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We know that for first time inventors and growing businesses, making your first appointment with an intellectual property attorney is a big step and something you may have been working toward for a long time. We also appreciate that for established businesses, selecting the legal counsel that best matches your organization requires great consideration. That is why we created a list of some of the most commonly asked questions with answers about our consultation process.
Your initial consultation with Nyman IP is a great way to have some of your questions answered, learn more about the processes needed to protect your intellectual property, and help identify your next steps.
Navigating the application process for trademarks, patents, and copyrights on your own can be tedious and confusing. With over a decade of experience securing rights in hundreds of patents and trademark registrations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for all levels of intellectual property, we are excited to talk with you about how we can apply this experience to help you reach your goals.
Of course, after our conversation, you may decide that your next step is to do nothing for now, and that is fine. There is no pressure for you to commit to anything during your initial consultation, and we appreciate that you have much to consider. We hope to talk soon and help you create the intellectual property strategy best for your business.
Still have questions? Here are some answers to the most frequent ones we get.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes we do! We offer you a complimentary first 30-minute consultation call with a Nyman IP attorney at no charge.
How can I schedule a consultation with Nyman IP?
To schedule your consultation, you can call at 312.487.2532 to speak with a live person or reserve a time yourself through our live scheduling calendar. To access the calendar directly please see the link below:
Do I need to confirm my consultation after selecting the date and time?
Yes. After you select the date and time on our calendar or during your call with our receptionist, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your appointment. While the calendar says confirm to lock in the date and time of your choice, your appointment will only be held for two business days from the time the appointment is created unless the confirmation form is completed. This form provides us with more information about you and your business so we can best help you during your call. We also will need this information to set up your client account if you choose to work with Nyman IP. If the final confirmation step is not completed within two business days, the appointment reservation will be automatically canceled.
What if I want to cancel or reschedule my consultation?
You can cancel or reschedule your consultation online up to 24 hours before the scheduled time. Using the links at the bottom of your consultation invite, you can choose to cancel or reschedule. Please note if you choose one of these options with less than 24 hours from your scheduled consultation time, you will lose the benefit of your first consultation being free. If you need help cancelling or rescheduling your appointment you can email and someone will be able to help with your questions.
What if I have more questions after the first consultation?
We are happy to help answer any questions you have after the first consultation. We offer follow-up consultations for a nonrefundable amount of $150 per 30 minutes. If you decide our services are a good fit for you, this consultation deposit will be applied to your account and toward your first invoice. If you decide not to engage us to help you, the deposit will be designated as a nonrefundable consultation fee.
Why do I need to pay in advance for additional consultation appointments?
We ask for payment before to secure and confirm your appointment with the attorney you originally spoke with. We do this to not have to use your time or ours at the end of the consultation to gather and process your credit card payment. This ensures you get the full time for all your questions.
What should I have ready for my first consultation?
The purpose of our first call is to get to know you and your business. While it is not necessary to have anything ready, writing down some of the questions you have will help ensure we provide the most information on your call.
Who will I meet with?
You will meet with one of our attorneys. Nyman IP founder Scott Nyman conducts most of our consultations and will be happy to give you feedback specific to your business objectives based on his years of experience working with startups and in the field of intellectual property. However, another attorney with the firm may speak with you based on your needs and availability of the attorneys.
What happens during the consultation?
We want to hear from you about your intellectual property and business needs, including your goals and concerns. We want you to ask your questions. Everything is confidential so we can openly explore if working together is a good fit. Most people find it helpful to discuss the processes related to your business’s intellectual property needs and get information about costs to accomplish these goals. This will also help us identify some of the next steps that may be best for you.
Will I get legal advice in the consultation?
No. While we will learn about you and your business on our call, any information provided during this time is not to be taken as legal advice. Our goal is to help you form the best decision for your business’s next steps. We will only be able to provide legal advice if you decide to become a client of Nyman IP. If you become a client, we will be able to speak in depth about your intellectual property, conduct background research, and provide advice to help meet the goals you are seeking to find for your business. Before being a client, we can only give cursory suggestions on actions that may be required.