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DEPATISnet

a) Provision of DEPATISnet and creation of log files

    • (1) Data processing

When DEPATISnet is used, our system automatically collects data and information of the computer system of the accessing computer. In this process, the following data will be collected:

  • IP address
  • File transferred
  • Date and time of access
  • Size of file transferred
  • Browser used/operating system used
  • Processing time of access
  • Whether access was successful

The data will also be stored in the log files of our system. These data will not be stored together with other personal data of the user.

    • (2) Legal basis

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is point (e) of Article 6(1), Article 6(3) of the General Data Protection Regulation in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act. The DPMA has the statutory duty to inform the public about IP rights valid in Germany.

    • (3) Purpose of data processing

The logged data are used solely for the purpose of ensuring the security of the system and optimising our web services.
The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary so that, in the event of attacks on DPMA systems, the origin of the attacks can be identified promptly and suitable countermeasures can be initiated.
The data are stored in log files to ensure the functioning of the web service. In this context, the data are not being analysed for marketing purposes.

    • (4) Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. The IP addresses are stored for seven days, after which they are anonymised in the log files by an automatic procedure.
The remaining data are stored for 35 days.

    • (5) Option of objecting and of removal

The collection of data for the provision of the web service and the storage of data in log files is absolutely indispensable for the operation of the web service. Therefore, there is no option to object.

    • (6) Rights of data subjects

Information on your rights as data subject is available in section Rights of data subjects.

b) Use of cookies

    • (1) Data processing

We use cookies for the DEPATISnet online service. Cookies are text files that are stored in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on your computer system. When you visit a website, a cookie may be stored on your operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic character string that enables a unique identification of the browser when the website is revisited.

    • (2) Legal basis

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is point (e) of Article 6(1), Article 6(3) of the General Data Protection Regulation in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act. DEPATISnet is the database of the DPMA for online searches on patent publications from all over the world, in which you can search online. For this purpose, it is necessary to buffer your entered data. In addition, user configurations (e.g. hits per page) will be stored. The administration and publication of IP rights, in particular for search purposes is a task of the DPMA.

    • (3) Purpose of data processing

The purpose of using cookies is to buffer data entered and to store user configurations.
The user data collected by the cookies are not used to create user profiles.

    • (4) Duration of storage, option of objecting and of removal

Cookies are stored on your computer and transmitted by it to us. Therefore, you as a user also have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your Internet browser. Cookies already stored can be deleted any time. This can also be carried out automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our web service, it may be possible that not all functions of the web service can be fully used.

    • (5) Rights of data subjects

Information on your rights as data subject is available in section Rights of data subjects.

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Last updated: 20 October 2020