7. How much does a patent cost?
For a German patent application valid in Germany the following costs are currently incurred, which are payable to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA):
- Application procedures: 40 euros
- Research: 300 euros
- Investigation procedures: 350 euros
- Annual fees 3rd – 20th year (rising): 70 – 1,940 euros
In addition to costs at the patent office, there are patent attorney fees of between approx. 3,000 and 6,000 euros for a patent application in Germany.
Patent applications in other countries are subject to the country’s own schedule of fees for authorities and attorneys.