I'm currently not entirely sure if I can get a patent on my "idea" at all, yet I think I might, but if so I wouldn't know at the moment in what kind of group my patent would be considered in.
However, I'm having this kind of idea that works on a larger scale and has a higher chance of failure if kept on a smaller scale because .. if the idea is good a big business with a lot of resources will eat me faster than I would feel comfortable with.
I am not sure if an "online-service" falls into another group than just plain software applications - imho it should but I really have no idea about patents to be honest. At least not yet.
So how can I find the information about the costs for a patent? How much do I have to pay if it gets rejected and how much if it gets accepted? Or do I just pay for the actual work and therefore always the same amount no matter what?