Did you know that . . .
The cost of applying for a non-provisional patent can be the following:
For a mechanical tool can be $12,000
For an electronic product can be $14,000
For a computer implemented method for facilitating certain functionality via the Internet can be $20,000- $23,000
In addition, other cost include office actions, issuance and maintenance fees
From: Quinn, Gene (2015/04/15) Cost of Obtaining a Patent Retrieved from http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/04/04/the-cost-of-obtaining-a-patent-in-the-us/id=56485/
. . . so the sooner you get started on your patent application research, the better!
If you intend to make, use, or sell an invention of yours, you should find out whether someone else has created something like it already. You have a number of options when it comes to searching for patents. Below are some patent searching sites.