Personal Data Policy

As of  November 2022

  1. Who is responsible?

The Personal Data policy apply to data processing by:

  1. Zardi & Co. SA (Zardi),

Via G. B. Pioda 6, CH-6900 Lugano, Schweiz

Email :

Tel :        +41 (0)91 910 65 00

Fax :       +41 (0)91 910 65 09

The company data protection officer is reachable under the above-mentioned email address.

  1. Which data is collected for which purpose?

Depending on the purpose, we collect information, such as

  • title, first name, last name, address
  • a valid e-mail address
  • Telephone number (fixed line and/or mobile)
  • Information necessary for the assertion and defense of your rights under the mandate

The collection of this data is carried out in order to

  • identify you as our client;
  • be able to advise and represent you appropriately;
  • correspond with you;
  • process your requests or applications for employment
  • invoice our services;
  • process any existing claims and assert any claims against you;

Any data processing is based on your request and is in accordance with Swiss Data Protection Law and GDPR for the stated purposes, for the mutual fulfillment of obligations, processing requests, application and the mandate contract.

Personal Data collected for purposes other than serving a contractual relationship shall be retained as long as needed to fulfil such purposes or required by law.

The personal data collected by us for the purposes of mandate or employment will be stored and deleted until the expiry of the statutory retention obligation (10 years after the end of the calendar year in which the mandate was terminated), unless that in accordance with Swiss Data Protection Law and GDPR required to be stored for a longer period on account of tax and commercial duties of storage and documentation (from the Swiss Constitutional Law) or you provided your consent.

  1. Transfer to third parties

A transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed above does not take place. If a transfer is required for the purposes of mandate, your personal data will be passed on to third parties.

This includes, in particular, passing on to service providers, such as those for pacing annual fees, national representatives, opponents of proceedings and their representatives (in particular their lawyers) as well as courts and other public authorities for the purpose of correspondence and to assert and defend your rights.

The transferred data may be used exclusively for the stated purposes.

The attorney (or patent attorney) – client-privilege obligations remain unaffected. As far as data are concerned, which are subject to the attorney (or patent attorney) – client privilege, a transfer to third parties takes place only with your consent.

  1. What rights do you have?

You have the following rights

  • You can revoke your once given consent at any time;
  • You can request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can demand information on the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, the envisaged storage period, the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, where appropriate, meaningful information about their details. You have the right to rectification, deletion, restriction of processing, to object to such processing and to lodge a complaint. Where the personal data are not collected by us, you can demand any information as to their source;
  • You can demand without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data or the completion of incomplete data;
  • You can request to obtain the erasure of your personal data stored by us, except as far as the processing is required for exercising the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfillment of legal obligations, for reasons of public interest or for assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • You can demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data, as far as the accuracy is contested, the processing is unlawful, but you oppose the erasure, we no longer need the data but they are required for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected to processing according to GDPR;
  • You can request your personal data provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit those data to another controller;
  • You can lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement
  1. Right to object

If the processing of your personal data is based on legitimate interests according to GDPR, you have the right to file an objection against the processing of your personal data according, as far as reasons arising from a particular situation are given. If you want to exercise your right to object, send an e-mail to

  1. Security

We implement appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect against unauthorized or unlawful processing of Personal Data and against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to Personal Data. Please be advised, however, that we cannot fully eliminate security risks associated with the storage and transmission of Personal Data.

  1. Links to Other Websites 

Please note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of companies that we do not own or control or to people that we do not employ or manage. Our Services may provide a link or otherwise provide access to Third Party Sites. We provide these links merely for your convenience. We have no control over, do not review, and are not responsible for Third Party Sites, their content, or any goods or services available through the Third-Party Sites. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to Third Party Sites, and any data you provide to Third Party Sites, you provide at your own risk. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any Third-Party Sites with that you interact with.

The Use of cookies

Cookies are the information often containing a unique and anonymous identification code. They are sent to the browser by a web server and are subsequently stored on the hard drive of a User’s computer. The cookies are then read and recognized by the website that sent them in case of subsequent connections to the same.

They are mainly used to make the website work better and to provide commercial and marketing information to the website’s owner.

The cookies used on our Website are based on the categories established by the International Chamber of Commerce and, more particularly, are:

strictly necessary cookies: essential in allowing you to browse through our website and to use its various features. Users will neither be allowed to use the search, comparison and purchasing functions, nor any of the other website services available without these cookies.

These cookies neither collect your information for marketing purposes nor keep track of your browsing habits on the website. Website use requires the installation of these cookies. The website will not work properly if you block these cookies. You do not need to provide your approval for these cookies since they ensure the services required.

performance cookies: to collect information on Website use, page visits and any errors that may be generated while browsing. Furthermore, we use these cookies to recognize the site from where you were originally directed to our website. These cookies do not collect information that can identify you. In fact, all information is collected in an anonymous form and is used to help us improve the operations of our website. Therefore, our cookies do not contain personal data. In some cases, some of these cookies are managed on our behalf by third parties that are, in any case, not authorized to use them for purposes other than the ones mentioned above. Using our website is equivalent to approving to the use of such cookies. We will not be able to ensure the proper operations of our website if they are blocked.

functional cookies: these are used to facilitate browsing on our website, to store the settings you have selected and to provide customized features. Selecting the settings and customized options is equivalent to approving to the use of such cookies. In some cases, we may authorize advertisers and third parties to install cookies on our website in order to offer customized contents and services. In any case, using our website is equivalent to approving to the use of this type of cookies. We will not be able to ensure the proper operations of our website if they are blocked.

targeting cookies: these are used to collect useful information aimed at showing you specific ads that could interest you. These cookies will allow you to share our website and to click on the “I like” button used on social networks such as Facebook

Our cookies may remain present on your hard drive for different periods of time. In particular, the session cookies, which are valid for one search or browsing session, disappear once the browser is closed. Permanent cookies, however, may remain for different periods of time. Cookies of this category have a maximum duration of 5 years.

As a result of our Website’s particular structure, blocking any cookie could prevent you from fully browsing the website and, especially, from using all of our services.

Nonetheless, we hereby inform you that these cookies can be managed in several ways. You can disable the cookies or decide to receive a warning message before accepting one by changing the browser’s settings. You can also delete all cookies installed in your browser’s cookie folder.

Each browser has different settings management procedures. You can use your browser’s “Help” button to find out where to find the aforementioned settings.

IP Address Use

An IP address refers to an identifier assigned by a network to a computer, mobile device, Internet of Things (IoT) device, or routing device. IP addresses, for purposes of this Privacy Data Policy, include “public” IP addresses, such as the IP address for a home router that is visible to the Internet, as well as “local” IP addresses, which are IP addresses assigned to computers and mobile devices “behind” a router (such as a home router).

You can choose not to have IP address used for purposes of advertising or analytics by using the cookie controls for “Advertising Cookies,” and “Performance/Analytics,”.

Web Pixels

Pixels are extremely small image files that, when loaded by your web browser, cause the browser to make a network request to the party corresponding to the pixel. If that party’s cookies are currently stored in your browser, those cookies will be transmitted with the request.

Social Network Interaction and Widgets

Social network widgets, buttons, and plug-ins on our websites passively transmit data regarding a social network’s members to that social network, even when a button is not clicked. These technologies may allow a social network (such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube) to personally identify its members and to know the web pages its members have visited.

This is true wherever social network buttons are embedded, regardless of whether a button is “clicked” or “pressed.” If you belong to a social network or use these categories of web services, you should review the privacy policies of those services to understand the nature of the data that they collect and what, if any, options the service offers to control how data is collected and used. If you disable advertising cookies, the passive tracking associated with these buttons will be blocked on our sites.

Change Consent Settings for Communication Preferences

Consent for Email Communication: After signing up for email communications, you can choose to unsubscribe by writing an email to for any commercial email we send. Please note that if you unsubscribe from “all emails” this means “all emails other than strictly necessary emails.” You will still receive email communications from us if they are strictly necessary for the mutual fulfillment of obligations, processing requests, application and the mandate contract.