Terms of Use for the L2Pro learning platform

1. The L2Pro training platform

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, a legally dependent entity of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.  (“Fraunhofer”), and Qualcomm Incorporated (“Qualcomm”), through its Wireless Reach initiative (Fraunhofer and Qualcomm together referred to as “L2Pro”), have created the “Learn to Protect” online learning platform offered on the website http://www.learn2protect.com (the "Website") to provide training courses on intellectual property. The L2Pro platform is provided on a non-commercial basis and free of charge (the costs for accessing the website charged by the user's internet service provider nevertheless apply). In addition to the services offered over the L2Pro platform, L2Pro may, in its own discretion, provide the user with the opportunity to ask questions online to a trainer or to host on-site meetings for training purposes.

Use of the L2Pro platform and participation in the L2Pro project is subject to the user's acceptance of the terms and conditions set out in this document.

2. Content provided on the L2Pro platform / user surveys

The objective of the platform is to be a capacity building platform for information, training and exchange of best practices for SMEs, to learn how to efficiently bring innovations to the market and to take advantage of intellectual property flowing from such innovations. The aim is for the platform to be a practical tool for SMEs. The user therefore acknowledges and agrees that L2Pro may change the content provided on the L2Pro Platform at any time without prior notice to the user.

In order to be able to adapt the website and the L2Pro platform to accommodate the needs and requirements of its users, L2Pro needs to rely on their feedback. The user therefore agrees that the use of the L2Pro platform is subject to the condition that the user fully reviews the training material provided on the L2Pro platform, answers the quizzes and completes the user survey which can be accessed upon completion of the review.

3. No legal or commercial advice

The user acknowledges and agrees that the information contained on the Website and the L2Pro platform or otherwise provided as part of the L2Pro project is for general information purposes only, and is not intended to be, nor shall it be treated as, legal or commercial advice or counsel by L2Pro, Qualcomm, or Fraunhofer.

4. Intellectual property rights

The intellectual property rights to the Website, the L2Pro platform, logos or trademarks belong to L2Pro, Qualcomm, Fraunhofer or the respective third-party owners. L2Pro and the respective owners expressly reserve their intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, international copyright and trademark rights. The training modules provided by L2Pro (www.learn2protect.com) in the “Training” section are based on training material developed within the”iP4inno” project (http://www.ip4inno.eu/). Fraunhofer as a former project member of “iP4inno” is entitled to use the training material in a non-commercial manner, special thanks to the European Patent Office.

The materials and information provided through the Website and the L2Pro platform or otherwise as part of the L2Pro project, including text, graphics, code and/or software may not be distributed, published, uploaded, posted, transmitted or hyperlinked in any manner and in any form without the express, prior written approval of L2Pro and the respective rights holders. The reproduction of such materials and information without approval of the respective rights owners is only permitted to the extent it is required to visualize them on the user's computer screen and/or restricted to print-outs for personal use.

5. No warranty

While L2Pro endeavors to keep the information up-to-date and correct, L2Pro makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the L2Pro platform and the Website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the L2Pro platform and Website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at the user's risk, and neither L2Pro, Qualcomm, nor Fraunhofer shall be liable in any way for any claim relating to the user's access to, or reliance upon, the information contained on the L2Pro platform and Website or otherwise provided under the L2Pro project.

6. Liability

L2Pro's liability, regardless of the legal basis, is excluded, except where L2Pro acted with willful intent or gross negligence, where L2Pro acted in breach of a material contractual obligation, in case of damages to life, body and health and where liability cannot be excluded under mandatory laws. In case of breaches of a material contractual obligation, L2Pro's liability is limited to the reasonable, foreseeable damage.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, L2Pro does not assume any liability for damages which are caused by disruption, temporary suspension or termination of serviceability or availability of the L2Pro platform or website.

7. Data privacy

The user acknowledges and agrees that L2Pro is a joint project by Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Incorporated is a company established in the United States of America, a country which does not have the same standard of data protection as countries within the European Union. By accepting these terms of use, the user agrees that the data provided by the user may be shared between Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Qualcomm Incorporated or its German subsidiaries to the extent that this is required to provide the services offered by L2Pro over its L2Pro platform to the user.

The user further agrees that L2Pro may use the e-mail addresses provided by the user upon registration to remind the user to complete the user survey.

Apart from this, reference is made to the data privacy notice which can be accessed on the Website under the tab “Data Privacy Notice”.

The consents given hereunder can be withdrawn at any time with future effect by sending a notice to Fraunhofer Institut für Arbeitstwirtschaft und Organisation IAO, Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Dipl.-Kffr. techn. Yvonne Siwczyk, yvonne.siwczyk@iao.fraunhofer.de.

The user acknowledges that in case consent is withdrawn, L2Pro may not be able to offer the services of the L2Pro platform to the user.

8. Termination and changes to the terms of use

L2Pro is entitled, in its own discretion, at any time and without prior notice to the user, to change, suspend or terminate the L2Pro platform or L2Pro project, the Website or the offered services and products. Notwithstanding the foregoing, L2Pro or the user may terminate the use of the L2Pro platform with immediate effect without reason. The provisions in Section 3 to 7 remain unaffected by any termination of use.

These terms of use can be changed by L2Pro at any time by sending the user an email notice which sets out the changes or contains a hyperlink to the updated agreement. If the changes are unacceptable to the user, the user must cease using the L2Pro platform or the Website. If the user continues using the L2Pro platform after receipt of the notice or does not object to the changes within a period of one week, the user will be conclusively deemed to have accepted the changes.

9. Miscellaneous

All amendments and additions to these terms of use must be in the written form. This also applies to any waiver of the requirement of the written form.

The conclusion, execution and construction of these terms of use and the relationship between the parties shall exclusively be governed by German law.

In the event that a provision of these terms of use is or becomes wholly or partly invalid, this will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. The invalid provision will be replaced by the legally valid provision which most closely approximates the original intent and economic goals of the parties. The same will apply in the event of any gaps in these terms of use.

Please note that the information and materials provided on the platform and in context of the L2Pro project are only for general information purposes and do not represent the views or opinions of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. and/or Qualcomm Incorporated.

The provision of legal advice is neither offered nor intended. The use of this information is therefore solely at the user's risk.

Be advised that the provided contents are subject to intellectual and industrial property rights of L2Pro or the respective rights holder. The user is not allowed to distribute the contents or to make them available publicly. The reproduction is only permissible under limited conditions and only for private use. Details are stipulated in the terms of use.