Personal information collected.
We collect information:
When you register an account to become a Patent Buddy user ("User"), such as your name, e-mailaddress, phone number and a password.
When you modify your profile.
- We automatically collect information regarding, such as from your IP address, the URLs of sites from which you arrive or leave the Patent Buddy website, your type of browser and your ISP.
Uses of personal information.
We use the information you provide to:
Administer your account with us and customize the service we provide to you.
To send you service or promotional communications through email and notices on the Patent Buddy website.
We do not sell, rent or otherwise provide your personal identifiable information to any third parties for marketing purposes.
In order to deliver our services, we may share information with third parties.
- Enable you to share your information and communicate with other Users, or provide (usually at your option) your personal details to third parties offering combined services with Patent Buddy.
Your information choices.
Review, enhance or edit your personal information through your personal profile page.
Choose what information you make available through your public profile.
Change your settings to control visibility and accessibility through our website.
Tell us to close your Patent Buddy account.
Personal information you provide will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology.
How to contact us.
If you have any questions or comments please email us at email@example.com
Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
We do not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes.
We do not share your contact information with another User without your consent.
Any personally identifiable information that you provide will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the Patent Buddy service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on the Patent Buddy website, you are consenting to the changes.
What personally identifiable information of yours is collected by Patent Buddy.
How the information is used.
With whom the information may be shared.
How you can access and change your Account settings.
What security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information collected by Patent Buddy
How to contact us.
You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information which may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of Patent Buddy and its community of Users.
- You must not provide information to Patent Buddy and /or other Users which you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person, professional or social status.
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must first create an account on our website. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information, which you recognize and expressly acknowledge is personal information allowing others, including Patent Buddy, to identify you: name, email address, name of the organization that you are associated with, and a password chosen by you.
Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, and awards/recognitions. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration to become a User is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new opportunities in the Patent Buddy system to build and leverage your professional network. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section that is not personally identifiable may be used in the same manner and extent to which other information that is not personally identifiable is permitted to be used hereunder, including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you opt-out you may lose the potential benefit of being a User, including receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.
Patent Buddy may collect information through the Patent Buddy website or through the Customer Service in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to a customer's inquiry and deliver appropriate service levels.
One type of cookie, known as a "persistent" cookie, is set once you've logged in to your Patent Buddy account. The next time you visit the Patent Buddy website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing User so you will not need to log in before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information or to send a message to another User, however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie.
Additionally, if you log out of the Patent Buddy website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a "session" cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the Patent Buddy website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.
We allow other Patent Owners, called ad networks, to serve advertisements to Users. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms. Patent Buddy may "target" some ads to Users that fit a certain general profile - for example, "product managers in Texas". Patent Buddy does NOT use personally identifiable information to target ads.
To deliver these ads properly, Patent Buddy may include a file, called a web beacon, from these ad networks within pages served by Patent Buddy so the networks may provide anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers as well as to target ads to you while you visit other websites.
Because your web browser must request these advertisements and web beacons from the ad network's servers, these Patent Owners can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
These general targets may also be used by ad networks to display targeted ads on other websites as a substitute for random, irrelevant ads. Patent Buddy does not provide personally identifiable information to any advertiser or any other third party.
Log files, IP addresses and information about your computer.
Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the Patent Buddy web site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave Patent Buddy. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the Patent Buddy service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.
Consent to Patent Buddy Processing Information About You.
Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You.
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you which has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a User. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein.
We take your rights seriously and encourage you to use them if you deem this to be appropriate. You may exercise these rights by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Uses of personal information.
Patent Buddy is an online service dedicated to helping all types of professionals more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on our website is used to help you describe yourself to other Users. Other information, that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected by Patent Buddy from Users (such as, for example, patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by Patent Buddy. This information can be utilized by Patent Buddy in such manner as Patent Buddy, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.
Patent Buddy Communications.
Patent Buddy will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the Patent Buddy website or through other means available through the service, including text and other forms of messaging. If we send any communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with any such access. These include welcome email which help inform new Users about various features of the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from Patent Buddy related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another User in your network sends you an opportunity. Patent Buddy may send you promotional information. You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your 'Preferences Page' and amending your email notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails, by sending a request to email@example.com.
Information provided to Patent Buddy (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) is also used to customize your experience on our website.
Sharing Information with Third Parties.
Patent Buddy takes the privacy of Users very seriously. We will share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide specific services or information. These third parties do not retain, share, or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services and they are bound by confidentiality agreements which limit their use of such information.
Patent Buddy offers a "public profile" feature which allows Users to publish portions of their Patent Buddy profile, including their "name", but not their "email address", however Patent Buddy does not warrant how often third-party search engines will update their cache.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of our services to third parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on Patent Buddy.
Testimonials and Advertisement Placed through Patent Buddy DirectAds Service.
May post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with Patent Buddy's promo. If you provide any testimonials about the Patent Buddy service or place advertisements through Patent Buddy wetion of its service to third parties, which testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided. In connection with our promotion of our services to third parties we may disclose the name of organizations for which our users work. For example, we may publish a list of entities that have employees as registered users to demonstrate the breadth and types of entities that use our website.
Communications to other Users.
Many emails you initiate through Patent Buddy, e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User, will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Other communications that you initiate through the Patent Buddy website, like a request for contact, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement personnel. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to Patent Buddy brought in any country throughout the world, or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
Disclosures to others.
We may also disclose your personal and other information you provide, to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of assets of a Patent Buddy. A ny third party to which we transfer or sell Patent Buddy's assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.
Your Information Choices.
Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your Patent Buddy account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the Patent Buddy website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, Patent Buddy may retain information about you, that is publicly available, in its database.
Closing Your Account
You can also close your account on Patent Buddy website. If you close your Patent Buddy account, your name will still show up from our publicly viewable database. We may retain certain data contributed by you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. To request that we close your account from the Patent Buddy website, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with Patent Buddy under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent to email@example.com within few business days of its receipt. For more details please visit Patent Buddy's Policy and Procedure For Error Correction and Name Removal Requests
As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other Users with whom you will be communicating. Certain of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members, such as Patent Buddy:
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by Patent Buddy, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our Users adhere to the Patent Buddy website and the services which it offers.
Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service unless identified as registered US patent attorney /or patent agent or innovator on US patent and /or published application.
If you use the Patent Buddy service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices.
In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on Patent Buddy is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Patent Buddy web site. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and instant messaging and similar means of communication with other users of Patent Buddy are not encrypted and we strongly request you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org