7. How much does a patent cost?
The following costs are currently incurred for a German patent application valid in Germany, as payable to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA):
- Application procedure: 40 euros for an electronic application, 60 euros for a paper application
- Research: 300 euros
- Investigation procedure: 350 euros
- Annual fees for third to twentieth years (incremental): 70 to 1,940 euros
In addition to the costs collected by the patent office, patent attorney fees between approx. 3,000 and 6,000 euros are generally incurred for a patent application in Germany.
Patent applications in other countries are subject to the country’s own schedule of fees for government authorities and attorneys.