Patents Mania ("Patents Mania") operates http://www.patentsmania.com and may operate other websites. It is Patents Mania's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Patents Mania collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Patents Mania's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Patents Mania's visitors use its website. From time to time, Patents Mania may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Patents Mania also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on http://www.patentsmania.com blogs/sites. Patents Mania only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Patents Mania's websites choose to interact with Patents Mania in ways that require Patents Mania to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Patents Mania gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at http://www.patentsmania.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Patents Mania are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Patents Mania collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Patents Mania. Patents Mania does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Patents Mania may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Patents Mania may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Patents Mania does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Patents Mania discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Patents Mania's behalf or to provide services available at Patents Mania's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Patents Mania's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Patents Mania will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Patents Mania discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Patents Mania believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Patents Mania, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Patents Mania website and have supplied your email address, Patents Mania may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Patents Mania and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Patents Mania takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Patents Mania, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Patents Mania goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Patents Mania may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.