European-Patent.org is committed to protecting
your online privacy. The following policy explains how your personal
information will be treated when you register for an European-Patent.org
account. This policy is subject to change and revision without notice,
and you are encouraged to review this document regularly.
Simply put, we are committed to providing you with the best service
available online or elsewhere. Unlike other online services, European-Patent.org
will NOT disclose your personal information to third parties.
In general, you can visit European-Patent.org without telling us
who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself.
We track the Internet address of the domains from which people visit
us and analyze this data for trends and statistics, but the individual
user remains anonymous.
What personal information does European-Patent.org collect from
European-Patent.org collects personal information upon registration.
During registration, European-Patent.org typically will ask for
your name and e-mail address. We require, at a minimum, a first
name, last name, password, and valid e-mail address. The more information
you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able
to customize your experience. Once registered, you are part of the
European-Patent.org community, a customer account is created, and
you can take full advantage of European-Patent.org's services.
In addition to registration we may ask you for personal information
at other times, including immediately following the registration
process, when you enter a contest or promotion sponsored by European-Patent.org,
and when you report a problem with the service or with your account.
If you contact European-Patent.org we will keep a record of that
correspondence. European-Patent.org also occasionally asks registered
users to complete surveys that we use for research purposes. Wherever
European-Patent.org collects personal information we make an effort
European-Patent.org customers use our service also to store files
and folders (data). European-Patent.org will not review, share,
distribute, print, or reference any such data except as outlined
in the Terms of Service or as may be required by law.
What are cookies and how does European-Patent.org use them?
In order to provide a personalized service, European-Patent.org
is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web
server that is stored on your computer's hard drive. European-Patent.org
uses both session ID cookies and persistent cookies.
To establish an authenticated session with the service when you
login to your European-Patent.org account using our web interface.
When you use European-Patent.org's web interface to access your
account, logging in will require that you accept a session ID cookie.
When you close your web browser, the session ID cookie will terminate.
To remember some of your basic account preferences in order to deliver
a better, more personalized service. A persistent cookie may be
set when you register, "Sign In," or use the European-Patent.org
web interface to record certain application settings and other preferences.
European-Patent.org may also record your IP address for system administration,
monitoring, and fraud prevention purposes.
How does European-Patent.org use my information?
European-Patent.org's primary reason for collecting personal information
is to provide you, the customer, with a customized experience. Knowing
a little about you, we can deliver more relevant information and
content, and hence better service, to you.
European-Patent.org does not provide any of your personal information
to third parties. We do not sell or give access to our customer
e-mail list or other customer profile information to anyone.
European-Patent.org does research on customer demographics and
behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration,
during a promotion, from our server log files or from surveys. We
do this to better understand and serve our customers. This research
is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis.
Who is collecting information?
When you access European-Patent.org and are asked for personal information,
you are sharing that information with European-Patent.org alone.
With whom does European-Patent.org share my information?
European-Patent.org will not disclose any of your personal information
except when we have your permission or under special circumstances,
such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or
under the circumstances described below. Please see our Terms of
Service for more detailed information about how your personal information
may be shared. The following describes some of the ways that your
information may be disclosed.
Data in the Aggregate: European-Patent.org may disclose aggregated
statistics (for example, 65% of our users are Europeans) in order
to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and
other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
Special Circumstances: European-Patent.org may also disclose account
information in special cases when we have reason to believe that
disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or
bring legal action against someone who may be violating European-Patent.org's
Terms of Service or may be causing injury to or interference with
(either intentionally or unintentionally) European-Patent.org's
rights or property, other European-Patent.org users, or anyone else
that could be harmed by such activities. European-Patent.org may
disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith
that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes
that we deem necessary to maintain and improve our products and
What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution
of my information?
European-Patent.org may, from time to time, e-mail you regarding
our products and services. Only European-Patent.org or agents working
under confidentiality agreements on behalf of European-Patent.org
will send you such e-mail. Customers who do not wish to receive
our newsletter or promotional communications may opt-out of receiving
these communications at http://www.european-patent.org/remove.htm
You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your
browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies,
to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If
you choose to reject all cookies you will be unable to access your
European-Patent.org via the web interface.
European-Patent.org does not sell or provide access to customer
information to anyone. If there is an exception to this policy,
we will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if
your data will be shared with a third party and you will always
have the option of not permitting the transfer.
What is European-Patent.org's policy on allowing me to update,
correct, or delete my personal information?
You can edit your European-Patent.org account information at
any time by accessing your account using our web interface (your
profile information can be modified by accessing the "Contacts
- Group members" page once you are logged in). If you have
forgotten your password, please request a new one by email.
Your European-Patent.org account can be deleted or deactivated
at anytime. Doing so will result in losing access to most functions
and services provided by European-Patent.org, including your European-Patent.org
account and any files stored in it. Please email us for instructions
about deleting or deactivating your European-Patent.org account.
Residual account information remains archived within our records.
What security precautions are in place to protect the loss,
misuse, or alteration of my information?
Your European-Patent.org account information and European-Patent.org
customer profile are password-protected so that you, and only you,
have access to this personal information. You may edit your European-Patent.org
account information by logging into our web interface using your
European-Patent.org username and password.
We require that you do not divulge your password to anyone. European-Patent.org
will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call
or e-mail. Also remember to sign out of your European-Patent.org
account and close your browser window when you finish your work.
This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information
or files if you share a computer with someone else or are using
a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
As a global company, European-Patent.org has international sites
and users all over the world. When you give European-Patent.org
personal information, that information may be sent electronically
to servers outside of the country where you originally entered the
information, such as to the United States or other countries. In
addition, that information may be used, stored and processed outside
of the country where you entered it. Whenever European-Patent.org
handles personal information as described above, regardless of where
it occurs, European-Patent.org takes steps to ensure that your information
is treated securely and in accordance with the relevant Terms of
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed
to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your
personal information, European-Patent.org cannot ensure or warrant
the security of any information you transmit to us or while using
the service, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your
transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on
What does European-Patent.org do with contact information that
I might provide?
When you use European-Patent.org to email or provide customer
support, you normally enter that person's e-mail address into the
system so that a message can be sent. European-Patent.org treats
any contact information that you enter while using the service with
the same respect and confidentiality as your own information. E-mail
addresses that you enter when using European-Patent.org to share
information are not sold or made available to any 3rd parties.
Using European-Patent.org's "Client side" feature requires
that the person you are sharing with have an European-Patent.org
account to access the folder. If the person you are sharing with
does not already have an European-Patent.org account, a free sharing
account will be created for that person when you "Create new
customer". European-Patent.org will automatically send an e-mail
inviting the person so they can access the client side you have
also applies to European-Patent.org "client accounts".
Only European-Patent.org will make use of any personal information
collected from a customer with a sharing account.
What else should I know about my privacy?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal
information online - for example on message boards, through e-mail,
or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by
others. In short, if you post personal information online that is
accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from
other parties in return.
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that
European-Patent.org is not responsible for the privacy practices
of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave
our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web
site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy
statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.
Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of
your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful
and responsible online.