How Much Do Clothes Design Patents Cost?

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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.

Filing 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.

Search Fees

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.

Examination Fees

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.

Other Fees

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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Christopher Rosenbaum began writing a blog in 2008 for two newspapers, "The Independent" and the "Cedar Rapids Gazette." This blog was also published in Major League Baseball's Rosenbaum earned his Master of Business Administration in management information systems and his Bachelor of Science in finance from The University of Tampa.

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