Below you will find
- General Information You Should Know
- Terms of Service
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Nothing on this website is to be considered to form an attorney-client relationship. You have not been established as a client of Thompson Patent Law Firm and Craige Thompson does not represent you in any matter. Thompson Patent Law Firm will not take any action on your behalf unless and until you are established as a client.
An Agreement signed and dated by an authorized principal attorney of Thompson Patent Law is required in order to be established as a client. Even if you do not retain Thompson Patent Law for assistance, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible in order to avoid losing important legal rights.
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Thompson Patent Law has endeavored to comply with all known legal and ethical requirements that apply to this site. Thompson Patent Law does not desire to represent clients based upon their review of any portions of this site that do not comply with legal or ethical requirements.
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Attorney grievance process. Pursuant to Government Code sec. 81.079, we are providing a brochure published by the State Bar describing the process for filing a grievance against an attorney.
Effective: August 4, 2010
I. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Personal information is information through which you can be identified, such as your name, postal address, email address, and telephone number. When you visit our site, we do not collect personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide personal information to us (for example, by sending us an email or registering for a newsletter or other event). If you provide personal information to us, we might receive additional information about you from other sources and combine that additional information with the personal information you provided.
Non-personal information is information about you or your activities through which you cannot be personally identified. When you visit our site, we may collect non-personal information, such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, the domain name of your Internet service provider, which pages you visit on our site and how long you spend on each page, and the unique number assigned to your server or Internet connection. We may use this information for a variety of purposes, including to monitor use of and improve our site as well as for internal analysis.
Cookies are small files that contain information sent by a website that is saved on your computer’s hard drive. When you visit our site, we may place a cookie on your computer to help us recognize and serve you better when you return. You may delete cookies from your computer or set your browser to reject cookies. However, doing so may limit some functionalities of our site.
II. HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We may use your personal and non-personal information for our own marketing and non-marketing purposes. For example, we may use personal information to respond to your email or telephone inquiries or to advise you of upcoming events, newsletters, or legal developments. In addition, we may add your personal information to our databases, including subscriber and contact lists.
Your personal and non-personal information may be shared for any purpose among any of the offices of Thompson Patent Law.
We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties. Your personal information may be shared with unrelated third parties, including contractors that provide services to us. For example, we may provide your personal information to third parties that assist with the operation or maintenance of our site or that we may hire to deliver newsletters or other materials to you. When we provide personal information to third parties, we require those parties to exercise reasonable care to protect your personal information, and we restrict the use of your personal information to the purposes for which it was provided to them. We may use non-personal information for a variety of purposes, including statistical or demographic analysis and improvements in the design and content of our site.
III. MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Each of our marketing emails includes an automated way for you to opt out (unsubscribe) from that particular communication or from all marketing emails sent by Thompson Patent Law. To opt out, please follow the instructions on the email you receive. Or you may email us at [email protected] to update your preferences. It may take about 30 days for any changes to your personal profile to take effect.
Although we employ security measures that we believe are reasonably appropriate to protect your personal information, we do not guarantee that our security precautions will protect against the loss or misuse of your personal information. Similarly, we cannot guarantee the privacy of personal information you transmit over the Internet or that may be collected in transit by others, including contractors that provide services to us.
V. OTHER WEBSITES AND CO-SPONSORED EVENTS
Our site contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of other websites. You should consult privacy policies of other sites before you visit those sites or provide any personal information to those sites. We may provide information at our site about programs and events that are sponsored by or co-sponsored by other firms or organizations. If you register for any of these events, we may have no control over the third-party sponsors’ use of your personal information.
VI. REVISIONS TO THIS POLICY
We reserve the right to revise this Policy at any time without notice. Please review this Policy periodically for changes.
If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or if you wish to opt out of the use of your personal data by Thompson Patent Law P.C., you may contact us by email at [email protected] or write to us at the address below:
~ Terms of Service ~
During the course of our representation, we may perform some tasks that are not within the scope of a flat fee agreement. In such cases, we will bill you on an hourly basis for ordinary and necessary services to advance your case(s), keep you informed, and answer any questions regarding your case(s). Other necessary expenses, if any, are billed at cost (no mark-up).
To fund these services and expenses, we require our clients to maintain a minimum retainer in their trust account. The minimum trust account retainer is based on the number of pending applications in your portfolio. This retainer shall be maintained at its minimum throughout the life of this representation. As we earn fees and/or incur expenses on your behalf, we will make withdrawals from the trust account and will bill you for any funds required to replenish the account.
If the minimum retainer is not timely maintained, our policy is to promptly discontinue services until the minimum retainer has been restored. In the event of delinquency in maintaining the minimum retainer, we reserve the right to withdraw from this representation.
The retainer funds in the trust account remain client property until earned. Any unearned funds will be promptly returned to you at your request, or at the end of the representation.
Non-Flat Fee Services
Although we prefer to use flat fees whenever possible, we typically perform some services, including post-filing services, on an hourly basis. Unless agreed otherwise, fees for professional services are based primarily on the actual time spent. Invoices for hourly work will contain detailed daily records of each task performed, who performed it, and how long it took. These records are reviewed before invoices are sent out, and sometimes adjustments may be made to avoid a disparity between the time charges and the services rendered or the results achieved.
I will have overall responsibility for the services to be provided by the firm. In some cases, other associates, law clerks, patent engineers, legal assistants, or paralegals may also provide assistance.
Out of pocket disbursements made by the firm on a client’s behalf will be billed at actual cost. Billing for some disbursements may be delayed in the event of delays in the firm’s receipt of invoices. Billing rates and direct-cost fees may be reviewed and adjusted annually in January.
Normally flat fee projects are billed when completed, otherwise bills are sent monthly if a balance is due. If there are any special circumstances that require a different arrangement, please let me know right away. If you receive a bill, please do not hesitate to call if there are any questions. The firm is eager not only to provide outstanding services but to be sure that the charges for those services are fair and appropriate. In the absence of a problem with a bill, or a special arrangement made in advance, payment is expected within fifteen (15) days. The firm reserves the right to charge interest (e.g., 1% per month) and/or withdraw in the event of delinquency.
General Note from Craige re Client Projects Scheduled for Filing After the TPL Recommended Timeline:
As part of accepting the responsibility for handling your patent needs, please allow me to share some important thoughts about the idea that some clients have to ask us to delay our services until "just before the deadline." When a client requests that we delay complex filings until close to the deadline, there is correspondingly less margin for error (i.e., more risk) and almost always significantly higher costs when compared to our recommended timelines. Since "cutting it close" is not part of our recommended practice, we cannot accept financial responsibility for the extra risks and costs that may result from your request that we rush to fulfill last minute projects. Mistakes can happen, and resources and supervision may not always be available at the very "last minute." These situations generally require significant extra attorney, paralegal, and clerical effort from our office, (because we care) and we will have to bill you for all services and hard costs that are out of scope and would be unnecessary under the recommended timelines. Any client who feels this is unfair is fundamentally not a good fit for our firm. Also, operating under time stress multiplies the opportunities for human error, which is why we strongly urge a more orderly, regular timeline so that we can offer a predictable and lower flat fee and operate without undue stress. We will, of course, always seek to avoid any additional expenses, and generally none are actually required, but running out of time always eliminates better, lower cost options that may or may not be needed in a pinch. In the event additional costs or services are required, we do not guarantee or offer that we will extend credit for any such expenses that result from rushing or expediting. It is the client's responsibility to maintain sufficient access to credit cards or wire transfers in the event that retainer funds are needed to meet any deadlines. The client must allow sufficient time for funds to "clear" through the banking system before we can move forward and financially commit the firm's valuable time and dollars to the project. I hope this explanation helps demystify the fog around law firm retainers, at least with this firm. I believe this approach calls for the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I hope this approach seems sensible to you. If so, then we will have a mutually rewarding relationship, and you are the type of client we love to serve for many years to come. Thank you very much for your business! Call anytime. 512-649-1046 Craige
Thompson Patent Law
201 S Lakeline Blvd, Suite 704
Cedar Park, Texas 78613