Design patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect fabric designs from being duplicated by others for profit for a period of 14 years. Clothing fabric patents require the payment of application, filing, examination and issuance fees.
Small Entity Fees
Fee discounts are granted to small entities, defined by the USPTO as independent inventors, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. In most cases, these applicants are eligible for a 50 percent discount on all patenting fees.
As of 2017, the basic filing fee design patents are $180 ($90 for small entities). These are non-refundable, regardless of whether a patent is issued.
Design patent search fees are $120 ($60 for small entities) as of 2017. These are paid to check that the design is not already patented.
As of 2017, design patent examination fees are $460 ($230 for small entities). These cover the verification of the patent's application claims.
Issuance (Post-Allowance) Fees
Design patent issuance fees are $560 ($280 for small entities) as of 2017. These are only paid if a patent application is approved.
Depending on the way you decide to file such as through the mail or in-person, there may be additional fees attached. Check with the USPTO for the most current additional fees.
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