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How much to talk to a patent lawyer
« on: Sep 9th, 2004, 4:15pm »
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Re: How much to talk to a patent lawyer
« Reply #1 on: Sep 9th, 2004, 4:40pm »
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Depends on what you want to do, and where their offices are located.
 
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Re: How much to talk to a patent lawyer
« Reply #2 on: Sep 10th, 2004, 9:52am »
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By way of example, my initial consultations are always free.  During these discussions, I am able to bring a potential client "up to speed" on the patenting process and help the client chart out a course of action for proceeding.  I think most attorneys will do the same.
 
After that, my hourly rate is $145, but most patent searches and applications are billed on a flat-fee basis depending on the scope of the project.
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Re: How much to talk to a patent lawyer
« Reply #3 on: Sep 14th, 2004, 9:05am »
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Same here.  No cost to talk at first.  There's a limit though.  If I find I can't get to my regular work, I have to start charging (or stop talking) just as a practical matter.
 
Some charge for any consultation -- and for good reason.  Any consultation exposes one to risk of professional liability.  That should be compensated.  In addition, people tend to listen more carefully and value advice when it's paid for.  
 
But, for patent attorneys (most of them anyway), most projects are big -- 10-40 or more hours.  It's hard in a patent practice to survive billing an hour here and an hour there.  But those hours do add up.
 
I hope that helps.
 
One last point (perhaps a bit tangential to the original question):  It's not always helpful to compare billing rates.  In my case, my rate is now more than 4 times what it was when I started 13 years ago, but my total invoices are about half what they used to be.  In other words, I'm about 8 times more efficient than I was.  So, despite the huge apparent savings of using someone with a low rate can result in a higher bill overall.
 
So, if you can't rely on rates, what can you rely on?  Most attorneys (at least those with significant experience) can give you a fairly accurate estimate of the total cost (to file the application only).  And, some will commit to a fixed fee (I do all the time).  Note, it requires the attorney to know something of your invention since the amount of work involved is entirely dependent on the complexity of your case.
 
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Re: How much to talk to a patent lawyer
« Reply #4 on: Sep 28th, 2004, 11:42am »
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So is anyone willing to look at some stuff for me? If you think it's patentable then hopefully we can make it work. I have pictures and descriptions etc.  Some people have been putting a little pressure on me to patent this but i need some expert advice.
 
My e-mail is robbyrob304@yahoo.com
 
thanks for your time,
Robert
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