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I am often asked how much it costs to take a patent case through trial. And like most questions asked of a lawyer, the answer is usually, “It depends.” A number of factors can influence the cost of a patent case, many of which are out of the control of the litigating parties. A 2013 study conducted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association found that the median cost of a patent case is between $700,000 and $5.5 million, depending on how much is at stake in the case.