Privacy Policy

The Linux Foundation, Inc. (“LF”), the sponsor of the Patent Commons Project (“PCP”), is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy provides information on how the Linux Foundation and collects, uses and shares any personal information we obtain from you through the PCP website, http://www.patentcommons.org. Please read the following to learn more about our Privacy Policy.

The Linux Foundation hosts other websites in addition to this one, including http://www.linux-foundation.org. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any website hosted by the Linux Foundation other than this one.

Information Gathered

When you submit a Contact Form or send an email to info@patentcommons.org, the Linux Foundation is collecting information from you. This information is necessary in order to tailor our subsequent communications to you, fulfill your requests regarding information and projects, and to contact you about developments relating to the PCP. Personal information provided with Contact Forms or contained in emails is not shared outside of the Linux Foundation and is used internally only to respond to specific comments or requests for information.


The PCP website contains links to other websites, including the Linux Foundation's main website at www.linux-foundation.org. The Linux Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave the PCP website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the Linux Foundation on the PCP website.

Log Files

Like many websites, the Linux Foundation may use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the PCP site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Information Sharing

Generally, the Linux Foundation will not sell, rent, or share your personally identifiable information with others, unless we have your permission or are required by law. We may share aggregate data with our sponsors, members or other parties, but if we do so we will not include any personally identifiable information. We may also share personal information with our contractors and service providers in order to maintain or improve the website.


A cookie is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you've visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

The PCP website may use cookies to identify what pages are being used and which ones aren’t. This helps us analyze the website traffic and improve our site.

The Linux Foundation wants to be sure you understand that accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you chose to share with us. If you are uncomfortable with cookie technology, you may adjust your Web browser accordingly.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

The Linux Foundation may amend this policy occasionally. If we do, we will post those changes here so users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any time the Linux Foundation decides to use personally identifiable information collected through the PCP website in a manner that is different from what we have stated at the time we collected it, we will request permission from the affected individuals.


If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our use of personal information submitted to the Linux Foundation through this website, please contact us at info@patentcommons.org

Effective Date: November 15, 2005