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Where can I find an overview of patent cost including maintenance fees?

An international application filed via the European patent office. I would like to see an overview of the total cost in the canonical case, I mean: the PCT is approved the subsequent European patent ...
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Period time to pay renewal fees for european patents

I'm participating in some EQE training and there is this question/answer: Most fees for European patent applications cannot be paid before their due date. One exception is renewal fees, which can ...
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Expired Patents due to fees?

Application US09/062,017 events 1998-04-17 Application filed by Thellmann; Rick 1998-04-17 Priority to US09/062,017 2000-01-11 Application granted 2000-01-11 Publication of US6013181A 2018-04-17 ...
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Chinese Patent Law - what are the official fees, especially annual renewal fees?

Are there any official annual fees to maintain the patent right in China? If yes - what are they? How much does it approximately cost to get your patent drafted and submitted for application via the ...
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Why Aren't Patent Expirations Listed for USPTO Gazette Vol. 1454 No. 2?

Reviewing 300+ issues of the Official Gazette Of The United States Patent And Trademark Office, from 2014 to present I noticed that only one issue — Vol. 1454 No. 2, from September 11th, 2018 — ...
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How fees are calculated for new claims that replace cancelled claims?

If during response to an office action I cancel a claim and then introduce a new claim in its place then: Do I have to pay a fee for the new claim or is it covered under a previously paid fees, ...
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What are the renewal dates and fees for a micro-entity utility patent?

If a US micro-entity Utility patent was granted in 2014, when is the next renewal date and what is the fee?
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Is becoming registered eFiler associated with any fees?

If I'm not mistaken, becoming registered eFiler (Pro Se) involves 3 steps. Creating USPTO account at https://my.uspto.gov Filling and sending Request for Customer Number - form PTO/SB/125A Filling ...
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USPTO Services: Patent Searches & Patent Examinations

The USPTO has a 'menu' of services that one can purchase. I suspect that a patent search and exam is required when a utility patent: Why and when is each mandatory service performed? What are said ...
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Free Patent research sites vs fee based ones

Google Patents or Patent Lens, among others, offer the possibility of researching patents for free. How can fee-based patent research sites compete against these? What extra benefits do they have ...
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Can I change a filed utility patent application to change the original filing fee?

I've filed a utility patent application, with a number of claims that increased the original filing fee. Is it possible to change that application, to reduce the number of claims, resulting in the ...
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Is entity status determined per patent family?

If a pro-se inventor, qualifying for small-entity status, licenses a patent application to an undiscounted entity such as a large corporation, does that mean that only that patent application (plus ...
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Does a “Petition to Make Special Based on Age” (65+) type of Accelerated Examination still have the same 3/20 claims limitation?

The more complete question is: Does a “Petition to Make Special Based on Age” (65+) type of Accelerated Examination still have the same search documentation and 3/20 (3 independent, 20 total) claims ...
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State law about employers giving inventor chance to take forward an application before abandoning

While working for a major US company headquartered in California (but registered in Delaware), I was the named first inventor of a patent application. I quit the company in 2014 to pursue a full time ...
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Employer won't pay patent issue fee. What to do?

In a large American HQed company I worked, based on an engineering work my manager and I did, the company filed a US Patent Application at the USPTO on March 2013. I am the first named inventor in the ...
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What is the "Fee payment" as described in the Legal section at the end?

In reference to the patent: US5222141
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Expiration date from patent EP1228987 & DE60206307

I would like to understand the expiration date from patent EP 1228987 and for the DE 60206307 Thank you, Joaquim
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Am I reading this right? -- the cost for a provisional patent application

Legal-speak is convoluted with words that have no conventional meaning and long-winded detail. I am unsure how much my provisional patent application will cost me. Click here and ead the table at ...
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Micro Entity and Multiple Applications

I meet the criteria to be classed as a micro entity. However, there is one restriction that catches my attention: A micro entity may not have his/her name listed on more than four previous patent ...
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Bulk patenting discounts?

I have many different inventions to patent - not just multiple independent claims, but several completely different and entirely unrelated inventions (for example, one is an automotive technology and ...
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Who is obliged / authorised to pay maintenance fee?

In the licensee agreement (exclusive license) there is a clause that licensee shall cover all fees and related patenting costs. Can the indication of a licensee agreement be entered in the USPTO ...
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Demanding lawyer fee discount after weak representation [closed]

Is there a practice of demanding lawyer fee discount? Short intro: our company was sued for alleged patent infringement. We provided all the detailed explanation to our lawyers and plaintiff why ...
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Do I need to use a patent attorney to pay an issue fee?

I've just been issued a notice of allowance for my patent application. Since we (my attorney and I) filed pre-AIA, before micro entity status existed, we claimed small entity status. Now that we've ...
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Is there any way to track Patents which are reinstated after non-payment of maintenance fees?

I was tracking US 7,985,418 claiming sevelamer compositions. On 30th August on regular update in Pair I have seen status as "patent expired on 21.04.2014 due to nonpayment of maintenance fees". ...
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How do we reinstate our patent US 5,341,526

I am the owner of patent US 5,341,526. Our mother was the original inventor and was going to pay the maintenance fees, but never did. So, we were told that we lost the patent. Could you please tell ...
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Patent issued in 2005 and now is ceased/expired due to failure to pay maintenance fees

If a patent has been claimed expired/ceased due to failure to pay maintenance fees, and I come in and assign the patent to myself (is this possible) I would also pay all the fees up to date. The ...
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Failure to pay maintenance fees

If an inventor submits an idea and it has been accepted, and he makes no tangible device (it remains intellectual rather than carried out). But then the inventor does not pay the maintenance fees, ...
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Can the patent be revived EP 0639878 B1

This patent on the legal events shows it has ceased on the 22 Jan 2009. Can this be revived by paying the fees. Also how long are patent granted for 15 years or 20 years and is this from the date o ...
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Patent Word Limit

I'd like to know whether there is a word limit for the patent description (summary and detailed summary)? If not, is there an overall paper/word limit before fees accrue? That is, after how many ...
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How to get rights to lapsed Patent?

Patent US 5,240,307 is for a invention that my father created. And I see that the patent has lapsed due to non-payment of fees. I was wondering how someone can go about obtaining the patent.
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Expired patent - non-payment

hypothetical question. Let's assume someone else's patent has expired due to non-payment, and we release a product that that would potentially have infringed on it. Three months later they see our ...
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