If you're looking for an easy way to get a patent, you may be disappointed. According to a Yale statistical study, only 11% of applications for non-provisional utility patents are accepted without any rejection. This means that obtaining a utility patent will not be easy in most cases. To get an idea of your chances of success, you'll want to know what your patent attorney's success rate is.
There are many factors that can influence your chances of getting a patent, including the invention itself, the skills of the patent attorney processing your application, the filing date of the application, and the skills and mentality of the examiner assigned to your application. Once you pay the last government fee (“issue fee”), the accepted application will result in the issuance of a patent. Smith & Hopen has been processing and enforcing thousands of patents and trademarks in the United States and around the world for more than 20 years. To answer the original question, the odds of obtaining a patent are less than 75% at an average law firm and more than 90% at Smith & Hopen. The likelihood of getting patent rights to your invention will vary greatly from inventor to inventor.