USPTO Examiners
PRIVACY POLICY

USPTO Examiners respects users' privacy rights and believes that privacy protections are fundamental to a viable and safe Internet Community. Our goal is to provide Internet services, such as an Internet "public square," in which people can discuss issues relating to the practice of law. To achieve this goal, we need to collect certain information.

The USPTO Examiners’ website collects information on users in several ways

I. Registration

You may provide us with certain information, such as your name, e-mail address and postal address when you are registering for a user name. Once you register for a new user account, you are no longer anonymous to USPTO Examiners.

II. Cookies

 

1.                  We may track your visit to our site by giving you a "cookie" when you enter. USPTO Examiners sometimes uses cookies for record keeping purposes and to store and track information about users for internal use.  A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser and stored on your computer's hard drive so it can later be read back from that browser.

 

2.                  Cookies are a standard Internet technology that allow us to both store and retrieve login information on a user's system to remind us of who you are and to allow you to register for a new user account, access your account, and post messages. This cookie is set when you register for a new account or login to your account, and is modified when you logout of our site.

 

3.                  Cookies are also used to estimate the number of users of USPTO Examiners to measure user traffic patterns and measure visiting patterns in the aggregate.  Other companies that place advertising on our site may also use their own cookies.

 

4.                  The use of cookies is now an industry standard and most major websites use them. The majority of web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies.  If you prefer, you can reset your browser so that it notifies you when you have received a cookie, or allows you to reject cookies.  However, areas of many websites will not function properly if you set your browser to reject cookies and you will be unable to register for a user name with USPTO Examiners, login to an existing account, or post messages on USPTO Examiners’ message boards, or register on Job Board.

 

5.                  For more information on cookies, please visit the Electronic Privacy Information Center's web page http://www.epic.org/privacy/internet/cookies

 

 

III. IP Addresses

 

USPTO Examiners may collect IP addresses for system administration and may provide aggregate information to our advertisers.

 

IV. Other User Information

 

1.                  We may collect demographic information such as user preferences, ZIP code, age, gender, and interests.

 

2.                  In addition, we may indirectly collect information about you when you use certain third-party services available on the USPTO Examiners’ website.

 

3.                  We may also collect information about your use of USPTO Examiners’ website, such as what web pages you visit and what services you use, as well as information about your computer hardware and software. This information may, include, without limitation, IP addresses (which identify) the location of your computer on the internet), domain name/page URLs, type of computer browser, time of access, and referring websites.

 

4.                  Search engines affiliated and not affiliated with USPTO Examiners’ website (i.e., Google.com, Yahoo.com, Archive.org) may archive or make available on non-USPTO Examiners’ websites posts placed in publicly accessible areas of the USPTO Examiners’ website.

 

5.                  Any feedback and comments you provide to us become our property, and we can use such information for marketing purposes or to contact you for further information.

 

6.                  The information we collect on the USPTO Examiners’ website may be shared with companies affiliated with USPTO Examiners’ website in order to deliver products and services that you have selected in order to undertake an analyses of our database such as aggregate profiling of our registered users.

 

7.                  We may share aggregated anonymous information about users of the USPTO Examiners’ website (for example, the number of visitors to any particular area of the USPTO Examiners’ website and the web pages visited on the USPTO Examiners’ website and other websites, including third-party websites) with our clients, partners and other third-parties for marketing and/or other purposes.

 

V. Use of Information

 

Any information you provide to USPTO Examiners when registering for a user name is maintained and accessible by USPTO Examiners and USPTO Examiners' affiliated sites. USPTO Examiners and its affiliated sites may use this information to offer you the opportunity to receive USPTO Examiners’ notices regarding other USPTO Examiners’ products or services and to further personalize your USPTO Examiners’ experience. At the time of such offer, you may opt out of receiving such notices. We may use anonymous click stream data to help our advertisers deliver better targeted advertisements.

 

VI. Sharing of Information

 

USPTO Examiners may share its information, including information regarding users (i) with such users’ permission; (ii) when the law or legal process requires it to protect USPTO Examiners' or third-party property, interests or rights or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public, to enforce the Terms of Use which can be found at http://www.USPTO Examiners/legalnotices.php, or to respond to claims that any posting or other content violates the rights of third-parties; (iii) for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, or improve products and services; or (iv) in the event of a joint venture, merger, acquisition, bankruptcy (whether voluntary or involuntary) or change of control; or (v) in connection with the offering or provision of services to users by USPTO Examiners or third-parties (users may opt out of communications directed at such users regarding such services).

 

VII. Security

 

1.                  Your USPTO Examiners’ Account Information is password-protected so that only you and USPTO Examiners have access to this personal information. Your Public Profile is available for others to view. You may edit your Account Information and Public Profile by using your User ID and password.

 

2.                  For your protection, please do not share your password with anyone.

 

3.                  Please note that data transmission over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Although we make a good faith effort to store information that we collect in a secure environment, we cannot guarantee that such information is completely secure. Certain information that we collect may be stored in our databases, even after its "deletion".

 

4.                  Account information is password protected. Please keep your passwords safe and make sure to log out when you are not using our service.

 

VIII. Other Privacy Concerns

 

1.                  Please note that when you disclose personal information online, such information can be collected and used by others. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please use caution and be responsible when using the Internet, especially when posting information online.

 

2.                  Please be aware that USPTO Examiners’ advertisers or any websites that have links on our site may collect personal information about you. The information collection and dissemination practices of websites linked to USPTO Examiners’ website are not covered by our privacy policy.

 

IX. Children

 

USPTO Examiners’ website is a website directed at adults and is not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 and such persons are strictly prohibited from using USPTO Examiners’ website and services.

 

X. Accessing and Changing Personal Information

 

You may update, manage, correct, or change your account information by contacting us at the following: contact us

 

XI. Changes to Privacy Policy

USPTO Examiners may change, alter, amend, modify, add or remove any of the provisions of its Privacy Policy with or without notice to any User, without liability to any User or any third-party.

 

XII. Additional Terms.

Additional privacy policies may apply to purchases of goods and services and other uses of portions of the USPTO Examiners’ website, and you confirm and agree that you have read and abide by such other privacy policies.

XIII. Contact Us

 

If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at the following link: contact us

 

XIV. Additional Information

 

Useful resources on privacy and the Internet can be found at the following sites:

 

How to Protect Your Privacy - the Federal Trade Commission. http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/index.html.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. http://www.epic.org


 

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