Patent.service.gov.uk puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Patent.service.gov.uk cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

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How cookies are used on patent.service.gov.uk

Measuring website usage

We collect logs on our servers that tell us how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting your needs and to understand how we could do it better. Cookies are used to give us more information in these logs.

The logs are analysed to tell us what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

We do not allow external organisations to access, use or share any of this analytics data, which is stored on in-house servers.

Our analytics tools set the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
_utmaDetermines the number of unique visitors to the site2 years
_utmbThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site30 minutes
_utmcThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browserWhen you close your browser
_utmzThis provides information about how you reached the site (eg from another site or a search engine)6 months

Managing your current visit

NamePurposeExpires
ASP.NET_SessionIdA 'session identifier' which allows the site to recognise your movement around the site as being from one computerWhen you close your browser
ANONID & DUGA 'session identifier' to manage automated traffic visiting our websiteWhen you close your browser
_RequestVerificationToken_(17 alpha numeric characters)An 'identifier' that helps prevent fraudulent requests to the siteWhen you close your browser
.AspNet.ApplicationCookieA 'session identifier' which allows the site to recognise you as an authenticated userWhen you close your browser
_shibsession_(greater than 33 alpha numeric characters)A 'session identifier' which allows the site to recognise you as an authenticated userWhen you close your browser
ServiceDetailsA ‘session identifier’ to manage the look and feel of the websiteWhen you close your browser
_ShibAuthA ‘session identifier’ used to determine your authentication processWhen you close your browser

We sometimes use Questback to collect responses to our satisfaction survey from links provided in our emails. Questback may also set cookies.

Further information can be found at the Questback privacy statement