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Patent and Inventing Discussion => Patent Questions and Advice => Topic started by: Chris on March 08, 2013, 05:48:42 PM

Title: NDA with patent attorney or trademark attorney?
Post by: Chris on March 08, 2013, 05:48:42 PM
Good morning, I have several questions today.  I am also going to trademark a phrase.  First I have looked at a couple different companys and I think I have chosen one but before I proceed do you recommend that I have them sign a non- disclosure agreement?  Second do you get involved with trademarks for clients?  Perhaps I could hire you if the cost isn't too prohibitive?  With all that's going on I have to stretch my buck as far as possible.
Title: Re: NDA with patent attorney or trademark attorney?
Post by: Brad on March 08, 2013, 05:50:16 PM
Sorry I don't do trademarks.  Only trademark attorneys can file trademarks on behalf of clients.  Most attorneys will not sign a NDA because their state bar rules don't allow them to be a counter party to their clients.  In otherwords, your attorney should not sign an agreement with you such as an NDA that may put you against each other in court.

However, if someone is properly registered with the USPTO and their state bar (you can verify online), it is very unlikely they would risk their career to steal your trademark or idea so you can usually trust them.
Title: Re: NDA with patent attorney or trademark attorney?
Post by: Brad on March 10, 2013, 12:43:18 PM
Also, since I am a registered patent agent and not an attorney, I don't have to follow state bar rules.   I am willing to sign NDAs with my clients.  Just let me know if you want a copy of my NDA and I can email one to you.