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The full legal name of the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) is given here in the COSC text.

  1. LEGAL INFORMATION   
    1. The Website   www.cosc.ch   (the "Website") is the property of the COSC and its use is governed by the following Terms of Use (‘Terms of Use’).
    2. By accessing, browsing and using the Website, you agree to comply with these Terms of Use, including confidentiality, and to require you to do so. Please take the time to read these Terms of Use carefully. If you disagree with any provision of these Terms of Use, please leave the Website immediately.
    3. The COSC may, when necessary, revise, modify and/or delete any part of these Terms of Use, at its sole discretion.  The latest version of these Terms of Use shall take effect as soon as they are published online.
    4. The Website may be administered and operated from different locations. The Website is accessible from anywhere in the world. If you choose to access the Website from a place outside Switzerland, you do so at your own risk and you are solely responsible for respecting local law.
  2. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS  
    1. The COSC is the exclusive owner (unless stated otherwise) of the Intellectual Property Rights on the Website, which includes, without limitation, the content of the Website.
    2. Intellectual Property Rights include all intellectual property rights of any kind whatsoever, without limitation: texts, graphics, user and visual interfaces, photos, images, illustrations, brands, logos, layouts, video clips, sound clips, sound, music, models, know-how, technology, drawings, products and other items featuring on the Website, and future copyright, as well as all rights over software, codes and supporting documentation, moral rights, image rights, patents, trademarks, trade names, business or Internet domain names, rights to drawings and models, whether registered or not, data, database rights and all other intellectual property rights, whether registered or not) and other rights or forms of protection having an equivalent or similar effect anywhere in the world, to the extent that such rights have been created by the COSC, its employees or those of its subsidiaries.
    3. Except as set out in §3 below, nothing contained in the Website shall be construed as granting any license or right to use any Content on the Website.
  3. USING THE WEBSITE  
    1. The data contained on the Website are presented there for information and promotional purposes only.
    2. The information provided is for your personal use only. You may download, display or print the information on the Website for personal, non-commercial use only, provided that the copyright notice is retained on each copy and you refrain from modifying any trademarks or other proprietary notices. The downloading or reproduction of documents or software does not give any ownership rights in relation to the latter.
    3. Any other use, including reproduction for purposes other than personal, non-commercial use, modification, dissemination, publication, distribution, transmission, creation of derivative works from the Website or dissemination of its contents, or in whole or in part and by any means whatsoever, is strictly prohibited, except with the prior written consent of the COSC.
    4. The COSC does not guarantee that the use of content posted on its Website will not infringe the rights of third parties.
  4. INFORMATION DEEMED TO BE NON-CONFIDENTIAL AND SUGGESTIONS   
    1. Any identification or personal information sent via the Internet to the Website is protected and processed in accordance with the COSC Privacy Policy. The COSC invites you to carefully read the Privacy Policy before sending the identification or personal information.
    2. You hereby agree that any comments, suggestions, drawings, concepts, photographs, testimonials or other documents (except your confidential private information) communicated to or entrusted to the COSC through its Website or by any other means "Suggestions") are deemed non-confidential and are not your property.
    3. All Suggestions automatically become the property of the COSC as soon as they are made. The submission of a Suggestion effects the assignment of all rights, including copyright, related to the Suggestions to the COSC.  The COSC is under no obligation to (i) maintain the confidential nature of a Suggestion; (ii) to pay financial remuneration to any person in exchange for or in connection with a Suggestion; or (iii) respond to or acknowledge receipt of a Suggestion.
    4. You hereby warrant that no Suggestion made will affect the rights of any third party with respect to copyrights, registered trademarks, patents, trade secrets, privacy or any other personal or proprietary rights.  By making a Suggestion, you acknowledge that the COSC may (but is not obliged to) copy, publish, distribute or use this Suggestion for any purpose, including, without limitation, for advertising, promotion or development of products or for any other commercial purpose, without any financial remuneration being payable to you or any other person whatsoever. You are and remain responsible for the content of any Suggestion made by you.
    5. The COSC has a worldwide reputation for providing a high quality service. To this end, it has its own sources of creativity. The COSC will therefore not accept unsolicited collaborative proposals, and it is possible that the COSC is already working on similar ideas. Consequently, you are advised that the COSC is not interested in receiving ideas or other proposals.
  5. WARRANTY DISABILITY  
    1. All documentation, information and content on the Website is provided "as is" in terms of availability and without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to any implied warranty of good merchantable quality or fitness for a particular purpose.
    2. The COSC bears no responsibility and cannot guarantee that the information contained on the Website is accurate, complete and up to date, or that the Website contains no defects and that existing defects will be corrected. By using this Website, you agree to do so at your own risk and assume full responsibility for any problems inherent in its use, loss of data and costs associated with any assistance or repair of any material and/or software used by you to connect to the Website and you agree that the COSC has no liability whatsoever for any damages that would be caused by, arising out of or related to your use of the Website.
    3. If you communicate with us by e-mail, please note that the security of e-mail sent via the Internet is uncertain. By sending sensitive or confidential emails, you accept the risks inherent in this uncertainty and the possible lack of confidentiality of the Internet.
    4. All items downloaded or otherwise obtained during the use of the Website are at your own risk. The COSC assumes no responsibility for damage or viruses that may affect your computer equipment or other property as a result of your access to the Website, your use of the Website, or elements from it, or for intrusions or illegal intervention into the computer system.
    5. The COSC reserves the right to interrupt or discontinue any functionality or the full functionality of its Website. The COSC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for interruptions or cessations of any functionality or all the functionalities of its Website that would result from actions or omissions by the COSC or any third party.
  6. MODIFICATION OF DATA  
    1. The contents of the Website may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The COSC reserves the right to make changes, corrections and/or improvements to this content at any time without notice, but is under no obligation to do so.
  7. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES  
    1. The Website may contain information about COSC services that are not all available at each location. The mention of a service on the Website does not imply that said service is or will be available.
  8. LINKS  
    1. The Website may contain links to other Websites that are not managed or controlled by the COSC. These addresses or links are provided solely to help you locate other websites that may be of interest to you.
    2. The COSC has not examined any of the hyperlinked websites. The COSC cannot be held responsible for the availability or the contents of the said websites nor any article contained in or obtained via said websites.
    3. Any links to off-site pages or to other websites are provided at your own risk. A link to another website or a reference to information, products or services provided by third parties does not imply that the COSC has endorsed these websites or articles. Any questions or remarks concerning another website should be sent to the operator of this website. No link to the Website is permitted without the prior written approval of the COSC.
  9. MISCELLANEOUS  
    1. These Terms of Use embody all of the agreements between the COSC and you regarding access to and use of the website and its content.
    2. These Terms of Use, and your use of the Website and any agreement between us, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Swiss law, without giving effect to its Private International Law. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the ordinary courts of the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with the exception of the appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.

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