What does a patent cost?

Costs can vary depending on agent and complexity of invention

  • Mechanical inventions tend to be cheaper
  • Life sciences or software = more expensive

Typical Costs Can Include:

  • Patent agent and paralegal time (hourly rate)
  • Foreign associate time (outside of Canada)
  • Government fees
  • Translation costs
  • Admin costs and GST


  • If it is your first time filing a patent, get more than one quote
  • Ask for a flat rate or cap on filing costs
  • Time is money – keep communications with agent clear and concise