Privacy Notice

1. Visiting the website

When you visit the Sperling, Fischer & Heyner Patent Law Firm website, hereinafter referred to as SFH Patent Attorneys, information is automatically sent to the website server by the browser you are using on your device. This information is temporarily stored in what is known as a log file. The following information is collected and stored until it is automatically erased:

  • the IP address of the accessing computer;
  • the date and time of access;
  • Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or Central European Time (CET) and the time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT);
  • the name and URL of the file accessed (the specific page);
  • the access status/HTTP status code;
  • the quantity of data transmitted in each case;
  • the website used to access the SFH Patent Attorneys’ website (referrer URL);
  • the browser used and, if applicable, the operating system as well as the name of the access provider;
  • the language and version of the browser software.

Data is processed to facilitate ease of access to the website, use of the website, an analysis of system security and stability and for administrative purposes.

This data is stored for technical security reasons, in particular to defend against attempted attacks on the web server. This data is anonymised after no more than 80 days, such that it is no longer possible to identify individual users. Data is erased following statistical processing at the latest.

Data logged when accessing the website is only sent to third parties if SFH Patent Attorneys is required by law or court order to do so, or if sending this data is necessary for legal or criminal prosecution in case of attacks on online infrastructure. Data is not disclosed for any other commercial or non-commercial purposes. Data is processed exclusively for this purpose. This is done in an anonymous form, solely for statistical purposes.

2. Cookies

When you access this website, cookies (small text files) are stored on your device. These cookies are valid for the duration of your visit to the website (session cookies). Most browsers are set to accept the use of cookies, but you can disable this feature for your current session or on a permanent basis by adjusting your browser’s settings. These session cookies are automatically erased when you close your browser. Please note that fully disabling cookies may lead to you being unable to make use of all of our website’s features.

3. Active components

The information provided on the SFH Patent Attorneys’ website may involve the use of JavaScript where necessary. You can disable this feature by adjusting your browser’s settings.

4. Data processing when contacting us

When users contact us, the data they provide is collected, processed and used. Data is processed for the purpose of contacting that user. The legal basis for this is the voluntary consent given by the user.

5. Disclosure of data

Personal data is only disclosed to third parties if doing so is necessary to perform any legal duties, to assert, exercise or defend against legal claims, if there is a legal obligation to do so, if doing so is legally permissible and necessary to enter into contractual relationships, or if consent has been given to do so.

6. Rights of data subjects

Under the legal requirements, data subjects have the right to information about their personal data being processed, as well as the right to rectification, erasure and restriction to processing. In addition, data subjects have the right to object to processing in accordance with the legal requirements, the right or revocation if processing is based on their consent, and the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority.

7. Data security

The widely-used SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) is used when you visit our website. In addition to this, we use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss or destruction, and unauthorised access by third parties. We continually work to improve our security measures in line with the latest technological developments.

8. Links to other websites

This website may contain links to other websites run by third parties. SFH Patent Attorneys have no control over whether these website operators comply with data protection regulations.

9. Consent

By using the website or contacting us, the user consents to their data being processed as described in this Privacy Notice.
Protection of minor children: Persons below the age of 18 should not send personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

10. Updates and amendments to this Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice is valid in its current form, and was last amended in April 2018.
It may be necessary for us to amend this Privacy Notice in the process of further developing our website and the services we offer through our website, or due to changes in legal or regulatory requirements. The current Privacy Notice can be viewed at any time on the SFH Patent Attorneys’ website.

Name and contact details of the data controller and data protection officer for SFH Patent Attorneys

This data protection information applies to data processing by:

Data controller: Dr Thomas Sperling (Patent Attorney), Tolkewitzer Str. 22, 01277 Dresden, Germany

Email:, telephone: +49 (0)351 401 84 89