Website Privacy and Security Statement

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(A) Privacy

Personal date supplied to the Patents Office via this website pursuant to the Patents Acts 1992 and 2009, the TradeMarks Act 1996, the Industrial Designs Act 2001 and the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (for instance, the name, address and contact numbers of applicants (individual, firm or body corporate) for the registration of intellectual property rights, or changes of address of proprietors of intellectual property rights) does not come within the Data Protection Acts 1988-2003, being that it is "personal data consisting of information that the person keeping the data is required by law to make available to the public".  Such data therefore falls outside the terms of this Privacy Statement.

Identity

This website is www.patentsoffice.ie.  If you wish to discuss any matters relating to the processing of personal data on the Patents Office website, please contact us at or by post at the Patents Office, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny, marked for the attention of Siobhan Bolger.

Purpose

The purposes for which personal data supplied by you on our website will be used will be to debit your credit/laser card if you opt to use same to pay for Patent, Trademark and Design renewal fees, Patent grant fees and TradeMark Registration fees while using this website.  The Patents Office policy is to retain the minimum amount of information necessary to be able to deal with any subsequent queries regarding the transaction.  In connection with payment by laser/credit card, we retain the customer name and address only.  We do not retain any laser/credit card details.  Such details are retained on our behalf by Realex (see under Disclosure, below) and may be reviewed by the Patents Office through a web link.

The IP address is an address from which you access our website (an IP address is the number automatically assigned to your computer when you are surfing the web.  IP addresses are used to analyse trends, administer the site, track users' movements, and gather statistical information and are not linked to personally identifiable information).

Disclosure

Personal data supplied will not released to any third parties, save that credit card information will be securely transferred to Realex, a secure online payments provider.

(B) Security

The Patents Office takes its security responsibilities seriously, employing the most appropriate physical and technical measures, including staff training and awareness, and these measures are reviewed regularly.

To ensure the security of your credit card information when you use same to discharge Patents Office fees on this site, we use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.  You will see the padlock in your browser's security display indicating that the transfer of all data between your browser and our site has been encrypted.

When you supply us with your laser/credit card information in the context of an online transaction for services to you, this information is not retained on this site.  Rather, it is securely transferred to Realex, a secure online payments provider.