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Office fees to apply for a Patent


Amounts are only indicative: consult the official links or a patent attorney for further information.

Attorney fees required to draft a patent application are not included.

Fees include the filing fee and prior art search fee.



UK Intellectual Patent Office: £ 160 – link


Irish Patent Office: € 325 – link


Deutsches Patent und Markenamt: € 340 – link


US Patent & Trademark Office: $ 370 – link


European Patent Office:  € 1420 – link


World Intellectual Property Organization: € 3000 – link

Did you protect your Graphical User Interface?


Well done! You spent a lot of time and energy and finally… the “look and feel” of your graphical user interface is perfect.


But, what if someone imitates the design of your layout or icons? Definitely frustrating!

How to avoid this situation?
Well, you should seriously consider to protect your GUI with a design patent.

We warmly recommend to discuss with a professional how to best protect your GUI.
The open platform will help you to find a professional for the job.

Here are some examples of registered designs owned by Apple Inc.:



Design owner: Apple Inc. Design numbers: 002588442-0004; 001440655-0006; 002765396-0001; 002889469-0017; 003471622-0002; 002642058-0026; 003310903-0005; 002888214-0003

What is a Patent


To protect their technology, innovative entrepreneurs and inventors should be familiar with key concepts about patents. Indeed, patents are the legal tool which allows to protect inventions. This article – and the associated video – includes basic information about patents, patentability criteria, how to use patents for business, and how to seek professional advice.

So, what is a patent? It is a legal certificate which gives the right to protect inventions.

Rights conferred by a patent – In particular, a patent confers the right to exclude others from making, using, selling and importing an invention.

Patentable inventions – A patent can be asked for different kinds of inventions, such as products, devices, systems, machines, chemical compositions, processes, methods, and uses.


When a patent application is filed, it is examined by a patent office.

Patentability criteria – First of all, the invention must be absolutely new to the world. So, any disclosure of an invention before filing a patent application is a fatal error. However, novelty is not enough. A patentable invention must also be not-obvious, or inventive. The explanation of this concept goes beyond the purposes of this article. For the sake of simplicity, we can say that a straightforward modification of an existing product can be novel, but not inventive. Also, in many countries, patents can be granted only for inventions which solve a technical problem. Another important aspect is that patent protection cannot be granted for mere ideas. The inventor must also disclose how the invention works and how it is reduced to practice. This criterion is also known as sufficiency of disclosure.

Time limit – The protection conferred by a patent can last up to 20 years from the date of filing.

Territorial limit – Bear in mind that patents are territorial rights. This means that patent’s rights can be enforced only in those countries where a patent application has been filed. When patent protection is sought for many countries, to ease the procedure, European or International (PCT) patent applications can be filed. Typically, many companies file a patent application for their home country, and then – within no more than 12 months – file a European or International patent application, which allow to group several countries at once. For those who want to learn more about International patent applications, we prepared a user-friendly guide.

Patents & Business – A common way to use patents is licencing, i.e. renting it, to collect royalties. Otherwise, patents can be sold. Of course, those who want to manufacture their invention can keep the patent for themselves and get the monopoly for their technology. A valuable aspect is that patents can help to enhance brand reputation and attract investors – we have covered these topics in another video.

How to seek professional advice – The do-it-yourself approach is not wise when dealing with patents. A best practice is to search professional advice. Uncle Google and word-of-mouth are certainly the methods everybody knows. However, we wanted to offer something else. We recently launched a platform where users can post requests to find a patent professional: A strength point is that users, in a single page, can view the profile of several candidates (professionals) with their competences and skills and, most importantly, with a rating given by previous users. This can be done free of charge and with no obligation.

Of course, as we hope you have learned reading this article, users don’t have to disclose details about their idea/product when posting the job offer – and can even stay anonymous!

Disclaimer: this article wants to give only general information about patents, explained in a simplified way. Some aspects of patent protection may vary from country to country.


Samsung Patent

The Korean giant really wants to take care of us!

A freshly published patent application reveals that Samsung devices could integrate a contactless system to detect biological parameters, such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, blood vessel elasticity, blood flow rate, and arterial stiffness.

Samsung Bio

But how it works? It seems that by using light emitting diods (LEDs) and/or laser diods (LDs), and a set of photodetectors arranged in 2D arrays, such biological parameters can be detected and analyzed. For example, the movement of the skin surface due to contraction and relaxation of a blood vessel can be detected and related to biological
information. In other words, you could simply place a smartphone near your wrist, and get the blood pressure. Impressive!

The patent application for this technology is currently under review.

Talking about Patents… do you know what a patent is? Have a look at our post, and if you want to learn more, we prepared a user-friendly guide to international patent applications and explained why you should take care IP.

Thinking about applying for a patent? Register on Patent Projects and find your Intellectual Property expert. Post a job offer – it’s free of charge! – and receive offers from several IP professionals which have been reviewed from users like you. You have no obligation once you have posted your job offer and don’t have to disclose details about your idea!

Why Startups need an IP Portfolio


This video explains why Companies, in particular Startups, need to protect their Intellectual Property with Patents, Registered Trademarks and Designs.

International Patent Appliations (PCT Patent Applications)


A User-Friendly Guide to International Patent Applications, also known as PCT Patent Applications.

This video includes:
A commented Timeline of the application process and Advantages of International Patent Applications.

International Patent Application – PCT Timeline


A simplified and user friendly guide to International Patent Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – also famous as PCT applications, in six steps.

1. Congrats! You filed a Patent Application for one Country
Tips: In the meanwhile…Improve your invention and/or Find investors
2. You filed an International Patent Application (PCT) – about 150 Countries booked
Tips: Last chance! If you want to add something, do it now!
3. Showtime: The Examiner gives his 1st opinion – (International Search Report)
4. Your Patent Application is now Public
5. Not satisfied of the 1st opinion? Say your word to the Examiner and ask for a new opinion – this is called Chapter 2
5′. The Examiner gives a new opinion (If you did ask it)
6. Where are we going? Select your Market Countries
Tips: Do it carefully, costs can rise up

You can download the PCT timeline in pdf at the link below, but remember… © 2016 Patent Projects, All rights reserved!


For further information consult the official material provided by WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization

Trademark Databases (Free)

tm-databasesRecommended Databases for Trademark Searches

WIPO Global Brand Database: Search the Global Brand Database before filing a trademark application, or to simply browse marks in markets of interest to you. The Global Brand Database is your gateway to more wipo-logothan 27,660,000 records from 35 national and international collections, and the first step in researching whether a mark similar or identical to yours already exists. Perform a trademark search by text or image in brand data from multiple national and international sources, including trademarks, appellations of origin and official emblems.

: The TMview database contains information from all of the EU national IP tmview-logooffices, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and a number of international partner offices outside the EU on trade mark applications and registered marks. A trade mark applied for or registered at national level before yours could pose a threat to your application.

You can seek professional advice for an Availability Search or to apply for a trade mark publishing a Free Post on

Patent Databases (Free)

patent-databases_300Recommended Databases for Patent Searches


  • ESPACENET: Searchable database comprising more than 90 million patent documents from around the worldepo-logo – Provided by the European Patent Office


  • PATENTSCOPE: Search 58 million patent documents including 3 million published wipo-logointernational patent applications (PCT) – Provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization


  • GOOGLE  PATENTS: Includes over 87 million patent publications from 17 patent offices around the world, as
    well as many more technical documents and books indexed in Google Scholar and Google Books.New ideas are often published either as patent applications or in academic journals. If you google-patents-logoare searching for prior art to a patent application, it is critical in many fields to also search for non-patent literature to get a complete view of the state of the art.To make prior art searching easier, Google Patents includes a copy of the technical documents and books indexed in Google Scholar and Google Books. These documents have been machine-classified using the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme commonly used in patent searching to make finding documents easier.

You can seek professional advice for a Prior Art Search publishing a Free Post on

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