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You will not use this Web site in any way that is unlawful, harms or competes with the PTO Direct Web Site, The Intellectual Project, its affiliates, sub-licensees, resellers, distributors, service providers, advertisers and/or suppliers or any customer thereof, as determined in The Intellectual Project's sole and absolute discretion. The Intellectual Project may inform you of certain specific harmful uses in a Code of Conduct or other notices available through this Web Site or another The Intellectual Project web site, but has no obligation to do so. You may not use this Web Site in any way that breaches any Code of Conduct, policy or other terms applicable to this Web Site. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you may not use this Web Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair this Web Site (or the network(s) connected to this Web Site) or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of this Web Site. The Intellectual Project reserves the right to restrict use of this Web Site by any party.
You may use the search results obtained from this Web Site to sell a product or service provided appropriate reference is made to the PTO Direct Web Site through links to the patents, trademarks and copyrights referenced and provided such product or service does not compete with PTO Direct or The Intellectual Project. PTO Direct was started to make everyday searching and referencing of formal intellectual property references easier for attorneys, patent agents, intellectual property professionals, companies, inventors and the general public. Use of hyperlinks directly to particular records and search results on the PTO Direct domain is expressly permitted. However, you may not take the search results obtained from this Web Site and reformat and display them, or mirror the PTO Direct home page or results pages on your Web Site. You may not "meta-search" this Web Site. If you want to make other commercial use of the search results obtained from this Web Site that is not expressly permitted through this paragraph, you must obtain The Intellectual Project's prior express written consent to do so.
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