IPfever.com is brought to you by IPfever, LLC (“Company” or “we”). We provide free online resources related to intellectual property law, web access to third-party legal service, and other contents and services through our website (collectively “Services”). You are agreeing to the following terms by using our Services.
Important note about legal services
Although we provide related contents and services for various legal services, all those legal services are offered, provided, and performed by third-parties, namely attorneys and other licensed professionals who are affiliated with the Company. A member of the Company may offer legal service through our website, but such legal service is provided by the member as an individual but not as a member of the Company. We are not responsible for any statement or activity made by a member of the Company in connection to legal services.
Third-party legal services
Legal services are provided by an attorney you hire through our website (“Your Attorney”). Per the Additional Terms (see below for its definition), you may be entitled to a free written statement based upon an initial review of your case as a part of a legal service. Such statement, also referred as Service Report, is derived solely from the information provided by you and limited to the scope of review set forth in the Additional Terms. Hence, it may not discuss or resolve all of your legal issues.
Services we provide
Our website contain free online resources which can be accessed without creating a login account. They are offered to introduce and explain legal concepts and procedures and may include internal links to legal services offered by third parties, external links to third-party websites, and personal opinion of the author. They could be considered as advertisement, and they may be incorrect or misleading as applied to you. Do not take them as a legal advice.
We also provide other contents and services that can be used in connection with third-party services. They are aimed to make legal service more accessible, affordable and convenient. They may cut the cost of legal service by refining issues and limiting attorneys’ responsibility and enabling an efficient online co-working environment. However, we do not make any warranty as to competence, promptness, or quality of the legal service.
We may require you to create a login account in order to use our Services in connection to the third-party legal services. After you create an account at IPfever.com, we may contact you using the contact information you provided if necessary to provide Services. However, we do not monitor online activities occurring on or through your account, and you are solely responsible for them.
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content through or on our website, you give us a license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, communicate, and distribute such content in connection with the Service and the third-party legal services. You should encrypt and password-protect your confidential information to make sure no one other than you and Your Attorney can access it. This is critical when the communication falls under the attorney-client privilege. Do not submit or email any information unless Your Attorney requests.
When you use third-party legal services, you agree to additional terms of service set forth by Your Attorney (“Additional Terms”) in addition to the these terms. You will find Additional Terms in various places like Your Attorney’s engagement letter, retainer agreement, service description, attorney’s profile, and so on. In other words, attorneys are bound by the words they use to describe them and their services, and so are you.
We are not a party to the Additional Terms, nor do we review, endorse, accept, or warrant any of the terms in the Additional Terms.
Paying for services
When you pay a retainer for the availability of Your Attorney or make any kind of payment for legal services on our website, the payment is immediately available to Your Attorney. In other words, we do not hold the money as an escrow and have neither knowledge nor control of your invoice and payment.
Unless otherwise provided in Additional Terms, you do not make an advance payment for legal services. Moreover, you may have a chance to preview Your Attorney’s work product before paying for the work performed. You do not have right to preview everything, but your invoice should specifies tasks performed by Your Attorney. If you do not make payment for any invoice within twenty-five business days after you receive the invoice, the attorney-client relationship between you and Your Attorney may be terminated by Your Attorney.
Business uses of our Services
If you are using our Services on behalf of a business or your employer, the business or your employer also accepts these terms. The business or your employer will hold harmless and indemnify the Company from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to your use of the Services or violation of these terms and the Additional Terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.
When you encounter problems
We provide our Services using a commercially reasonable level of skill and care, and we hope that you will enjoy using them. But there are certain things that we do not promise about our Services. Our Services can be interrupted from time to time, and you might encounter delay, misbehavior, or errors caused by various reasons. When you notice any interruption or error, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help us resolve the issue.
When you are unhappy about third-party legal service, there are various things you can do. You can terminate the attorney-client relationship in a manner provided in the Additional Terms. After you had an opportunity to preview a work product, you can simply refuse to pay invoice for the work done. If you are dissatisfied about the work products or services you received, you can talk to and resolve the issue with Your Attorney.
Unfortunately, we do not in any way (1) guarantee attorneys’ availability or competency, (2) control their service quality, (3) supervise Your Attorney, or (3) take responsibility for legal service performed.
SOME OF THE CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE IS CONSIDERED ADVERTISING MATERIAL UNDER THE APPLICABLE RULES OF CERTAIN STATES.
NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR YOUR ATTORNEY ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS OF ANY INFORMATION PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE. YOUR USE OF THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. DO NOT SEND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION VIA EMAIL.
OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN THESE TERMS AND IN THE ADDITIONAL TERMS, WE AND YOUR ATTORNEY DO NOT MAKE ANY SPECIFIC PROMISES ABOUT THE SERVICES.
SOME JURISDICTIONS PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN WARRANTIES, LIKE THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE AND YOUR ATTORNEY EXCLUDE ALL WARRANTIES.
WHEN PERMITTED BY LAW, THE COMPANY AND YOUR ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROFITS, REVENUES, OR DATA, FINANCIAL LOSSES OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE COMPANY AND YOUR ATTORNEY, FOR ANY CLAIMS UNDER THESE TERMS AND ADDITIONAL TERMS, INCLUDING FOR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR THE SERVICES.
IN ALL CASES, WE AND YOUR ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT IS NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE.
About these Terms
These terms and Additional Terms may be modified in the future. You should review the terms and the Additional Terms regularly. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective no sooner than a month after they are posted unless otherwise required by the law. We will post notice of modifications to these terms on this page, and modified Additional Terms will take place where the previous Additional Terms were placed. If you do not agree to the modified terms for a Service, you should stop using relevant Services.
If there is a conflict between these terms and the additional terms, these terms will control for that conflict.
These terms control the relationship between the Company and you. They do not create any third party beneficiary rights.
Even if you do not comply with these terms and we do not take any action available to us, it does not mean we waive any of our rights. We reserve our rights to take action based on these terms in the future.
If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.
The laws of Illinois, United States of America, excluding its conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services. All claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services will be first settled by arbitration administered in Chicago, Illinois, pursuant to a single arbitrator arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Associate under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and you and the Partner Attorneys consent to personal jurisdiction of Illinois courts.