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Data Protection Statement

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) is strongly committed to the protection of your personal data. We would like you to know what data we collect, when we collect data and how we use those data. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that we and our external service providers comply with the applicable data protection provisions.

As we continue to enhance our website and implement new technologies it may become necessary for us to amend this data protection statement. Therefore we recommend that you occasionally re-read the data protection statement.

Log file information
When you visit our web pages the following data are stored in the log file for a maximum of six months:

  • name of file or page visited
  • date and time of access
  • amount of data transmitted
  • whether access was successful

The log file data cannot be traced back to individuals. They are used solely for the purpose of ensuring the security of the system and optimising our web service.

Solely in the event of unauthorised access or attempts to access our Internet infrastructure we reserve the right to temporarily store the IP addresses of the accessing host systems. The stored IP addresses are used solely to identify the source of trouble and to keep our web service operational or restore operation by initiating appropriate counter measures. In that case only, we reserve the right to initiate the tracing of personal data using individual data records and to use those data for the purpose of legal action.

Enquiries or orders
When you send us an e-mail, your e-mail and e-mail address will only be used to communicate with you. If the information in your e-mail is confidential, we strongly advise that you use an encrypted connection to prevent unauthorised access and corruption of information during data transmission. Your enquiry is recorded in accordance with an internal order of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office regarding storage and destruction of documents, based on guidelines stipulated by the German government.

When you order information material, newsletters or brochures, we ask for your name and other personal information. You are free to decide whether or not to submit these data. We store your information on highly secure servers in Germany. Access to these data is strictly limited to a small group of authorised persons who are responsible for the technical, commercial or editorial operation of the servers. The data will be deleted when you unsubscribe to the respective newsletter or when we have executed your order.

Disclosure of personal data to third parties
Data collected from visits to our web pages and stored on log files are transmitted to third parties only when required by law or court decision, or in cases when attacks on the Internet infrastructure of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office make it necessary to disclose such data for purposes of legal action or criminal prosecution. We do not transmit data for other commercial or non-commercial purposes.

When you order information material, personal information that you provide will only be used within the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and by the companies commissioned to distribute the brochures. We do not share these data with third parties without your explicit consent.

We do not use cookies on the web pages of www.dpma.de.

Protection of minors
Persons under the age of 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardian. We do not solicit personal data from minors. We do not knowingly collect such data and do not share them with third parties.

Links to other websites
Our website contains links to external sites. We have no control over whether the operators of these linked websites comply with data protection provisions. We encourage you to always check the data protection statements on other websites you visit.

If you wish to obtain information on your personal data or other information on the treatment of personal data at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, please contact our data protection officer.

Data protection officer of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Parastou C. Münzing
Zweibrückenstraße 12
80331 München
Phone: +49 89/2195-3333
E-mail: datenschutz@dpma.de

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