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       esign patents protect any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Design patent aaplications are considerably less complicated than utility patent applications, and the cost of obtaining design patent protection are accordingly lower. The usual cost of filing a design patent application is $1,550 to $2,430, and the cost can be broken down as follows:

DRAWINGS @ $110/sheet $110 - $550
  FILING FEE $230 - $460
  ATTORNEYS' FEES $1,200 - $1,400
  Miscellaneous Expenses $25.00 - $50.00

  TOTAL: $1,565 - $2,460

      The majority of design patent cases can be filed for about $1,550. The cost of additional prosecution, if any, is usually $500 - $900. An issue fee for a small entity (less than 500 employees), payable to the United Sates Patent and Trademark Office upon allowance of the patent, is $430 - $860 for the fourteen year term of the design patent, and no fees are necessary to maintain a design patent in force. (The issue fee is $860 for entities with 500 or more employees) Fees and miscellaneous expenses associated with payment of the issue fee usually amount to $550 in addition to the formal drawing fees.

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