This ATTORNEY-CLIENT RETAINER AGREEMENT (“Contract”) is entered into by and between you, the undersigned (hereinafter “Client”) and Edison Law Group, LLC, (hereinafter “Attorney”).1. CONDITIONS.
This Contract shall not take effect, and Attorney will have no obligation to provide legal services, until Client signs this Contract and submits the required payment.
The Attorney’s responsibility under this Agreement shall be limited to preparing the Search Report. The Search Report will rely upon a variety of electronically searchable databases, and in addition to relevant patents, will also include relevant literature such as commercial productions, brochures, journals, and professional publications. Attorney shall not represent the Client in any other matter under this Agreement.
The Attorney shall also provide a patentability opinion as part of the Search Report providing its best estimate regarding what type of patent claims the U.S. Patent Office may or may not approve upon the filing of a non-provisional U.S. patent application. The Attorney shall also provide a consultation to the Client to discuss the Search Report.
The total legal fee for the Services agreed to by Attorney and Client:
$395.00 USD (Flat Fee).
Once paid, legal fees will be placed into the Attorney’s trust account and will not be realized until the search report is complete.
It is unethical to make any guarantees regarding a legal outcome for Client. Nothing in this Agreement and nothing in the Attorneys communications with Client shall be construed as a promise or a guarantee regarding the outcome of Attorney’s representation of Client. The Attorney makes no promises or guarantees of any kind and any comments the Attorney makes or has made about the outcome of this legal representation are or were expressions of opinion only. Client understands that there are tens millions of issued patent documents worldwide. It is impossible for any Attorney to guarantee the completeness of any Search Report due to the immensity and volume of searchable material in the world.
Any controversy, claim or dispute arising out of or relating to this Contract, or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, shall be determined by arbitration in the District of Columbia. The arbitration shall be administered by American Arbitration Association pursuant to its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures (“Rules”). The arbitrator shall, in the Award, allocate all of the costs of the arbitration, including the fees of the arbitrator and the reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses of the prevailing party, against the party who did not prevail. The Award shall be in writing and shall specify the factual and legal basis for the Award. Judgment on the Award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.
Client may discharge Attorney at any time. Attorney may withdraw with Client’s consent, or on thirty days’ advance notice, or for good cause. Good cause includes Client’s breach of this Agreement, Client’s nonpayment of fees or costs, and Client’s failure to cooperate with Attorney or to follow Attorney’s advice on a material matter or any other fact or representation that would render Attorney continuing representation unlawful or unethical.
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between Client and Attorney relative thereto. This Agreement shall not be modified except by written agreement signed by Client and Attorney. If any provisions of this Agreement are held in whole or in part to be unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of that provision and of the entire Agreement will be severable and remain in effect. Attorney may also call upon other attorneys or staff in its offices or outside its offices when it considers it necessary or beneficial to do so.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia without regard to its conflicts of law provisions.
The effective date of this Contract shall be the date upon which Client executes the contract and pays the required fees.
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