Would you disclose your family secrets on a postcard and drop it as it is in the next post box?
Unencrypted e-mails correspond to the principle of a postcard. They can be viewed by third parties on their way from you to the addressee. Sensitive data should therefore only be sent in an encrypted form across the web more.
Until your invention is protected by a patent application, information on your invention is sensitive information that is a popular target of industrial espionage. Many countries monitor and filter the e?mail traffic as a matter of routine.You should therefore never send us unencrypted e-mails before the patent application has been filed. You should always encrypt e-mails containing your invention report or, for example, your feedback on draft patents.We use the asymmetrical ‘public key’ encryption for encryption more.
Encrypted Communication via Email
There are several free-of-charge programs available that encrypt your relevant e-mails.
For Windows computers, we recommend the Gpg4Win solution that is supported by the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI). You can download the program here. You will find an adequate solution for Apple computers here. For Linux computers, tools like gnupg are normally a part of the basic features of the various distributions.
Before you can send us an encrypted e-mail, you must also import our public key into your encryption program. You can download this key here.
Encrypted Communication via Messenger
Alternatively, you can communicate with us using an end-to-end encrypted chat protocol, which can also be used to safely send encrypted files.
In this case no encryption keys need to be downloaded or exchanged. MBM ScienceBridge GmbH uses the Matrix messaging network for this purpose. Several messaging clients are available for many different platforms. We recommend to use Element as messenger. Software packages or apps for mobile phones, tablets and/or desktops are available for Element. Element can also be used via a web page. To this end you can register for a free Matrix account here. This also facilitates encrypted voice and video communication.
An in depth description on how to use Matrix/Element can be found e.g. on webpages of the Technical University Dresden.
The individual team members of MBM ScienceBridge you can reach with the following address syntax: @username:sciencebridge.chat