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Policies and Rates

Alternative Technologies rates are based on the type and duration of consulting being done. The type of work is divided into categories, as defined below. Please be certain you have no objection to complying with our policies, terms, and conditions as stated below.

Policies, Terms, and Conditions

Over the years, Alternative Technologies has developed a set of policies, terms, and conditions that we believe are fair and practical. These may be in conflict with the "boiler-plate" consulting contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and purchase orders sometimes used by a company, which can usually be altered without objection once the nature of the engagement is understood by the prospective client's legal or purchasing department. Where possible, we avoid situations that require extensive negotiation regarding legal terms and conditions due to the very high cost involved.

It is the client's responsibility to provide any and all required paperwork for review by Alternative Technologies prior to beginning the consulting engagement, including for example purchase orders, vendor agreements, consulting agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. Invoices are tendered per proposal and quote, per agreement, at the end of a significant phase or task, or every 30 days, whichever comes first. All payments are due and payable upon receipt. A two percent compounded late payment charge will be assessed for every 30 days payment is late. In the event that a consulting agreement specifies the amounts and schedule for payments, the client is responsible for making the agreed upon payments in a timely fashion per the agreed schedule. In such cases, it is Alternative Technologies' policy that the agreement constitutes an invoice and an independent invoice may not be tendered. Travel time is charged at one half the billed rate, except international travel which is charged at the maximum daily rate. Air travel is business class.

Alternative Technologies depends on its reputation and integrity for future business. Nonetheless, all consulting advice or other product is offered on an as is basis, with no warrantees or guarantees of correctness. Clients are advised to confirm the advice and opinions offered, and use them with appropriate discretion. Clients accept sole responsibility for how our services are used, and any and all effects that may result therefrom. All intellectual property rights are reserved, although the client may be license Alternative Technologies' intellectual property by explicit mutual written agreement. Alternative Technologies retains copyright on all written works. Alternative Technologies does not accept client agreements containing work-for-hire, indemnification, or assignment clauses, nor do we accept non-disclosure agreements that contain requirements of documentary proof of prior knowledge in place of generally accepted legal evidence. Please confirm that neither your purchasing nor your legal department have difficulty with these policies, terms, and conditions.

Class A: Daily On-Site Strategic Business Consulting

Strategic business consulting is characterized by the client's need to obtain information and advice on-the-spot and which is intended to affect the clients business and information processing practices or plans. Although a written report may result from the engagement, it is generally not possible to define in advance the deliverables for such consulting activities in advance of actually doing the bulk of the work. Often, the only deliverable is the verbal advice and feedback given to the client during the engagement. Such work is scheduled with the client on a daily basis as determined by the client's needs and the consultant's availability. The dates of the engagement are often modified or extended incrementally. Most work for vendors, venture capitalists, and litigants is charged at Class A rates.

Class B: Daily On-Site Strategic Technical Consulting

Strategic technical consulting is characterized by the client's need to obtain information and advice on-the-spot and which is intended to solve specific technical information processing problems for the client. Although a written report may result from the engagement, it is generally not possible to define in advance the deliverables for such consulting activities in advance of actually doing the bulk of the work. Often, the only deliverable is the verbal technical advice and direction given to the client during the engagement, or any technical work actually done on the client's premises. Such work is scheduled with the client on a daily basis as determined by the client's needs and the consultant's availability. The dates of the engagement are often modified or extended incrementally.

Class C: Extended Strategic Technical Consulting

Strategic technical consulting is characterized by the client's need to obtain information and advice on-the-spot and which is intended to solve specific technical information processing problems for the client. Although a written report may result from the engagement, it is generally not possible to define in advance the deliverables for such consulting activities in advance of actually doing the bulk of the work. Often, the only deliverable is the verbal technical advice and direction given to the client during the engagement, or any technical work actually done on the client's premises. Such work is scheduled with the client in advance for a fixed minimum number of days as determined by the client's needs and the consultant's availability. The minimum number of days is pre-paid via a retainer and purchase order. The retainer is billed against until it is seventy-five percent depleted, at which time the client may decide to replenish the retainer. Work billed in excess of the retainer is billed at Class B rates.

Class D: Project Consulting

Project consulting may be of either a technical or business nature. The defining characteristics of project consulting are the ability (a) to define, in advance of the engagement, the deliverables, (b) to specify the number of consulting days that must be pre-scheduled for on-site work with the client, (c) to specify the maximum number of consulting days that will be required overall, and (d) to perform a significant portion of the work off-site and without the direct involvement of the client. Ordinarily, the client will initiate project consulting by issuing either a verbal or written (however brief) request for proposal defining the work to be performed. The consultant will respond with a proposed work plan and quotation. The proposal is considered accepted by the client when the consultant receives a purchase order (or authorized letter of agreement) for the amount of the quotation and referencing the terms of the proposal, along with the initial payment (if any).

Class E: Hourly Telephone Consulting

Hourly telephone consulting may be of either a technical or business nature. It is characterized by the client's short-term need to obtain information and advice on-the-spot, and is intended to affect the clients business and information processing practices or plans, or to solve specific technical information processing problems for the client. The client normally makes a telephone appointment with the consultant, to be billed in hourly increments. In some cases, the consultant may have to investigate a specific issue briefly and FAX information to the client or call them back. If necessary or cost-effective, the client may desire to convert the billing to Class A or Class B.

Class F: Telephone Support Consulting

Telephone support consulting may be of either a technical or business nature. It is characterized by the client's long-term needs to be able to obtain information and advice on-the-spot, and is intended to affect the clients business and information processing practices or plans, or to solve specific technical information processing problems for the client. The client normally makes a telephone appointment with the consultant, to be billed in hourly increments. In some cases, the consultant may have to investigate a specific issue briefly and FAX information to the client or call them back. If necessary or cost-effective, the client may desire to convert the billing for any such work done off-line to Class A or Class B. Telephone support consulting is reserved by the client, in advance, for a fixed minimum number of hours (but not less than eight) as determined by the client's needs and the consultant's availability. The minimum number of days is pre-paid via a retainer and purchase order. The retainer is billed against until it is seventy-five percent depleted, at which time the client may decide to replenish the retainer. Work billed in excess of the retainer is billed at Class D rates.

Class G: Public Technical Courses

From time-to-time, Alternative Technologies offers technical courses. These courses are offered to the public at various locations in the United States and other countries. The fee for and content of each course is described in a brochure. For a list of current offerings, contact our office.

Class H: On-Site Technical Courses

Alternative Technologies public technical course offering are available for on-site presentation. The instructor gives the presentation at a location specified and supplied by the client company. The client company handles all facilities arrangements and any necessary reproduction of course materials. Such arrangements are designed to be cost-effective when the number of attendees is ten or more.

Class I: On-Site Custom Training

On-site custom training is characterized by client requirements for highly tailored course content. Ordinarily, the client will issue either a verbal or written (however brief) request for proposal specifying the subject matter to be taught, the number of days for the course, any date requirements, and the intended audience (number of attendees anticipated by level of expertise in the subject matter). The consultant will respond with a proposed course outline plan, schedule, and quotation. The proposal is considered accepted by the client when the consultant receives a purchase order (or authorized letter of agreement) for the amount of the quotation and referencing the terms of the proposal, along with the initial payment (if any). The consultant prepares course materials, a master copy of which is sent to the client for reproduction and distribution when the course is given.

Class J: Litigation and Legal Support

Litigation support includes work as a consulting expert, an expert witness, research into intellectual property rights or prior art, or any other services that pertain to legal matters. Such work is often highly sporadic, with unreliable schedules, and both unanticipated and cancelled meetings or work requests. As such it is extremely disruptive and so is charged on an hourly basis with a minimum of four hours accumulated in half hour increments. All travel time is billable. Meetings at the clients office are charged in four hour increments, inclusive of travel time.

CONSULTING RATES

CLASS

RATE

PERIOD

MINIMUM

OTHER (see below)

A

$4800.00

PER DAY

1/2 DAY

1, 6, 7, 9

B

$4800.00

PER DAY

1/2 DAY

1, 6, 7, 9

C

$4800.00

PER DAY

1/2 DAY

1, 5, 6, 7

D

AS QUOTED

PER CONTRACT

3 DAYS

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

E

$600.00

PER HOUR

1 HOUR

1, 9

F

$600.00

PER HOUR

8 HOURS

1, 9

G

AS QUOTED

PER BROCHURE

PER BROCHURE

1, 10

H

AS QUOTED

PER DAY

3 DAYS

1, 6, 7, 8

I

AS QUOTED

PER CONTRACT

PER CONTRACT

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

J

$600.00

PER HOUR

FOUR HOURS

1, 6, 7

* 1 = Letter of Authorization or Purchase Order
2 = Request for Proposal Required
3 = Accepted Proposal
4 = Signed Contract
5 = Retainer Required in Advance
6 = Client Paid Authorized Expenses
7 = Client Paid Hotel and Transportation Expenses
8 = Client Supplies Materials (copies) and Facilities
9 = Verbal Authorization Accepted at Consultant's Discretion
10 = Payment in Advance
11 = For prepaid retainer commitments exceeding 14 days, we offer a 10% discount.


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