Area IP is happy to help you find answers to any general question you
may have regarding the patent process. We ask that you send your initial
inquiries via e-mail if you have a specific question. However, generally,
a large volume of e-mail's or phone calls does impede us from completing
work for our existing clients. You will generally get the most value
from our communications if, before emailing or calling, you
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and by looking through relevant topics in our
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asked questions (FAQs), sections on our website. Be sure to look
at our FAQ/Help
Guide regarding Initial Consultations. After
getting your basic questions answered through our website, you will
have enough time to ask us more detailed questions, possibly more relevant
to your unique situation.
Area IP promptly responds to emails regarding the firm's current lead-time
and ability to accept new clients.
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to Our Services.
Please do not email confidential information unless it is encrypted.
Note, that as a registered patent practitioner, no member of the firm
will disclose or use your confidential
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governing the free Initial Consultation
note that Bay Area IP does not respond to e-mail's or conduct
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address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Bay Area IP cannot
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consultations are performed under the ethics guidelines of 37 CFR §
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