Terms of Use

Welcome! By using the Peer to Patent project web site (the “Website”) you agree to operate under the following terms and conditions, which include this Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy and Information Collection Statement, the Community Code of Conduct and the directions on Providing Notice of Copyright Violations Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (together, the “Terms of Use”).

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Peer To Patent Website enables third parties (“Contributors”) to provide submissions and commentary on patent applications that have been voluntarily identified to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by the Applicants as candidates for review within the Peer-to-Patent process. The USPTO has full discretion to accept or reject a candidate application pursuant to guidelines set forth HERE.

The materials contained on this Website (including, but not limited to, tutorial materials) are not intended to constitute legal advice, and do not represent a complete and thorough interpretation of the relevant law. Contributors to and other viewers of the Website should consult their employer’s legal department or other legal counsel for advice on any specific legal question.

PRIVACY POLICY

The Peer To Patent project strongly believes in the importance of Contributor privacy as a fundamental design philosophy. Click here to review the Privacy Policy and Information Collection Statement.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Mutual respect among Contributors and respect for the legal rights of others are principles that will be critical to the success of the Peer To Patent project. This includes the principle that Participants will not charge any Applicant with willful infringement or failure to disclose prior art merely as a result of participation. These provisions and others can be reviewed in the Peer To Patent participant Code of Conduct.

PEER TO PATENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

All content, graphics, design and software on the Website and provided for use of project participants are Copyright © New York Law School. Content is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License. Peer To Patent, Do Tank and New York Law School are trademarks or registered trademarks of New York Law School in the United States and/or other countries.

It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement by Contributors to the Website provided that such notices comply with the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For directions and more information, please click here.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSOCIATED WITH SUBMISSIONS OF PRIOR ART AND PARTICIPANT COMMENTARY

Participation in the Peer To Patent project may (and ideally will) entail identifying prior art for possible submission to the US Patent and Trademark office, and providing annotations regarding the prior art that Contributors submit. When such prior art is available to the general public online, Contributors can identify it to others by providing a link; when not generally available online, Contributors can provide a summary of the material sufficient to communicate its relevance to other project participants, and Peer To Patent will securely communicate an uploaded copy of the material to the USPTO if it is ultimately determined to be among the most relevant materials in the opinion of the team evaluating a particular patent application. These directions are explained in more detail in the Community Code of Conduct. Contributors provide any discussion or other postings, commentary, or annotations (the “Contributions”) free of charge with the understanding that, with respect to any copyright interests Contributors may have in the Contributions, Contributors are licensing New York Law School and other Peer-to-Patent Contributors to use, copy, distribute, display, publish and modify those materials in connection with the Peer-to-Patent project, and to authorize any Peer To Patent participant the right to grant others these same rights. We may refuse to publish any Contributions, and may remove Contributions from the Website at any time.

SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT

If you are an employee of another, and your participation in this project is within the terms of your employment, you agree that your employer has authorized your participation.

WE MAKE NO WARRANTY

THE PEER TO PATENT PROJECT MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY WARRANTY THAT THESE PAGES, OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE, ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL ELEMENTS. ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

These Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions or Contributor’s actual state or country of residence. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of the Terms of Use to be unenforceable, the remainder of the Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect.

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter. Any waiver of any provision of the Terms of Use will be effective only if in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the Peer To Patent Project, an agent of New York Law School.

Updated: June 15, 2007