Privacy Policy

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General information

This policy sets out our privacy practices and explains how we handle the information we collect when you visit and use our sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“IdeaJudge”) provided by Patent Data Media (Pty) Ltd (Patentdata), in existence now or in the future. Please read it carefully.

What we may collect

We collect information about what pages you access or visit, information about your mobile device (such as device or browser type), information volunteered by you (such as through registration), the URLs of websites that referred you to us, and e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via email

When you log into IdeaJudge or load a web page from IdeaJudge, we collect and store your Internet Protocol address. We may use this information to fight spam, malware, and identity theft; to personalize IdeaJudge for you; or to generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use IdeaJudge.

When you create your IdeaJudge account, and authenticate via a third-party service like Facebook or Twitter, we may collect, store, and periodically update the contact lists associated with that third-party account, so that we can make it easy for you to connect with your existing contacts from that service that are also on IdeaJudge.

Email communications with us

We may occasionally need to email you some administrative info, tell you something important about your account or changes to our services, or update you on new policies.

We will never email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, send it to us so we can take action.

Disclosure of your information

The information we collect is used to provide and improve IdeaJudge and prevent abuse. We don’t sell personal information about our users to any third party.

While Patentdata endeavors to provide the highest level of protection for your information, we may share your personal information with third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; or (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.

If we’re going to release your information, our policy is to provide you with advance notice unless we are prohibited from doing so by law or court order (e.g., under laws such as 18 U.S.C. 2705(b), also known as gag orders). If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information.

We may disclose your information without providing you with prior notice if we believe it’s necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person. In that case, we will endeavour to provide you with post-disclosure notice when permitted by law.

We will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.

If we’re acquired by or merged with another company and your information becomes subject to a different privacy policy, we’ll notify you before the transfer. You can opt out of the new policy by deleting your account during the notice period.

Public user content

IdeaJudge is meant for publishing public, not private, content. By default, whatever you share through IdeaJudge is public. Although we do provide tools that let you write and edit draft content prior to publication, you should assume that any content you provide us may become publicly accessible.

Content published and shared through IdeaJudge is publicly accessible, which means that everyone, including search engines, will be able to see it. This content may also be copied and shared by others throughout the Internet, including through features native to IdeaJudge, such as commenting and embedding. Patents and published patent applications listed on our database, as well as personally identifiable information contained therein, already form part of public information as published by Patent Offices on their databases.

This is to facilitate the process whereby any person in the world that wishes to study and assess patents and published patent applications has the freedom to do so. The permission of inventors or patent owners to publish their patents and their personally identifiable information contained therein on our or other databases is therefore not required.

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of text, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, sent to and saved by your web browser when you access a website.

We use cookies to enable our servers to recognize your web browser and tell us how and when you use IdeaJudge. We use cookies to identify whether you have logged in and recognize that your web browser has accessed aspects of IdeaJudge, and we may associate that information with your account if you have one. This information, in turn, is sometimes used to personalize your experiences on IdeaJudge when you are logged in. To measure the deliverability of our emails to users, we may embed information in them, such as a web beacon or tag.

Most browsers have an option for disabling cookies, but if you disable them you won’t be able to log into your IdeaJudge account, and won’t be able to use the vast majority of services provided by IdeaJudge.

We respect Do Not Track (“DNT”) settings in browsers. If you are logged out of our services and have DNT enabled, we will not set cookies that can be used to aggregate information about your usage. We may use some cookies to enhance your experience by storing preferences or options. Again, you must have cookies enabled in order to log into our services

Modifying your personal information or deleting your account

If you are a registered IdeaJudge user, you can access or modify your personal information or delete your account.

We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. This means that after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems

Changes to this Policy

Patentdata may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your IdeaJudge account or by placing a prominent notice on our site before the changes take effect.

Questions

We welcome questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy. If you have any suggestions for us, feel free to let us know at inquiries@patentdata.com