NOTICE OF THE PRIVACY POLICIES OF GENIUS PATENT APC
I. ACQUISITION OF CLIENT INFORMATION
GPA collects nonpublic personal information about GPA's clients from the following sources:
- Information Clients Provide: GPA's client engagements routinely require us to obtain private information about GPA's clients so that we can proceed with the various services we perform for GPA's clients as part of the professional relationship.
- Other Sources: Depending upon the particular service the client has engaged GPA to complete, we may request nonpublic information concerning the matter at hand. However, this information is never obtained without the client’s specific authorization for the type of information and the source(s) from which it may be obtained.
II. DISCLOSURE OF NONPUBLIC INFORMATION
GPA will not publicly disclose nonpublic information about GPA's clients. In addition, GPA will not disclose generally held public information, such as an email address or name, when used to contact GPA through the Website. Any information attained will not be sold to any third parties at any time without the Client's permission.
Nonpublic personal information is defined as any publicly available information that GPA acquires by using information the Client has provided us in connection with any professional services GPA performs for the Client. For purposes of GPA's business relationships with GPA's clients, all information acquired is disclosed only under the following conditions:
- Employees of GPA: Employees who need such information to conclude a transaction for which the Client has engaged GPA.
- Service Providers: As with any business, we have GPA's own accounting, insurance and other service firms that we may need to provide information that the regulations consider nonpublic personal information. An example might be the Client's account activity for GPA's accounting firm to prepare financial statements for GPA's internal or external purposes. Another example would be computer consultants that must have access to certain client records so as to be able to increase the efficiency of GPA's computer processing systems. GPA always insists that any such information be considered confidential and not used for any purpose other than the specific business need.
- Others: Other than as state above, GPA does not disclose nonpublic personal information, or any other information, to any outside party without specific client authorization. An example would be other professionals who are assisting GPA in carrying out a client engagement. In such a case, GPA would require the Client’s approval for such a disclosure.
In addition, the ethics rules that govern the operation principles that GPA must follow prohibit disclosing client information.
III. SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS
GPA maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations and the State Bar of California guidelines to guard GPA's clients’ nonpublic personal information and any other information.
IV. ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
No attorney-client relationship is formed simply by visiting the Website. To retain the services of GPA, you must contact GPA (e.g., through the telephone number or email address provided) and speak with a managing attorney. At that time, if both parties choose to enter into an attorney-client relationship, information regarding fees or a retainer will be presented to you. The relationship can only be created by the agreement of both parties.
In addition, the Website is maintained for informational and advertising purposes only. Visitors to this website should not rely on any of the information presented here as their sole source of information on any given legal topic. It is highly recommended you retain the services of an attorney for your actual legal needs.
V. OPT OUT PROVISION
The Federal Trade Commission regulations provide that this notice must include a provision for you to request that GPA not release the Client's nonpublic personal information. While such a request is unnecessary because GPA does not disclose the Client's nonpublic personal information in a manner that would require you to opt out, in the interests of satisfying regulations, GPA includes this Opt Out Provision.
Please contact us if you have any questions. The Client's privacy, GPA's professional standard, and the ability to provide the Client with quality professional services are very important to us.