Payment Terms and Conditions
By making a payment through this website, you agree to the following conditions:
The fee in the amount of is to be paid as laid out in the quote or invoice you received from our office. Some of our services are offered on a fixed fee basis. In some cases we also quote fixed fees for specific work. All fixed fee services will be confirmed in writing, and in the absence of such confirmation all fees are billed hourly, and include, among other services, responding to official USPTO actions.
Even if we have estimated the time or cost requirements on a matter, provided a budget, or otherwise responded to a request for a range of expected fees and costs, there is no guarantee that such estimate, budget, or other amount will be the actual cost incurred – because we often cannot anticipate when and what actions third party public and government entities will take with respect to your matter. Our office will contact you prior to incurring any additional expense. For your records, our tax identification is 90-0429078.
Special notice regarding USPTO responses. Responding to USPTO office actions is a necessary step in over 95% of utility patent applications. Because the amount of work at this stage is a function of the USPTO’s feedback, it is difficult to quote typical legal fees for this stage. Recognizing that a response to more than one office action may be required, it is hoped that these legal fees can be held to $1,000-$3,000 or less, but you assume the risk that this may not be the case for your specific legal situation.
Unless otherwise stated in writing, all payments quoted in an invoice or engagement letter are earned upon receipt and therefore non-refundable. Additionally, this fee payment structure contemplates that counsel is available to be retained in these matters but may have to forgo providing services in other cases as a result of this engagement. Finally, nonpayment of these fees shall constitute basis for withdrawal from further representation.
If this is your first payment, please read, sign, and return the engagement letter before making a payment. Making a deposit through the website indicates your agreement to the conditions outlined in the engagement letter. You may make a payment for any amount, however we do not become attorneys of record until you have paid at least one quarter down on a patent case and full payment on a trademark case.