We collect certain information or data about you when you use the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Case Management System.
- Questions, queries or feedback you leave, including your email address.
- Your IP address and details of which version of web browser you used.
- Information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques to help us improve the site
- Details to allow you to access UPC services and transactions, eg an email address (you’ll always be told when this information is being collected and it will only be used for the purposes you provide it for).
This helps us to:
- Improve the site by monitoring how you use it
- Respond to any feedback you send us, if you’ve asked us to
- Provide you with a service commensurate to the use of the Unified Patent Court.
Where your data is stored
We store your data on our secure servers in Germany, where it could be viewed by our staff or suppliers.
By submitting your personal data, you agree to this.
Keeping your data secure
Transmitting information over the internet is generally not completely secure and we can’t guarantee the security of your data.
Any data you transmit is at your own risk.
We have procedures and security features in place to try and keep your data secure once we receive it.
We won’t share our information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.
The Unified Patent Court does not hold any information relating to payment transactions.
Disclosing your information
You can find out what information we hold about you and ask us not to use any of the information we collect.
You should upgrade your web browser (the software you use to access the internet) if it’s out of date.
Upgrading to a newer browser will mean:
- Your computer will be more secure and less likely to be attacked
- It’ll be faster to browse the internet
- You’ll see more features
Unified Patent Court puts small files (known as “cookies”) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.
Cookies are used to:
- Measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
- Remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again
Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.
You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.
How cookies are used on Unified Patent Court Case Management System
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use Unified Patent Court Case Management System. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- The pages you visit on UPC
- How long you spend on each UPC page
- How you got to the site
- What you click on while you’re visiting the site
We don’t collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.
The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.
Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is:
- used fairly and lawfully
- used for limited, specifically stated purposes
- used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
- handled according to people’s data protection rights
- kept safe and secure
- not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection
There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:
- ethnic background
- political opinions
- religious beliefs
- sexual health
- criminal records