecting an invention, that we cannot do justice to it here, but we will be happy to discuss matters further when we communicate with you.
THE PATENT DIAGRAMS
The cost depends on how much work is involved, and how many there are.
It is often said that "a picture says a thousand words", and that is very true, but the words need to be put into the Description! Our technique is to prepare the Diagrams, and then describe them in the patent specification to be filed.
The Claims comprise a series of numbered paragraphs which describe what it is that you are claiming to be new and novel about your invention, and they must be written very carefully.
OFFICIAL FEES AT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE
These involve costs for Filing; making a Request for a Preliminary Examination, and making a Request for a Substantive Examination.
Filing can be Online, or by Post. Filing Online is quite straightforward, and is cheaper; it also saves the cost of postage and is immediate. Postage would require sending your confidential material to the Intellectual Property Office by protected post; and we would recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery since the package is checked at all points on its way to the Intellectual Property Office, whilst Recorded Delivery is only checked at its destination. We will use Royal Mail Special Delivery for any posted communication with you, and advise you to do the same when you communicate with us by post. Incidentally, I do not see this mentioned on other websites which cater for Inventors inventions.
FILING and other FEES ONLINE
Note - there is no VAT on Patent Costs, and the search, substantive examination, and application fees are reduced when filing online
When making a request for grant of a patent, using Form 1, there is no fee immediately.
However, if the filing fee is paid at the time of filing the patent application; it is £60.
If paid after the first patent application is submitted; it is £75.
Form 1 and Form 9A Online
If paid when Form 1 is submitted with the patent application, together with Form 9A and a set of Claims; the filing fee is £60, and the fee for making the Request for a Search of the UK patent application Online, based upon the submitted Claims, is £150 for a total of 25 Claims, plus £20 for each Claim that exceeds 25. It is therefore important to keep the number of Claims at no more than 25, in order to keep the cost for submitting Form 9A as low as possible.
Request for a Substantive Examination
£100 plus £10 for each page of the Description over 35. So you can se that it is advisable to have the patent description written with brevity, but without missing out essential detail.