Rule 6: Consolidate providers

Rule 6 of 7

Selecting only one or two providers to handle your patent work can sometimes increase your buying power, giving you more favorable rates. Asking those providers to use the same foreign attorneys (ideally with whom favorable rates have also been negotiated) for all your work can help too.

In general, if you are providing a significant amount of work, you should see whether your provider will agree to fix their charges in advance for certain actions. This will help with budgeting, which is a serious issue for many of the companies we speak with at the moment!

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