IP strategists suggest that having a right strategy in place right from the outset of invention disclosure will help companies cut down their overall patent maintenance costs. With a little planning and preparation, you can learn how to manage your costs and achieve significant savings. Established companies, regardless of their assets or market values, look for every possible way to reduce direct and indirect costs.
In order to keep a US patent in force, the US Patent & Trademark Office requires that patent owners make maintenance fees at years 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 after grant. This is in addition to filing, search, examination and post-filing fees.