Our professional fees are based on a flat hourly rate. No
mark-up is applied. A number of procedural matters which would not normally
require professional attention attract a fixed charge. Clients will also be held
responsible for disbursements incurred in pursuance of their instructions,
including Patent Office fees, associates fees, counsels fees and search costs.
VAT will be added at the current rate. Fee notes will be issued at appropriate
In common with many professionals we work on a retainer
basis. When appointed, we have a legal duty to act in the clients interests and
to pass on any information received on their behalf. We often turn away work
which might result in a conflict of interests. We shall not incur unnecessary
costs, but we are entitled to charge for any time spent furthering a clients
interests, including time spent dealing with telephone enquiries.
3. Termination of Retainer
Our retainer may be terminated in writing and will operate
from the date of receipt. A fee note will be rendered for any outstanding
4. Our Principal
We only accept instructions from one principal.
Instructions are accepted on behalf of a third party only on the basis that the
instructing principal will be responsible for our charges.
Estimates of fees will be provided on request. We shall
endeavour to keep to estimates wherever possible, but we reserve the right to
charge for any work not originally accounted for.
6. Payment terms
- Payment becomes due on date of Invoice.
- Strictly 14 days for settlement.
- Interest will be charged on late payments.
- A minimum charge of £30 plus VAT will be rendered for
- Any query must be submitted in writing within 7 days.
Failure to do so will be deemed acceptance of the charges.
- Payments accepted by BANK TRANSFER (wire) or
CHEQUE drawn in UK currency (GBP).
7. Telephone Advice
Any advice given or view expressed by telephone should
only be regarded as a preliminary opinion. No action should be taken without
obtaining a written opinion given after a full consideration of the facts.
Clients must supply any information in their possession or knowledge which may
have a bearing on our subsequent opinion.
We expressly reserve the copyright in all letters, patent
specifications, legal opinions and other documents issued by us. We permit
clients to copy such documents for their own use, but ONLY after our
professional fees have been paid in full.
Please note any deadlines indicated in our letters.
Failure to meet deadlines may result in loss of rights or incur additional
costs. If we do not receive instructions in due time we shall take that as an
implicit instruction NOT to act.
Any information which might reasonably be expected to be
of a confidential nature will be treated as such. Information and materials
supplied to us will be kept under conditions of normal office security. It shall
not be regarded as a breach of confidence to forward technical information to
any Patent Office or to our employees or agents for the purpose of furthering
the clients interests. The duty of confidentiality shall not extend to
information which is freely available from other sources (e.g. a published
11. Return of Samples and Documents
The return of any samples or documents must be requested
in writing within thirty days of receipt by us. Materials not so requested will
be retained by us for as long as we require them and then disposed of at our
12. Our Files
The contents of our files will remain our property at all
times. Files may be destroyed an appropriate period after the file is closed.
13. Transfer of Agency
When instructed to transfer work to another agent we are
normally willing to make the contents of our files available to the new agent,
provided no professional fees are outstanding. We reserve the right to withhold
any documents which we regard as confidential. To cover our handling costs, we
charge a minimum transfer fee of £75 per file, which must be paid in advance.
© Craske & Co., 1998
Last updated: 15 January 2005