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2. Are there any "out-of-pocket" expenses that will be charged? If so, what are they, and how much is the average out-of-pocket bill for a patent? It is normal for law firms to charge for out-of-pocket expenses like xeroxing, filing fees, long distance telephone calls, and the time billed for legal assistants.

3. How do they bill? It usually takes at least 18 months to 24 months for a patent application to be granted. How much does the patent attorney require for a deposit, and do they take payments throughout the18-month+ process? Will they work out a payment plan with you?

We recommend that you try to determine all of the possible costs upfront, so that you know what you're dealing with in terms of the total costs for your patent. Otherwise, you'll have an open-ended relationship which can very easily add up over a short period of time.

If you feel that the attorney doesn't answer your questions, isn't open with you, or won't give you satisfactory explanations, chances are that you may have difficulties or misunderstandings with this attorney once you begin a business relationship.

We recommend that you take this initial interview into consideration in your selection of a patent attorney. However, it's also true that people can't always be judged on just one meeting (it may just have been a bad day the day you called). So, you might be willing to call back and give the patent attorney another chance and see whether you get a difference interaction the second time.

Since the cost of a patent attorney usually runs between $2,000 - 10,000, depending on the complexities of your product, selecting a good attorney that you feel comfortable with is crucial. Ask them about their experience level, and request a list of several satisfied clients that you can call and speak with to determine their competence. Then call the referrals and ask them questions about the attorney's service, quality and professionalism.

Once you've gone to all of the attorney interviews, and reviewed the results of your meetings and research, you'll be able to narrow down your selection to two or three attorneys. Call them to let them know you'll be making your final selection and would like to schedule another appointment. After you've met with them again, you should be ready to make your decision.

Here's How:
  1. You should select a patent attorney who is also an engineer. Both skills are needed to construct a good patent document.
  2. You should select an attorney whose engineering background relates to the field of your invention. There are four types of engineers, mechanical, chemical, electrical and computer science.
  3. Ask the attorney, what kind of engineer he is, how long has he practiced patent law, how many patents has he drafted and for what kinds of inventions.
  4. Only choose an attorney who can give you a quote for what the entire bill will be. They will have to inspect your invention first. Ask how the payments will be arranged.
  5. Use a patent attorney that hires an independent professional patent searcher. An in-house searcher would provide a conflict of interest, leaning towards making the patent search more favorable.
  6. Trust you intuition and only choose an attorney who you feel understands your invention.
  7. Interview different attorneys until you have made your choice. You will be working with this individual for 2 to 3 years.
  1. Most reputable patent attorneys charge between $3,000 to $10,000 for a well-drafted patent application including the drawings and filing fee. Anything less than $3,000 should be scrutinized.
  2. Educate yourself about the patent process and understand as much as you can. It will help you work better with your attorney.
  3. You could hire a patent agent instead of an attorney, but the patent agent will not be able to litigate for you if any infringement issues arise.
  4. Never deal with a salesperson, in choosing an attorney always deal directly with the attorney.

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