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The costs to apply for patents, designs, trade-marks and copyrights involve the payment of certain required government fees as well as fees and other disbursements to your lawyer or agent. Disbursements may include money paid by your lawyer or agent for searches made, for photocopies of materials, long distance phone calls and other amounts spent on your behalf. Fees will include time spent in discussing matters with you and with others on your behalf, both in person and on the telephone as well as correspondence. Some fees are calculated on a “time spent” basis, others, on a “flat rate” basis. You are urged to discuss all these matters with your lawyer or agent.