The Research Triangle Park

Terms of Use

Website Terms of Use

Welcome to (“Website”), the website operated by Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina (“RTF”) relating to The Research Triangle Park (“RTP”).  The following terms of use (the “Terms of Use”) govern your access to, and use of, this Website and any information you access through this Website.  By viewing or using the information, services and links provided by the Website, you agree to comply with, and be bound by, these Terms of Use.  RTF reserves the right to update these Terms of Use at any time without advance notice.    


Copyright & Trademark

All of the information, data, applications, widgets, references, links, sources, statements, trade names, intellectual property, logos, graphics, pictures, designs, compilations, presentations, events and other matters contained in, or related to, this Website (collectively, the “Content”) are protected under applicable copyright, trademark, unfair competition and other proprietary laws and rights.  Specifically, the names, logos and marks related to “,” “the future of great ideas”® and “The Research Triangle Park” are the marks of RTF, are unique and proprietary, and are not available for commercial use without the advance written consent from RTF.  

RTF respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Website to do the same. You may not use these marks or logos on this Website for any unauthorized or illegal use or purpose. You do not acquire any ownership, license or other use rights to any Content viewed, acquired or accessed through this Website. You may not claim any such Content as your own or create derivative works based upon such Content.  Some of the Content on this Website (including links, tweets, applications, and multimedia items) is the intellectual property of third parties.  Any reference to, or reproduction of, the Content or the names and sources used herein, must attribute RTF, this Website, or the appropriate third party as the source.  Any unauthorized or improper use of the Content will be subject to appropriate legal action.

We will respond to notices of alleged copyright or trademark infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us. If you believe that your Content has been copied or used in a way that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, please provide RTF with the following: (i) a signature or authorization of the owner of such rights; (ii) identification and proof of ownership or rights to use of the protected work; (iii) identification and a description of the material or use that you believe is infringing; (iv) your contact information including your address, telephone number, and an email address; (v) a statement that the use of the protected work is unlawful or not authorized; and (vi) a statement under oath that the information provided is accurate and complete, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of such protected work.  RTF reserves the right to remove any Content claimed to be infringing in our sole discretion without prior notice and without liability to you.


Limited License; Permitted Uses

You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use the Website strictly in accordance with the Terms of Use.  Authorized use is limited to internal, personal, non-commercial purposes except as otherwise expressly provided.  The purpose of the Website is to promote and provide information about the RTP, its members, affiliates, businesses, providers and sponsors, and the social and business climate of the RTP and its surrounding region.  Use of the Content for these purposes is permitted.  Accredited educational institutions such as primary and secondary schools, universities, colleges and similar institutions may download or reproduce portions of the Content for distribution in the classroom or related educational purposes.  Any reproduction of the Content is limited to the uses authorized by the Website and RTF and is subject to all of the intellectual property rights and other policies described herein.  The unauthorized copying, redistribution, use, or publication of the information, names and data from any part of this Website is strictly prohibited. 

Restrictions and Prohibitions on Use

Your license for access and use of the Website and the Content is subject to the following restrictions and prohibitions on use. You may not (i) copy, republish, display, distribute, transmit, sell, license, rent, lease, loan or otherwise make available in any form or by any means all or any portion of the Website or its Content for commercial purposes or uses not authorized by these Terms of Use; (ii) use the Website or the Content obtained from it to develop, assemble or manipulate, any information, storage and retrieval system, database, information base, or similar resource (in any media now existing or hereafter developed), which is offered for commercial distribution of any kind; (iii) create unauthorized compilations or derivative works of any Content from the Website; (iv) use any Content from the Website in any manner that may infringe any intellectual property right, proprietary right, or other lawful rights of RTF or any third parties; (v) remove, change or obscure any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice contained on the Website; (vi) remove, decompile, disassemble, monitor or reverse engineer any source code, architecture, or software obtained from the Website; (vii) use any automatic or manual process to monitor, copy, harvest or compile Content from the Website; (viii) use the Website for the purpose of gathering information used for “spamming,” mass marketing or similar actions; (ix) use or attempt to use any method, device, software or routine to harm others or interfere with functioning of the Website, (x) use this Website in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any servers, networks or equipment related to the Website, or (xi) use the Website in a manner that violates any local, state or federal law, regulation, code or ordinance.

You may provide links to the Website, provided (a) that you do not remove, alter or obscure, through any means, notices or sources listed on this Website, (b) your use does not involve or endorse any illegal, immoral or objectionable uses, activities or organizations, (c) your use of this Website does not violate or conflict with these Terms of Use, and (d) you agree to discontinue such links to the Website immediately upon request by us.  You will not use the Content or the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use.  You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any systems, networks, accounts, records or personal information not available to the general public through hacking or any other means. 

Accounts or users engaging in any of these prohibited behaviors may be investigated for abuse, suspended and/or terminated. RTF reserves the right to investigate, read, preserve, disclose or take any other action for any Content or users if it believes such actions are reasonably necessary to (i) comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce these Terms of Use, (iii) address fraud, security or technical concerns, (iv) respond to requests or complaints from other users, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of RTF, users of the Website or the public.  Disclosures may include your profile, personal information, usage history, posted materials, IP addresses and traffic information.  Upon termination of your right to use this Website, all licenses and other rights granted to you in these Terms of Use will immediately cease.

Third Party Content

Third party Content appears on the Website and may be accessible via links, redirects or other outside sources from this Website.  These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement of the content, services or information of those outside sources.  You understand that third party providers or contributors are independent from RTF and that all such outside websites, accounts, information, statements and opinions (“Outside Information”) represent solely the thoughts of the author or owner and that RTF does not verify, endorse or support such Outside Information.  You expressly acknowledge and agree that RTF is in no way responsible or liable for any such Outside Information, services or websites.  By using this Website, you may be exposed to Content that you may consider offensive, harmful, inaccurate, deceptive or otherwise inappropriate. RTF is not responsible for the legality, reliability, truthfulness, or accuracy of any Outside Information or Content provided by third parties and under no circumstances will RTF or its affiliates be liable for such information.  If you encounter any objectionable, illegal or questionable Outside Information or Content accessed through this Website, please bring it to our attention immediately.

You are responsible for your use of the Website and for any Content you provide or post to it including, without limitation, pictures, videos, blog entries, tweets, links, statements and personal or commercial information. Any Content you provide will be visible to, and usable by, members of the public and other services and websites.  You are responsible for any consequences relating to the Content you provide and you should be comfortable sharing this Content with others.  You agree not to provide or display any trade secrets, confidential or proprietary information, or sensitive financial or personal information of any third party without that person’s consent or authorization.  You also agree not to post any false, deceptive, harassing, intimidating, violent or intentionally harmful information or statements.  You may not use obscene or pornographic text, images or links to websites in either your submitted Content or your account to which such Content refers.  By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Website, you (i) represent that you have the right to use and distribute such Content, (ii) waive any right or claim to compensation for such Content, and (iii) grant to RTF a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, reproduce, expand, sublicense, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content for RTF’s own purposes, to the public or to third parties, in any capacity or by any method, whether currently known or later developed.  RTF reserves the right to remove or limit distribution of Content as it deems appropriate.

Unwarranted Reliance

Certain information concerning the RTP, its businesses, available sites for lease or sale, employment opportunities, and similar data (“Park Information”) has been prepared from appropriate and available sources. While every effort has been made to ensure that Park Information is current, accurate and complete, we cannot guarantee that Park Information and/or the Content in general does not contain inaccuracies or errors.  RTF does not certify, warrant or guarantee the adequacy, sequencing, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any Content.  Park Information and other Content may be provided by third parties over whom RTF has little or no control and may not be independently verified or assessed.  All Park Information and Content is provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis and not as an exclusive basis for decision-making or for the preparation of reports, official statements, public filings or certified information. You assume the entire risk of relying on the accuracy of the Content and Park Information and you waive all rights, damages and claims based on any losses, damages or detrimental effects from your use of, or reliance upon, the Content and Park Information.  You should exercise due caution and seek independent verification or advice before entering into any legal or financial obligation based on any of the Content and Park Information.  Nothing contained on, or acquired from, the Website should be construed as providing investment, legal, tax or accounting advice. 


Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you agree that RTF, other businesses in the RTP, and their respective partners, affiliates, agents, officers, directors, employees, contractors, successors, assigns, or third party suppliers will have no liability to you or to any other party for direct or indirect damages, or for any special, exemplary, punitive, incidental, consequential or other damages, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or other legal theory, that arises out of, or is connected with, any access to or use of the Website, the Content or any Park Information.  In no event will our aggregate liability to you relating to any use of the Website exceed the greater of $100 or the amount you have paid to RTF in the past 12 months solely and directly for the use of this Website.  RTF disclaims all warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of the Content and Park Information including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or otherwise arising by law.


Although we provide these Terms of Use to govern user conduct, RTF does not control or direct the actions of Website users and is not responsible for the Content or actions of such users including, without limitation, any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or objectionable Content provided by other users of the Website.  RTF cannot monitor or control all Content posted on the Website.  All Content and Outside Information, whether posted on the Website or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such information. Any use or reliance on any Content or Outside Information is at your own risk and responsibility.


Your access to the Website and any Content you provide is subject to our Privacy Policy, which governs the collection and use of information. By accessing and using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of this information by us and other third party providers and users.


Registration, Member Accounts, and Security

Certain sections of or offerings from the Website or other contributors may require you to register with the Website or another party.  RTF does not control the content, websites or information from outside contributors and your registration or use of such sites or information is governed by the terms and policies of use by such providers.  If registration or other credentials is requested for the use of this Website, you agree to provide us with accurate, updated and complete information.  Each registration is for your personal use only and not on behalf of any other person or entity.  You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, credentials or other account information (“User Information”) and you are entirely responsible for all activities that occur related to your User Information. You agree to notify RTF immediately of any unauthorized use of your User Information. RTF will not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience that you incur as a result of another party using your User Information, either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by RTF or another party due to use or activities related to your User Information.  


Your license to use the Website is not transferable or assignable. Any User Information or related permissions are not transferable or assignable.  RTF reserves the right to limit, deny or revoke access to the Website at any time, with or without cause.

Errors, Corrections, and Changes

Although we take reasonable efforts to maintain the operation of the Website, we do not represent or warrant that the Website will be error-free, function as intended and free from any harmful components.  The Content and offerings on the Website are always evolving and we may make changes to the features, functionality, or Content of the Website at any time.  We reserve the right in our sole discretion to immediately limit or discontinue use or access to the Website and to remove, modify, suspend, or restate any Content at any time in our sole discretion.  Any changes to these Terms of Use or the Content will be binding and effective as of the date and time posted.


You agree to indemnify, defend and hold us and our partners, affiliates, agents, officers, directors, employees, contractors, successors, assigns, and third party suppliers harmless from any liability, loss, claim or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from any claims, damages or actions related to your use of the Website or any Content or other information provided or use by you.  

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and RTF regarding your use of, and access to, the Website and the Content.  Any purported waiver of any term or condition of these Terms of Use shall not be effective unless contained in a written document signed by an authorized representative of RTF.  The failure of RTF to enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use will not be construed as a waiver of such rights. If any provision within these Terms of Use is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that invalid or unenforceable provision will be narrowed or deleted to the extent so required but all of the remaining provisions in these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.  These Terms of Use, and your access to the Website, are governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.  In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation or compliance with these Terms of Use, you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in the State of North Carolina.


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