How Do I Prepare for My Initial Consultation with an IP Lawyer?

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Whether an issue arises with your trademark, copyright, licensing agreement, or other intellectual property, you may have to retain legal services in order to diffuse the situation entirely. And with this, the first step you must take is to schedule an initial consultation. Continue reading to learn how to prepare for your initial consultation with an experienced Essex County, New Jersey intellectual property lawyer at The Ingber Law Firm.

How can I prepare for my initial consultation with an intellectual property lawyer?

The primary reason why you should properly prepare for your initial consultation is so that an intellectual property lawyer can be as productive as possible in building a comprehensive legal strategy and guiding you toward the next steps of your case. With that being said, you must prepare documents that portray the nature of your legal issue. Examples are as follows:

  • Notes on the basic background of your intellectual property issue at hand.
  • Samples of your intellectual property (i.e., images of your trademark, images of your copyright, etc).
  • Copies of any formal registration certificates that you have from the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the United States Copyright Office.
  • Copies of any contracts that govern intellectual property rights (i.e., between you and a publisher, between you and an employee, etc).
  • Proof of any relevant correspondence between you and another party regarding your intellectual property issue.
  • Proof of any relevant timestamps regarding your intellectual property issue.

What questions should I ask my intellectual property lawyer?

Understandably so, you likely have a lot of questions regarding the fate of your intellectual property, which is likely why you scheduled this initial consultation in the first place. So, you must understand that your lawyer will not think any question is too simple or too frivolous to answer. Examples of questions you should ask your lawyer are as follows:

  • Is my situation worth pursuing legal action?
  • What are the legal options at my disposal?
  • Which legal option do you recommend for my situation?
  • What do I need to do to kickstart my case?
  • What additional documents do I need to prepare before kickstarting my case?
  • How long will my case take, from start to finish?
  • How much is my case going to cost me?
  • How often do you handle cases like mine?
  • What is the estimated success rate of cases like mine?

It is worth mentioning that our firm offers free initial consultations for all of our prospective new clients. Plus, you must remember that there is a countdown for when you are eligible to bring your claim forward. So you should not wait too long before contacting a skilled Essex County, New Jersey intellectual property lawyer from The Ingber Law Firm.