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Thank you for your interest in becoming a client of Hutchinson IP.  So that we can work together effectively, we need everyone to agree to our standard terms of business.  Our terms of business are important as they set-out important things about our business relationship, such as:


On any particular case, we can only work for one person (our “client”).  Deciding who should be the “client” is important because such things as legal privilege, our obligation of confidentiality and the person or company whose interests must be put foremost, usually attaches to our client.  Moreover, as we can only accept and act upon instructions from our client, and because our client is ultimately responsible for paying our bills and disbursements, having this person or company clearly defined is very important.

Nevertheless, we can add other “contacts” to our case files, so our client does not have to be the “applicant” (legal owner) of the rights in question, the “fee payer” (the person to whom invoices are sent) or even the “inventor” or “designer” (the person who originally created the IP).  If you need any further clarification or explanation, then please let us know.

Usually, if you are wanting us to do work for, or on behalf of a company, the company will be our “client”.  If a company signs-up as a a client, we will also need you to designate a single person to instruct us - this avoids the situation where the MD says “yes” and the FD says “no” and we are left not knowing what to do!  The default position should be to sign-up as a company.

However, if you are a private individual (i.e. if no company exists), or if you are an unincorporated body (such as a partnership, charitable organisation, etc.) then someone must be appointed to sign-up as an individual “client” to act on behalf of themselves or the group.

We hope that this is clear, but if you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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