How Long Does a Patent Last?

The duration of your patent depends on the type of patent that you applied for. Utility patents which are the most popular type of patents last for approximately 20 years from the date the patent application is filed.

Design patents generally lasts for 15 years measured from the date design patents is granted by the USPTO.

Plant patents last for 20 years from the date the plant patent application is filed with the USPTO.

How to Get a Patent Pending?

To get a patent pending all that you have to do is file your patent application with the USPTO. As soon as you file an application with the USPTO you will immediately have patent pending status that will allow your to mark your products and product materials with the patent pending.

The fastest way to get your patent pending is to file a provisional patent application, which is an application that’s submitted to the USPTO. It requires less information and is not examined by the USPTO examiner, but it will afford you patent pending status so that you can get your invention out there and find interested parties while you work on your invention or wait for your patent to issue.

We always recommend that you consult with an attorney who can help you get patent pending status, but it’s not unheard of to find someone who has successfully filed a provisional patent application on their own to obtain patent pending on their invention.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Patent?

It takes approximately 25 months to get a patent pending. The USPTO has a lot of patents that are waiting in line. The number of patents that USPTO has to examine exceeds 500,000 patents. So, you have to wait quite a bit before you a patent examiner can look over your patent.

The more advanced your invention, the more time it will take because when you add more claims to your patent application it will take the patent examiner more time to examine your application and therefore spend more time on your invention.

How Much do Patents Cost?

Patents can cost a lot of money, especially since most of you will need the help of an experienced patent attorney who will help with drafting your patent application and conducting research required before filing of your application.

The amount of money that you’ll need to pay to an attorney to handle your patent application from the beginning to the end depends on your invention and how helpful you are to your attorney.

The more work you do, the less work the attorney has to do, meaning the more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to pay. on average, patent attorneys charge anywhere from $8000 to $15000 for preparing and filing your patent application. Of course this may be different depending on your invention and where you’re located, some places are cheaper than others when offering patent services.

How to Get a Patent

To get a patent you’ll first has to make sure that you’ve got something you can patent, such as an invention. You can’t patent something that’s just an idea, you have to have something more concrete. Once you’ve got that you need to fill out an application and satisfy some requirements. After you’ve sent in your application, you need to wait to hear back from the patent office. You will either get good news or bad news, either way respond and make sure your doing so properly. Eventually, if everything goes well and you convince the patent office that your invention deserves a patent, you will get your patent.

We urge you to check out for any of patent related question. They have a great blog that offers general information you might find helpful.