What do trademark lawyers charge? There isn’t a lot of hard data but I have anecdotal evidence as to what constitutes “market,” at least in my part of the world. Therefore my jaw dropped when I took over two clients recently and saw their old bills. One NYC trademark boutique (not on anybody’s short list) was charging $975 to file a trademark application (plus government fees). The NYC office of a large white-shoe firm was charging $1000 (plus fees) to file a U.S. renewal affidavit. I could double my rates, do the work myself without a paralegal, and still under-price those firms. Some mega-firms are up front about their cost structure, telling clients that they build their IP departments for bet-the-company litigation, not trademark prosecution (we’re built for both). I don’t know what the boutique was thinking.