What is the filing fee to apply for a patent?

For the current schedule of fees, see the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/go/fees. There are basic filing fees for utility patent applications, design applications, and plant applications. If the owner of the invention qualifies as a small entity (that is an independent inventor, a small business, or a nonprofit organization), the filing fees are reduced by half if the small entity status is claimed.  See transmittal forms PTO/SB/05 for utility patent application, PTO/SB/18 for design patent application, and PTO/SB/19 for plant patent application at http://www.uspto.gov/go/forms.

Please note: Fees are subject to change each year and should therefore be verified before submission to the USPTO. Checks or money orders should be payable to the "Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office" and sent to the

Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (21NOV2005)