At the patent law firm Herzog IP Patentwanwalts GmbH, we are pleased that you are interested in our website and wish to make your online visit to our internet presence as convenient as possible for you. We are placing great value on the protection of your individual privacy. Below you will therefore find information on the handling of your personal data and your respective rights.
A. Controlling body & data protection officer
With regard to the processing of your personal data in connection with this internet presence, we are the “Controller” within the meaning of Art. 4 No. 7 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR = Datenschutzgrundverordnung; DSGVO).
In this function we can be reached as follows:
Herzog IP Patentanwalts GmbH
T +49 (0) 211 416 680 200
F +49 (0) 211 416 680 222
Legal representatives: Patentanwalt Dr. Martin Herzog
Our data protection officer can be contacted by e-mail to:
This Data Privacy Notice applies to the present internet presence, operated by us (hereinafter also referred to as “Website”) as well as to further processing activities in connection with advertising and communication measures of our law firm described below. Should our internet presence also facilitate access to the offers of other providers (“Third Party Offers”), our Data Privacy Notice shall not apply to such Third Party Offers. In this case we are also not responsible for the processing of your personal data within the context of such Third Party Offers as defined in Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR.
B. Nature & volume of data processing
1. Processing of access data
You may visit our Website without providing any personal information. We merely store the following access data in server log files:
- Host name of accessing computer,
- IP address (anonymised),
- date and time of Website retrievals,
- type of browser,
- operating system,
- Website previously visited.
Such data shall be analysed exclusively to ensure a proper operation of the Website.
The IP address can be personal data due to the fact that, under certain circumstances and with information provided by the respective internet provider, it is possible to identify the specific individual that has used the Internet access. However, the IP address is processed and stored solely in anonymised form, without reference to a specific individual.
We provide the above data to the web agency, acting as processor for us and rendering services in the field of web analysis to us.
2. Data processing to process your requests
We collect such personal data you have deliberately provided when you established contact with us, in particular by e-mail.
Such data are processed only for the correspondence with you and for the purpose for which you have made the data available, always in the context of this communication, as for instance to process your request or to contact you at your request. In this case the processing of personal data is carried out with your consent and is permissible pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.
After completion of your request, your data are blocked for further use and erased upon expiry of any storage terms, if so required, unless you have given your express consent to further use of your data, or unless we are otherwise entitled to storage.
3. Data processing related to invitations to events
Events: Should you provide us with your postal and/or electronic contact details (mailing and/or e-mail address) for this purpose, we will use such data to issue invitations to you to take part in events either organised by us or with our participation. By providing additional details such as your first and last name including title and your industry you allow us to personalise such invitations, taking account of your personal fields of interest.
If you register your participation in an event organised by us, we will use your personal information to confirm your registration and to prepare a list of participants. These lists of participants are forwarded to the respective speaker or event manager.
All of the processing operations described above are made strictly on the basis of your consent within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. Upon revocation we will erase the personal information provided by you, insofar as there are no statutory retention periods or we are not otherwise entitled to storage.
4. Processing of job applicant data
In the event that you apply for a job via our Website, we shall collect the following data during this process:
- Title, last name, first name
- E-mail address
- Further information and documents such as cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, etc. which you have provided to us in context of your application.
Your data will only be used for the decision on whether to establish an employment relation-ship with you and is internally forwarded only to the responsible contact persons who will decide on the staffing of the position you are interested in. If you do not apply for a specific vacancy (unsolicited application), we shall use your data with regard to all positions, vacant at the moment of your application, meeting your requirements.
We are entitled to processing these data pursuant to Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with section 26 (1) 1 German Federal Data Protection Act.
We will erase your data after completion of the application process upon expiry of a retention period of 6 months.
5. Use of unsolicited data
Should you provide us in other cases with your personal data without being requested (e.g. handing over a business card, forwarding by post or e-mail), we shall include these data into the address management software and store it there. This is performed on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR and our legitimate interest in an efficient management of business contact data as well as to ensure the data protection compliant use of such data. These data shall be erased if so requested by you, insofar as there are no statutory retention responsibilities or we are not otherwise entitled to store such data.
“This website uses “cookies” to increase user-friendliness (“cookies” are data records that are sent from the web server to the user’s browser and stored there for subsequent retrieval). No personal data is stored in our “cookies”.
7. Objections to web-tracking
C. Your rights
You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information, which you may assert at any time. These include:
- the right to request from the controller access to your personal data,
- the right to data portability,
- the right to restriction of processing,
- the right to object to processing of your personal data,
- the right to request erasure of your personal data.
Additionally, please let us know if you wish to correct or update the details we hold on you.
D. Obligation to provide data
There is no legal or contractual obligation to provide personal data to us. Such data which pursuant to B. above are designated as mandatorily required for the performance of the respective service, the provision is, however, necessary if you want to make use of these services.
E. Right to complain
Should you believe that we are not acting in proper compliance with our data privacy and data protection duties, you may contact the data protection authorities at any time. The data protection commissioner responsible for us can be reached as follows:
Die Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen
T +49 (0) 981 53 1300
F +49 (0) 981 53 98 1300
F. Updating & status of this data privacy notice
From time to time it may be necessary to update this Data Privacy Notice, for instance, if new statutory or official requirements are adopted or new offers on our Internet presence are issued. We generally recommend reading this Data Privacy Notice regularly to check whether any changes were introduced.