Effective Date: December 28, 2010

IP Checkups (“us,” “we” “our” or “IPC”) created this Web Site Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) in order to ensure the confidence of visitors and customers (“you” or “your”) of and to our Web sites including www.ipcheckups.com (IPC) www.patentcam.com (PatentCAM) and www.cleantechpatentedge.com or cleantech.patentcam.com (CleanTech Patent Edge) (the “Sites”), and to demonstrate our commitment to fair information practices and the protection of privacy. As part of your experience, we want you to feel confident that we will respect your privacy: We will protect the confidentiality, not only of the information you provide to us, but also the information you obtain using our web site.

IPC provides its web sites and offers Services to business professionals, investors, scientists, researchers, domain experts, attorneys, and others who are interested in competitive patent landscapes, patent alerts, patent searching, patent landscape reports, patent portfolio overviews, company portfolio profiles, intellectual asset management and other related content, products and services.

Our purpose in operating the web sites is to provide intellectual property services to our clients, users and subscribers. We understand the vital nature of the confidential information that is shared with us in order to provide products and services and will continue to do everything in our power to protect the privacy of our customers and the products and services that we offer. We collect only the information we need to provide accurate invoices to our customers and improve the quality and usefulness of our Services to our customers.

  1. The Information We Collect:
    1. Web Traffic Data. This websites uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. We also use “cookies” to store your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit the Sites. Cookies give us information about how many people visit certain pages on the site. In certain instances, we also use cookies to track the area of the site that you are on when you register as a user. If you do not have cookies enabled, you can still use our site, but you will have to log in each time you return to the site.
    2. Personal Information. In order for you to access certain premium services and to purchase products that we offer via the Sites, we require you to provide us with information that personally identifies you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information may include: (i) Contact Data (such as your name, phone number, mailing and e-mail addresses); (ii) Demographic Data (such as your zip code, age and income). If you communicate with us by e-mail, post messages to any of our chat groups, bulletin boards or forums, or otherwise complete online forms, surveys or contest entries, any information provided in such communication may be collected as Personal Information.
  2. Uses of Collected Information:
    1. We use Contact Data to send you information about our company or our products or services, or promotional material from some of our partners, or to contact you when necessary. We also use Contact Data so you can access our web sites without repetitive data entry and to communicate with you about changes, new services, invoices etc. We use your Demographic Data to customize and tailor your experience on the Sites, displaying content that we think you might be interest in and according to your preferences. In addition, we might aggregate personal information into demographic data about our users to enable us to provide the most relevant and valuable services to our customers. We may also provide aggregated Information to third parties. Such information will not include personal information of any customer or visitor.
    2. When you purchase a Product or Service, some of your information will be stored on our system to complete the buying process. It must be shared with an outside party in order to verify your credit card information. We also record information about your questions to us and your purchases so that we and you can keep track of what you’ve asked about or ordered directly on our site. Additionally, we may need to contact you about your questions and/or your orders. All financial and billing information that we collect through the Site is used solely to check the qualifications of prospective customers and to bill for Services. This billing information is not used by us for marketing or promotional purposes. We use a third-party intermediary to manage the credit card processing. This intermediary is solely a link in the distribution chain, and is not permitted to store, retain, or use the information provided, except for the sole purpose of credit card processing.
    3. Certain customers will be using the Sites to host Data. Unless expressly instructed by our customers, we will not review, share, distribute, print, or reference any such Data except as provided in the IPC Terms of Service or as may be required by law. Individual records may at times be viewed or accessed only for the purpose of resolving a problem, support issue, or suspected violation of the Terms of Service or as may be required by law. Of course, customers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of their user registration and password.
  3. Confidentiality and Security of Personal Information
    1. Our Sites were developed with the privacy and security of our customers in mind. Our Sites have security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the personal information and Data under our control. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. In addition, everything submitted to us is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL). This encryption method is used widely on the Internet to keep information secure. Although we use advanced encryption (Secure Socket Layers), we cannot guarantee the security of the information you transmit to us. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing, accounts receivable or customer service representatives) are granted access to personally identifiable information. While our websites are secure, the Internet is not. If you prefer, we are available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday Pacifc Time at 510-981-1030 should you wish to place an order.
    2. Your Personal Information is stored on secure servers that are not accessible by third parties. We provide you with the capability to transmit your Personal Information via secured and encrypted channels if you use a similarly equipped web browser. We keep your account information active in our user registration databases in order to provide immediate access to your personalization preferences and data each time you visit the Site. If you ask IPC to delete your account, in most cases your account will be deactivated and then deleted from our database in approximately 90 days. This delay is necessary to discourage users from engaging in fraudulent activity. Please note that any information that we have copied may remain in back-up storage for some period of time after your deletion request. This may be the case even though no information about your account remains in our active user databases.
    3. Our Sites contain information from, and links to, other web sites. While we make every effort to ensure that these web sites offer high-quality information we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other web sites.
  4. Information Sharing and Disclosure
    1. Our Sites contain information from, and links to, other web sites. While we make every effort to ensure that these web sites offer high-quality information we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other web sites.
    2. IPC will not sell, rent or trade your personal information, including customer e-mail addresses, to anyone. We may disclose your personal information to our third party contractors who perform services for IPC. These contractors are permitted to use the personal information only for the purposes of such services, unless we have your permission for any other use.
    3. When you buy something with a credit card, we use a credit card processing service provider to verify your credit card and bill you.
    4. A third party tracking service provider may set cookies on our website to help us track to what extent sales are being generated from various marketing efforts. This information is only used in the aggregate. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.
    5. IPC may disclose and transfer the information obtained from you through this Site or the Service as part of a merger, acquisition or other sale of its assets or business.
    6. Legal Disclaimer We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website.
  5. Access to Your Information/Opt Out/Unsubscribe
    1. Users who no longer wish to receive our updates, newsletters and promotional communications may opt-out of receiving these communications by following the directions in the email or replying to the email with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line of the email or by emailing us at unsubscribe@ipcheckups.com.In order to ensure that all of your personal information is correct and up-to-date, at any time you may visit your “Account” page on our Site. Through your personal profile you may review and update your Personal Information that we have already collected. To update billing information please e-mail support@ipcheckups.com.
    2. We reserves the right to send customers certain communications relating to our Services, such as service announcements, product updates and administrative messages, that are considered part of your account, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.
  6. Lost or Stolen Information
    1. You must promptly notify us at support@ipcheckups.com if your credit card, user name or password is lost, stolen or used without permission. In such an event, we will cancel that credit card number, username or password and update our records accordingly.
  7. Updates and Changes to this Privacy Policy
    1. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement on the home page and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact:

Matthew Rappaport
Managing Director
IP Checkups, Inc.
1415 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: 510-981-1030
Fax: 253-981-1030
E-mail: mrappaport@ipcheckups.com