Terms of use

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY. These terms of use describe the rules for users (“you” or “your”) of any Stryker website ("Stryker website"). A Stryker website may be used only for information purposes and, in certain circumstances, to place secured orders according to the applicable Stryker User Agreement. By using a Stryker website or uploading materials to a Stryker website, you agree to abide by the terms of use set forth in this notice ("Terms of Use") and Stryker’s Privacy Statement (“Privacy Statement”). If you do not agree to abide by the Terms of Use and the Privacy Statement, do not use a Stryker website in any manner including but not limited to uploading or downloading any information or material.

All Stryker websites are owned and operated by Stryker. Stryker is the name we use to refer to our whole business, including Stryker Corporation (“Stryker”) with its worldwide headquarters at 2825 Airview Boulevard, Kalamazoo, MI 49002 U.S.A. and any of the companies that it controls such as its subsidiaries, divisions and affiliates.

By accessing a Stryker website, you agree to the following terms. If you do not agree to the following terms, please note that you are not allowed to use any Stryker websites. The Terms of Use and Privacy Statement apply to all Stryker websites. Stryker and its affiliates also operate other websites. The Terms of Use may also apply to those other websites. Please review the Terms of Use posted on those other Stryker websites when you visit them. Stryker may change the Terms of Use at any time. By using a Stryker website, you represent and warranty that you accept these and any future version of the Terms of Use. These Terms of Use were last updated on 21 May 2010.

The Terms of Use apply exclusively to your access to and use of any Stryker website and do not alter the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with Stryker or its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates regarding other topics than the use of any Stryker website.

Please read our Privacy Statement to understand the privacy rules about your use of Stryker websites. Except as written in any other user agreements, disclaimers, policies, terms of use, statements, or other notices on a Stryker website, the Terms of Use and our Privacy Statement are the complete agreement between you and Stryker with respect to your use of Stryker websites. You may be subject to additional terms that may apply when you access particular services or materials on certain areas of a Stryker website or by following links that take you away from a Stryker website.

The information contained in Stryker websites (i) are for general guidance on matters of interest only and shall not be assimilated to or substituted for legal or medical advice and (ii) do not constitute an offer of or solicitation for the purchase of products or services.

A reference to a Stryker product or service on a Stryker website does not imply that such product or service is or will be available in your country where it may be subject to different regulations and conditions of use. Such reference does not imply any intention on our part to sell this product or service in your country and you should always rely on product information especially created for your country. Stryker’s website contains information about products and services that may or may not be available in any particular country or region of the world, may be available under different trademarks in different countries and where applicable may be approved or cleared by a government regulatory body for sale or use with different indications and restrictions in different countries.

Although accessible by others, the product information on a public Stryker website is intended for use by residents of the United States only unless designated by a national flag or regional symbol. Stryker’s websites may link to other websites produced by Stryker's various operating divisions and subsidiaries, some of which are outside the U.S. Those Stryker websites may have information that is appropriate only to the particular originating country or region where the website is based. You should not construe anything on a linked website as a promotion or solicitation for any product or for the use of any product that is not authorised by the laws and regulations of the country where you are located.

Stryker’s websites may contain from time to time information related to various health, medical and fitness conditions and their treatment. Such information is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing a health or fitness problem or disease. You should always consult a medical professional, such as a physician, to determine what courses of treatment, if any, may be appropriate for you.

Copyrights and Trademarks. The contents of Stryker’s websites are protected by worldwide copyright and trademark laws. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Reproduction, transfer, distribution or storage of part or all of the contents in any form without the prior written permission of Stryker is prohibited except in accordance with the following terms. Stryker consents to you browsing Stryker’s websites on your computer and printing or downloading content only for your personal use for non-commercial purposes provided that such uses are not competitive with or derogatory to Stryker; but no modification or further reproduction of the content is permitted. The content may otherwise not be copied or used in any way without the prior written consent from an authorised Stryker representative. Individual documents on a Stryker’s website may be subject to additional terms indicated in those documents.

The trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress and products contained in Stryker’s websites are protected in the United States and internationally. Stryker is a registered trademark of Stryker Corporation. Other product and company names mentioned in Stryker’s websites may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners. Your access to Stryker’s websites should not be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any licence or right to use any marks appearing on Stryker’s websites without the prior written consent of an authorised Stryker representative or the third-party owner thereof except to identify the products or services of the company.

If you believe that your intellectual property has been improperly used on a Stryker website please contact Stryker’s Compliance Department at the address provided below.

Software. Any software including any files, images generated by the software, code, source and destination, and data accompanying the software (collectively, "Software"), used or accessible by means of a Stryker website may be used by you solely for accessing and using Stryker’s website for purposes and according to the conditions expressly stated on the Stryker website. Stryker retains full and complete title to and all intellectual property rights in the Software. You agree to neither copy, distribute, sell, modify or create derivative works from any part of the Software nor to decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble the same, unless permitted by applicable law.

User Representations. In using any Stryker website, you agree: (a) not to disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse, the Stryker website, or any services, system resources, accounts, servers or networks connected to or accessible through the Stryker website or affiliated or linked websites; (b) not to disrupt or interfere with any other user's enjoyment of the Stryker website or affiliated or linked websites; (c) not to upload, post, or otherwise transmit through or on any Stryker website any viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files; (d) not to use or attempt to use another's account, service or system without authorisation from Stryker, or create or use a false identity on a Stryker website; (e) not to transmit through or on a Stryker website spam, chain letters, junk mail or any other type of unsolicited mass email to people or entities who have not agreed to be part of such mailings; (f) not to divulge your username and password to others either on or off the Stryker website; (g) not to attempt to obtain unauthorised access to the Stryker website or portions of the Stryker website which are restricted from general access; and, (h) not use a Stryker website to seek, provide or obtain specific medical advice, medical opinion or diagnosis as applied to a patient’s particular condition or situation.

In addition, you agree that you are solely responsible for actions and communications undertaken or transmitted under your account and that you will comply with all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to United States export restrictions, that relate to your use of or activities on a Stryker website.

Except for Registered Users (as defined in the applicable User Agreement) using a secured Stryker website for professional use, in connection with the treatment of patients, you expressly agree that you will not provide, discuss or refer to any particular patient, any particular patient's medical condition or any other information, which could identify a particular patient. You further expressly agree that you will not discuss, endorse or refer to "off label" uses of medical products, including any uses which have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any other applicable regulatory agency.

Website Updates. All content available through a Stryker website, including but not limited to data, technical drawings, configurations, quote and order information and catalogue listings are believed to be accurate. However, you should independently evaluate the accuracy of the information and the usefulness for your particular needs of any content, product or service available through any Stryker website. Specifications for products and services are subject to change without notice and Stryker reserves the right to make changes without notice to processing, materials or configuration. Stryker does not guarantee that products or services that are listed online will be available at the time of your order.

Stryker may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of a Stryker website, including the availability of any features, at any time. Stryker may remove, modify or otherwise change any content, including that of third parties, on or from a Stryker website. Stryker may impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of a Stryker website without notice or liability. Stryker may terminate the authorisation and rights provided herein and your use of any Stryker website at any time in its sole discretion and upon such termination, you shall immediately destroy all materials that you have downloaded from any Stryker website.

Links to Other Websites. For your easy accessibility, Stryker may include links to websites on the internet that are owned or operated by third parties to which this Terms of Use does not apply. Stryker is not responsible for the content of such other websites. You also agree that Stryker has no control over the content on third-party websites and cannot assume any responsibility for material created or published by such third-party websites. Therefore, when linking to such a third-party website, you should review and agree to that website's rules of use before using such website. In addition, a summary and/or link to a non-Stryker website does not imply that Stryker endorses the website or the products or services, or warrants the accuracy of any content referenced in such third-party website. Stryker shall not be liable for any damages or injury arising from users' access to or inability to access such websites.

Links to a Stryker Website. All links to a Stryker website must be approved in writing by Stryker, except that Stryker consents to links in which: (a) the link is a text-only link containing only the title of the home page of Stryker’s website, (b) the link "points" only to the home page of Stryker’s website and not to deeper pages, (c) the link, when activated by a user, displays this home page of Stryker’s website in full-screen and not within a "frame" on the linked website and (d) the appearance, position, and other aspects of the link do not (i) create the false appearance that an entity or its activities or products are associated with or sponsored by Stryker or its affiliates, or (ii) damage or dilute the goodwill associated with the name and trademarks of Stryker or its affiliates. In any event you agree that Stryker reserves the right to withdraw this consent to link without reason or notice and at any time and you further undertake to delete any link for which Stryker’s consent has been withdrawn.

Your Content and Ideas. By submitting material to any of our servers, for example, by email or via the internet, you agree that: (a) the material will not contain any item that is unlawful or otherwise unfit for publication; (b) you will use reasonable efforts to scan and remove any viruses or other contaminating or destructive features before submitting any material; (c) you own the material or have the unlimited right to provide it to us and Stryker may publish the material free of charge and/or incorporate it or any concepts described in it in our products without accountability or liability; (d) you agree not to take action against us in relation to material that you submit and you agree to indemnify us if any third party takes action against us in relation to the material you submit; (e) does not violate the terms of this Agreement, Stryker’s Privacy Statement, or any other registered user agreement (if applicable); and (f) and that you shall be responsible for the content and information contained therein, including all required consents, its truthfulness and accuracy.

Stryker does not and cannot review the content posted by users on every Stryker website and is not responsible for such content. Stryker may at any time at its discretion remove any content posted by users.

Securities Disclaimer. Stryker’s websites may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, at the time they were made, were based on then-current expectations of future events.

If any of those underlying assumptions prove or have proven to be inaccurate or unknown or if risks or uncertainties materialise or have materialised, actual results could vary or already may have varied materially from Stryker’s expectations and projections in these statements.

These risks and uncertainties include general industry conditions and competition: economic conditions such as interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations, technological advances and patents attained by competitors, challenges inherent in new product development including obtaining regulatory approvals, domestic and foreign health care reforms and governmental laws and regulations and trends toward health care cost containment.

A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Stryker’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the current fiscal year. Copies of this Form 10-K, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov or on request from the Company.

The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.

Any personally identifiable information transmitted to a Stryker website is governed by Stryker’s Privacy Statement, which is incorporated by reference as if fully set forth in these Terms of Use. Stryker shall be free to use or copy all other information in any such communications, including any ideas, inventions, concepts, techniques or know-how disclosed therein, for any purposes. Such purposes may include disclosure to third parties and/or developing, manufacturing and/or marketing goods or services.

Warranty. The use of any Stryker website and the content therein is permitted for private, non-commercial use. The content in every Stryker website is provided as a convenience to you. Stryker will use reasonable efforts to include up-to-date and accurate information in its website but makes no representations, warranties or assurances as to the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information contained on any Stryker website which are provided on "as is" and "as available" basis.

To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, Stryker and its affiliates disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. You expressly agree that any use of a Stryker website, including all content, data or software distributed by, downloaded or accessed from or through a Stryker website is at your sole risk. You understand and agree that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your business, your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such content, data and/or software.

You acknowledge that Stryker does not control in any respect any information, products or services offered by third parties through any website including a Stryker website. Except as otherwise agreed in writing, Stryker and its affiliates assume no responsibility for and make no warranty or representation as to the accuracy, currency, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any advice, opinion, summary, statement or other content or of any products or services distributed or made available by third parties through any third-party or Stryker websites.

Stryker does not make any warranty that its websites or its content will meet your requirements, or that a Stryker website or its content will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free or that defects, if any, will be corrected. Nor does Stryker make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of a Stryker website or its content or as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information obtained through use of any Stryker website.

Stryker assumes no responsibility for any damages suffered by a user, including, but not limited to, loss of data from delays, nondeliveries of content or email, errors, system down time, misdeliveries of content or email, network or system outages, file corruption, or service interruptions caused by the negligence of Stryker, its affiliates, its licensors, or a user's own errors and/or omissions.

Except as otherwise provided under applicable laws and regulations regarding the security of personal data, Stryker disclaims any warranty or representation that confidentiality of information transmitted through a Stryker website will be maintained.

No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from Stryker or third parties through any Stryker website shall create any warranty.

Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of certain warranties or conditions, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL STRYKER OR ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE A STRYKER WEBSITE OR ANY CONTENT CONTAINED ON A STRYKER WEBSITE, OR, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS REGARDING THE SECURITY OF PERSONAL DATA, RESULTING FROM UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, OR OTHER INFORMATION THAT IS SENT OR RECEIVED OR NOT SENT OR RECEIVED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLES, EVEN IF GEHC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS A REASONABLE ALLOCATION OF RISK, EVEN IF STRYKER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE LIABILITY OF STRYKER WOULD IN SUCH CASE BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Applicable Law. These Terms of Use shall be governed by the laws of the State of Michigan and claims shall be determined in the state and federal courts of the State of Michigan, U.S.A. Should any provision in these Terms of Use be found invalid or unenforceable for any reason, then that provision shall be deemed severable from, and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of, the remaining provisions.

Contact Stryker. If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, please write to:

Stryker Corporation
c/o: Corporate Compliance Officer
2825 Airview Boulevard
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
U.S.A.

If the Terms of Use change, the revised Terms of Use will be posted on all Stryker websites. Please check back periodically and especially before you provide any personally identifiable information. This Terms of Use was last updated on 21 May 2010.