Our file-and-hold service is a comprehensive, end-to-end, service for maximising your cost savings in the patent application process in Europe.
We believe that there is no more cost-efficient way of handling your patent applications in Europe.
A significant majority of the European patent application process relates to administrative tasks. Patent attorney input is generally only required at discrete moments in the process such as for responding to a substantive official action. The conventional model is, nevertheless, to engage patent attorney firms for the entire patent application process. We offer an alternative model by which Valet Patent Services manages the entire process from patent application filing to patent grant. Your preferred patent attorney is only engaged when attorney work is required such as for responding to an examination report or search report. In this way, you can still make use of the highest quality patent attorney representation without undue expenditure on aspects of the patent application process that do not need patent attorney expenses.
Our approach ensures that you pay paralegal rates for the whole process except for when attorney time is necessary. You will have a fixed and predictable expenditure for the complete patent application process in Europe.
Under our file-and-hold procedure, all administrative tasks are handled by Valet Patent Services. These administrative tasks include obtaining any necessary translations, filing your patent application including paying patent office fees, reporting patent office communications, docketing due dates, coordinating with you and your preferred patent attorney regarding any substantive official action response, filing the response as approved by you, paying annuity or yearly renewal fees, handling the grant procedure including paying grant fees and arranging any translations, handling the post-grant European patent validations.
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