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Is there a reliable cost number that one can go by, for 30 page pro-se PCT filing with the US as the receiving office? I've seen numbers from $1000 to $6000 USD, with all countries designated. The PCT Safe instructions, and the PTO fee schedule, did not clear it up either. The new RosPatent ISR might help to bring the cost down, but I'm still unsure of a reliable number to go by.


2012-03-02 01:36:06
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Is your question geared to fees or cost of prep and pros?

I would imagine the fees would be straight forward to find, so I would think you are aksing about prep and pros, but you also mention pro se, which leads me to think only fees.

Can you clarify?


2012-03-02 08:14:02
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No, just filing.


2012-03-02 11:17:24
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Thanks,

You might start at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ ... 092611.htm.


2012-03-02 19:58:10
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Well I've seen that schedule along with WIPO's, and here is what I've come up with:

Transmittal fee 240.0
Search fee - 2,080.00
Supplemental search fee when required 2,080.00
Preliminary examination fee - U.S. was the ISA 600.00
Supplemental examination fee per additional invention 600.00
International filing fee (first 30 pages) 1,453.00


2012-03-02 21:23:50
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I ran a trial filing with the USPTO:

Pages: 43

Transmittal: $240
Rospatent ISA: $415
Int Filing, no PCT Easy: $1344

Total: $2207 USD


I did not select IPEA or Chapter II, in an effort to find the bare minimum filing cost that will get a mega-application in international filing date. Lack of unity is expected.


2012-03-10 13:55:52
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If you want just low cost, then RosPatent might be a good option. But if you want a proof for a strong patent, EPO is the best choice with their international search and examination.

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2012-05-08 07:01:23
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Well that's just it... I don't want a good search right now. I'll save that for national entry.


2012-05-08 14:33:40
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As for the further entries into the national phases i usually use this website containing fee calculator http://www.ip-coster.com/IPGuide.aspx. You may simply choose the required country. They don't have the actual PCT filing calculator, but probably will be useful for you in the future.


2013-11-11 10:28:36
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I read about IP-Coster and had a look at it for Europa. It looks good but looking closer it miscalculates a lot of countries.
Example: Both for Finland and Hungary it over-charges the translation costs with about 10x (!) , probably due to that the programmer does not understand the local patent laws.
Furhermore it only covers 26 out of the 40 European countries connected to the EPO.
A very good alternative is http://www.directvalidation.com which seems very accurate and easy to use. It also shows a lot lower prices.


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