Privacy Policy

  1. General Information
    LICHTI · Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB (LICHTI) takes data protection and the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy. We have concluded agreements with our service providers with respect to commissioned data processing which contain regulations for protecting the storage and processing of personal data in accordance with the data protection regulations. This applies to data of all persons, especially clients, applicants, candidates, employees and interested parties.

Using the internet pages of LICHTI is in principle possible without providing personal data. If any person would like to use the service of our firm, a processing of personal data may be necessary. In case such processing of personal data is necessary and if there is no legal basis for said processing, the persons concerned are asked for consent.

The processing of personal data, e.g. the name, address, e-mail address or telephone number of the person concerned is always in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (DS-GVO) and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to LICHTI. By means of this privacy policy, our firm would like to inform the public of the means, the extent and the aim of the privacy data which is registered, stored and used by us. Moreover, the legal rights of the persons concerned will be explained.

LICHTI, as the responsible party, has taken many technical and organizational steps to ensure as complete a protection as possible of the personal data processed by this internet page. Nevertheless, internet-based transmission of personal data may be subject to security breaches so that a complete protection is not possible. For this reason, any person concerned has the possibility of transmitting personal data by alternative means, such as by telephone.

  1. Name and Address of the Responsible Party
    The party responsible for processing personal data is (in accordance with the DS-GVO and corresponding regulations):

LICHTI · Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Bergwaldstraße 1

76227 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 (0)721 – 9 43 28 15

  1. Name and Address of the Data Security Officer
    DataCo GmbH
    Dachauer Str. 65
    80335 München
    Tel.: +49 89 7400 45840

Any person concerned is free to contact our Data Security Officer for all matters concerning data protection.

  1. Cookies
    The internet pages of LICHTI use cookies. Cookies are text files which are stored on your computer system by your internet browser. By means of cookies, LICHTI can provide more user-friendly and more efficient services which are not possible without the use of cookies. Any person concerned can prevent the placement of cookies by changing the corresponding settings of their internet browser. Cookies which are already saved can be deleted by changing the settings of the internet browser accordingly or by other software means. Disabling cookies may impair the functionality of our internet page.
  1. Registration of general data and information
    With every access by a user or by a computer system, the internet pages of LICHTI register general data and information which are saved in server log files. The following data may be registered:
  • Browser type and version of the accessing system,
  • Operating system of the accessing system,
  • The internet page linking the accessing system to our internet pages (Referrer)
  • Sub internet pages which are accessed by the accessing system,
  • Date and time of access to an internet page of LICHTI
  • IP address
  • ISP of the accessing system and
  • other similar data and information with respect to security in case of attacks on our IT systems.

With respect to processing said general data and information, LICHTI does not deduce the identity of the person concerned. The information is rather used to:

  • Correctly display the contents of our internet page,
  • Optimize the contents of our internet page and advertisements,
  • Ensure the functionality of our IT systems and
  • Provide necessary information for the authorities for the purposes of law enforcement in case of cyber attacks.

The registered data and information are statistically analyzed by LICHTI with the aim of increasing data protection and security in order to ensure an optimal security level for the personal data processed by us. The anonymized data of the server log files are saved separately from any information provided by the person concerned.

  1. Routinely Deletion and Blocking of Personal Data
    The party responsible for processing only processes and stores personal data for the duration necessary for achieving the purpose of the storage or in case this is necessary by the corresponding regulations. If this purpose is no longer applicable or if any term provided by corresponding regulations lapses, the personal data will be routinely deleted in accordance with the corresponding regulations.
  1. Rights of Persons Concerned
    Users and/or any other parties which are concerned by the data processing of LICHTI can at any time request information with respect to the personal data stored by LICHTI. In case the corresponding regulations are met, they can request the correction, deletion, limitation and opposition against the processing.

Users of the internet pages of LICHTI, and any other persons concerned, have the right to receive their personal data in a structured, usual and machine-readable format. This includes the right that the personal data is transmitted to another responsible party. If technically feasible, the users of the internet pages of LICHTI and any other persons concerned can request that LICHTI transmits the personal data directly to the responsible party.

For all rights in this chapter and in case of questions or complaints concerning processing of personal data, the users and any persons concerned can contact LICHTI’s Data Security Officer. Complaints about processing of personal data by LICHTI can also be addressed to the responsible authorities.

For the purposes of data protection, the responsible authority is the State Data Security officer of the federal state in which our firm resides. A list of all Data Security Officers of Germany and their contact data can be accessed by the following link (in German):

  1. Data Protection for Applicants and during Application Procedure
    The party responsible for processing data registers and processes personal data of applicants for the purposes of the application procedure. Processing can be performed electronically, especially if the applicant sends the corresponding application documents electronically, e.g. by E-Mail.

If no application contract is concluded with the applicant, the application documents will be deleted according to the corresponding regulations after the letter of refusal is sent and no legitimate interests of the person responsible for processing prevent deletion, for example the burden of proof according to the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

  1. Legal Basis for Processing
    Art. 1 Abs. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO serves as legal basis for processing data for which we request consent concerning a specific processing purpose. Is the processing of personal data necessary for fulfilling a contract to which the person concerned is a contract party, the legal basis for processing is Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. b) DS-GVO, for example the delivery of goods or performance of services. The same applies for processing of data prior to conclusion of a contract, for example in case of requests about our products or services. Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. c) DS-GVO serves as legal basis in case our firm is under legal obligation to process personal data, for example to fulfill tax responsibilities. As to the case where Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f) DS-GVO applies, our legitimate interest is the conducting of our business.
  1. Duration for which Personal Data is stored
    The criterion for the duration of saving personal data is the applicable retention period according to the corresponding regulations. After the retention period, the data is routinely deleted if it is not necessary anymore for fulfilling a contract or for concluding a contract.
  1. Legal or Contractual Regulations for Providing Personal Data; Necessity for Concluding Contracts; Obligations for Persons Concerned to provide Personal Data; Possible Consequences of Not Providing said Data

We inform you that providing personal data is in partly prescribed by law (tax regulations) or can result from contractual regulations (Information concerning contract parties). It may be necessary for a person concerned to provide us personal data during the course of concluding a contract which may be processed. The persons concerned (Applicant and/or inventor) are, for example, obligated to transmit personal data if our firm concludes a contract with their employer. Not transmitting said personal data would mean that the contract with the person concerned and/or his/her employer could not be concluded.

  1. Automatic decision making
    As a responsible firm, we do not use automatic decision making or profiling processes.


  1. Analysis Tools and Advertisement

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DS-GVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google’s privacy policy:

Outsourced data processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Demographic data collection by Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics’ demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section “Refusal of data collection”.

WordPress Stats

This website uses the WordPress Stats tool to perform statistical analyses of visitor traffic. This service is provided by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street # 343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA. WordPress Stats uses cookies that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookies about the use of our website is stored on servers in the USA. Your IP address will be anonymized after processing and before storage. WordPress Stats cookies remain on your device until you delete them. The storage of “WordPress Stats” cookies is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DS-GVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising. You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. The functionality of our services may be limited when cookies are disabled.

You can object to the collection and use of your data at any time with future effect by clicking on this link and setting an opt-out cookie in your browser:

If you delete the cookies on your computer, you will have to set the opt-out cookie again.

  1. Google Maps

This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer. The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DS-GVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at