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daunkwoorousa : I am an independent inventor without a patent, but myself and the interested party signed a NDA before I submitted my idea to the interested party.

I was just presented with a royalty agreement. It is 4 pages and makes sense to me. It clearly states: exclusivity, lifetime contract with methods of termination by me, the percentage of net sales I would receive, how often, and my auditing rights.

My only concern: After the interested company's president signed the NDA and reviewed my idea (which is intended to be a temporary, reusable fixture for an amputation prosthesis), the president said his design team had an idea on how to develop it into a separate permanent fixture design. This clearly indicates that they got that idea from mine. The royalty agreement presents the "property" as my device concept, and makes no mention of the exact design I gave them. This seems to be broad coverage of my idea and all similar embodiments.

It seems wise I should have it reviewed by an expert like an IP/patent lawyer, but I don't know where to go. It would have to be affordable (pro bono or no more than a few hundred dollars), and I don't see why it would take too long as the agreement is 4 pages.



How should I proceed to go about this and find someone qualified to review my royalty agreement?
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marleroker : You want an expert, but you do not want to pay much?
That's not likely to happen. You get what you pay for. If you want somebody who has spent many year studying and practising to become really good at what they are doing, do not be surprised if that person wants to be paid well for the work they have done to get to be an expert in that field.

I'm sure you could get a student at a local law school to do it. Maybe even pro bono. But would you be really confident that he has not missed anything?

You want to make sure that you get paid well for the work you have put into your invention, but don't want to pay somebody else for their work? I'm sure you can see how that does not make much sense.
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Enginisseve : Find a really cheap lawyer, that graduated from the bottom of their class, that can't get a job with a real law firm. They give the best advice ever.
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urbawibbona : The types of attorney you want do not do pro bono work. If you wish to retain the services of a patent attorney, you would be looking at fees of around $300 to $400 per hour for a reputable firm. For a basic contract review, many attorneys offer flat rate fees. $250 for a contract up to 10 pages long is fairly typical.
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Stoolalixsal : You want an attorney who has experience with licensing and royalty agreements. Two places to start would be:

1. List of certified licensing professionals (search for people near you): http://www.castleworldwide.com/clp_cms/asp/registry_search.asp

2. Licensing Executive Society. See if you have a local chapter and contact them to see who they would recommend. http://www.lesusacanada.org/chapters/

Your average attorney probably does not have experience with licensing of products and is not familiar with what is customary and what is not.
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AVodartDUTAS : Jdude...

File a Provisional Application for Patent NOW (while you can still prove you were the first to invent) and spend the $125 with the feds to get your patent pending..

Go here to see how it works.. In video format..
http://provisionalpatentvideo.com/patent-instructions/Provisional_Patent/Patent.html

Then, with this you have the ability to "OWN" the patent rights if they try to "trick" you for the measly fee of $125 and THEN you can hire a hot shot dode to make sure you are OK legal wise...

Thanks,

Dave
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josede73sk : I am in the process of filing for bankruptcy due to several medical debts, and I am in the process of gathering my documentation for my attorney. It will be a few months before we proceed with the filing. I work for a collection agency, and my employer has received one of my medical bill accounts. There is no legal suit/judgment/garnishment of any kind on this account, as this particular client does not file them, but my employer is threatening to begin automatically deducting this debt from my paycheck beginning next week. I am not certain of the legalities of their actions and would like some advice. I simply cannot afford what they are threatening to do at this time due to my attorney fees.

I am in the state of Tennessee if that helps. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Flugsoors : no. the proper course is not to withhold money but to simply fire you.
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Rinkaliskiply : If they receive a garnishment, they will withhold. It's the law. You can challenge it if it starts.
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Bomimuccerm : What is it with Toblerone and Walkers Shortbread at airports?

I'm asking from a UK standpoint. Why are these two products so prolific at (UK) airports? It's been the case for as long as I can remember. Is demand for them so high once airside that people simply can't resist buying them in such large quantities that there's no point selling them on the high street?

In fact, I don't even know where I can find tartan-packaged shortbread anywhere *other* than an airport?

Can someone explain what's going on here?
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