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2 different types of initial consultations for 2 two very different issues:
Each consultation is 1-2 hours (our time investment is >2 hours), usually by Skype.
We charge $500 + HST for these consultations, so that we can take the time to give you the best possible advice. We want to have the time and incentive to give you great advice, not to be selling you on patenting. Many of these consultations lead to advice that is “do not patent” – for instance, often, we recommend filing industrial design (design patent protection) in lieu of utility patents, or keeping the invention secret as a trade secret. We take great pride in ensuring that these consultations are not ‘a sales call’. In these consultations we deliver valuable advice with your long term best interests at heart.
If you do proceed to patenting, we credit the cost of the patenting consultation against the amount required to complete and file your US provisional patent application.
Beware of “free consultations”.
You get what you pay for.
A free consultation is really a “sales meeting”.
If you are new to patenting, we always start with an initial consultation. We believe it could well be the best $500 you ever spend on patents.
In the initial patent consultation, we will review your invention and whether it is patentable. We will also discuss the process, timelines and costs. The more information that you provide to us in advance, the more valuable the consultation is likely to be. To get the most from the consultation, provide as much information as practicable about:
To schedule your patent consultation, please send us an email, use the online contact form or call our office toll free 1.888.995.0075
Everything that you tell us will be held in strict confidence. Learn more about our confidentiality obligations here.