Where Nonlawyer Professionals Become Knowledgable IP Paralegals


1.0 Overview

Your privacy is important to the IPParalegal Institute ("the Institute") ... VERY important. As an educational institution, maintaining your trust is paramount to us.

This Statement discloses the information practices for the IPParalegal Institute and the IPParalegal Institute web site, including what type of information is gathered and tracked, how the information is used, and with whom the information is shared. This Statement applies to the entire IPParalegal Institute web site. From time to time, we may supplement this Statement with additional information relating to a particular interaction we have with you.

The IPParalegal Institute is a member of Webtrust Certificate Authorities whose principles and criteria are based on the Trust Services developed by the AICPA/CICA. In compliance with Webtrust, areas of the IPParalegal Institute web site system designated as secure (the System) are protected against unauthorized physical and logical access. Personal information is collected, used, retained, and disclosed in conformity with the commitments as set forth in this Privacy Statement, and adheres to the criteria set forth in Generally Accepted Privacy Principles issued by the AICPA/CICA. The System's Webtrust program covers only information that is collected through IPParalegas' web site. Its coverage does not extend to information that may be collected from 3rd party web sites or through software downloaded from our site.

The IPParalegal Institute web site abides by the Safe Harbor framework implemented by the United States Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of information as set forth in the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection.

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2.0 Collection of Personal Information

You may choose to submit personal information directly in a variety of situations. For example, you may want to give us your name and contact information to communicate with you, to provide you with a subscription or a service, or to do business with us if you are a supplier or a business partner. You may also share a description of your education and work experience in connection with a job opening at the IPParalegal Institute for which you wish to be considered. If you tell us that you do not want us to use your information to make further contact with you beyond fulfilling your request, we will respect your wishes.

We may also collect information relating to your use of our web site through the use of various technologies. For example, when you visit our web site, we may log certain information that your browser sends us, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring web site addresses. We may also collect information about the pages you view within our sites and other actions you take while visiting us. In addition, we may also use such technologies to determine whether you’ve opened an e-mail or clicked on a link contained in an e-mail. Collecting information in this manner allows us to collect statistics about our web site's usage and effectiveness and personalize your experience while you are on our web site, as well as tailor our interactions with you. For details regarding the technologies we employ, see "Cookies, Analytics and Other Technologies" below.

With regard to the IPParalegal Institute's collection of information that pertains to you indirectly through other sources, such as vendor lists... No worries because we don't do that.

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3.0 Use of Personal Information

The following paragraphs describe in more detail how the IPParalegal Institute may use your personal information.

Fulfilling your Transaction Request

    If you request something from the IPParalegal Institute, for example, a product or service, a callback, or specific marketing materials, we will use the information you provide to fulfill your request. To help us do this we may share information with solution partners to fulfill your request, but only as required.

Personalizing your Experience on our Web Site

    We may use information we collect to provide you with a personalized experience on our web site, such as enabling your browser to interact with our RSS feed should you subscribe to it, or when you subscribe to a newsletter.

Providing Support

    We may use your personal information to support services you have obtained from us, such as notifying you of a service update or recommendation. In the course of providing support to you, we may sometimes have incidental access to data that you have provided to us. This Privacy Statement does not apply to our access to or handling of this information; the conditions regarding the handling and processing of that data is covered by the applicable Terms of Use or other confidential agreements between you and the IPParalegal Institute.


    Personal information you provide to the IPParalegal Institute, as well as information we have collected from your web browser, will not be used by the IPParalegal Institute for marketing purposes without your expressed written consent. A prime example of where we may use your personal information would be when we post positive customer feedback in our Endorsements section. We will ask you if we can use your personal information first, and publish it only with your consent.

    We do not share or sell personal information ... period.

    Some of our service offerings may be co-branded, that is sponsored by both the IPParalegal Institute and third parties. If you sign up for these offerings, be aware that your information may also be collected by and shared with those third parties. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with their privacy policies to gain an understanding of the manner in which they will handle information about you if you choose to accept.

    If you choose to "Email This Page" to a friend or colleague - excellent. That's free marketing for us and we won't ask you for anything to do it. We aren't greedy.


    In connection with a job application or inquiry, whether advertised on an IPParalegal Institute web site or otherwise, you may provide us with information about yourself, such as a resume. We may use this information throughout the IPParalegal Institute in order to address your inquiry or consider you for employment purposes. Unless you tell us not to do so, we may keep the information for future consideration.

Use of Information in the Social Media Environment

    The IPParalegal Institute provides social networking tools on our web site to enable online sharing and collaboration among members who have registered to use them. These may include wikis, blogs and other social media platforms.

    When registering to use these tools, you will be asked to provide certain personal information. Registration information that is not automatically made available to other participants as part of your profile will be subject to and protected in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

    Any other content you post, such as pictures, information, opinions, or any other type of personal information that you make available to other participants on these social platforms, is not subject to this Privacy Statement. Rather, such content is subject to the Terms of Use of those platforms, and any additional guidelines and privacy information provided in relation to their use. Please refer to them to better understand yours, the IPParalegal Institute's, and other parties' rights and obligations with regard to such content. You should be aware that the content you post on any such social computing platforms may be made broadly available to others inside and outside the IPParalegal Institute. That is the essence of social media.

Protecting the Rights and Property of the IPParalegal Institute and Others

    We may also use or share your information to protect the rights or property of the IPParalegal Institute, our business partners, suppliers, clients, or others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected. In addition, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or the rights of others, or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our web sites.

Information for Education & Business Partners

    If you represent an IPParalegal business partner, you may visit an area of the IPParalegal Institute web site intended specifically for the IPParalegal Institute business partners. We may use information provided to administer and develop our business relationship with you, the business partner you represent, and the IPParalegal Institute business partners generally. For instance, this may involve using your information to send you details of the IPParalegal Institute business partner programs. It may also include sharing certain information with other business partners, or the IPParalegal Institute clients or prospects. In connection with a particular transaction or program, we may also contact you as part of customer satisfaction surveys or for market research purposes.

Information for Suppliers

    If you represent an the IPParalegal Institute supplier, you may visit an area of the IPParalegal Institute web site intended specifically for use by the IPParalegal Institute's suppliers. We may use the information provided in connection with granting access to the specified area of our web site, as well as performing transaction with you. For example, transactions may include sharing information within the IPParalegal Institute, other parts of the the IPParalegal Institute web site, the IPParalegal Institute's business partners, clients, delivery services, financial institutions and postal or government authorities that may be directly involved with fulfillment. It may also be used to administer and develop our relationship with you, the supplier you represent, and other the IPParalegal Institute suppliersof interest.

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4.0 Sharing of Personal Information and International Transfers

The IPParalegal Institute has the wherewithal to support clients and associates globally via business processes, management structures and technical systems that cross borders. As such, we may share information about you within the IPParalegal Institute and transfer it to countries in the world where we do business in connection with the uses identified above and in accordance with this Privacy Statement. Our Privacy Statement and our practices are designed to provide globally consistent levels of protection for personal information. This means that even in countries whose laws provide for less protection for your information, the IPParalegal Institute will still handle your information in the manner described here.

In some cases, the IPParalegal Institute may use suppliers or associates located in various countries to collect, use, analyze, and otherwise process information on its behalf. It is the IPParalegal Institute's practice to require such suppliers or associates to handle information in a manner consistent with the IPParalegal Institute policies.

From time to time, we may disclose information that identifies you at an individual level and which we collected on our Web site to other non-the IPParalegal Institute entities that are not acting as suppliers or associates, such as our business partners. Except as described in this Privacy Statement, we will only do so with your prior consent. We do not sell or lease such information.

Circumstances may arise where, whether for strategic or other business reasons, the IPParalegal Institute decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize businesses in some countries. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal information to prospective or actual purchasers, or the receipt of such information from sellers. It is the IPParalegal Institute's practice to seek appropriate protection for information in these types of transactions.

Please be aware that in certain circumstances, personal information may be subject to disclosure to government agencies pursuant to judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. As described above, we may also share your information to protect the rights or property of the IPParalegal Institute, our business partners, suppliers, associates or clients, and others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected.

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5.0 Information Security and Accuracy

We are committed to protecting your personal information and to maintain its accuracy. The IPParalegal Institute implements reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. We use Federal Reserve-level encryption systems for sensitive personal information storage and transfers such as form submissions over the Internet, file transfers and email attachments.

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6.0 Cookies, Analytics and Other Technologies

As mentioned above, we collect generic information from your visits to our web site that helps us better understand our web site's usage and effectiveness, to personalize your experience on our site, and to tailor our web site's interactions with you.

We do so through the use of various technologies, including one called "cookies." A cookie is a piece of data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies are often only used to measure web site usage and effectiveness and to allow for ease of navigation or use and as such, are not associated with any personal information, they are also used at times to personalize a known visitor’s experience to a web site by being associated with profile information or user preferences. You can set your browser in most instances to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also generally set your browser to turn off cookies. Since cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our web sites’ features, we recommend that you leave them turned on. If you block or otherwise reject our cookies, you will not be able to use any Web site services that require you to sign in - such as our Blog for posting comments.

Portions of the IPParalegal Institute's web site also use Analytics or other embedded technologies to better tailor our site for search engine optimization. These technologies may be in use on a number of pages across the IPParalegal Institute's web site. When a visitor accesses these pages, a non-identifiable notice of that visit is generated which may be recorded by us. Web analytics usually work in conjunction with cookies. If you don't want your cookie information to be associated with your visits to these pages, you can set your browser to turn off cookies. If you turn off cookies, analytics and other technologies will still detect visits to these pages; however, they will not be associated with information otherwise stored in cookies.

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7.0 Online Advertising

The IPParalegal Institute does not currently deliver third party online advertisements on our web site but we advertise our products and services on others’ web sites. We may collaborate with web site operators as well as network advertisers to do so. Please familiarize yourself with those web site operators' or network advertisers' privacy policies to understand their practices relating to advertising, including what type of information they may collect about your Internet usage. The IPParalegal Institute does not provide any information relating to your usage of our web site to other web site operators or network advertisers.

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8.0 Links to non-the IPParalegal Institute Web Sites

The IPParalegal Institute's web site may contain links to non-the IPParalegal Institute web sites that are not affiliated with the IPParalegal Institute. A prime example is our IP Digital Library which warehouses hundreds of hyperlinks to various IP organizations around the world. The IPParalegal Institute is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other web sites.

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9.0 Notification of Changes

We will post a notice at the top of this page notifying users when this Privacy Statement is updated or modified in a material way. If we are going to use your personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will make a reasonable effort to notify you, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we can use your personal information in such a way.

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10.0 Privacy Questions

If you have a question about this Privacy Statement or the IPParalegal Institute's handling of your information, you can send an email to the IPParalegal Institute webmaster at webmaster@ipparalegalinstitute.com.

You may also contact us at:

    IPParalegal Institute
    75-5660 Kopiko Street
    Suite C7-163
    Kailua Kona, HI 96740

In certain cases, you may have the ability to view or edit your personal information online. In the event your information is not accessible online, and you wish to obtain a copy of particular information you provided to the IPParalegal Institute, or if you become aware the information is incorrect and you would like us to correct it, contact us at webmaster@ipparalegalinstitute.com.

Before the IPParalegal Institute is able to provide you with any information or correct any inaccuracies, however, we will require identity verification as well as other details to help us to respond to your request.

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