We take confidentiality seriously. We understand that many inventors are extremely protective and reluctant to give up information relating to their invention. This is, of course, the prudent thing to do. Our goal, however, is to help you. In order to help you it will be necessary for you to provide us with information that should legally remain confidential. As a patent attorney I am legally required to keep information confidential, as are people who work for me. As soon as you contact us to seek professional assistance the law places upon us the requirement that any and all communications remain confidential. This is true even if we ultimately do not enter into a representation or services agreement. Nevertheless, in order to try and give you additional peace of mind here is our confidentiality pledge to you.
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Certain confidential information may be provided that is and must be kept confidential. To ensure the protection of such information, and to preserve any confidentiality necessary under patent and/or trade secret laws.
All patent attorneys and patent agents, and those who work for us under our direction, are required by the USPTO to maintain the confidences and secrets of their clients. This legal requirement is set forth in 37 C.F.R. § 11.106. Furthermore, 37 C.F.R. § 11.118 specifically relates to prospective clients (i.e., one who makes contact to ask questions or seek advice and has not yet, or may never, enter into a representation relationship). 11.118 specifically states: “Even when no client-practitioner relationship ensues, a practitioner who has had discussions with the prospective client shall not use or reveal information learned in the consultation…”
Nevertheless, to specifically allay any fears, we will protect confidential information learned from a client or potential client as required by 37 C.F.R. § 11.106.
If a customer orders a patent search or patent illustrations we may secure such services from trusted partner companies who will also maintain the customer’s information as confidential. The search firm we typically work with has specifically agreed to keep client information confidential, and has working for them patent agents who are former USPTO patent examiners who are likewise held to the same confidential standards set forth in § 11.106.
You can verify that I am a patent attorney by visiting USPTO Patent Attorney/Agent Search. The quickest way to find me is by typing my Registration Number — 44294 (with no spaces) — into the appropriate field. You will be taken to my record and upon clicking on my last name will be taken to a page where you will see the information contained in the image below:
Updated: January 04, 2013
By: /s/Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
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