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We believe that information confidentiality is one of the most important aspects of our client relationship. Rest assured that as a Bay Area IP client your confidential information is fully protected by the firm-client privilege. That is, as the founder is a registered patent agent, all employees and members of the firm are bound under the severe penalty of US law and ethical duty to preserve all privileged information in strict confidence.
It is important to understand, that IP service agencies run by unregistered/unlicensed persons can continue to perform IP services, such as patent or trademark searches, even if they intentionally compromise the secrecy of your confidential information. Even if you go through the considerable expense to sue their company for damages, they could just fold the company and do business under a new corporate name. In contrast, if any registered patent practitioner, or his/her employees, is found to compromise a client's confidential information as protected by law, he/she can be permanently barred personally from practicing in patents or any other area of law. Simply put, no registered practitioner would risk their career because of improper behavior.
However, to bring peace of mind for those few who may regard our disbarment for unethical behavior, such as disclosing your confidential information, as not enough of an assurance, we provide an additional layer of assurance by entering into a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with many of our clients. Generally, a client seeking an NDA with us need only provide us with his or her full name, the name of their invention, and their mailing address; we will mail you a signed copy of the NDA.
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