Third party

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Third party may refer to:


Acting in third of three roles[edit]

Business and marketing[edit]

  • Third-party access, policies that require owners of natural monopoly infrastructure facilities to grant access to those facilities to parties other than their own customers
  • Third-party administrator, an organization that processes insurance claims or certain aspects of employee benefit plans for a separate entity
  • Third-party beneficiary, person who may have the right to sue on a contract, despite not having originally been a party to the contract
  • Third party insurance, liability insurance which covers third-party claims
  • Third-party technique, marketing strategy commonly employed by public relations firms, that involves placing a premeditated message in the "mouth of the media"
  • Third-party verification (TPV), process of getting an independent party to confirm that the customer is actually requesting a change or ordering a new service or product, such as the practice used to prevent Telephone slamming
  • Third party Independent test organization
  • Third-party inspection company


  • Third-party developer, a hardware or software developer independent of the primary product or platform that the consumer is using
  • Third-party software component, software which can be used in conjunction with some software or hardware but is not associated with either the manufacturer or the user

Law and society[edit]

  • Third-party observations under the European Patent Convention, observations submitted by a person who is not formally party to the grant or opposition proceedings, where the observations relate to the patentability of an invention subject of a European patent application or, after grant, subject of a European patent
  • Third-party reproduction, a process wherein a donor provides sperm, eggs, or the use of her uterus so that a woman can have a child
  • Third-party source, a source of information independent of the first and second parties in a situation

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