Access to and use of the website at www.ificlaims.com and associated domains (the “Site”), and the data, content, products and services made available on or via the Site together with associated documentation and other sites and resources that refer to these terms provided by IFI (together with the Site, the “Service”), is subject to the following terms and conditions. By accessing the Site and/or using any other part of the Service, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (these “Terms”).
The Site is operated by Fairview Research LLC also doing business as IFI CLAIMS Patent Services (“IFI”). IFI is part of Digital Science. You may contact IFI at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you agree to these Terms as an individual, you must be at least 13 years old and otherwise of legal age to form a binding contract. If you are acting on behalf of an institution, business, organization, agency or other entity (an “Organization”), you will be responsible for ensuring that: (i) you have authority to bind that Organization to these Terms, and your agreement to these Terms will be treated as the agreement of the Organization, and (ii) any individual or entity to whom you provide access to the Service is made aware of and complies with these Terms. In that case, “you” and “your” in these Terms shall refer to the Organization you represent.
For purposes of these Terms, the term “Content” includes any data, text, figures, images, illustrations, resource or other content or information, software, code, scripts, graphics, and interactive features displayed, provided or otherwise made available on or through the Service. References to the “Service” in these Terms shall include references to the Content where the context permits.
You acknowledge that the Service is owned by or licensed to IFI and/or its affiliates, and is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets and/or other industrial and proprietary rights and laws, including international conventions and treaties (“Proprietary Rights”). In particular, you acknowledge that the Site and other parts of the Service are protected by copyright as collective works and/or compilations pursuant to U.S. copyright laws. Nothing in this Agreement shall operate to transfer any Proprietary Rights in any part of the Service or give rise to any implied rights.
You agree not to remove, suppress or modify in any way the proprietary markings, including any trademark or copyright notice, used in relation to any Content or other part of the Service (including on any output generated through its use).
The Service is provided only for your own non-commercial, internal and personal use, at all times subject to these Terms. You shall not otherwise use any part of the Service without the prior and express written agreement of IFI.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you shall not, do or assist, encourage or permit any individual or entity to do any of the following in respect of any part of the Service:
- copy, save to the extent necessary for viewing the Content in your browser or where specifically made available for download, for that purpose;
- distribute, give or allow access to or otherwise make available to any other individual or entity, or frame, mirror, overlay, or employ other technologies used to enclose, display or similar;
- modify, translate, adapt or create derivative works;
- sell, rent, lease, license, loan, commercialize or use for the benefit of any other person nor in connection with any direct or indirect revenue-generating activities (including generating internet traffic for websites containing advertising) or that result in developments that are used for such activities. For the avoidance of doubt, uses in connection with work that is carried out on the request, or at the direction or expense, of a person will be considered as being for the benefit of that person;
- send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information, including “spoofing” or “phishing”, run any form of auto-responder or “spam”;
- use in connection with any unsolicited communication, advertising or similar or any other exploitation of address or other contact information;
- use in connection with any search functionality, or to otherwise power any products / apps / tools / systems, accessed by or on behalf of any other person;
- attempt to bypass any measure intended to prevent or restrict non-authorized use, make use of any means of access not made available for that purpose (including via accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Service) or probe, scan, or test for vulnerabilities;
- decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms except to the extent reserved by applicable laws and having given IFI prior notice;
- use any manual or automated means, including robots, scripts, or spiders to access, monitor, crawl, scrape, spider or mine, except those expressly authorized by us in advance in writing;
- anything that infringes, violates or makes unauthorized use (or causes the infringement, violation or unauthorized use) of any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy or other right of any other person;
- anything that breaches, causes the breach, or promotes or encourages the breach of, any applicable law or regulation;
- anything unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, obscene, offensive, or profane, against public policy, fraudulent or known to be false or misleading;
- anything that could result in any claim or action against IFI or affiliates, or damage their goodwill or reputation in any way.
Additionally, you shall not take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by IFI in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on IFI’s (or its third party providers’) infrastructure nor interfere or attempt to interfere with the normal and proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service. Without limiting that discretion, IFI may determine unreasonable usage by comparing your activity for any given period against the average for all equivalent users of the relevant part of the Service.
Separate Contract and Additional Terms
If you are accessing and/or otherwise using the Service pursuant to a separate agreement between the Organization that you belong to or are acting for (“Contract”), your use will also be subject to the Contract, provided to the extent there is any conflict, the terms of the Contract shall prevail. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in these Terms shall impose additional obligations on that Organization.
Usage restrictions and other additional terms and conditions (“Additional Terms”) may apply to certain parts of the Service and shall form part of these Terms. You shall comply with all Additional Terms referenced on any part of the Service you use, posted to the Site, affixed to the Content or otherwise that you are given notice of, and to the extent there is any conflict between the Additional Terms and other parts of these Terms, the Additional Terms shall prevail in respect of the relevant part of the Service.
You may browse the Site without registering, but as a condition to using certain aspects of the Service, you may be required to register with IFI and select a password and user name (“User ID”). You shall not: (i) select or use as a User ID a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) use as a User ID a name subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization; or (iii) use as a User ID a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene. IFI reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel a User ID in its sole discretion. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password. You shall not: (i) impersonate or try to impersonate another person; (i) disclose your password to anyone else; (iii) allow anyone else to use your account; or (iv) use anyone else’s account. You will immediately notify IFI in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other account related security breach of which you are or become aware.
You represent that all information you provide is accurate and truthful and that you will maintain the accuracy and truthfulness of such information by any feature we make available for that purpose or otherwise by notifying IFI.
Changes to the Service
IFI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, suspend, or discontinue any part of the Service, including the Content, at any time without notice to you.
Modifications to these Terms
IFI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any of these Terms at any time. You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to the Site or otherwise notified to you constitutes acceptance of those changes.
Third Party Sites
If any part of the Service is made available on or through other websites or other resources on the Internet and or includes links to such resources, or other websites or resources contain links to any part of the Service, this is done for convenience only and any access to, use of and/or reliance upon such resources is done entirely at your own risk and IFI disclaims all liability arising therefrom.
The Service may provide you with the ability to add, create, upload, submit, distribute or post (“Submit,” “Submitting” or “Submission”) content, articles, data, text, photographs, images, illustrations, or other information on or to the Site or Service (collectively, the “User Submissions”). By way of example, and not as a limitation, User Submissions may be Submitted when you request the Service to: (i) identify, resolve, copy, or import content stored on your or a third party’s computer system, (ii) synchronize content such that the Service stores or “mirrors” content stored on your or a third party’s computer system by storing such content on equipment owned or operated by IFI, (iii) save or store your comments, edits or annotations to Content accessible through the Service, or (iv) share with another person any content stored on your or a third party’s computer system, whether by email attachment or other means.
You shall ensure that IFI is authorized and otherwise free to lawfully host, use and make available any User Submission as envisaged by these Terms or the relevant Service, and that no part thereof: (i) violates, infringes or makes unauthorised use of any Proprietary Rights (ii) is defamatory, derogatory, discriminatory or violates any rights of privacy (iii) breaches, or causes us to breach, any applicable law or regulation (iv) contains a virus, malware or other potentially harmful component, information or instructions (v) is indecent, obscene, offensive or pornographic or (vi) could result in any claim or action against IFI or affiliates, or damage their goodwill or reputation in any way.
IFI shall have no obligation to review or monitor any Submission. You understand that Submissions publicly posted or privately transmitted through via the Service are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content was Submitted.
IFI may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your account, including User Submissions. Upon termination, all rights granted under this Agreement shall terminate and you shall immediately stop using the Service. If you wish to terminate your account, you may do so by following instructions available on the relevant part of the Service. All provisions of these Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnities and limitations of liability.
THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND IS WITHOUT WARRANTY, CONDITION OR GUARANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY ANY COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR USAGE OF TRADE, ALL OF WHICH ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, COMPANY, AND ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, PARTNERS, INTEGRATORS AND CONTENT PROVIDERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT: (A) THE SERVICE WILL BE SECURE OR AVAILABLE UNINTERRUPTED AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION; (B) ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; (C) ANY CONTENT AVAILABLE AT OR THROUGH THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; OR (D) THE RESULTS OF USING THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
US Electronic Communications Privacy Act Notice (18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2711): COMPANY MAKES NO GUARANTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THE SITE OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO THE SITE. IFI will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on IFI’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.
You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless IFI and its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees or agents, on demand from all losses, liabilities, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of, or access to, the Service, violation of these Terms, or infringement or violation by you or caused by you, or any third party using your account, of any Proprietary Rights or other right of any individual or entity. IFI reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with IFI in asserting any available defenses.
US Government Users
The Service is deemed to be “commercial computer software” / “commercial computer software documentation” and other commercial items including “technical data of a “commercial item”. If any U.S. Government user requires rights beyond those expressly granted in these Terms, or has other requirements not met by these Terms / the Service, it should immediately discontinue use of the Service.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY, ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, PARTNERS, LICENSORS, INTEGRATORS OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY (I) FOR ANY AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100) (IN THE AGGREGATE) OR THE FEES PAID BY YOU FOR THE SERVICE DURING THE 12-MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE CLAIM; (II) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER; (III) FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, BUSINESS OR SAVINGS, DEPLETION OF GOODWILL AND/OR SIMILAR LOSSES NOR FOR DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; (IV) FOR ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE (REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGINATION); OR (V) FOR ANY MATTER ARISING FROM YOUR BREACH OR NEGLIGENCE, OR BEYOND COMPANY’S REASONABLE CONTROL. THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
Fees and Payment
Although certain of our Services may be made available for free to certain users, this is done at IFI’s absolute discretion. IFI reserves the right to introduce new fees and change its price list at any time, upon notice to you, including by posting details of such change on the Site. Your use of the Services following such notification constitutes your acceptance of any new or increased fees, which you will pay on demand in addition to any applicable sales or other taxes. Any fees paid hereunder are non-refundable.
A printed version of these Terms and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these Terms to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut, excluding its conflicts of law rules, and the United States of America. Any dispute arising from or relating to the subject matter of these Terms shall be finally settled by arbitration in the State of Connecticut, using the English language in accordance with the Arbitration Rules and Procedures of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) then in effect, by one commercial arbitrator with substantial experience in resolving intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, who shall be selected from the appropriate list of JAMS arbitrators in accordance with the Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS. The prevailing party in any arbitration or other proceeding arising under these Terms shall be entitled to receive reimbursement of its reasonable expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees and all other expenses) incurred in connection therewith. Judgment upon the award so rendered may be entered in a court having jurisdiction or application may be made to such court for judicial acceptance of any award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party shall have the right to institute an action in a court of proper jurisdiction for injunctive or other equitable relief pending a final decision by the arbitrator. For all purposes of these Terms, the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the United States Federal Courts or state courts located in the State of Connecticut. Use of the Service is not authorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including without limitation, this section.
Integration and Severability
These Terms are the entire agreement between you and IFI with respect to the Site, Content and other parts of the Service, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and IFI with respect to the same. If any provision of these Terms is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either party to exercise any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.
IFI shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where such failure results from any cause beyond IFI’s reasonable control, including mechanical, electronic or communications failure or degradation (including “line-noise” interference). These Terms are personal to you, and are not assignable, transferable or sublicensable by you except with IFI’s prior written consent. IFI may assign, transfer or delegate any of its rights and obligations hereunder without consent. Any reference to “includes” and “including” shall mean including without limitation and general words shall not be given a restrictive meaning by reason of the fact that they are followed by particular examples intended to be embraced by the general words. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of these Terms and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect. All notices under these Terms will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail; or the business day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service.
US Copyright Dispute Policy
IFI has adopted the following policy toward copyright infringement in the United States in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. The address of IFI’s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this Section. It is IFI’s policy to (1) block access to or remove material that it believes in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our advertisers, affiliates, content providers, members or users; and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders.
Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringements:
If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through the Services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:
- a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;
- identification of works or materials being infringed;
- identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that IFI is capable of finding and verifying its existence;
- contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, email address;
- a statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material identified in (3) is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- a statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.
Once Proper Bona Fide Infringement Notification is Received by the Designated Agent it is IFI’s policy:
- to remove or disable access to the infringing material;
- to notify the content provider, member or user, that it has removed or disabled access to the material; and
- that repeat offenders will have the infringing material removed from the system and that IFI will terminate such content provider’s, member’s or user’s access to the Service.
Procedure to Supply a Counter-Notice to the Designated Agent:
If the content provider, member or user believes that the material that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or the content provider, member or user believes that it has the right to post and use such material from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or, pursuant to the law, the content provider, member, or user, must send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:
- a physical or electronic signature of the content provider, member or user;
identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled;
- a statement that the content provider, member or user has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material; and
- content provider’s, member’s or user’s name, address, telephone number, and, if available, email address, and a statement that such person or entity consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the judicial district in which the content provider’s, member’s or user’s address is located, or, if the content provider’s, member’s or user’s address is located outside the United States, for any judicial district in which IFI is located, and that such person or entity will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Designated Agent, IFI may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that IFI may replace the removed material or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed material may be replaced or access to it restored in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at IFI’s discretion.
Please contact IFI’s Designated Agent to receive notification of claimed infringement at email@example.com or the following address:
IFI CLAIMS Patent Services C/O Digital Science
625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139
Attention: Legal Department
Date: March 2022
CLAIMS Direct End User Terms
About your use of CLAIMS Direct
If you are accessing and/or otherwise using IFI Claims pursuant to a separate agreement (“Contract”) we have with the institution, business or other entity (“Organization”) that you belong to or are acting for, your use will also be subject to the Contract. Nothing in these terms will impose additional obligations on such entity and if they conflict with the Contract, the Contract will prevail.
If you have been granted access to any part of CLAIMS Direct that is not generally accessible to the public (other than subject to a Contract) on a pilot or trial basis, you may only use CLAIMS Direct on behalf of your Organization as reasonably required to internally evaluate its suitability for the non-commercial, internal use of that Organization, subject to the additional terms in the “Pilots and Trials” section below.
Subject to the foregoing, you may only use CLAIMS Direct if you are of legal age to form a binding contract (which your acceptance of these terms will create) for personal, non-commercial research purposes.
CLAIMS DIRECT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY, CONDITION OR GUARANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY HOWSOEVER CAUSED AND REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ASSERTED, ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF CLAIMS DIRECT.
You acknowledge that CLAIMS Direct is protected by copyright and other proprietary rights, which we and our licensors will retain. You will abide by all relevant copyright notices, usage restrictions and other additional licensing terms, including those on the acknowledgements page, and agree that any unauthorized use will result in the automatic termination of any rights granted to you. To the extent there is any conflict between the rights granted in these terms and such additional licensing terms, the latter shall prevail.
Pilots and Trials
If you use any part of CLAIMS Direct (other than subject to a Contract) on a pilot or trial basis, such use is only permitted for the period determined by Company at its absolute discretion. Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, the download, export or extraction of any data or other content is not permitted save to the extent strictly necessary for the permitted evaluation purposes, in which case this must be limited to a representative sample of no more than 5,000 data records, which are deleted at the end of the trial period (such deletion to be certified in writing on request).
Any reference to “CLAIMS Direct” in these terms, includes any data, content, service or resource made available via CLAIMS Direct.
Date: April 2022