How much does a PCT patent cost?

The cost of a PCT / international patent depends on various factors, including:

  • the patent law firm you engage to: (i) draft the PCT patent specification; and (ii) file the PCT patent;
  • the status of the patent applicant – natural persons that are nationals and citizens of select countries qualify for significant discounts;
  • the search authority selected to search and examine the PCT patent – only a few offices extend discounts;
  • the number of independent claims in the PCT patent – we suggest limiting the number of PCT patent claims to one independent claim. This will also save you money during the national phase; and
  • the number of pages of the PCT patent – try to limit the length of the patent specification to 20 pages.

The IdeaNav PCT Patent Costing Tool allows you to play around with the above inputs.

PCT patent cost

Then, press “Calculate” to see our fixed quote to draft and file the PCT patent – you will notice that our costs are at least 50% lower than other South African patent law firms! If the PCT patent is not amended during the 18 month PCT process, there will be no further charges until you decide to file PCT national phase patents.

PCT patent filing fee

Our PCT patent costing is 100% transparent. All discounts extended by search authorities are clearly displayed in red text. And, we pass 100% of this discount on to you.

Tip: if the inventor is a South African national and resident, file the PCT patent in the inventor’s name, as this will reduce your PCT filing fee by more than R25,000! However, if you are a company, check if you qualify as a US micro-entity, as this will otherwise be the cheapest option for you.

Call us if you are unsure whether you’ve selected the most cost effective PCT filing strategy. We will gladly talk you through the options.

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