Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

PRIVACY POLICY

The International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences (ISHAS) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the ISHAS Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the ISHAS website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

ISHAS collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. ISHAS also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by ISHAS. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by ISHAS for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the ISHAS Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through ISHAS public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: ISHAS does not read any of your private online communications.

ISHAS encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from ISHAS so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. ISHAS is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the ISHAS and ISHAS family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information


ISHAS collects and uses your personal information to operate the ISHAS Web site and deliver the services you have requested. ISHAS also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from ISHAS and its affiliates. ISHAS may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

ISHAS does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. ISHAS may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, ISHAS may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to ISHAS, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

ISHAS does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

ISHAS keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within ISHAS, in order to determine what ISHAS services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within ISHAS to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

ISHAS Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on ISHAS or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of ISHAS; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of ISHAS, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The ISHAS Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize ISHAS pages, or register with ISHAS site or services, a cookie helps ISHAS to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same ISHAS Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the ISHAS features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the ISHAS services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

ISHAS secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. ISHAS secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

ISHAS will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. ISHAS encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how ISHAS is protecting your information.

Contact Information

ISHAS welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that ISHAS has not adhered to this Statement, please contact ISHAS. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

 

TERMS OF USE

Last Updated: June 16, 2006
Welcome to the International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences (“ISHAS”) web site, located at www.ISHAS.org (the “Site”). By using the Site after having been afforded an opportunity to review the following terms and conditions concerning your use of the Site (“Terms of Use”), users (each, a “User” or “you”) agree to follow and be bound by the Terms of Use, as may be modified from time to time. Please read these Terms of Use carefully, along with the ISHAS Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use this Site.

1. GENERAL INFORMATION


ISHAS is a non-profit organization founded to (1) advance knowledge on the structure, function and therapeutic application of hyaluronan and its role in the structure and function of the extracellular matrix and cells; (2) support scientific research on the hyaluronan molecule encompassing all three branches of medical sciences: basic, clinical and applied; to initiate, organize and administer meetings for scientific communication and cooperation on national, regional and international levels; (3) participate in organizing conferences, or organizing meetings, symposia and lectures that advance its objectives; to arrange for publication of scientific and other reports and other printed material for the dissemination of knowledge in its field of interest and make these available for the public; (4) arrange for cooperation between various individuals, groups and organizations to further the advancement of its fields of interest; (5) seek cooperation with other national and international organizations having similar objectives; (6) seek financial aid and support from individuals, organizations, corporations, national and international governments and governmental agencies and other organizations interested in its objectives and the support of its goals.
Users may use the Site to register for the International Conference on Hyaluronan (the “Conference”), submit abstracts for the Conference, contact officers and founders, and register as ISHAS members (“Members”).

2. MODIFICATION OF SERVICES AND/OR SITE

We may, without notice, modify, terminate or suspend any component(s) of the Site for any reason, without notice and without liability to you, any other User or any third party. We may also impose limits on certain features of the Site or restrict your or any third party’s access to part or all of the Site for any reason (including, without limitation, your breach of these Terms of Use) or no reason, without notice or penalty. Upon any termination of your access to the Site or these Terms of Use, the following Sections of these Terms of Use shall survive: Sections 2, 3, 5 and 8 through 14. You acknowledge and agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party in the event that we exercise our right to modify or terminate access to the Site (or portions of the Site). Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Site will be subject to these Terms of Use.
We reserve the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time without notice. Please review these Terms of Use from time to time so that you will be apprised of any changes.

3. PRIVACY POLICY

Click here to review the ISHAS Privacy Policy, which sets forth ISHAS’ online data collection and usage policies.

4. USE OF SITE CONTENT

Content, including but not limited to text, software, music, sound, photographs, trademarks, service marks, logos, video, graphics or other material contained on this Site (“Content”) is protected by copyright, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary agreements and laws and you are only permitted to use Content as expressly authorized herein or in writing by ISHAS. These Terms of Use do not transfer any right, title, or interest in the Site or the Content to you, and ISHAS retains all of its right, title and interest to the Site and Content.

Except as provided in these Terms, you may not use, download, upload, copy, print, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise exploit any Content or information from the Site, in whole or in part, including without limitation by way of framing or hyperlinking, without the express permission of ISHAS. Requests for such permission should be made through our contact page.

5. USER CONDUCT

You warrant and agree that, in connection with your use of the Site, you will not:
A. Post, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any data, text, message, or computer file that ISHAS deems to be: (a) defamatory, abusive, harassing, insulting, threatening, or that could be deemed to be stalking; (b) bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive; (c) vulgar, obscene, or sexually explicit (language or images); or that (d) encourages or advocates illegal activity or the discussion of illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
B. Post, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any data, text, message, computer file, or other material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any domestic or international law, rule, or regulation, including but not limited to: (a) copyright, patent, trademark, or other proprietary rights; (b) right of privacy (specifically, you must not distribute another person's personal information of any kind without their express permission) or publicity; or (c) any confidentiality obligation;
C. Advertise or sell any products, services or otherwise (whether or not for profit), or solicit others or use the Site for commercial purposes of any kind;
D. Post, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any software or other computer files that contain a virus or other harmful component;
E. Impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or entity;
F. Engage in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive acts, including "flaming," "spamming," "flooding," "trolling," and "griefing" as those terms are commonly understood and used on the Internet;
G. Delete any legal notices, disclaimers, or proprietary notices such as copyright or trademark symbols, or modify any logos that you do not own or have express permission to modify;
We reserve the right to remove any material, and if we deem appropriate, to turn over to law enforcement officials, any material, including message, e-mail, or posting, that is in violation of these rules of User Conduct. We also reserve the right to remove messages, e-mails, or postings that do not pertain to the Hyaluronan Sciences.
We also reserve the right to comply with any order or otherwise cooperate with law enforcement officials regarding the identification of any User alleged to be using the Site in violation of the law.

6. REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE


You may register for the Conference on the Registration Page of the Site by completing the Registration Form. To register you must submit your name, affiliation, street address, e-mail address and phone number (“Registration Information”). All Registration Information will be treated in accordance with ISHAS’ Privacy Policy. If you do not wish to register online, you may register by mail by following the instructions included on the Registration Page.

7. SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

All Users who will be making podium and poster presentations to be held at the Conference are required to submit abstracts. These abstracts may be submitted via the Abstract Submission Page of the Site and must conform to the formatting requirements stated on that page. Each abstract will be printed in the Conference Program Book. By submitting an abstract to the Site, you grant ISHAS a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish and distribute the content of that abstract in connection with the Conference.

8. COPYRIGHT POLICY


If you believe that your work has been copied and has been posted to the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may provide ISHAS with notice of your complaint by providing us with the following information in writing:
1. the electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright that has allegedly been infringed or a signature of the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
2. identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed or, if multiple copyrighted works on the Site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at the Site;
3. identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing, with information about its location reasonably specific to permit ISHAS to locate the material;
4. your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
6. a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

To be effective, your notification must be in writing and include the above information.

Notice of claims of copyright infringement on or regarding this Site can be reached as follows: Use our contact form and address your comments to: In House Copyright Agent.

9. COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW


You agree to comply with all laws, legislation, rules, regulations, and governmental requirements of any jurisdiction in or from which you access the Site. Your use of any information obtained through the Site, including without limitation e-mail addresses, to send e-mail to any person, must fully comply with all federal and state laws with respect to unsolicited e-mail.

10. DISCLAIMERS


THE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ISHAS DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, AND YOU WAIVE, ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE FUNCTIONS, MATERIALS AND CONTENT OF THE SITE ARE NOT WARRANTED TO BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, AND ISHAS MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE INFORMATION ON THE SITE WILL BE ACCURATE, CURRENT OR RELIABLE OR THAT THE QUALITY OF ANY SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS. ISHAS DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DELETION, FAILURE TO STORE, MISDELIVERY, OR UNTIMELY DELIVERY OF ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIAL. YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK OF LOSS AND DAMAGE DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE COST OF REPAIRS OR CORRECTIONS TO YOUR HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE SOME OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

11. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY

YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ISHAS AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS, AS WELL AS THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, AND AGENTS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR LOSSES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES), WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, WHICH YOU MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE, EVEN IF ISHAS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSS. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

12. DISPUTES

These Terms of Use shall be governed and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. In the event of any conflict between foreign laws, rules and regulations and those of the United States, the laws, rules and regulations of the United States will govern. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods will not apply to these Terms of Use. In the event of a dispute arising out of or in connection with these Terms of Use or your use of any Content or your access to or links to this Site, you agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the State of Delaware.

13. INDEMNITY

You shall indemnify and hold harmless, and at ISHAS' request defend, ISHAS and its affiliates and service providers, as well as their respective owners, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents and owners (each, an "Indemnified Party") from and against any and all claims, proceedings, damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees, an allocation for in-house counsel, and other legal costs) arising out of your acts or omissions, including claims resulting from: (i) your use of or access to the Site or Site Content; (ii) any breach of your obligations, representations or warranties set forth in these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy; or (iii) your violation of any rights of others. You shall reimburse each Indemnified Party on demand for any costs, expenses and liabilities incurred by such Indemnified Party to which this indemnity relates.

14. OTHER

Linking To or From the ISHAS Web Site. The Site may provide links to web sites and access to content, products and services of third parties, including without limitation, ISHAS’ affiliates and other entities with which our connection consists of only a hyperlink (“Other Sites”). You should refer to the separate terms of use, privacy policies, and other rules posted on Other Sites before you use them. ISHAS is not responsible for any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from Other Sites (including without limitation web sites that may be linked to by another User). ISHAS is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on Other Sites.

Miscellaneous.
ISHAS’ relationship is not one of agency or partnership and neither you nor ISHAS shall be deemed to be a partner, employee, fiduciary, agent or representative of the other by your use of the Site. You may not sell, trade, lease, assign or otherwise transfer your rights hereunder to any third party. ISHAS may assign its rights and duties under these Terms of Use without such assignment being considered a change to the Terms of Use and without notice to you. The Terms of Use are severable. In the event that any provision is determined to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision shall still be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions. If ISHAS fails to enforce any provision of the Terms of Use, it shall not constitute a waiver of such provision. The Terms of Use will inure to the benefit of ISHAS' successors, assignees and licensees. The Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy and any modifications by ISHAS to the foregoing, constitute the entire understanding between ISHAS regarding your access to, license and use of the Site, and they supersede any prior agreements, statements or representations with respect to the same. ISHAS may provide you with notices by either e-mail, postal mail, or postings on the Site. Notices given by you to ISHAS must be given by contact ISHAS, or by postal mail. Notices to ISHAS by postal mail must be sent to Office of the Business Manager, ISHAS, 725 River Road, Suite 205, Edgewater, NJ 07020.

Acknowledgment
You acknowledge that (a) you have read and understood these Terms of Use; (b) these Terms of Use have the same force and effect as a signed agreement; (c) you have the requisite power and authority to agree to, deliver and perform these Terms of Use and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby; and (d) these Terms of Use have been duly authorized, agreed to and delivered by you, constitute your legal, valid and binding obligation, and are enforceable against you in accordance with the terms and conditions herein.

15. CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use or the Site, please contact ISHAS.

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