I would like to know the typical range of cost for a legal firm to prepare and arrange the publication of a research disclosure based on a narrative description of the invention.
Research disclosure is not a normal intellectual property management tool except as a defensive measure. Most law firms would tell you to consider filing provisional patent applications as an intellectual management tool so you have the option of obtaining patent coverage should the intellectual property prove of sufficient value to justify patent protection. A provisional patent application might be filed for anywhere from $500-$50,000 depending on how much work you do and how much work the law firm has to do and depending on the nature and size of your business and how many employees you have. If you are operating as an individual you can generally pay one quarter of the official government filing fees that a large company would pay. A provisional patent application will have a filing fee of $65, $130 or $260 depending on the size and nature of your business. The balance of the amount I mentioned will be for the attorneys fees, then you can expect an average patent attorney of average experience to be charging you about $200-$400 per hour for preparation work on the patent application and perhaps $100-$150 per hour for paralegal work in actually filing the application, which nowadays is generally done online using electronic documents in PDF format and an electronic filing system resident on the servers of the US Patent and Trademark Office, which is located in Alexandria, VA with satellite offices in Detroit and soon in other places, as well.
While the above is a typical cost, this will vary from firm to firm and location to location as salaries and rent vary from town to town and city to city.
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You question cannot be answered as posed due to lack of specificity. Are would considering a software or methods patent or protection, or perhaps copyright?
No quote can be given without knowledge of the complexity of the project. You will at least have to have a preliminary meeting before any estimate of the project can be estimated, and that will only be very, very rough and subject to revision.
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Publicly disclosing research results is an efficient and inexpensive way to preclude others from acquiring broad patent protection on methods and compositions and products that rely on those results as their patenable inventive step. But patent lawyers do not normally prepare those disclosures nor arrange for such publications. The researcher is best situated to accomplish those tasks. There could be, however, very particularized situations where a patent attorney can help tailor the disclosure to block a competitor's anticipated patent claims.
You should consider discussing this matter with a "competitive intelligence" consulting company which can survey the marketplace participants and assist in focusing your research disclosures to block competitors. Good luck.
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