Privacy Statement

 

This Privacy Policy is effective as of the date posted. This Privacy Policy is subject to change and the use of information that we gather now is subject to this Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use. You should check this web site frequently to see recent changes. Notice of any changes to this Privacy Policy shall be given by posting the version of the Privacy Policy containing such changes on this web site.

The Intellectual Project, LLC (“The Intellectual Project”) respects and protects the privacy of the individuals that use its services. Personally identifiable information collected by PTO Direct is not willfully shared with other organizations without their express permission. Unless you voluntarily provide information to us, we do not collect any personally identifiable information about you. When you do voluntarily provide us personally identifiable information, that information is used solely for the purpose of responding to your request in the way we deem most appropriate and that information is not shared with any third party. We may send you additional marketing and advertising material from The Intellectual Project relating to changes to our site, products or services, new programs we have started, and other articles and information we believe may be of benefit to you. Each email we send from a request made through our site includes unsubscribe instructions if you do not wish to receive any future emails from us. We may also collect and track general information relating to how many visitors we have had on this site, which pages those visitors viewed, the average time a visitor spends on each page, and from what geographic region those visitors originated. We may also use cookies from this site.

The Information We Obtain From Your Use of this Site and How We Use It

Generic Information - To gauge the effectiveness of this Web Site, we collect certain non-individually-identifiable generic information about visitors of this Web Site. Our web servers automatically recognize a visitor's Internet service provider, the IP address, the domain name, the type of browser, and the operating system, as well as which pages are viewed on this web site, the web page from which a visitor entered this web site, how much time a visitor spends on each page, and other information related to the operation and interaction of this web site. This information does not reveal a visitor's identity (for more information, see “Cookies” below). We aggregate this information and use these statistics to evaluate and improve this web site, to monitor its performance, and to make this web site easier for you and other visitors to use.

Search Information – Due to the confidential nature of many of the intellectual property searches performed through this site, we do not track the search terms used in any searches performed through this site.

Identifiable Information - You may choose to provide individually-identifiable information to The Intellectual Project when using this site in a number of ways – such as by ordering a product or service from us, sending us e-mail, registering to receive news or information, adding commentary to a blog, entering a contest, completing a survey or other method. When you supply information about yourself when using this web site for a specific purpose, The Intellectual Project uses this information for that purpose (such as to provide the information you have requested). In addition, when you use this web site, we may use the individually-identifiable information as we would use the same information obtained off-line; for example, to evaluate your needs and contact you regarding our services.

Other Information - You may choose to provide us with individually-identifiable information to customize advertisement. We use this information to better understand and serve our advertising customers, but we do not share that information outside of The Intellectual Project. This information may be compiled on an aggregated basis and shared with our customers or business partners, but the user will be anonymous. We may, at times, conduct surveys (online or via telephone research) in which you may choose to participate, and we may collect information resulting from such survey.

Online - The Intellectual Project may place banner ads and links on the web sites of third parties. When we do this, we collect non-individually-identifiable information through the aid of third parties with whom we contract, using browsing technology. This activity allows us to recognize a browser's cookie when a browser visits the web site and helps us target our Internet advertisements. The information collected is anonymous and does not contain any information that would personally identify the user. The information is shared among our contracting agents and our business operations in order to assess the results of a search.

Surveys - We may offer you an opportunity to participate in a survey regarding your experience with this Web Site. You are under no obligation to respond to any survey. Information collected by The Intellectual Project when you participate in a survey may include your full name, e-mail address, and street address and may be aggregated and used to evaluate and improve this web site.

Children - The Intellectual Project does not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age through the PTO Direct Web Site or any web sites it controls, nor does The Intellectual Project target its online services to children under 13 years of age. However, this web site may contain links to third party content providers that collect such information. These third parties are expected to comply with all laws pertaining to the collection of information from children. Because the Internet offers open access to a wide range of information, it is important that parents supervise and prevent access to inappropriate content, e-mail or chat sessions.

Additional Uses - We may also use information in our records to protect our customers, employees or property - for instance, to investigate fraud, harassment or other types of unlawful service activities involving The Intellectual Project or other companies that we do business with. In some cases, it may be necessary to provide this information to the government or third parties who make a lawful demand for it. The Intellectual Project may also disclose information against someone who poses a threat to The Intellectual Project’s interests (such as customer fraud) or whose activities could bring harm to others.

Security Procedures and Your Information

The Intellectual Project operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary, and only authorized individuals have access to any information relating to requests by our visitors. The Intellectual Project takes steps to ensure that any information regarding its users is treated securely and in accordance with our Terms of Use, Disclaimer and this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed secure. As a result, while we strive to protect any of your personal information we may have, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us.

How you can correct any information

The Intellectual Project does not collect any personally identifiable information from any of its website visitors unless they voluntarily provide it. Nevertheless, if you are aware of any information The Intellectual Project may have that is incorrect, please contact us with your concerns.

Sharing of Information

User Information - We share user information described above within The Intellectual Project to enable us to better understand the needs of our customers and the users of the PTO Direct Web Site, and to learn how to best design, develop, and package products and services to meet those needs. Like any large business, we may structure our company to include a number of smaller or "sister" companies. Currently, our primary business includes the creation and distribution of products and services relating to intellectual property management and education. Sometimes The Intellectual Project co-sponsors events with another company, such as sweepstakes or promotional give-a-ways. In these instances, if you provide individually-identifiable information it likely will be used by both The Intellectual Project and the co-sponsor. We treat information we collect online similarly to that we collect off-line. We do not sell or disclose individually-identifiable information obtained online to outside entities except as described above (when The Intellectual Project is in a business relationship with an unaffiliated party and then under confidentiality restrictions) unless you specifically authorize it; disclosure is required by law (including the service of subpoenas or court orders in either civil or criminal lawsuits); or disclosure is necessary to protect the safety of customers, employees or property. In addition, we may share aggregated or statistical information with others. Examples of this include the number of users who searched within a particular time period, the length of a user’s visit or how many users clicked on a particular advertisement. Finally, The Intellectual Project may support features and content that appears on other companies' web sites that you may visit. These companies may collect information about you, but The Intellectual Project does not have control over the collection practices of these companies. You are advised to read the privacy policy of each such Web Site for its policies regarding information collection and usage.

Customer Information - As a general rule, The Intellectual Project does not release its customer account information to unaffiliated third parties without your permission, unless we have a business relationship with those companies where the disclosure is appropriate. For example, we may hire outside companies as contractors or agents, or we might be engaged in a joint venture or partnership with another company. From time to time, The Intellectual Project may decide to stop providing a service or may decide to sell or transfer parts of its business to unaffiliated third parties. When this happens, we may provide confidential customer information to these companies so that they can offer you the same or similar services. In all of these situations, we provide information to these other companies only as needed to accomplish our business objectives, and such companies are bound by requirements to keep The Intellectual Project’s customer information confidential. There are exceptions to the general rule. For example, we might provide information to regulatory or administrative agencies so that they can accomplish their regulatory tasks (for example, responding to a customer complaint) or to maximize the efficiencies of our own processes (for example, getting mailing addresses correct). Other disclosures will be driven by legal requirements imposed on The Intellectual Project. For example, The Intellectual Project complies with "legal process" requests, such as subpoenas, court orders or other similar demands associated with either criminal or civil legal proceedings. If a Customer instructs us in writing to release its account information to someone, we will honor the customer request and provide that information. We may provide account information to collection agencies when customers do not pay their bills. We restrict the use that can be made of this information to collection activities only for our billing charges.

Our Communication

Communication by Direct Mail - It is The Intellectual Project's practice to stop sending direct mail materials to individuals who request it not be sent. There are no laws that control this accommodation, but we respect the desire of individuals to be free of such communications if they wish.

Communication by E-mail - We may use e-mail to communicate with you and our customers about events, new products and services, or to respond to visitor's e-mails. If you receive unwanted e-mail from us, you can remove yourself from our e-mail list simply by following the "unsubscribe" instructions in the e-mail. We will not send commercial solicitations to our customers who request that such solicitations not be sent. Please note that if you do go through this process, some e-mail messages may still come to you, although not those dealing with commercial solicitations. For example, we may e-mail you about viruses, or changes to your service, or other types of product advisories.

Cookies

This web site may use "cookies" to improve our level of service and speed up the delivery of information to visitors of this web site. Cookies are lines of text that are transmitted to your web browser when you click on a web site. This data string contains your unique user ID for this web site. Cookies provide a way for a server to recall a previous request or previous registration, or to keep track of a transaction as it progresses, so that information does not have to be repeated. Your browser stores the information on your hard drive and when you return to this Web Site later, the cookie is transmitted back only to the servers that originally sent it to you. You can configure your browser to notify you when you are about to receive a cookie; at that time you will have the option of refusing the cookie. You can check your hard drive for cookie files according to your browser or system instructions.

Links

Advertisers that serve ads on this web site may also contain links to other web sites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices employed by third party web site. Other web sites may have different privacy policies or no policy. Users should review the privacy policies of any web site before providing personal information. These other web sites may use their own cookies. These cookies collect their own information independent of The Intellectual Project. You disable this cookie capability as described above. The Intellectual Project may present links in a format that enables it to understand and improve the quality of the search technology. For instance, this data helps us determine how often users are satisfied with the first result of a query and how often they proceed to later results.

Security

We have information systems that collect and store customer information, in addition to systems that store our own business records. These systems have different types of security as appropriate for the information stored. The Intellectual Project requires employees to keep customer information confidential and we hold them accountable for their actions. The Intellectual Project has databases and systems that are maintained to reasonably secure all of The Intellectual Project's commercial information, including information about its customers. All credit card and bank account information you submit is encrypted through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software. We transmit the entire credit card number or bank information to the appropriate financial institution during processing.

Who can I ask if I have additional questions?

Feel free to Contact Us at any time through our Contact Us page and we’ll do our best to answer any additional questions you may have.