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Fee Agreement
  1. FIXED FEES. Our preference is to bill on a fixed fee basis.  This provides you, our client, with a measure of certainty for budget planning purposes.  In other words, certain services may be billed at a fixed fee rather than an hourly rate, provided that a fixed fee is arranged for and quoted in advance. These services include, but are not limited to the following: patent, copyright and trademark searches, and patent application services. Fixed fees include conference time with the client.

  2. FEE COMPUTATION. For services other than on a fixed fee basis, our attorneys record time spent performing services for you, including time spent conferring with you by telephone and otherwise, and this time is billed at the hourly rate assigned to the attorney. The hourly billing rates vary among our attorneys, and the rates are generally between $100.00 and $250.00 per hour.

  3. MONTHLY BILLINGS. For services other than on a fixed fee basis, you will normally be billed monthly for services rendered and cash disbursements advanced during the preceding month.

  4. COSTS AND DISBURSEMENTS. The above fees do not include any costs or disbursements. Costs and disbursements, including any copying charges, long distance telephone charges, postage, charges, filing fees and drawings, are recorded as incurred, for inclusion in the monthly billing.

  5. ADVANCE PAYMENTS. For services billed at a fixed fee, and some fees estimated in advance, payment for the services and estimated costs and disbursements is requested before commencing work.

  6. PATENTS. After a patent application is filed, amendments may be required by the Patent and Trademark Office. Charges for such amendments are separate from the patent application preparation and filing fee charges. Additionally, should the application become allowed, there are issue fee and maintenance fee charges, which are also separate charges. We cannot guarantee that a patent will be granted on the application. No patent application charges are refundable for any reason.

  7. PAYMENT SCHEDULE. All billings are due and payable when rendered. Any billing remaining unpaid for more than thirty (30) days is considered overdue, and interest may accrue on the unpaid balance at the rate of 1.5 percent per month from the due date until paid in full. Should any billing become more than thirty (30) days overdue, future services may not be rendered, without first making your account current with our firm.

  8. WITHDRAWAL OF REPRESENTATION. As a condition of the firm's acceptance or continuation of representation, the firm reserves the right to withdraw representation if there is any overdue billing, upon giving reasonable advance notice of the intention to withdraw, and you agree not to contest in any manner, the firm's right to withdrawal under such circumstances. The attorney-client relationship is one of mutual trust, confidence and respect. Thus, you retain the right to discharge us as your counsel at any time for any reason. Likewise, we retain the right to cease representing you, for any reason, thirty days after giving you notice of our decision to withdraw. You agree to sign all paperwork necessary to effect our withdrawal. Should we withdraw for "cause" (including, but not limited to, your failure to follow our settlement or other significant advice, your failure to have informed us of any significant matters, or your failure to remain current on your fee and costs obligation to us, regardless of your financial circumstances), you will remain liable for all fees and costs incurred prior to our withdrawal.

  9. INQUIRIES. We encourage questions about these policies.

  10. GENERAL NATURE OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED. (Check the Type of services below to be provided.)

    _____ Conduct Preliminary Patentability Search
    You have requested that we conduct a preliminary patentability search to determine whether your invention might be patentable. We have agreed to provide such service on a fixed fee basis of $_____, which includes providing an opinion letter and copies of the patent documents uncovered during the search. This quoted attorney fee for our services does not include preparing additional documents after conducting the search, such as preparing and filing a patent application. Such additional services will be quoted separately and no additional work beyond the patentability search will be performed without your specific approval.

    _____ Prepare and File Patent Application
    You have requested that we prepare and file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We have agreed to provide such service on a fixed fee basis of $_______, which does not include costs for drawings and filing fees. This quoted attorney fee for our service does not include preparing additional documents after the filing of the application such as information disclosure statements, reviewing and responding to issued Office Actions, preparing formal drawings or issue fee activities, nor reminding you of maintenance fee obligations, or foreign filing rights. Such additional activities will only be undertaken with your specific approval and will be quoted in advance of any additional services being provided.

  11. FOREGOING is understood, acknowledged and agreed to by the undersigned.

    Name:___________________________________

    Telephone:________________________________

    Address:__________________________________
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