Terms of Use

Welcome to Unified Patents’ website, patroll.unifiedpatents.com (Site). Subject to the Terms of Use, Researcher Agreement and our Privacy Policy, this Site provides a platform through which Unified Patents (Company or we, our, us) may post research contests (Contest or Contests) to our research community and to provide other services as we may deem appropriate (collectively,Services). Those persons who are registered through our Site to participate in Contests (Researchers) may then participate by making the requested submission (Responses).

Your use of the Site and/or any of the Services offered through the Site, whether as a Researcher or as a general user, is subject to these Terms of Use. By using this Site, and working with us as a Researcher, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use as well as any and all other agreements or Policies Company may have in place now or may put in place in the future.

Incorporated into these Terms of Use are our Privacy Policy, and other policies as we may publish on our Site (Policies), and our Researcher Agreement, which is applicable if you are a Researcher.

We reserve the right to change these Terms of Use from time to time by publishing them on our Site and you are responsible for confirming and abiding by our current Terms of Use on the Site.

INFORMATION IS “AS IS”

Our Site provides information regarding Contests as well as other Services that may be helpful to our Researchers. All content on our Site is provided "as is" and for your information only. We are not liable for any informational errors, incompleteness, delays or any actions taken in reliance on information contained on the Site. Company cannot and does not guarantee that any Contest or content on the Site will be entirely accurate or up-to date at all times as the information on the Site originates from various sources, which may or may not be within the control of Company. For patent matters, the information provided on the Site does not represent the opinions of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") or the inventor or holder of the patent rights.

Company is not responsible for any omission, deletion, failure to store, improper delivery or untimely delivery of any information or material. Company is not responsible for any reliance upon or damage arising from the use of our Site, including technical damage resulting from downloading or accessing any information or material on the Internet using search results from our Site.

ELIGIBILITY TO USE OUR SITE

Minors (persons under 18 years of age in the U.S.), persons or organizations that cannot enter into binding contracts under applicable law, and those who may be prevented by contractual obligations from entering into binding contracts with Company are not allowed to use this Site.

Residents of countries prohibited by law, regulation, treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations with the United States or its citizens may not use this Site.

Residents of countries prohibited by law, regulation, treaty or administrative act from receiving payments from citizens of the United States may not use this Site.

We have the right, but not the obligation, to take any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason without providing you any prior notice:

  1. Restrict, suspend, modify or terminate access to the Site or all or any part of our Services;
  2. Change, suspend or discontinue all or any part of our Services;
  3. Refuse, move, modify or remove any material submitted to our Site by any person, for any reason;
  4. Refuse, move, modify or remove any content available on our Site;
  5. Deactivate, manipulate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account;
  6. Establish, discontinue or change general practices and limits concerning use of our Site and Services.

You agree that we are not liable to you or any third party for taking any of these actions. Any registration or other eligibility requirements are in the sole discretion of Company and may be modified for any reason at any time.

REGISTRATION

To be eligible to participate as a Researcher in any Contest, you must register as Researcher on our Site and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, our Researcher Agreement and our Policies.

We reserve the right to impose additional requirements, or to modify the requirements, in connection either with registration on our Site or the ability to participate in specific activities on our Site.

Company may refuse or cancel your registration at any time for any reason. You may cancel your registration at any time by contacting us through our Contact Us page.

As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a password and a login name and to provide certain required information. Your username and other information may be included in the data for a general presentation about Company, our community, and related statistics. Other than with regard to such limited general use, your personal information is subject to our Privacy Policy.

ELIGIBLE RESEARCHER ACCOUNTS

You are eligible to open only a single account with Company and may not open (or accrue any form of compensation) in any additional accounts at any time.

You agree that your registration information at all times will correctly represent your professional affiliation, experience, qualifications and ability to transact business in a legal and ethical manner. You must answer all questions completely and truthfully.

You may not use a login name of another Researcher. You may not disclose or share your password with any third parties or use your password for any unauthorized purposes. You agree to notify Company at the Contact Us page of any unauthorized use of your account or breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or login information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords.

Your Information and Content. Any information you provide to Company or other users during your registration or use of the Site (in any public message area, through any mail feature, or otherwise generated out of your use of the Site or the Services), is subject to the following:

(a) You are solely responsible for the content of your information, postings or Responses. Company reserves the right to take any action with respect to such information that it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion for any reason, including if Company believes information is inappropriate for the Site or the Services, may create liability for Company, or may cause Company to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its Internet service provider, advertisers or other suppliers.

(b) You agree that your information will be accurate and will not, to the best of your knowledge: (i) violate any duty owed to a present employer or past employer; (ii) infringe any third party’s copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy, or breach any confidentiality obligation preventing its publication, and you will request removal of such information should you discover that you have violated this provision; (iii) violate any law (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising); or (iv) be libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, violate a third party’s right to privacy, otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, amount to spamming or be otherwise inappropriate. You may not post content that degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability or other classification. Epithets and other language intended to intimidate, unlawfully threaten, unlawfully harass or incite violence are also prohibited. You also may not publish any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example telephone number or home address). Further, you may not impersonate others. The information you provide reflects your opinions alone and not those of Company or any third party or governmental entity.

(c) By submitting any content to Company, you warrant that such is your own original work or that the information is publicly available, and that you have the right to make it available to Company for all purposes. You agree not to disclose or submit any information you are under a contractual or other legal obligation to maintain in confidence, or otherwise do not have the right to disclose.

(d) If you submit a Response, you agree that you are the source of the submitted Response and that you are not submitting it on behalf of a third party who otherwise would be prohibited from submitting the same due to any legal limitation, or any contractual, fiduciary or other duty owed to any third party, and further that you are free (legally or otherwise) to make the disclosure. You also agree that your Response is subject to the additional requirements set forth in that particular Contest.

(e) You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Company and related parties against all Losses and Claims that may be incurred or suffered as a result of your breach of warranty or of these terms in accordance with the indemnification provisions set forth below in these Terms of Use.

AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND

You may be asked to make legally binding agreements, warranties and representations to Company and you agree to do so, truthfully and completely, and to be bound by such agreements, warranties and representations.

PRIVACY

Your privacy is important to us, as is the privacy of other users of our Site. Company will use your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You will honor the privacy of all members of the Company website community.

CONDITIONS REGARDING CONTENT

You understand and agree that Company is not responsible for any content posted by you or third parties. You further understand that Company does not monitor the content posted by other users.

Company may monitor user-generated content as it chooses in its discretion and reserves the right to remove, edit or otherwise alter content that we deem inappropriate for any reason whatsoever without notice. Company also reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user’s privilege to post content on our Site.

DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

You agree that you will not disclose to the Company any information you are under a contractual or other legal obligation to maintain in confidence, or otherwise do not have the right to disclose. You agree that you will not discuss or disclose any confidential information of Company to a third party.

If you are a Researcher, you agree to abide by other limitations on the use of Confidential Information as provided in our Researcher Agreement.

USE OF YOUR CONTENT

Subject to our Privacy Policy, for any information or content that you submit, you hereby grant to Company the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, exclusive and fully sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part, and to incorporate it in other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Company cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of any information in any Contest description or any announcement of the outcome of any Contest. Company will not knowingly post inaccurate information.

You as Researcher or user of this Site, hereby release Company from all claims of any kind arising out of or related to any information provided or included on the Site or any Contest.

PAYMENT OF REWARDS/COMPENSATION

Payment of Rewards or other forms of compensation, if any, will be at the sole discretion of Company. The terms and conditions pertaining to any Rewards or any other form of compensation are set forth in each individual Contest and the Researcher Agreement.

INTERACTIONS WITH THE USPTO OR WITH PATENT APPLICANTS

Users of this Site shall not contact a patent owner, holder or applicant, any USPTO (or other governmental entity) representative or any third parties associated with a Contest, for any information or clarification with regard to any Contest, or otherwise in connection with any Contest, and Response to a Contest, or other activity or use whatsoever in connection with this Site.

THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS

This Site may contain links to third-party websites that are not under the control of Company. The inclusion of any such link is not an endorsement, approval or assumption of any responsibility by Company of any such other sites. Company makes no representations whatsoever about any other website, including the quality, safety, accuracy or suitability of the content contained therein. Access to any non-Company website is at your own risk. Company is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements contained on other websites or for the quality of any products or services available on such sites. Company provides links merely as a convenience and does not incorporate any materials appearing in another website by reference.

NO THIRD PARTY RELIANCE

You agree that you will not present to third parties any content or material in a manner that could be construed as conveying sponsorship, endorsement, representation or warranty of Company without prior written permission. Our Researcher Agreement and these Terms of Use have no third party beneficiaries.

OWNERSHIP AND LIMITED LICENSE

Company is a registered trademark of Company Inc. All content on this Site is protected by domestic and international laws and treaties, including, without limitation, U.S. and international copyright and other intellectual property laws and rights.

Company shall retain all ownership in the Site and all content that is generated by Company and displayed on the Site. Company grants you a non-exclusive, revocable right to use the Site provided that you do not (i) copy, modify, download (other than page caching), create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code; (ii) modify or attempt to modify the Site in any manner or form except that you have the right to modify your self-generated content on the Site; (iii) frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Company; or (iv) use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing Company’ name or trademarks. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license to use granted by Company.

You agree that Company may modify or discontinue the Site and the Service or your license or permission to use the same without any notice to you, and that Company shall not be liable for any such modification or discontinuance.

In no event shall any user publish, retransmit, redistribute or otherwise reproduce any Company information in any format to anyone, and no user shall use any Company information in connection with any business or commercial enterprise, including, without limitation, any securities, investment, accounting, banking, legal or media business or enterprise.

RESTRICTIONS ON USE

Any other use of information on this Site, unless expressly allowed in this Terms of Use, without the prior written permission of Company is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to modifying, copying, distributing, transmitting, displaying, publishing, selling, licensing, creating derivative works or using any materials available on or through this Site for commercial or public purposes. By using this Site or submitting an inquiry, you agree to these Terms of Use. In particular, you agree not to use this data to allow, enable, or otherwise make possible, dissemination or collection of this data, in part or in its entirety, for any purpose, such as the transmission of unsolicited advertising and solicitations of any kind, including spam. You further agree not to use this data to enable high volume, automated or robotic electronic processes designed to collect or compile this data for any purpose, including mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes.

COMPLIANCE WITH RULES

You agree not to use any device, software or routine to interfere with the proper working of the Site or which is intended to damage, interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information. You agree not to take any action (including without limitation, spamming) that imposes an unreasonable load on our infrastructure. You agree not to take any actions which may undermine the integrity of our system or the Services, such as using the Site in violation of local, state, national or international law or uploading of files or content that contains material that violates the intellectual property rights of any third party.

You are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations regarding your use of the Site, the Services and the transfer of the technologies or information with which you are involved, including without limitation, import/export requirements, and Company expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility thereto.

TERMINATION

In the event your use of our Site (including your participation in any Contest or any other activity posted on our Site) is deemed by us to violate any of the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use, our Researcher Agreement or our Policies, Company will be entitled, immediately and at any time thereafter without advance notice or opportunity to cure, to terminate your Researcher account, remove a posted Contest, and to exercise any other right or remedy available under applicable law and as provided in our Researcher Agreement.

The foregoing rights and remedies are cumulative rather than exclusive and may be exercised concurrently or consecutively upon the occurrence of the breach or at any time thereafter, without advance notice to you or any opportunity or time period to cure the alleged breach. Delay in failure to exercise any right or remedy, or to enforce or require strict observance of any terms or conditions shall not constitute a waiver of, or impair, affect or limit the ability to enforce in the future, any right, remedy, term or condition.

INDEMNIFICATION AND LIABILITY

You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Company and all of our officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, information providers, affiliates, partners, and licensors (collectively Company Parties) from and against any and all liabilities, claims, suits, investigations, losses, fines, costs, expenses (including attorneys’ fees) or damages (collectively referred to as Claims and Losses) of any nature or type suffered or incurred by Company arising out of or relating to: (i) your use of or reliance on our Site or its content; (ii) any actual or alleged breach or violation of these Terms of Use or the Researcher Agreement (including any obligation, representation, warranty, covenant term or condition contained herein and therein); (iii) any actual or alleged use of your registration, account, or password by any person, including you, whether or not authorized by you; or (iv) the information or content that you submit to our Site.

We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any claim for which you are required to indemnify us (including the right to select and retain counsel), and you agree to cooperate with our defense of any such claim.

Company shall not be liable to you or required to indemnify you for any Claims and Losses suffered or incurred by you in any way, including as a result of third party claims arising out of or relating to your use of our Site (including any activities posted on our Site or any Response to a Contest). Under no circumstances will Company be liable for any loss of data, loss of revenue or anticipated profit, loss of business, loss of opportunity, loss of goodwill, injury to reputation, or any other indirect, special, incidental, punitive or consequential damages, or for any other damages in excess of $100 regardless of cause.

NO WARRANTIES OR LIABILITIES

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” “WHERE IS” BASIS. COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR ANY OTHER 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 REGARDLESS OF ANY PRIOR COURSE OF DEALINGS BETWEEN THE PARTIES OR ANY INDUSTRY PRACTICES.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT: (i) THE SERVICES AND CONTENT WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) THE SERVICES AND CONTENT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE, SERVICES OR CONTENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; OR (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY SERVICES, OR INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS. THIS SITE MAY INCLUDE TECHNICAL OR OTHER MISTAKES, INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. COMPANY MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE CONTENT AND SERVICES AT THIS SITE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. THE CONTENT OR SERVICES PROVIDED MAY BE OUT OF DATE AND COMPANY MAKES NO COMMITMENT TO UPDATE SUCH CONTENT OR SERVICES. COMPANY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE INFORMATION, DOCUMENTS, SOFTWARE, MATERIALS OR SERVICES WHICH ARE REFERENCED BY OR LINKED TO THIS SITE. REFERENCES TO OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES AND THEIR SERVICES AND PRODUCTS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY OR ANY COMPANY PARTY BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY (REGARDLESS OF WHETHER COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS SITE OR OF ANY WEBSITE REFERENCED OR LINKED TO FROM THIS SITE. THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR THE DOWNLOADING OR OTHER ACQUISITION OF ANY MATERIALS THROUGH THE SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND WITH YOUR AGREEMENT THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM SUCH ACTIVITIES. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM COMPANY OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY OR BASIS FOR LIABILITY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS OF USE.

IN STATES THAT DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OUR LIABILITY AND THAT OF OUR THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS WILL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

AMENDMENT;NOTICES

We reserve the right to amend, modify or supplement these Terms of Use or our Policies or Agreements with you from time to time by providing notice thereof on our Site. You agree that it is your responsibility to check the Site for any modifications to our Terms of Use, Policies or Agreements, that you waive any requirements for specific notice otherwise, and by your continued access and use of our Site that you agree to comply with and be bound by any such amendments, modifications or supplements.

In the case of any conflict between the terms of this Terms of Use and the Researcher Agreement, the Researcher Agreement shall control. If a matter of discretion, Company reserves the right to determine the conflict is its sole and reasonable discretion.

Some aspects of the Site may be subject to additional posted conditions or modifications thereto. Your use of the Site is additionally subject to any such conditions, which are incorporated by this reference into these Terms of Use. In the event of an inconsistency between these Terms of Use and any additional posted conditions, the provisions of the additional conditions shall control.

ARBITRATION

Any dispute or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use, your Agreements with us, any Reward or compensation, or any use of our Site, or the relationship between you and Company, shall be resolved by binding arbitration before a panel of three (3) arbitrators administered by and in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in Washington D.C. Each party (Company on the one hand, and you on the other hand) will be entitled to select one arbitrator, and the two selected arbitrators shall pick the third. The arbitrators’ decision shall be rendered in writing and be final and binding on the parties. Judgment on any arbitral award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction over the parties or their assets. The arbitrators shall be authorized and directed to include, as part of the arbitral award to the prevailing party, amounts to reimburse the prevailing party for its reasonable and demonstrable expenses associated with the arbitration (including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred and all other costs of the arbitration), and in the event both parties prevail, in part, on their respective claims, the aggregate cost and expenses shall be allocated among the parties in inverse proportion to their success in the arbitration, so that the larger portion of such costs are borne by the less successful party.

MISCELLANEOUS

These Terms of Use, the Researcher Agreement and the Privacy Policy (collectively, the Agreements) shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America (excluding any conflicts of law principles requiring the application of the laws of another jurisdiction), and any legal proceeding arising out of the Agreements will occur in San Jose, California. Each of the Agreements will be binding upon you and your legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns. The Agreements constitute the entire agreement between Company and you with respect to the subject matter contained herein and therein, and you acknowledge that you have not relied upon any promises or representations by Company with respect to this subject matter, except as set forth in the Agreements. You shall not assign or delegate any rights or obligations under the Agreements, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. The governing language of the Agreements is English. In the event of any translation for the convenience of the user, the English version shall govern.

CONTACT US

Please contact us with any questions or comments you have regarding our Terms of Use at info@unifiedpatents.com so that we may promptly address your concerns.