Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions – USA
Terms and Conditions – UK

 

Terms and Conditions – USA

Franklin & Associates International Inc, originally founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2005 and now based in Palo Alto, California, is a US Patent Agency that limits practice to activities incident to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Our scope of services may include the following: I. Conducting patent searches, II. Rendering opinions regarding patentability, III. Preparing patent applications, IV. Prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and/or performing Patent Cooperation Treaty international patent application filings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office as PCT Receiving Office and before International Search Authorities and International Preliminary Examination Authorities, V. Performing liaison services with patent attorneys and/or agents registered to practice in a foreign country, where the liaison services relate to obtaining or maintaining patent protection, and/or filing patent related documents, in the country or jurisdiction where the other patent attorney or agent is registered to practice,VI. Recording patent assignments or patent licensing agreements, VII. Performing patent maintenance filings, VIII preparing for and filing Appeals before the United States Patent & Trademark Office,VIIII preparing for and filing patent Reexaminations before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Services provided are confidential and may be agent-client privileged under certain circumstances. US practitioners are bound by the rules of confidentiality under US Patent Law. Given that e-mails sent over the Internet may lack security and jeopardize confidentiality, we can accept no liability for non-receipt or late receipt by you of such communications or for any corruption in the information communicated to you or its disclosure to other parties as a result of the interception of such communication. E-mails will only have been deemed received by us once we acknowledge them in writing in a separate manually generated e-mail. Unless expressly stated, US practitioners are not members of Franklin & Associates International Inc.

The decision to grant or deny a patent application is made by the United States Patent & Trademark Office or any foreign patent office so that our firm cannot guarantee that any application we prepare and/or file will issue as an allowed U.S. patent and/or foreign patent. Similarly, the decision on infringement or validity of a patent claim is made by a court of competent jurisdiction and we cannot guarantee any decision on infringement or validity of a claim of a patent that we procure.

Services will generally not be performed until receipt of an initial retainer.Reporting of some office Notifications/Actions and correspondence may result in a charge but such charges generally do not exceed $95-175 (+tax if applicable).

Terms and Conditions – UK

FAI Patents is a trading name of Franklin & Associates International Ltd which is a limited liability company registered in England & Wales (Company Number 6593949).

Services provided may be confidential. European Patent Attorneys are bound by the rules of confidentiality under European Patent Law. Given that e-mails sent over the Internet may lack security and jeopardize confidentiality, we can accept no liability for non-receipt or late receipt by you of such communications or for any corruption in the information communicated to you or its disclosure to other parties as a result of the interception of such communication. E-mails will only have been deemed received by us once we acknowledge them in writing in a separate manually generated e-mail.

Where advice is sought from a European Patent Attorney in his capacity as such, all communications between client and European Patent Attorney are privileged from disclosure in proceedings before the European Patent Office, unless such privilege is expressly waived by the client. Such privilege from disclosure shall apply, in particular, to any communication or document relating to: (a) the assessment of the patentability of an invention; (b) the preparation or prosecution of a European patent application; (c) any opinion relating to the validity, scope of protection or infringement of a European patent or a European patent application. Unless expressly stated, European Patent Attorneys are not members of Franklin & Associates International ltd.

The decision to grant or deny a patent application is made by the European Patent Office or any national patent office so that our firm cannot guarantee that any application we prepare and/or file will issue as an allowed European patent and/or foreign patent. Similarly, the decision on infringement or validity of a patent claim is made by a court of competent jurisdiction and we cannot guarantee any decision on infringement or validity of a claim of a patent that we procure.

Services will generally not be performed until receipt of an initial retainer. Reporting of some Official Communications/Notifications and correspondence may result in a charge but such charges generally do not exceed 150 GBP (+VAT if applicable).

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