Filing a patent application in the United States starts the process for protecting an invention in the U.S. But it does nothing to protect it overseas. Patent applications must generally be filed on a country-by-country basis to secure foreign patent protection, but filing applications in all of the world's patent offices would cost close to $500,000. Going forward in just five or six countries, a more modest approach, can cost $20,000-$30,000. Foreign filing decisions can therefore have a big impact on a company's legal budget.
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June 1, 2009
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