I cant tell about the invention of course I just want to know if it is a scam.
The Avvo score is not as much of a concern as an unresponsive lawyer. I would not trust any legal matter to a lawyer who does not keep their client informed of the progress of the matter. I can't tell whether or not it is a scam given the information provided.
I hope this helps and please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns.
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An AVVO rating is only a guide -- it is not a guarantee that the lawyer will be responsive or good. You need to do your own due diligence. Moreover, opinions on lawyers are often subjective. On person may think that a particular lawyer is spectacular while another may think the same lawyer is a worthless waste of money.
If your lawyer is unresponsive, get a new lawyer IMMEDIATELY and fire your old one. The Patent Office has specific deadlines for actions to be taken, and if your lawyer has missed one, you could lose rights. Once you have gotten a new lawyer and ensured that you have not lost rights, call the old lawyer and explain WHY you fired them. Sometimes there is a disconnect between client expectations and lawyer action. For example, if you filed an application and the PTO estimates a first action is 3 years away, your lawyer would not have any progress to report for quite some time. However, they should tell you that and it is not an excuse for not responding to a client inquiry.
If you HAVE lost rights (based upon what the new layer tells you), you should contact the Patent Office's Office of Enrollment & Discipline (OED) and find out how to file a complaint with them and possibly also send a letter to the state bar(s) where the lawyer is admitted regarding their actions.
This information is intended to be general and educational in nature. It is not intended to be specific legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship. I require a signed retainer agreement from a potential client to establish an attorney-client relationship and before I will provide specific legal representation.
The Avvo score is not a concern. Some lawyers are not ranked because they have not chosen to participate in the rankings.
You attorney has an ethical duty to keep you apprised as to the status of your application. You should have received a copy of a filing receipt from your attorney after the application was filed. After that, you might not receive further correspondence from your attorney until the patent office issues an office action. Right now, the patent office is examining applications around 18 months after the application is filed, on average.
Here is my advice to you: call your attorney. If your attorney avoids phone calls or won't respond, that indicates a serious problem.
The Avvo rating is based on many factors. "No concern", in my understanding, means that 1) there are no ethical complaints against the lawyer - that's good!, and 2) the lawyer hasn't claimed their profile on Avvo. In my opinion, I would trust a lawyer with a "no concern" rating. But keep reading...
All lawyers should communicate with their clients. As my colleagues have said, there may be nothing new to tell: if you've already applied for a patent, for instance, it can take 18 months or even up to 3 years. Even so, it is a good practice for attorneys to tell their clients how often they'll check in with the client (e.g., monthly), and then to do so.
I suggest contacting your attorney, and asking both about the status of your patent application (or other legal matter), and about what the attorney's practices are with regard to keeping clients updated. And, if you don't like working with that attorney, there are always other fish in the sea. Feel free to respond here with additional info or updates.
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This question is evidence about how lack of communication from attorneys continues to be one of the top complaints.
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