As a patent attorney, I designed Accio Patent to keep you and your clients’ patent research confidential and, if applicable, attorney–client privileged. My goal is to make sure you feel comfortable using Accio Patent to fetch patents. If you have any reservations about your privacy using my app, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you use the app, I do not know who you are or which patents you are fetching.
Information Collection and Use
Accio Patent LLC (“the company” or “we”) does not collect personal information from users of the app. Specifically, the app does not send any information to me, but it has to send your patent queries somewhere! Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Send the Patent Number to a Patent Office
You can fetch a patent by typing the patent number into the dial pad or by scanning a barcode. If you use the barcode scanner (and I hope you do—it’s a fun and unique way to get e-copies of patents!), rest assured that all image processing is handled locally on your device. Your device extracts a patent number from the barcode to send to the relevant patent offices as if you had dialed it yourself using the dial pad. The app does not store or transmit any images.
Next, the app sends the patent number directly from your device to the EPO and, in some cases, to the USPTO:
These policies are the same ones that apply when you visit the EPO or USPTO directly on the web or search their databases, with the added benefit that they cannot read or set any cookies on your device because you are not using a web browser.
Step 2: Store the Patent on Your Device
Patent metadata and original PDFs are stored locally on your device. You can delete individual patents or clear your entire history within the app. This data will also be deleted if you delete the app.
Step 3 (optional): Upload the Patent to the Cloud
You have the option to connect to cloud services and automatically upload your original PDFs to these services. The app never accesses or stores your login information, and you can disable or disconnect from these services at any time through the app’s settings menu.
The app does not delete PDFs from your connected cloud services, even if you clear your history or delete the app. Similarly, deleting PDFs from your connected cloud services does not delete the copies of PDFs stored on your device. (This is handy if you want to move a PDF from your cloud service to a different folder without affecting your history in the app.)
The app uses commercially reasonable safeguards to protect your information against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or deletion. However, no security safeguard is 100% secure, so I cannot guarantee the absolute security of your data.
Developers Trust Alliance
It is the mission of the Developers Trust Alliance to offer developers a set of principles and best practices that promote user trust, and to educate consumers and those outside of the developer community about the different types of data and how data is used.
We have adopted the principles of the Developers Trust Alliance, and we are proud to have been accepted by the Developers Trust Alliance as a trusted developer and app.
Last updated March 29, 2019.
If you email us, we will only use your email address and other information to respond to your inquiry.
Like most websites and blogs, other information may be collected via passive collection and tracking technologies. This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, web browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, files and pages viewed on the website, operating system, date and time stamps, or general geographic location. This information may be collected using technologies such as server logs, cookies, pixel tags, etc. Only necessary cookies for maintaining the functionality of the site will be stored and will not be used for any other purpose.
We use the information it collects for a variety of purposes, including to provide services to users, respond to customer service requests, administer and troubleshoot the website, count unique website visitors, analyze aggregate trend data, and comply with legal and/or regulatory requirements.
We may disclose the collected information to third parties for a variety of purposes, such as:
Legal purposes: We may use or disclose your personal information or other information to third parties when it believes, in its sole discretion, that doing so is necessary to comply with applicable laws or a court order, subpoena, request from government or law enforcement, or other legal process; to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, violations of our terms and conditions, or situations involving threats to our property or physical safety of any person or third party; to establish, protect, or exercise the company’s legal rights or defend against legal claims; or to facilitate a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of the company’s assets. You will be notified via email or a prominent notice on the website of any change of ownership, uses of your personal information, and choices you may have regarding your personal information.
With your consent: We may disclose your information to any other third party with your prior consent.
This website is self-hosted and does not share personal information or any other information with third-party service providers.
Access and Choice
Upon request, we will provide you with information about whether the company holds any of your personal information. You may request access, correction, or deletion of your personal information by contacting the company at email@example.com. We will respond to these requests within a reasonable timeframe.
We use commercially reasonable safeguards to protect your information against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or deletion. However, no security safeguard is 100% secure, so it cannot guarantee the absolute security of your data.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Please also note that the website does not currently respond to browser Do Not Track signals.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
Information for European Union Visitors
By visiting the website and providing your personal information, you authorize us to collect, use, and store your personal information outside of the European Economic Area. Your information will be stored and processed in the United States.
International Transfers of Information
Information may be processed, stored, and used outside of the country in which you are located. Data privacy laws vary across jurisdictions, and different laws may be applicable to your data depending on where it is processed, stored, or used.
Last updated March 20, 2019.