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Sodbuster
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Re: Out on My Own
« Reply #5 on: Nov 30th, 2005, 7:36pm »
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All true.  I guess my underlying concern that I failed to clarify is that a semi-sophisticated client (e.g., an industrial client, if the agent is lucky enough to land such a client) will typically want their practitioner to be capable of handling all facets of the prep and pros.  Yes, there are exceptions, one could make a decent living without this, but I believe generally it could affect the success of the practitioner.  However, IMHO, the agent will typically be relegated to the small clients, and as most attorneys and agents with big-client experience will know, it's the small clients that can and will cause the most problems if a date is missed or their IP rights are in any way burdened by negligence of the practitioner.
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Re: Out on My Own
« Reply #6 on: Nov 30th, 2005, 9:10pm »
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I agree with your concerns Sod, but IMO the major concern is that a lack of experience will result in
bad service and/or getting sued.  If the agent is having trouble getting more than a few client,
a cork board and some thumbtacks is close to all of the docketing system the agent will need for a while.
 
Most of the stuff that the agent cannot legally handle can be handled by an attorney who is not
a patent practitioner.  The agent can handle the problem of not appearing to be full service by developing a referral relationship with a local attorney or two.
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