"We protect your intellectual property"
Name: Patentanwälte Dr. Ralf Hofmann und Dr. Thomas Fechner
Street: Hörnlingerstraße 3
Post Code / Town: 6830 Rankweil
Country: Austria
Telephone: 0043 5522 73137
Fax: 0043 5522 73137-10
E-mail: office@vpat.at
Website: www.vpat.at
Applicable professional regulations and recommendations: Patentanwaltsgesetz, Standesrichtlinien der Österreichischen Patentanwaltskammer (http://www.patentanwalt.at/der-patentanwalt/gesetzesgrundlagen), Richtlinien und ergänzende Vorschriften und Verfahrensordnungen des Institus der beim Europäischen Patentamt zugelassenen Vertreter (https://patentepi.com/de/das-institut/regeln-des-epi.html)
Chamber membership: Österreichische Patentanwaltskammer (http://www.patentanwalt.at), Institut der beim Europäischen Patentamt zugelassenen Vertreter (https://patentepi.com)
Professional title: Österreichische Patentanwälte, European Patent Attorneys
VAT ID number: ATU 65652215

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1. Personal data

We, the persons in charge of the patent law firm Patentanwälte Hofmann & Fechner within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), collect, process and use your personal data only with your consent or mandate or order for the purposes agreed with you or if there is another legal basis in accordance with the GDPR; this in compliance with the data protection provisions and civil law provisions.

Only those personal data are collected that are necessary for the accomplishment and processing of our legal services or that you voluntarily provided to us.

Personal data is any data that contains details of personal or material circumstances, such as name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, age, gender, social security number, video recordings, photos, voice recordings of individuals and biometric data such as fingerprints.

2. Information and deletion

As a client or generally as a data subject - while respecting the attorney's obligation of secrecy - at any time you have the right to information about your personal data stored, their origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing and a right to correction, data transfer, opposition, restriction of processing as well as blocking or deletion of incorrect or inadmissibly processed data.

As far as changes of your personal data arise, we ask for appropriate notice.
You have the right at any time to revoke your consent to the use of your personal data. Your request for information, deletion, correction, opposition and/or data transfer, in the latter case, unless this causes a disproportionate effort, may be addressed to the address of the patent law firm mentioned in point 10. of this statement.

If you believe that the processing of your personal data by us violates the applicable data protection law or your data protection claims have been violated in another way, it is possible to complain to the competent supervisory authority. In Austria, the Austrian Data Protection Authority is responsible for this.

3. Data security

The protection of your personal data takes place through appropriate organizational and technical precautions. These precautions relate in particular to protection against unauthorized, unlawful or accidental access, processing, loss, use and manipulation.

Notwithstanding the efforts to maintain a consistently high level of due diligence, it cannot be ruled out that information you share with us over the Internet will be viewed and used by others.
Please note that we therefore accept no liability whatsoever for the disclosure of information due to errors in data transmission not caused by us and/or unauthorized access by third parties (e.g. hacking on e-mail account or telephone, interception of facsimiles).

4. Use of the data

We will not process the information provided to us for purposes other than those covered by the mandate agreement or your consent or otherwise by a provision in accordance with the GDPR.

5. Transmission of data to third parties

For fulfilling your order, it may also be necessary to transfer your data to authorities (in particular national and international patent and trademark offices), courts or third parties (e.g. domestic and foreign correspondence attorneys, counterparties, insurance companies, service providers we use and to whom we provide data, etc.). A forwarding of your data takes place exclusively on basis of the GDPR, in particular for the fulfillment of your order or on the basis of your prior consent.

Some of the above recipients of your personal data are located outside your country or process your personal data there. The level of data protection in other countries may not be the same as Austria's.

The transmission of data can take place via delivery and parcel services or via electronic means of communication such as e-mail (on request also encrypted). Data can also be temporarily stored in data repositories outside of Austria and outside the EU (e.g. when using cloud applications).

6. Announcement of data breaches

We will endeavor to ensure that any data breaches are detected early and if necessary reported to you or the competent regulatory authority as soon as possible, taking into account the relevant data categories involved.
7. Storage of data
We will not retain data for longer than is necessary to fulfill our contractual or legal obligations and to avert any possible liability claims.
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10. Our contact details

We are always available for your questions or your revocation under the contact details below:
Patentanwälte Hofmann & Fechner, Hörnlingerstraße 3, A-6830 Rankweil


Hofmann & Fechner
Hörnlingerstraße 3
Postfach 5
6830 Rankweil
T: +43 5522 73137
F: +43 5522 73137-10


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