Unless we have your permission, we will not disclose any information about you or your invention to anyone outside our organization or the Patent and Trademark Office.
- We may disclose information if we have a legal or ethical obligation to do so; however, we will advise you in that case.
- We must inform the PTO of your activities and publications which constitute "prior art".
- Some information about you and your invention will be made public by patent offices to whom we apply for patents.
- We may supply information necessary to secure payment for services.
Types of information we collect: We collect certain information about you, but only when it is already public, or is provided by you, or is obtained with your permission. We do not collect social security numbers, and do no knowingly give information to organizations other than the Patent and Trademark Office.
We require a fee agreement and/or advance payment before we perform services. Invoices are due 30 days from their date. We may withdraw from representation if we are not paid on time.
We retain all correspondence pertaining to pending matters in electronic form. After a patent has issued, we may dispose of our application file. We retain financial records for five years.