An important aspect of a lawyer’s job is developing and managing relationships with clients (or the client’s employees, if the lawyer works in-house for a government or corporation). The client-lawyer relationship often begins with an intake interview where the lawyer gets to know the client personally, discovers the facts of the client’s case, clarifies what the client wants to accomplish, shapes the client’s expectations as to what actually can be accomplished, begins to develop various claims or defenses, and explains her or his fees to the client.
In England, only solicitors were traditionally in direct contact with the client. The solicitor retained a barrister if one was necessary and acted as an intermediary between the barrister and the client. In most cases barristers were obliged, under what is known as the “cab rank rule”, to accept instructions for a case in an area in which they held themselves out as practicing, at a court at which they normally appeared and at their usual rates.Legal advice is the application of abstract principles of law to the concrete facts of the client.
Trademarks are one of the key assets for most businesses. It tells customers that your products or services are provided by your company and, as such, they can rely on the quality of those products or services.
Trade dress includes the visual appearance of a product, its design, or packaging. As with trademarks, trade dress signifies the source of a product. Misuse of a company’s trade dress often results in confusion among consumers.
Industrial designs are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament, or any combination of these features applied to a finished article.