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Effective Cost Control

Our aim is to provide you with 50% more IP for your budget. We do this by keeping our overheads low, and we minimise our administration by using streamlined, web-based administration systems. We work to fixed rates as far as possible, especially for patent drafting and prosecution work, and we avoid the customary tally of extra fees for administrative and secretarial tasks. We offer attractive fixed-rate arrangements for filing and prosecution, and for searching and patentability analysis. This enables us to deliver the best quality work, and to collaborate closely with you without keeping one eye on the clock, and it gives you the reassurance that your patent budget will not be unexpectedly depleted. For more information please see our schedule of fees.

Procedural costs can escalate during a patent's lifetime, especially if the patent is applied for in many countries. Some of the costs, for example official fees, are unavoidable. However, the good news is that the majority of the costs of obtaining a patent can be kept under control. We carefully select foreign associates, translators and other partners who deliver top-quality service at fair rates. The best patent attorneys are not usually the most expensive. The greatest cost savings can be made during the procedures before the patent offices (examination, opposition, appeal). Extra care taken during the initial drafting of the patent application can avoid many costly problems later, for example during examination. We are proactive in patent prosecution, working closely with clients and communicating directly with patent examiners, which also helps to keep prosecution costs low.

We believe in total transparency when it comes to costs. On the one hand, this means that you can budget confidently for projected expenditure. On the other hand, it means that you can be confident that you are paying a fair rate for our work. In this way, we can build long-term relationships with clients based on openness and mutual benefit.