UHMWPE Lexicon's Terms of Use

Welcome to the UHMWPE Lexicon. By using our Web site, you agree to the following terms of use, which constitute an agreement between UHMWPE Lexicon and you. We may change these terms from time to time. You will always be able to view the most current version by clicking on a link at the bottom of any page on our site.

Scope of These Terms

These terms of use apply to your use of our uhmwpe.org and uhmwpe.net Web sites. We have other Web sites that are covered by different terms of use. When you leave one of our Web sites and go to another Web site (whether controlled by us or by a third party), different terms may apply.

The UHMWPE Lexicon Web Site (www.uhmwpe.org and www.uhmwpe.net) is owned and operated by the UHMWPE Lexicon, Inc. The UHMWPE Lexicon is our Web Site for students, researchers, engineers, scientists, physicians and allied health care professionals. When we refer to ourselves as "we" or "UHMWPE Lexicon", we mean our company, including any subsidiary we control (for example, a subsidiary we own). We may share information among our subsidiaries that we own or control, but it is always protected under the terms of this privacy policy.

Both uhmwpe.org and uhmwpe.net are mirrors of the same Web Site. When we refer to "uhmwpe.org," we mean the Web Site and its mirror, uhmwpe.net.

Our Information

We include a lot of information on uhmwpe.org, including preprint manuscripts, draft book chapters, and continuing education for students, researchers, health care professionals, conference updates, information about producers of UHMWPE, and links to other websites. Please remember that all of the information on uhmwpe.org is meant for adults who are students, scientists, engineers, or licensed healthcare professionals. While we hope you find it helpful, you should remember that it is not meant to serve as a substitute for your own clinical judgment as a healthcare professional. If you are an engineer or product developer, this information is not meant to substitute your own engineering judgment. If you are a user who chooses to use the professional-level information on uhmwpe.org, you should not rely on that information as professional medical advice or use it to replace any relationship with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about medications and other treatments, consumers should always consult their physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.

We follow a standard set of editorial procedures for information that we put on uhmwpe.org. However, we don't offer you any warranty or guarantee related to our Web sites. We specifically disclaim any warranties, express or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. It's your job to evaluate the information we provide. If you are a healthcare or industrial professional, you should exercise your professional judgment in evaluating any information, and we encourage you to confirm the information contained on our Web site with other sources before undertaking any treatment or commercial activity based on it. If you are a user, you should evaluate the information together with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional.

Some information on our Web site comes from you or from other users. We're not responsible for that information. Whether the information comes from us or from you, we're not liable for any damages resulting from your use of the information on our Web site.

Although we are selective about the organizations we link to, we don't assume any responsibility for any Web sites that are linked to our site or that you browse to after following a link from our site.

While we welcome your feedback on the Lexicon web site, we must make the final decisions about the content that is posted on the site to make sure it meets the needs of all our readers. You can use the feedback link on our home page to send us comments and criticisms, but if you are dissatisfied with our response or with the contents of Lexicon web site, your only remedy is to stop using the web site.

Ownership of the Lexicon Website


We, or (in the case of book chapters or preprint manuscripts) certain international publishers, own the information on the Lexicon web site. We only distribute preprint manuscripts with the express written consent of the authors in accordance with a copyright agreement of any publisher, or in other circumstances, with the direct written agreement of the publisher. If an author sends us a preprint manuscript related to UHMWPE, we understand that they have provided us written authorization to post it on our site.

In fact, the entire contents and design of the Lexicon web site are protected under U.S. and international copyright laws. You may look at our Web site online, download individual preprint manuscripts to your personal or handheld computer for later reading, and even print a reasonable number of copies of pages for yourself, your family, or friends. You must not remove any copyright notices from our materials. We reserve all our other rights. Among other things, this means you must not sell the information on the site, rewrite or modify it, redistribute it, put it on your own Web site, or use it for any commercial purpose without our prior written permission.

Linking to Us

Usually, we don't mind if you have a simple link from your Web site to ours. However, you must first ask our permission if you intend to frame our site or incorporate pieces of it into a different site or product in a way that is not clear to our users. You aren't allowed to link to us if you engage in illegal, obscene, or offensive content, or if the link in any way has a negative impact on our reputation.

Information that You Put on Our Web Site

When you place materials or information on our web site that is available publicly, you give us an irrevocable, perpetual license to use that information. For example, we have the right to display a comment that you post on one of our discussion boards for as long as we want. We will consider requests to remove information that you make publicly available on our Web sites on an individual basis (contact us at the email address we give at the end of this document).

For information and materials you place on our Web sites that is not publicly available, please see our privacy policy for an explanation of how we use that information and your rights to change or delete it. We provide the link for our privacy policy later in this document.

We ask that you not post any messages with misleading, false, or inappropriate language or statements. We also ask that you not post any messages related to marketiing of products, advertising, or of an otherwise commercial nature. We reserve the right to remove any offensive, fraudulent, or commericial content at any time without your consent.

Laws that govern this agreement

UHMWPE Lexicon controls the Web Site from its offices within the state of New Jersey in the United States of America. The Web Site can be accessed from any of the United States and from other countries worldwide. Since the laws of each State or country able to access the Web sites may differ, by accessing the Web Site both you and the UHMWPE Lexicon agree that the statutes and laws of the state of New Jersey, without regard to choice of laws principles, will apply to all matters relating to use of our Web sites.

UHMWPE Lexicon makes no representation that materials on this Web site is appropriate or available for use in other locations, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access these sites from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Acceptance Procedure

By accessing materials on our Web site or registering you agree with all the terms and conditions of this agreement.

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change the terms and conditions of this Agreement from time to time, and your continuing use of our Web sites constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to any changed terms and conditions. We will post any such changes in a timely manner, and draw your attention to any significant changes.

Privacy Policy

Because certain information on the web site may be related to healthcare, we pay special attention to privacy issues. The purpose of our privacy policy is to identify the information we may collect about you, describe the uses we may make of your information and the security measures we take to protect it, and discuss your options for controlling your information. You can review our privacy policy for the UHMWPE Lexicon.


If you don't comply with these terms, we have the right to suspend or eliminate your account, and remove any information you have placed on our site. We may also take any legal action we think is appropriate. If your violation of this agreement causes harm to others, you agree to hold the UHMWPE Lexicon harmless against any liability for that harm. If there is any dispute between us concerning this agreement our your use of our Web site, we both agree to submit the dispute to non-binding mediation, followed by binding arbitration. Both the mediation and the arbitration will be governed under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and the venue for the arbitration will be New Jersey.

Questions or Concerns about Our Terms of Use

For questions or concerns about these terms of use, please send an email to lexiconprivacy@uhmwpe.org.

Revision date: These terms of use were last updated on December 15, 2006.