Privacy policy

Welcome to our website of the law firm RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys (hereinafter “RUHR-IP”). In the following, we would like to inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data when using our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. You can find our contact information in our imprint.

1. Responsible office

The office responsible for the collection, processing and use of data in connection with the use of our website is RUHR- IP Patent Attorneys, Brucker Holt 58, 45133 Essen, Germany Phone: +49 (201) 170035-90, Fax: +49 (201) 170035-98.

2. General

The use of our website does not require prior registration and/or any other provision of personal data. When you visit our website, we record and process the information that you transmit to us automatically by technical means (see section 3) and/or personal data that you transmit to us voluntarily, in particular via our contact form (see section 6).

3. Data collected automatically during page visits

When you visit our website or use our services, the device you use and your internet browser with which you access our website automatically transmits log data to our server. This log data includes, in particular, the name of the accessed file (website), the amount of data transferred, the type and version of the web browser used, the operating system used (type and version), the date and time the page was accessed, the referrer URL (website from which you accessed our website via a link) and the IP address of the requesting computer. Once the IP address is no longer technically necessary for accessing the website, it is only stored in a shortened form (anonymised) for static analysis.

The aforementioned automatically transmitted data are collected and processed for the purpose of proper and optimal presentation of the information offered as well as for the purpose of statistical evaluations. The aforementioned data are processed for the following purposes: Ensuring a smooth connection setup of the website, ensuring a comfortable use of our website, evaluating the system security and stability as well as for further administrative purposes. It is not possible for us to assign the data automatically transmitted to the server to specific natural persons, i.e. it is generally not possible to identify you directly on the basis of the automatically transmitted data. However, we would like to point out that it is theoretically possible, with the cooperation of your Internet access provider, to determine the owner of the Internet connection through which you access our site by means of the transmitted IP address for a certain period of time. Your internet access provider will inform you about the duration of the storage of used and assigned IP addresses at the internet access provider.

The legal basis for data processing is our legitimate interest, which follows from the aforementioned purposes for data processing. We do not use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person. The aforementioned data will be stored at the longest until the expiry of the statutory retention obligation or statutory limitation periods.

4. Processing of personal data and the nature, purpose and use thereof

The purpose of the data collection is to enable an appropriate processing of your request triggering the data collection and for the mutual fulfilment of obligations arising from the attorney-client relationship. The data includes the names, contact and communication information as well as mandate-related or transaction-related factual information. The purpose of the data collection is to be able to identify you as a client in order to be able to correspond with you, to provide you with appropriate advice and support, to issue invoices, to clarify and settle any liability claims and to assert any claims against you.
The personal data collected by us for the assignment will be stored until the expiry of the statutory retention obligation or statutory limitation periods and then deleted, unless we are obliged to store the data for a longer period due to tax and commercial law retention and documentation obligations (from HGB, StGB or AO) or you have consented to storage beyond this.

Passing on data

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We will only disclose your personal data to third parties if you have given your express consent, the disclosure is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data, there is a legal obligation for the disclosure, or if this is legally permissible and necessary for the processing of contractual relationships with you.

Information, correction, blocking, deletion, objection

You have the right to request information from us about the personal data stored about you, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom this data is passed on and the purpose for which it is stored. In addition, you may have the right to correct, block or delete personal data under the legal conditions. Contact information can be found in our imprint. If your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data if there are grounds for doing so that arise from your particular situation. Insofar as the objection is directed against direct marketing, you have a general right to object, which will be implemented by us without specifying a particular situation. If you would like to make use of your right of objection, you will find our contact information in our imprint.

5. Cookies

To enable the execution of certain functions on our website, we may use so-called cookies, i.e. small text files that are stored on your computer for the duration of a browser session. After the end of the browser session, the cookies used by us are deleted again (so-called session cookies). You can prevent the installation of cookies on your computer by changing your browser settings; however, we would like to point out that this may restrict the use of the functions of our website. If cookies are used on our website, you will be informed of this separately by an information banner.

6. Contact form

You have the option of contacting us via the contact form available on our website. Of course, the use of this contact form and the provision of your personal data are voluntary. The personal data you provide in this context will only be used to process your enquiry. Any further use requires your separate consent.

7. Use of our internet presence – disclosure to third parties

Taking into account the strict requirements of the Federal Data Protection Act, personal data transmitted when using our website will only be passed on to third parties if you have previously consented to the passing on of the data, if we are entitled to do so due to legal regulations and/or if we are obliged to pass on the data due to a law, regulation, official or court order. Data is generally not passed on to third parties for the purpose of advertising.

8. Links to third party websites

In connection with links to third-party websites on our website, we would like to point out that we have no influence on compliance with data protection regulations there. According to the general laws, we as providers are responsible for our own content. We do not assume any responsibility for third-party content made available for use via links and do not adopt their content as our own.

9. Social media

LinkedIn Share Button
The LinkedIn Share button is used on this website. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. If you click on the LinkedIn Share button, you will be redirected to your user account in a separate browser window – provided you are logged in to your LinkedIn user account – and can share the electronic publication stored on our website by adding a comment. The button establishes a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. LinkedIn thereby receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. It also enables LinkedIn to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account.

Twitter Share Button
The Twitter share button is used on this website. The share button is offered and operated by Twitter Inc, 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA (“Twitter”). The button is marked with a Twitter logo in the form of a white stylised bird in a blue circle.
If you click on the Twitter Share button, you will be redirected to your user account in a separate browser window – provided you are logged in to your Twitter user account – and can share the electronic publication stored on our website by adding a comment. The button establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Twitter server. Twitter thereby receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. It also enables Twitter to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account.

Google+ Share Button
The Google+ Share button is used on this website. The provider is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The button is recognisable with the sign “G+” on a white or coloured background.
If you click on the Google+ Share button, you will be redirected to your user account in a separate browser window – provided you are logged in to your Google+ user account – and can share the electronic publication stored on our website by adding a comment. The button establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Google+ server. Google+ thereby receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. In addition, it is then possible for Google+ to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account.

XING Share Button
The XING Share button is used on this website. The button is marked with a white X in a blue circle.
When you access this website, a connection is briefly established via your browser to servers of XING SE (“XING”), with which the “XING Share Button” functions (in particular the calculation/display of the counter value) are provided. XING does not store any personal data about you when you access this website. In particular, XING does not store IP addresses. There is also no evaluation of your usage behaviour via the use of cookies in connection with the XING Share button. The current data protection information on the XING Share button and supplementary information can be found on this website: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Information according to TMG

Information pursuant to § 5 of the German Telemedia Act

RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys has its offices in Essen, Düsseldorf and Munich

Address:
RUHR-IP Patent Attorneys
Brucker Holt 58
45133 Essen (DE)
Phone: +49 (0) 201/17 00 35 90
Fax: +49 (0) 201/17 00 35 98
E-mail: office@RUHR-IP.com

Dr Tanja Bendele, Dr Anna Heide and Dr Carmen Tesch-Biedermann are authorised to represent within the meaning of Section 5 (1) No. 1 TMG. The patent attorneys are members of the Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Tal 29, 80331 Munich (DE) and are subject to the professional rules of the Patent Attorneys Act, the Professional Code of Conduct for Patent Attorneys and the Rules of Professional Conduct of the International Federation of Patent Attorneys. The country of conferral is Germany.

Professional representatives before the European Patent Office belong to the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) and are subject to the Code of Professional Conduct of the epi.

Professional liability insurance: R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG, John-F. Kennedy-Straße 1, 65189 Wiesbaden, no limitation of the territorial scope.