Privacy Policy

We take your privacy very seriously. Please read this privacy policy carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use, and share your personal information. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

We collect, use and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are subject to various laws in the United States and the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom), and we are responsible as “controller” of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.

1. Key Terms Used In This Policy

We, us, our Dr. Michael Plevan and Plevan Ltd (UK) separately and collectively referred to as 'Plevan.'
Our representative and data protection officer Dr. Michael Plevan
Contact details michael (at)

2. Personal Information We Collect About You

We collect your personal data only when you are sharing your personal data with us. This is the case when you fill out the form for scheduling a free initial 15-min consultation, the “Meeting Scheduler.” You can share the following personal information with us:

  • Email address
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Phone number
  • Company
  • Your selection from the list of topics you need assistance with (patents, trademarks, designs, other)
  • Your preferred means of communication (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Voice, Phone call), and
  • Appointments scheduled with us.

Your email address, your first name, your last name, and your preferred means of communication information is required to schedule a meeting via the Meeting Scheduler. If you do not provide the required personal information, you cannot schedule a meeting via the Meeting Scheduler.

3. Other Information We Collect About You.

Some website data is recorded automatically by our essential IT systems provided by Cloudflare, see Annex A1 below. You cannot opt out of this service and must consent to it when using this website. Additional recording of website data via Google Analytics takes place only after your select 'All cookies' and click 'accept.' The data recorded comprises primarily technical information (e.g., web browser, operating system, or time the site was accessed). You can opt out from this when prompted by our privacy policy banner.

For more information pertaining to our cookie usage, see our cookie policy.

4. How Your Personal Information is Collected.

We collect this personal information directly from you only upon yout data input and subsequent click on the button:

'Confirm 15 min free consultation on [Date and Time]'

of the Meeting Scheduler.

5. How and Why We Use Your Personal Information.

Under data protection law, we can only use your personal information if we have a proper reason for doing so, e.g.:

  • To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
  • For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract;
  • For our legitimate interests or those of a third party; or
  • Where you have given consent.

A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.

The table below explains what we use (process) your personal information for and our reasons for doing so:

What we use your personal information for To schedule, upon your instructions, a meeting with you and Plevan via the Meeting Scheduler.
Our reasons The Meeting Scheduler lets users conveniently identify a free time slot for a free 15-min initial consultation and lets users schedule such meeting with only a few clicks.

6. Promotional Communications.

We do not use your personal information to send you updates about our services.

We will always treat your personal information with the utmost respect and never sell OR share it with other organizations for marketing purposes.

7. Personal Information We Sold or Disclosed for a Business Purpose.

We have not sold or disclosed to a third party any personal information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.

8. Where Your Personal Information is Held.

Your personal information is only accessible by us. Upon your data input and subsequent click on the button:

'Confirm 15 min free consultation on [Date and Time],'

your personal information is forwarded in the shape of two confirmation emails, sent by ‘info (at)’. One confirmation email is sent to you, the other confirmation email is sent to us. These two confirmation emails are the only form of storage pertaining to your personal information. The email account associated with ‘info (at)’ is only accessible by us.

9. How Long Your Personal Information Will Be Kept.

We will save the confirmation email coming from the Meeting Scheduler, see par. 7 above, to streamline subsequent interactions and to guarantee a consistent client history. We will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary:

  • To respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;
  • To show that we treated you fairly; or
  • To keep records required by law.

We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this policy. When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal information, we will delete or anonymize it.

10. Transferring Your Personal Information Out of the EEA.

To deliver services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to share your personal information outside the European Economic Area (EEA), e.g.:

  • With our offices outside the EEA;
  • If you are based outside the EEA;
  • If we are working outside the EEA; or
  • Where there is an international dimension to the services we are providing to you.

The United States of America does not have the same data protection laws as the United Kingdom and EEA. We will, however, ensure the transfer complies with data protection law and all personal information will be secure. Our standard practice is to use standard data protection contract clauses that have been approved by the European Commission.

If you would like further information, please contact us OR our Data Protection Officer (see 'How To Contact Us' below).

11. Your Rights Under the GDPR.

Right to Access The right to be provided with a copy of your personal information (the right of access)
Right to Rectification The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal information
Right to be Forgotten The right to require us to delete your personal information—in certain situations
Right to Restriction of Processing The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal information—in certain circumstances, e.g. if you contest the accuracy of the data
Right to Data Portability The right to receive the personal information you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party—in certain situations
Right to Object The right to object:
  • at any time to your personal information being processed for direct marketing (including profiling);
  • in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information, e.g. processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests.
Right Not to be Subject to Automated Individual Decision-Making The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.

For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on individual rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

12. Your Rights Under the CCPA.

You have the right under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and certain other privacy and data protection laws, as applicable, to exercise free of charge:

Disclosure of Personal Information We Collect About You You have the right to know:
  • The categories of personal information we have collected about you;
  • The categories of sources from which the personal information is collected;
  • Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information;
  • The categories of third parties with whom we share personal information, if any; and
  • The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.
Please note that we are not required to:
  • Retain any personal information about you that was collected for a single one-time transaction if, in the ordinary course of business, that information about you is not retained;
  • Reidentify or otherwise link any data that, in the ordinary course of business, is not maintained in a manner that would be considered personal information; or
  • Provide the personal information to you more than twice in a 12-month period.
Personal Information Sold or Used for a Business Purpose In connection with any personal information we may sell or disclose to a third party for a business purpose, you have the right to know:
  • The categories of personal information about you that we sold and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold; and
  • The categories of personal information that we disclosed about you for a business purpose.
You have the right under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and certain other privacy and data protection laws, as applicable, to opt-out of the sale [or disclosure] of your personal information. We will not sell your personal information.
Right to Deletion Subject to certain exceptions set out below, on receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will:
  • Delete your personal information from our records; and
  • Direct any service providers to delete your personal information from their records.
Please note that we may not delete your personal information if it is necessary to:
  • Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, fulfill the terms of a written warranty or product recall conducted in accordance with federal law, provide a good or service requested by you, or reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform a contract between you and us;
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; or prosecute those responsible for that activity;
  • Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;
  • Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;
  • Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act;
  • Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when our deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, provided we have obtained your informed consent;
  • Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us;
  • Comply with an existing legal obligation; or
  • Otherwise use your personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which you provided the information.
Protection Against Discrimination You have the right to not be discriminated against by us because you exercised any of your rights under the CCPA. This means we cannot, among other things:
  • Deny goods or services to you;
  • Charge different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties;
  • Provide a different level or quality of goods or services to you; or
  • Suggest that you will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
Please note that we may charge a different price or rate or provide a different level or quality of services to you, if that difference is reasonably related to the value provided to our business by your personal information.

13. Keeping Your Personal Information Secure.

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or used or accessed in an unauthorized way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorized manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We continually test our systems and follow top industry standards for information security. We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

14. How to Exercise Your Rights.

If you would like to exercise any of your rights as described in this Privacy Policy, please email us at michael (at)

Please note that you may only make a CCPA-related data access or data portability disclosure request twice within a 12-month period.

If you choose to contact directly by email, you will need to provide us with:

  • Enough information to identify you, which includes your full name, address and customer or matter reference number;
  • Proof of your identity and address, which includes a copy of your driving license or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill; and
  • A description of what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates.

We are not obligated to make a data access or data portability disclosure if we cannot verify that the person making the request is the person about whom we collected information, or is someone authorized to act on such person's behalf.

Any personal information we collect from you to verify your identity in connection with you request will be used solely for the purposes of verification.

15. How to File a GDPR Complaint.

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live, or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred.

16. Changes to This Privacy Notice.

This privacy notice was published on April 11, 2023 and last updated on April 11, 2023.

We may change this privacy notice from time to time-when we do, we will inform you on this website.

Please contact our Data Protection Officer by post, email or telephone if you have any questions about this privacy policy or the information we hold about you.

Our contact details are shown below:

Contact Dr. Michael Plevan
Address Patentanwalt Dr. Michael Plevan,
c/o Fabien Philippe Müller
Ludwig-Thoma-Weg 30
82319 Starnberg
Email address michael (at)
Telephone number -

18. Do You Need Extra Help?

If you would like this notice in another format (for example: audio, large print, braille) please contact us (see “How to contact us” above).


A1. Cloudflare

We use the 'Cloudflare' service provided by Cloudflare Inc., 101 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. (hereinafter referred to as 'Cloudflare').

Cloudflare offers a content delivery network with DNS that is available worldwide. As a result, the information transfer that occurs between your browser and our website is technically routed via Cloudflare's network. This enables Cloudflare to analyze data transactions between your browser and our website and to work as a filter between our servers and potentially malicious data traffic from the Internet. In this context, Cloudflare may also use cookies or other technologies deployed to recognize Internet users, which shall, however, only be used for the herein described purpose.

The use of Cloudflare is based on our legitimate interest in a provision of our website offerings that is as error free and secure as possible (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR). If your consent has been requested, processing occurs exclusively on the basis of the consent obtained (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR and § 25 (1) TTDSG); this consent may be revoked at any time.

Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here:

A2. Google Analytics

If you consented to it by clicking 'All Cookies' on our initial privacy policy banner, we use the Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics employs cookies, which are small text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users engage with the site. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

For more information about Google's privacy policy in regard to Google Analytics, please visit

If you initially allowed us to use Google Analytics and to change it, simply delete the cookies from your browser and visit our page again. When promted by the privacy banner, uncheck the cookie selection toggle 'All'. In this case, no Google Analytics will be placed in your browser.

If you have questions pertainig to cookies, see our Cookie Policy.

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