Please read this linking policy before you send an e-mail asking us to link to
We will accept requests to link to sites which meet
the following criteria:
- Websites with content which is related to our practice
area - that is, sites which provide substantive information relating to
one or more aspects of Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights,
Trade Secrets). Please note that a website which just solicits
customers for services is not considered to be "providing
- Websites with content which is complementary to ours
- that is, sites which provide additional information and viewpoints which
will supplement the information we provide on our site and help our readers
understand the subject matter better.
- Other US law firms' sites, but only if the
website fits the rules, above. Obviously, there is little point in our
firm linking to a competitor's site which serves no purpose other than to offer the same
services that we do.
- Sites which provide historical information about a
topic other than patents, trademarks and copyrights, but only if we feel
that the topic somehow supplements the material on our website.
That is to say, we will accept requests to link to these sorts of sites -
we do not guarantee to provide a link. Linking from our site is entirely at
the discretion of Brown & Michaels PC.
We will generally not accept requests to link to the
following types of sites:
- Sites promoting "property", wherever located: Please note that our site deals with
intellectual property, not real
property. We do not link to pages promoting condos in Arizona, or
anything like that.
- Legal sites for other topics than Intellectual Property: We're
sure that some of the visitors to our site might from time to time need to
get divorces, or recompense from the Victims Fund in the UK, or to apply for a
Green Card, or whatever else it is you're doing, but there are lots of good
search engines and sites devoted to those other forms of law. If your site doesn't
provide content on some aspect of Intellectual Property, don't bother to try
to argue why it's a good idea for us to link to your site. We won't do
- Law firms in other countries: We have no way to evaluate
the services of foreign law firms if we do not work with them, and providing
a link here would imply an endorsement with which we are not comfortable.
Therefore, as a general rule we do not link to websites for firms in other
unless we have a working relationship with them, or unless the website
provides significant content related to the provisions of intellectual
property law in the firm's country.
you are a law firm outside the US, we recommend that you make sure you are
listed at the international patent attorney listings on the Piperpat
website maintained by the Pipers patent law firm in New Zealand. That's
where we go when one of our clients needs an attorney in another
- If your site is, like ours, more of a reference on the aspects of
Patent, Trademark or Copyright Law in your country than an advertisement
for your service, we might accept a link request.
- Translators, draftsmen, legal outsourcing companies and other patent services sites:
We do not usually link to patent services
companies (i.e. draftsmen, translators, etc.) unless we have used their
services. Such a link would imply an endorsement which we are not
comfortable providing, if we are not familiar with the company.
- Sites offering goods or services unrelated to Intellectual Property:
We won't link to your site. Period. Please don't ask.
- "Link Farms": We never, under any circumstances, link to "link
farms" - that is, sites which
serve no purpose other than to link to other sites. Such sites exist only to
generate "click-through" advertising revenue for their
owners. If I look at your site, and it's just a jumble of unrelated and
disorganized links to here and there, with a left-hand column listing
"patents in Uruguay, patent leather shoes, colonial land patents",
etc, I won't even bother to reply to your e-mail.
- SEO sites - please don't bother to e-mail us, asking us to link to
your site for the purpose of increasing both of our numbers of incoming
links. Don't bother to e-mail if you are working for a company asking
everyone under the sun to link to your clients' sites, otherwise known as
"Search Engine Optimization", either. We understand the argument
that this will fool search engines into raising both of our rankings, but we
don't agree with the technique or the premise. We consider such sites and
meaningless cross-links to be essentially the same as link farms. We will
not add such links to our site nor will we accept or reply to such requests, so save
If you believe that your site fits these standards, feel free to contact
us. However, you should realize that we receive dozens of requests each
month from people asking us to link our site to theirs. In most cases, we
decline to do so. Please do not take offense or be insulted if we refuse to
grant your request for a link. It's not a reflection on you - our site
serves a very specific purpose of providing information on Intellectual Property
for our clients and prospective clients, and it is not a general web directory
or link site.
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