How much effort to get a software patent?
September 1, 2011 6:16 PM Subscribe
Software patents: how much work does it take to prepare an application?
posted by neuron to law & government (8 answers total)
I have some software thingies that I'd like to patent (never mind that software patents are destroying civilization). How many man-hours will it take to prepare an application? This would include examining current software patents to understand what they look like.
My preliminary research suggests that I can do almost all of it myself and would probably hire a patent attorney/agent for a few hours work to polish it.
I know it's hard to generalize about these things. I'm looking for an order of magnitude estimate: is this a tens-of-hours sort of thing or a hundreds-of-hours sort of thing?