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What should be included in a fee agreement with a patent agent?

When you're entering into a fee agreement with a patent agent, there are several key elements that should be included to ensure a smooth and successful partnership. Firstly, the agreement should clearly outline the fees for their services, including any additional charges, costs, or expenses that may arise during the patent application process. This could include costs for research, drafting, filing, and any potential amendments to the application. Secondly, the agreement should specify the scope of the patent agent's services. This could include assistance with navigating the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registration process, preparing and filing the patent application, and providing advice on patentability and infringement issues. Thirdly, the agreement should include details about the patent agent's qualifications and experience, such as when they passed the U.S. patent bar examination and their track record with previous patent applications. This information can provide reassurance about the agent's competence and ability to effectively handle your patent application. Lastly, the agreement should include provisions for resolving any disputes that may arise, such as through mediation or arbitration, and terms for terminating the agreement if necessary.

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