Where does all the Money from all the patents that are given for products or inventions go?


Like if someone invents a product or machine or something, they pay money to get a patent to the patent office of the United States, but then where does that money go? There’s got to be trillions of dollars that has been collected if every product for sale is patented right?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

The money that gets paid to the patent office when filing for a patent mostly goes to keep the patent office going.

The patent office is not really a for profit business, they just make you pay fees when you file stuff with them to cover the cost of the work they are doing. Bureaucracy costs money and rather than making the average tax-payer pay for it they charge the people who directly benefit from it.

You can see what the US Patent Office charges here:


You can also see what their budget is here:


The have some money over after paying of everything, but they also need to keep some money in reserve to cover next years expenses in case they take in less in fees.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It mostly pays for operating the patent office.

Patent offices don’t collect anywhere as near as trillions of dollars. For example, the [US patent office’s budget for 2023](https://www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/2022-03/FY2023-USPTO-Congressional-Budget-Submission.pdf) estimates $4.25 billion in collected fees, and $4.15 billion in spending. The rest of the revenue is reserved.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s rare for an individual products to be patented.

For example, take the laptop in front of me. That laptop will have all sorts of patented technology in it. The bluetooth I’m sure is patented, USB and HDMI might well be, and there will be patents relating to the processor, screen, motherboard, etc..

But none of those patents will be unique to this particular laptop. They’ll all – like bluetooth – be technologies used across many different products.

In terms of numbers, it looks like there are about 300-350,000 patents filed in the US annual, and filing them costs about $500-1000 in revenue. So that’s somewhere between $150-350 in revenue annually. And the system itself will cost money to run – doing the admin, making sure patents are legitimate, etc..

Anonymous 0 Comments

If you invent something new, you can patent it (most of the time). In order to do so, you pay a fee to the government (the patent office), who then check if it is really your invention, if it is a new invention, if something like it already has been patented, if it is relevant enough to be patented,…

Once you hold the patent, no one is allowed to use your invention without your permission. Which either means no one else can use it (for example Lego up until recently), or you charge a fee to anyone who wants to use your patent.

This fee is essentially your profit from inventing the thing in the first place, since R&D takes a lot of resources.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The money for patents mostly goes to two places. Government administration to cover the costs of filing, and on legal professionals like lawyers who charge money for the service of registering intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights and patents. Therefore, to answer your question, the money goes primarily to law firms specialising in IP.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Patent fees cover the costs of running the patent office… a patent typically costs a few thousand dollars in fees to the USPTO. And that fee covers all the administration, research, legal work, etc. that has to happen to grant the patent.

Not every product has a patent… many just re-use existing patents, or don’t have patentable advances.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It goes to the patent office. It keeps the place running and then goes into the pockets of the people that work at the patent office and towards whatever they spend it on. It’s not just being collected.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Thank you guys for answering my questions!