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In this Agreement, (a) the term "you" means the person who (or the entity on behalf of whom you are acting) that is agreeing to these Terms of Service; (b) the term "Content" means any data, information, text, images, audio, video, profiles and all other forms of data and communications on Patentorg.com that is provided by us, our Contributors, affiliates and users; and (c) the term "Contributors" means our users, third party providers, licensors and businesses and proprietors that post Content, which include any profiles and listings, on Patentorg.com. These Terms of Service serve as a binding contract between you and us and govern your relationship with us.
Changes to these Terms
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Changes to the Services
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Registration and Eligibility
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- You must be at least 18 years of age and have legal capacity to agree to these Terms of Service.
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- You must abide at all times with the Terms of this Agreement.
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- Copy, scrape, crawl, mine, spider, record, aggregate, resell, retransmit, redistribute, modify, translate or otherwise create derivative works of Patentorg.com, its databases, Content, or its user IDs or passwords;
- Violate these Terms of Service;
- Violate applicable laws and regulations;
- Violate the intellectual property rights, privacy rights or the rights of others;
- Frame our Web sites, pages or other Content;
- Use any automated means to create one or more profiles or user IDs;
- Offer services or assist any other party to circumvent the restrictions in these Terms of Service;
- Store or use our databases or Content to create an archival, searchable database of Content or compile data in a way that can be used by a competitive listing product or service;
- Use our data, information about our customers or Content to send spam, unsolicited communications or other mass communications to consumers or third parties;
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- Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices;
- Impersonate any person, business or entity, including our company and our employees and agents;
- Intentionally or negligently mislead others.
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You acknowledge that we may, but we have no obligation to you or any third party, to investigate and take appropriate technical, legal and equitable action against anyone who, in our sole discretion, violates this Agreement, including but not limited to, terminating their user profile and/or reporting such Content, conduct, or activity to law enforcement authorities. We may access, preserve or disclose information you provide, including user Content, when we have a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is necessary in order to: (i) protect or defend our and our Contributors legal rights or property, or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of users of Patentorg or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with application laws or other legal process.
Important Terms about the Content You Post on Patentorg
Patentorg offers features where Contributors may post Content such as business profiles, ratings and comments on forums and discussion boards. Except for the Content licensed by our Contributors or us to you, we do not claim ownership of any Content posted by you or our other users. However, by submitting Content to Patentorg:
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- We own all rights in any compilation and collective works of Content as organized and presented on Patentorg and retained in our databases.
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- Involves posting “fake” endorsements or recommendations; or
- Encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or that gives rise to civil liability.
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Electronic Contracting and Notices
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