PRIVACY POLICY STATEMENT


Thank you for using our website. This statement discloses the privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) for www.smartuplegal.com  (the “Website”) and for any services that may be provided through 5DE, LLC (the “Services”).  Questions for clarification of this statement or comments may be addressed via email to: [email protected].

We have adopted this Privacy Policy to further the relationship between us and our users. This statement of our Privacy Policy makes disclosures concerning our collection of information, including personal information, when you use the Website, and how we use and disclose it to others. By using the Website you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

WE DO NOT SHARE YOUR DATA
We do NOT use, trade, sell, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information except to trusted and verified Attorneys, Patent Agents, Law Firms, or vendors (such as payment processors, for example), as needed, for the sole purpose of helping your protect your ideas and inventions.

We do NOT use, trade, sell, or otherwise transfer to outside parties the confidential information you submit through our platform, such as your ideas and inventions, except to trusted and verified Attorneys, Patent Agents, Law Firms, or vendors (such as payment processors, for example), as needed, for the sole purpose of helping your protect your ideas and inventions.

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY OF YOUR IDEA
We will NOT use, sell, share, or transfer any information about your submission (the “Idea”), to us or its contents, with anyone, except for:

  • Members of our internal support and customer service staff;
  • Trusted Attorneys, Patent Agents, or Law Firms that may work on your Idea; and
  • The United States Patent & Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) upon your authorization of patent application filing.

We mandate that every member of our internal staff, whether employee or independent contractor, assent to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements that prohibit them from disclosing your Idea.

We also enter into confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with any Attorneys, Patent Agents, and Law Firms who may work on your Idea that prohibit them from disclosures.   We will take commercially reasonable steps to enforce such non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements if and when we become aware of any violations.

As a general practice, the USPTO does NOT disclose your Idea (when submitted for a Provisional Patent) or its contents with any third party or with the general public.  However, we are not affiliated with the USPTO and have no control over their procedures, computer systems, employees, or independent contractors.  Therefore, we are not responsible and assume no liability for any disclosures of your Idea made by the USPTO, whether through errors, omissions, or their intentional or unintentional acts.

We will use commercially reasonable steps, to the best of our abilities, to make sure that your Idea is kept confidential.  This applies when you register through the Website, submit your idea through, manage your Idea and your portfolio through the Portfolio Manager, or communicate with us via telephone, fax, email, text message, FTP server, or other similar means.

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA
We collect personal and non-personal information when you provide it to us in the course of comprises our Website and its Services. The personal information that we may collect includes your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The non-personal information that we may collect comprises your browser type, the URL of the previous website you visited, your ISP, operating system, and your Internet protocol (IP) Address.

We use your personal information primarily for our own internal purposes, such as providing, maintaining, evaluating, and improving our Website and the products and services we offer and sell, to collect credit card payments for subscription fees and other purchases you make, and to provide customer support.

The non-personal information is not used by us to personally identify you and is not readily usable for that purpose. Rather, this non-personal information is used to ensure the proper functionality of the Website on your computing system.

THIRD PARTY CONTRACTORS
We may contract with third party contractors to help us manage, monitor and optimize our Website and the Services and products we offer and sell. We may also use third party contractors to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising, and communications.

We will enter into confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with any third parties who may have access to your personal information which will prohibit them from using or disclosing your personal information except for the purpose of providing services to use.  We will enforce such non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements if and when we become aware of any violations.

OUR DISCLOSURE OF NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
We may disclose non-personal Information, in aggregate form, to potential strategic partners, advertisers, investors, customers, and others. You may not opt-out of the sharing of this information.

OUR USE OF COOKIES
A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. Most websites use cookies. We will use cookies to track your use of the Website and the services and products we offer and sell, provide you with a more personalized user experience, and to facilitate your logging in to the Website.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Protecting the security of your personal information as very important to us at 5DE, LLC. When you enter sensitive information such as your address on our registration or payment forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (sometimes referred to as “SSL”).

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we do not guarantee absolute security.

We are not responsible for the unauthorized acts of others and we assume no liability for any disclosure of information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third party access (such as through hacking) or other acts of third parties, or acts or omissions beyond our reasonable control.

REVIEWING AND CHANGING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
You may obtain a copy of and request that we correct errors in your personal information by emailing us at [email protected] If you do desire to obtain a copy of your personal information, you will be required to provide proof of your identity. If your personal information changes or if you no longer want to subscribe to or use the Website, you may correct, update or deactivate your personal information and your account through the account management screen. If you wish to deactivate or terminate your subscription you may also contact Customer Service.

APPLICATION OF PRIVACY POLICY YOU ACCESS THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
You will be able to access third party websites directly from the Website. This Privacy Policy does not apply when you access third party websites.

We cannot control how third parties may use personal information you disclose to them, so you should carefully review the privacy policy of any third party website you visit before using it or disclosing your personal information to its provider.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
Our Website and the services and products we offer and sell are intended for college and university students, faculty members, professionals, independent inventors, and employees or officers of companies and organizations of various sizes and types. Therefore, it is unlikely that children under the age of 17 will ever use the Website or purchase the services or products we offer. Accordingly, we will not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children that we know to be under the age of 17.  In addition, we will delete any information in our database that we know originates from a child under the age of 17.

If you are under the age of 13, we ask that you NOT use the Website or our Services.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, we request that you not use the Website or our Services without the express consent of your parent or legal guardian.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, you, your parent, or your legal guardian may request that we deactivate any of your personal information in our database and/or opt-out from receiving communications from us. If you wish to do so, please contact us at [email protected]

OPTING-OUT FROM RECEIVING COMMUNICATIONS FROM SMARTUPLEGAL.COM
You may opt-out from having your personal information used for certain purposes. For example, if you purchase a product or service but do not wish to receive any additional marketing material from us, you may indicate your preference during the registration process, within your account preferences, or by emailing us at [email protected]

If you no longer wish to receive any promotional or other communications from us, you may opt-out by following the instructions included in each email communication or by emailing us at [email protected] We also offer you an opportunity to opt-out of certain communications through the account management screen. If you need assistance you can always contact us at [email protected]

CHANGES IN PRIVACY POLICY
This Privacy Policy is subject to change from time to time. We will notify you by email, via your account, or through the Website whenever there is a change in our Privacy Policy. The date of this version of our Privacy Policy is JUNE 18, 2013.