You have an idea which you believe is the next million dollar idea? While I’ll first address why you should not be searching for cheap patents professionals, I’ll then provide the steps to cheaply file a patent application by yourself in as low as $65 (that is, the gov. filing fee).
Why ‘Cheap Patents’ or ‘Cheap Patent Attorneys’ are unrealistic to protect a million dollar idea?
Because you get what you pay for. Patent law is a complex. At an average a reputable patent lawyer charges between $200-$500 an hour in legal fees, and there is a market for it. In patent law, things are not intuitive even when they “seem” pretty easy, and you won’t realize that your patent, procured using a “cheap” patent professional, is only worth the paper on which it is printed … until it is too late! This normally occurs when you attempt to enforce your rights or try to secure a licensing agreement.
So if an attorney is really going to work on your matter at a “cheap” fee, you should be asking why aren’t they making $200-$500 an hour when there is a demand for it? Are they really as good as they claim to be, and yet “cheap!” Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people looking to “make a quick buck” at the expense of hard working people, in just about every field.
How to get patent pending in $65
If you can’t afford a reputable patent attorney, there is a way to get patent pending in $65, if you do it yourself, provided that you qualify for micro entity status (otherwise $130). While we cannot tell you if it will be worth going this route (we will certainly not advise doing so), it is possible to attempt to secure your patent rights by filing a provisional patent application.
While drafting your initial disclosure, please visit this page numerous times to ensure your application is following all the tips provided here.
Steps to cheaply file a patent application:
1. Prepare a disclosure about how to implement your invention. You can use our sample provisional patent application template as a starting point. Make sure you follow all instructions provided in that document.
2. Provide drawings and flow charts and explain those figures in your disclosure, be thorough and provide as much detail as possible.
3. If appropriate, your drawings and flow charts should also explain the process of how to make and use the invention.
4. Explain things as if you were trying to teach your invention to a child. That means document information that you may presume to be obvious.
5. Go to the USPTO’s website and file the application electronically. You can follow our detailed instructions on how to file a provisional patent application by yourself.