This Agreement entered into and effective as of December 19, 2005 (the
"Effective Date") is between PROTEIN POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., a Delaware
corporation (hereinafter referred to as "Company"), and SURGICA CORPORATION, a
corporation (hereinafter referred to as "Licensor"). Company and
Licensor are each hereinafter referred to as a "Party" and collectively as the
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Licensor and Company entered into an Asset Purchase Option
Agreement, dated as of November 23, 2005 (the "Option Agreement"), pursuant to
which Company, among other things, obtained the right to purchase from Licensor
substantially all of the assets of Licensor then existing or thereafter acquired
through the date of the exercise of the Option (as that term is defined in the
WHEREAS, as partial consideration offered by Licensor to induce Company
to enter into the Option Agreement, Licensor desires to grant to Company, and
Company desires to obtain from Licensor, an exclusive license to Licensor's
intellectual property rights; and
WHEREAS, in connection with the Option Agreement and this Agreement,
the Parties are entering into a separate Supply Agreement (defined below),
pursuant to which Licensor shall supply to Company certain manufactured Product,
services and cooperation and Company shall provide to Licensor certain services
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants
and agreements herein set forth and for other good and valuable consideration,
the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the Parties hereto
hereby agree as follows:
In this Agreement (including the recitals) the following expressions
shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise requires:
"Affiliate" shall mean, in relation to either Party, (a) any
corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other entity
("Entity") in which the relevant Party directly or indirectly holds 50%
or more of the voting interests, (b) any Entity which holds directly or
indirectly 50% or more of the voting stock or shares of the relevant
Party, (c) any other Entity in which 50% or more of the voting
interests is directly or indirectly held by any Entity described in
clause (b), or (d) any Entity in which the relevant Party directly or
indirectly holds less than 50% of the voting interests but has
management control of such Entity in that it has the ability to appoint
or remove the majority of the directors or managers of such Entity. For
the purpose of this definition, Licensor shall not be an Affiliate of
Company, and Company shall not be an Affiliate of Licensor.
"Assumed Liability Matters" shall mean those specified
liabilities of the Licensor set forth in Schedule B.
"Calendar Quarter" shall mean the usual and customary calendar
quarters, the first quarter being the months of January, February and
March, the second quarter being the months of April, May and June, the
third quarter being the months of July, August and September, and the
fourth quarter being the months of October, November and December.
"Copyrights" shall mean all copyright and rights in the nature
of copyright now or subsequently owned or controlled by Licensor or its
Subsidiaries at any time prior to or during the term of this Agreement
relating to or embodying any part of the Know-How, including without
limitation any materials consisting of or containing software or
"Cost of Goods Sold" shall mean, for any applicable period,
Company's cost of goods for Products sold determined in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied.
"ECA" means the European Competent Authorities, any Notified
Bodies, or any successor agencies responsible for European Regulatory
"FDA" shall mean the United States Food and Drug
Administration or any successor agency vested with administrative and
regulatory authority to approve testing and commercial distribution of
products for human and veterinary use in the United States.
"Field" shall mean any and all human or veterinary
"Fully-Burdened Cost" shall mean all of the direct and
proportional indirect costs and expenses for providing the specified
Product or services, including but not limited to raw materials and
supplies, labor, equipment, utilities, facilities and overhead as
determined according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
"Governmental Body" means any: (a) nation, principality,
state, commonwealth, province, territory, county, municipality,
district or other jurisdiction of any nature; (b) federal, state,
local, municipal, foreign or other government; (c) governmental or
quasi-governmental authority of any nature (including any governmental
division, subdivision, department, agency, bureau, branch, office,
commission, council, board, instrumentality, officer, official,
representative, organization, unit, body or Entity and any court or
other tribunal); (d) multi-national organization or body; or (e)
individual, entity or body exercising, or entitled to exercise, any
executive, legislative, judicial, administrative, regulatory, police,
military or taxing authority or power of any nature.
"Gross Margin" shall mean, for a Product, the invoiced price
of such Product upon the sale by Company or any Affiliate of the
Company to another entity, less the Cost of Goods Sold of such Product
for the applicable accounting period.
"Intellectual Property" shall mean all Patents, Know-How,
Trademarks and Copyrights.
"Know-How" shall mean all trade secrets, inventions, methods,
processes, know-how and negative know-how, techniques, products,
designs, cultures, other biological materials and other materials and
compositions, information, data or experience whether patentable or
not, useful in the Field that are (i) owned or controlled by Licensor
or its Subsidiaries as of the Effective Date or (ii) developed,
acquired or that otherwise become controlled by Licensor or its
Subsidiaries at any time during the term of this Agreement, including
without limitation, processes, techniques, methods, operating
instructions, machinery designs, raw material or product
specifications, drawings, blue prints, laboratory books, notes, records
and any other technical and commercial information relating to
research, design, development, manufacture, assembly, use or sale of
the Products in the Field.
"Know How Documentation" shall mean complete and accurate
written documentation concerning all Confidential Information of
Licensor necessary or desirable to use, practice and/or otherwise
exploit the Know-How and related Intellectual Property, including but
not limited to the Device Master Record, Device History Record, Design
History File, and Quality System Record (as those terms are defined in
21 CFR 820, Quality System Regulation) for each of PVA Plus(TM),
MaxiStat(TM), and MicroStat(TM) (510(k) clearance numbers K001678,
K020033, and K032619, respectively), the 510(k) submissions as
supplemented or amended resulting in such clearances, internal audit
reports, reports and communications associated with an inspection or
audit of Licensor's operations by a Governmental Body, and laboratory
notebooks, experimental reports, batch records, invention disclosures,
and patent applications.
"Net Profit" shall mean Net Sales less (i) the amount paid by
Company for goods pertaining to the Products sold by Company that are
obtained by Company pursuant to the Supply Agreement or other similar
arrangement, (ii) other monies paid to Licensor by Company under the
Supply Agreement, and (iii) Company's Fully Burdened Cost in providing
the services and cooperation to Licensor as set forth in the Supply
Agreement and/or the applicable Project Plan (as that term is defined
in the Supply Agreement).
"Net Sales" shall mean the gross invoice price of Products
sold by Company to any other entities, less (i) quantity and/or cash
discounts actually allowed or taken; (ii) freight, postage and
insurance; (iii) amounts repaid or credited by reasons of rejections or
return of goods or because of retroactive price reductions specifically
identifiable to Products; (iv) amounts payable resulting from
governmental (or agency thereof) mandated rebate programs; (v)
third-party rebates to the extent actually allowed; (vi) custom duties
and taxes (excluding income, value-added and similar taxes), if any,
directly related to the sale; and (vii) any other specifically
identifiable amounts included
in such Product gross sales that will be credited for reasons
substantially equivalent to those listed hereinabove.
"Patent(s)" shall mean:
(a) any and all patents and applications for patents
owned or controlled by Licensor as of the Effective Date which
are useful in the Field including, but not limited to, those
that are identified in Schedule A, attached hereto, along with
any and all foreign counterparts thereof, all continuations,
continuations-in-part, divisions and renewals thereof, all
patent supplementary protection certificates and similar
rights that are based on or derive priority from any of the
foregoing or which may be granted thereon, and all reissues,
re-examinations, extensions, patents of addition and patent of
(b) any and all patent applications by Licensor or its
Subsidiaries useful in the Field that are filed, acquired or
that otherwise become controlled by Licensor during the term
of this Agreement, all continuations, continuations-in-part or
divisions of any such applications, any patents which shall
issue based on such applications, continuations,
continuations-in-part, or divisions and any and all patents,
patent supplementary protection certificates and similar
rights that are based upon or derive priority from any of the
foregoing or which may be granted thereon and all reissues,
renewals or extensions thereof or patents of addition thereto;
(c) all such patent applications, patent certificates and
rights, a Valid Claim of which would be infringed by the
manufacture, marketing, use or sale of Product (but for the
license granted herein).
"Product(s)" shall mean any product which (i) if made, used or
sold would infringe one or more Valid Claims in an issued Patent but
for the License granted pursuant to Section 3.1 of this Agreement, or
(ii) otherwise uses, incorporates or was conceived, developed or
reduced to practice using the Patents or Know-How that comprise, in
part, the Intellectual Property subject to the License set forth in
Section 3.1 hereof.
"Regulatory Agency" means (a) the FDA, (b) the ECA, or (c) any
other Governmental Body with regulatory authority similar to the FDA or
ECA in any other jurisdiction anywhere in the world.
"Regulatory Approval" shall mean with respect to any country,
filing for and receipt of all regulatory agency or other registrations,
clearances and approvals required in such country in respect of Product
for any purpose specified in this Agreement or, if no purpose is
specified, to enable Product to be manufactured, offered for sale, sold
and distributed, and for Non-Clinical Use or Clinical Use to take
place, in such country.
"Subsidiary" shall mean a corporation, limited liability
company or partnership of which a Party holds 50% or more of the voting
or economic interest. For the purpose of this definition, Licensor
shall not be a Subsidiary of Company.
"Supply Agreement" shall mean that certain Supply and Services
Agreement entered into between Licensor and Company of even date
"Third Party" shall mean a person other than Licensor, Company
or their respective Affiliates.
"Trademarks" shall mean any and all trademarks, trade names,
service marks, service names, logos and similar proprietary right
owned, controlled or licensed by Licensor to be used in connection with
the Licensor's Intellectual Property or Products.
"Valid Claim" shall mean a claim in any unexpired Patent which
has not been held invalid by a decision of a court or other appropriate
body of competent jurisdiction against which there is no appeal or
where any period for appealing against such decision has expired
without an appeal having been validly submitted.
2. CONDITIONS TO LICENSE.
2.1 Licensor hereby represents and warrants that, as a condition
precedent to entering into this Agreement, Licensor has:
(a) Successfully obtained Angiodynamics, Inc.'s ("Angiodynamics")
written consent, the form of which is attached as Exhibit D to the Option
Agreement, to the assignment to Company of all of Licensor's rights and
obligations under the Distributor Agreement dated June 28, 2002 by and between
Licensor and Angiodynamics; and
(b) Received an unconditional and irrevocable assignment of all
rights, title and interest of its employees, officers and/or directors
(including, without limitation, Louis R. Matson) in and to all inventions
pertaining or applicable to the Field.
3. ASSIGNMENT OF 510(K) CLEARANCES; GRANT OF LICENSE.
3.1 Rights Granted.
(a) Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement
(including, without limitation, Company's payment of the License Fee), Licensor
hereby sells, assigns, transfers, conveys, grants, and delivers and Company
hereby accepts from Licensor all of Licensor's right, title and interest in and
to its 510(k) Clearances, including numbers: K001678 relating to PVA Plus(TM),
K020033 relating to MaxiStat(TM) and K032619 relating to MicroStat(TM), filed
with the United States Food and Drug Administration and all information
submitted along with such applications ("510(k) Clearances").
(b) Upon execution and delivery of this Agreement, Licensor shall
effectuate the sale, assignment, transfer, conveyance, grant and delivery of the
510(k) Clearances to Company by delivering to Company (or its designees) a duly
executed bill of sale and assignment for the 510(k) Clearances in substantially
the form of Exhibit A, attached hereto, and shall notify the FDA of the same by
delivering to Company (or its designees) a duly executed letter of notification
in substantially the form of Exhibit B, attached hereto.
(c) Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement
(including, without limitation, Company's payment of the License Fee), Licensor
hereby grants to Company and Company hereby accepts from Licensor an exclusive
(even as against Licensor), worldwide license, with the right to sublicense, to
the Intellectual Property to make, have made, modify, import, use, offer to
sell, sell and have sold Products and perform and have performed all processes
under the Intellectual Property, solely in the Field in all countries in the
world (the "License").
(d) Solely with respect to the License of Trademarks set forth
herein, (i) Company may utilize and exploit such Trademarks only in connection
with the Products, (ii) Licensor may from time to time request samples of
Company's use of the Trademarks in commerce, and (iii) Company shall comply with
the reasonable written use standards and requirements imposed by Licensor
concerning the use of its Licensor's Trademarks.
(e) Licensor hereby agrees that it shall not, without the prior
written consent of Company, use, make, have made, modify, import, use, perform,
offer to sell, sell or have sold any products, compositions or methods in the
Field, or license or transfer to any Third Party (including without limitation,
any Affiliate) any of such rights in the Field.
(f) With respect to any Intellectual Property developed or
acquired by Licensor after the Effective Date, Company agrees that the License
with respect to such after-acquired Intellectual Property shall be subject to
any contractual obligations of Licensor under bona fide arm's length third party
agreements; provided that, in the event the License is restricted or limited by
any such contractual obligations of Licensor, then Licensor shall use reasonable
commercial efforts to exclude or, where applicable, to minimize any such
restriction or limitation.
(g) Licensor acknowledges and agrees that the License set forth
in Section 3.1 above, includes, without limitation, a license to make, have
made, modify, import, use, offer to sell, sell and have sold any and all of
Licensor's Products that have received, or during the term of this Agreement
will receive, Regulatory Approval from any applicable Regulatory Agency.
(h) To the extent permissible under the terms of any and all
marketing and/or distribution agreements in effect as of the Effective Date, or
in effect during the term of this Agreement, Licensor shall sublicense all of
its rights under such agreements to Company for the duration of this Agreement.
To the extent that such a sublicense requires the consent of the other
contractual party, Licensor shall reasonably cooperate with Company to obtain
4. TRANSFER OF LICENSED TECHNOLOGY.
No later than ten (10) days after the Effective Date, Licensor shall
provide to Company a copy of the current Device Master Record and Quality System
Record for each of PVA Plus(TM), MaxiStat(TM), and MicroStat(TM), together with
a copy of the submissions as amended or supplemented resulting in their
respective 510(k) clearances. Thereafter, Licensor shall provide Know How
Documentation as requested in writing by Company within ten (10) days.
5. PAYMENT TO LICENSOR.
5.1 License Fee; Indemnification Against Certain Claims.
(a) Upon execution and delivery of this Agreement and no later
than five (5) calendar days after the Effective Date, Licensor shall provide
Company written, complete and accurate records specifying Licensor's total debt
concerning the categories set forth in Schedule C, attached hereto.
(b) Promptly upon Company receipt and diligent review of
Licensor's records concerning its outstanding debts, Company shall deliver to
Licensor, or to Licensor's designee(s), the "License Fee" in full satisfaction
of its license fee obligations hereunder, which shall consist of (i) the
assumption of "Assumed Liability Matters" by the Company as of the Effective
Date as set forth in Schedule B and (ii) an aggregate amount of up to Three
Hundred and Ninety One Thousand and Zero Cents ($391,000.00) as set forth in
Schedule C, to satisfy Licensor's outstanding debts and/or liabilities.
(c) Company's License Fee obligations shall consist of assuming
and repaying Company's outstanding debt as provided in Section 5.1(b) above as
of the Effective Date in an aggregate amount not to exceed the amount specified
in Section 5.1(b). Company agrees to take all commercially reasonable steps
necessary to assume, pay, perform and discharge when due, all of Company's
outstanding debt as provided in Section 5.1(b) as of the Effective Date in an
aggregate amount not to exceed the amount specified in Section 5.1(b)
(d) Company shall indemnify, hold harmless and defend Licensor
from and against and will pay or reimburse Licensor with respect to any and all
claims by Sapphire Group LLC against Licensor to which Licensor may become
subject, directly arising out of or in connection with any fees found by a court
of competent jurisdiction to be actually owed by Licensor to Sapphire Group LLC
arising solely pursuant to that certain engagement letter signed by Sapphire
Group LLC and agreed to by Licensor, dated as of July 7, 2003, as amended
pursuant to that amendment letter signed by Sapphire Group LLC and agreed to by
Licensor, dated as of July 6, 2004, and as supplemented by that supplement
letter signed by Sapphire Group LLC and agreed to by Licensor, dated as of June
3, 2005, solely in connection with Licensor entering into and executing the
Option Agreement, the License Agreement and/or the Asset Purchase Agreement, as
to each, if and when entered into and executed by Licensor and Company (a
"Sapphire Claim"). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Licensor's right to
defense of such claims as set forth in this Section 5.1(d) shall not be
dependent upon any finding by any court of competent jurisdiction with respect
to any such Sapphire Claim. All Sapphire Claims shall be resolved pursuant to
those procedures set forth in Section 7.3. In no event, shall Company's total
liability pursuant to this Section 5.1(d) exceed Two Hundred Thousand Dollars
and Zero Cents ($200,000.00), such total liability shall not be reduced by any
reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by Company in defense of Licensor to any
such Sapphire Claim as provided herein.
(a) Subject to the provisions of this Agreement, Company shall
pay Licensor, no later than forty-five (45) days after the close of each
Calendar Quarter throughout the term of this Agreement, a royalty equal to
twenty-five (25%) of Company's Net Profit from Products for the Calendar Quarter
(or part thereof in the case of the first or last Calendar Quarter for which a
royalty is payable if not a full quarter) then ended (the "Surgica Royalty").
(b) In the event any Product or Products are sold pursuant to a
sales agreement, marketing agreement, distribution agreement or similar
arrangement to which the Company is a party with any entity ("Net Distributor
Revenue"), Company shall pay Licensor, no later than forty-five (45) days after
the close of each Calendar Quarter, the royalty specified in Section 5.2(a) as
applied to the Company's share or interest in the Product or Product-related
revenue from said entity's sale of Products; provided, however, that in no case
shall Company have any obligation to pay any amounts to Licensor under this
Section 5.2(b) for the sale of Products by Company to any other entities.
(c) Company shall deliver to Licensor written reports of Net
Profit, Net Sales and Net Distributor Revenue during the preceding Calendar
Quarter on or before the forty-fifth (45th) day following the end of each
Calendar Quarter. Such reports shall include a calculation of the earned royalty
due and shall be accompanied by the monies due. If no earned royalties are due,
then Company shall indicate such on its written report.
6.1 Subject to Section 6.3, during the term of this Agreement and for
a period of five (5) years thereafter (except with respect to trade secrets, for
which the obligations of non-use and non-disclosure shall continue for so long
as such trade secrets are protected by their owner as trade secrets), each Party
shall maintain in confidence and shall not disclose to any Third Party any
know-how, trade secrets, business or technical information or other information
("Confidential Information") received from the other Party relating to any
Product, and shall not use the other Party's Confidential Information except for
the purposes of this Agreement without the prior written consent of such other
Party. These confidentiality and non-use obligations shall not apply to any
Confidential Information that the receiving Party can demonstrate:
(a) at the time of disclosure to the receiving Party was, or
thereafter becomes, a part of the public domain through no fault of the
receiving Party, its Affiliates, distributors or sublicensees;
(b) was subsequently lawfully disclosed to the receiving Party by
a Third Party not under an obligation of confidentiality with or through the
(c) was in the lawful possession of the receiving Party prior to
disclosure by the disclosing Party; or
(d) is required to be disclosed by judicial or administrative
order, provided that notice is given to the disclosing Party and the disclosing
Party has an opportunity, if reasonable under the circumstances, to seek a
protective order, and further provided, that disclosure is limited solely to
compliance with the judicial or administrative order.
6.2 During the term of this Agreement, each Party shall take all
reasonable steps to:
(a) prevent any disclosure in breach of Section 6.1 of
Confidential Information of the other which would be materially prejudicial to
the interests of the other Party;
(b) limit the disclosure of information to such of its
Affiliates, distributors and sub-licensees and their respective employees that
require the information for the purposes of this Agreement; and
(c) ensure that the persons referred to in Section 6.2(b) enter
into appropriate confidentiality agreements containing use and disclosure
restrictions at least as restrictive as those set forth herein.
6.3 Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, the
Parties and their Affiliates, distributors and sublicensees shall be entitled to
disclose Confidential Information of the other Party which would otherwise be
protected by the provisions of Section 6.1 to actual or potential customers for
any Product in so far as such disclosure is reasonably necessary to
commercialize such Product.
7.1 Company Indemnification. Except as otherwise provided in this
Agreement, Company shall indemnify and hold harmless, pursuant to the provisions
of this Section 7, Licensor and each of its officers, directors, employees,
agents and Affiliates (collectively, the "Licensor Indemnitees"), from and
against, and will reimburse each such Licensor Indemnitee with respect to, any
and all Third Party claims, actions, demands, losses, damages, liabilities,
costs and expenses to which such Licensor Indemnitee may become subject,
including reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel and expenses of
reasonable investigation (collectively, "Licensor Losses"), arising out of,
based upon or caused by: (a) the inaccuracy of any representation or the breach
of any warranty, covenant or agreement of Company contained in this Agreement,
the Supply Agreement or the Option Agreement; (b) any failure by Company to
conduct its obligations arising hereunder in a diligent and professional manner
and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; or (c) any gross
negligence or intentional wrongdoing by Company in the performance of its
obligations (except in each case, and solely to the extent, that any Licensor
Loss is due to (x) the gross negligence or willful misconduct of one or more
Licensor Indemnitees); provided, however, that, in each case, Company shall not
be obligated to indemnify the Licensor Indemnitees for claims arising out of any
Product's infringement of any intellectual property right of a Third Party
unless such claim results from Company's (i) misuse or mishandling of the
Product or (ii) unauthorized modification of the Product.
7.2 Licensor Indemnification. Licensor shall indemnify and hold
harmless, pursuant to the provisions of this Section 7, Company and each of its
officers, directors, employees, agents and Affiliates (collectively, the
"Company Indemnitees"), from and against, and will reimburse each such Company
Indemnitee with respect to, any and all Third Party claims, actions, demands,
losses, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses to which such Company
Indemnitee may become subject, including reasonable fees and disbursements of
counsel and expenses of reasonable investigation (collectively, "Company
Losses"), arising out of, based upon or caused by: (a) the inaccuracy of any
representation or the breach of any warranty, covenant or agreement of Licensor
contained in this Agreement, the Supply Agreement or the Option Agreement; (b)
the manufacture or supply of Products; (c) any failure by Licensor to conduct
its obligations arising hereunder in a diligent and professional manner and in
accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; or (d) any gross negligence
or intentional wrongdoing by Licensor in the performance of its obligations
(except in each case, and solely to the extent, that any Company Loss is due to
the gross negligence or willful misconduct of one or more Company Indemnitees);
provided, however, that Licensor shall not be obligated to indemnify the Company
Indemnitees for claims arising out of any Product's infringement of any
intellectual property right of a Third Party resulting from such Company
Indemnitee's: (i) misuse or mishandling of the Product or (ii) unauthorized
modification of the Product.
7.3 Indemnification Procedures. Each Party, on behalf of itself and
its respective Licensor Indemnitees or Company Indemnitees (each such Person, an
"Indemnitee"), agrees to provide the indemnifying Party prompt written notice of
any action, claim, demand, discovery of fact, proceeding or suit (collectively,
a "Claim") for which such Indemnitee intends to assert a right to
indemnification under this Agreement; provided, however, that failure to give
such notification shall not affect each applicable Indemnitee's entitlement to
indemnification (or the corresponding indemnifying Party's indemnification
obligations) hereunder except to the extent that the indemnifying Party shall
have been prejudiced as a result of such failure. The indemnifying Party shall
have the initial right (but not obligation) to defend, settle or otherwise
dispose of any Claim for which an Indemnitee intends to assert a right to
indemnification under this Agreement as contemplated in the preceding sentence
if, and for so long as, the indemnifying Party has recognized in a written
notice to the Indemnitee provided within thirty (30) days of such written notice
its obligation to indemnify the Indemnitee for any Licensor Losses or Company
Losses (as the case may be) relating to such Claim; provided, however, that if
the indemnifying Party assumes control of the defense, settlement or disposition
of a Claim, the indemnifying Party shall obtain the written consent of each
applicable Indemnitee prior to ceasing to defend, settling or otherwise
disposing of the Claim. If the indemnifying Party fails to state in a written
notice during such thirty (30) day period its willingness to assume the defense
of such a Claim, the Licensor Indemnitee(s) or Company Indemnitee(s), as the
case may be, shall have the right to defend, settle or otherwise dispose of such
Claim, subject to the applicable provides of Sections 7.1 and 7.2.
8. LIMITED LIABILITY. EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO EACH PARTY'S INDEMNIFICATION
AND CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS (SET FORTH IN SECTIONS 6 AND 7), NOTWITHSTANDING
ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS AGREEMENT OR OTHERWISE, NEITHER PARTY SHALL BE LIABLE OR
OBLIGATED UNDER ANY SECTION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE,
STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY,
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
9.1 Ownership of Inventions.
(a) As between the Parties, all right, title and interest to any
inventions or discoveries ("Inventions") made by Company employees or agents
with or without inventive contribution by Licensor employees or agents and
conceived or first reduced to practice under this Agreement or the Supply
Agreement shall belong to Company. As between the Parties, all right, title and
interest to any Inventions made by Licensor employees or agents without
inventive contribution by Company employees or agents and conceived or first
reduced to practice under the Supply Agreement ("Licensor Inventions") shall
belong to Licensor pending the successful exercise of the Option pursuant to the
Option Agreement at which such time such Licensor Inventions, to the extent
applicable to the Field, shall be included in the purchased assets. All right,
title and interest in and to any Inventions made jointly by employees or agents
of Licensor and Company shall belong exclusively to Company; provided, however,
that Licensor shall, and hereby does, receive a nonexclusive, royalty-free,
fully paid-up, non-transferable license (without the right to sublicense) to use
such Inventions in the fulfillment of its obligations under the Supply
(b) Licensor hereby grants and agrees to grant to Company a
nonexclusive, transferable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, irrevocable, worldwide
right and license (with right to sublicense) to the Licensor Inventions solely
for applications within the Field.
(c) Each Party hereby makes any assignments necessary to
accomplish the foregoing ownership provisions. Each Party agrees that from time
to time such Party shall promptly execute and deliver all further instruments
and documents, and take all further action, that may be necessary or desirable
in order to execute, confirm, memorialize or otherwise document the assignments
and ownership rights described herein.
9.2 Records. Each Party shall require its employees or agents
responsible for conducting research in performance of this Agreement to keep
contemporaneous records of their results and findings in sufficient detail to
document any inventions of discoveries made by such employees and agents under
this Agreement in bound notebooks (that shall be reviewed and signed by a
witness on a regular basis). Except with respect to records pertaining
exclusively to Licensor Inventions, all such records shall be the exclusive
property of Company; provided, however, that Licensor may retain for its files a
copy of records concerning Inventions made with inventive contribution of
10. TERM AND TERMINATION.
(a) The term of this Agreement shall commence as of the date it
is executed and delivered by both Parties, and, unless terminated earlier in
accordance with its terms, shall continue for the greater of twenty (20) years
from the Effective Date or the date upon which the last of the Patents expires.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing Section 10.1(a), if Company
exercises the Option (as defined in, and pursuant to, the Option Agreement),
this Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the effective assignment to
Company of the purchased assets (including, without limitation, the Intellectual
Property) pursuant to the terms of the Option Agreement and the Asset Purchase
Agreement attached thereto.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing Section 10.1(a), if Company
does not exercise the Option (as defined in, and pursuant to, the Option
Agreement) for any reason whatsoever except as a result of (i) a default by
Licensor under this Agreement, which is not cured within forty-five (45) days of
notice of such default as provided in Section 10.2(b) below, or (ii) the failure
of Licensor to satisfy all of the closing conditions for which it is responsible
as set forth in Article 6 of the Asset Purchase Agreement, upon request of
Licensor, each Party hereto shall agree to negotiate in good faith with the
other Party the reconveyance of the License to the Licensor and the termination
of this Agreement.
10.2 Rights of Termination.
(a) Company's Right of Termination. Company may terminate this
Agreement at any time, with respect to one or more of the Products or Patents by
giving at least thirty (30) days' prior written notice to Licensor.
(b) Licensor's Right of Termination. If Company breaches any of
its obligations set forth in Section 5, and such breach is not cured within
forty-five (45) days after Licensor provides Company with written notice of such
breach, Licensor may terminate this Agreement.
(c) Material Breach. Except as set forth in Section 10.2(b),
Licensor and Company shall have the right to terminate this Agreement, including
the licenses granted herein, in the event that any material term or condition of
this Agreement is breached by the other Party, and such breach is not remedied
within a period of thirty (30) days after the non-breaching Party transmits
written notice of such breach. If such material breach is corrected within the
applicable thirty (30) day period, this Agreement and the rights granted
hereunder shall continue in full force and effect.
10.3 Termination For Cause. Any termination pursuant to Sections
10.2(b) or 10.2(c) shall be deemed a termination for "Cause".
10.4 Effect of Termination.
(a) Except if this Agreement is terminated by Company pursuant to
Section 10.2(a), or for Cause by Licensor, all rights licensed to Company
hereunder shall become irrevocable and fully-paid upon payment of any amounts
due that have accrued hereunder prior to effective date of such termination, and
thereafter Company shall have, except (1) in such countries where restricted by
applicable law or (2) (i) for all Intellectual Property that Licensor does not
own but licenses from a Third Party or (ii) to which it does not have a
royalty-free license (as licensee), an irrevocable, fully paid-up license, with
the right to sublicense, under the Intellectual Property licensed pursuant to
Sections 2 and 8 hereof, to make, have made, use, sell, offer to sell and import
Products. For licenses that are not royalty free, Licensor shall use its best
efforts to obtain for Company the rights of Licensor under such licenses,
provided that Company agrees to pay and pays on a going forward basis, any
payments to Third Parties required under any such license.
(b) If this Agreement is terminated by Company for Cause or as a
result of the successful exercise of the Option pursuant to the Option Agreement
as described in Section 10.1(b), all rights licensed hereunder to Licensor
pursuant to Section 9.1(a) shall become irrevocable and fully-paid, and
thereafter Licensor shall have, except (1) in such countries where restricted by
applicable law or (2) (i) for all intellectual property that Company does not
own but licenses from a Third Party or (ii) to which it does not have a
royalty-free license (as licensee), an irrevocable, fully paid-up, non-exclusive
license to make, have made, use, sell offer to sell, and import Product.
(c) If this Agreement is terminated prior to the expiration of
its term, except with respect to termination resulting from Licensor's breach of
the Agreement, effective on such termination date, Company shall assign the
510(k) Clearances back to Licensor.
10.5 Sublicensees. In the event this Agreement terminates for any
reason, each of Company's sublicensees at such time shall continue to have the
rights and license set forth in their sublicense agreements; provided, however,
that such sublicensee agrees in writing that Licensor is entitled to enforce all
relevant terms and conditions of such sublicense agreement directly against such
10.6 Survival. All provisions of this Agreement which in order to give
effect to their meaning need to survive its termination or expiration shall
remain in full force and effect thereafter, including without limitation
Sections 1, 6-9, 10.4, 113-17, and 19-26. All then-outstanding payment and
reimbursement obligations shall survive any termination or expiration of this
11.1 As between the Parties hereto, all obligations concerning the
prosecution and maintenance of patents shall be governed by Section 3.3 of the
(a) If a Third Party asserts that a patent or other right owned
by it is infringed by the manufacture, import, marketing, use, sale, offer for
sale and/or supply of any Product, the Party first obtaining knowledge of such
claim shall promptly provide the other Party written notice of such claim and
the related facts in reasonable detail. Notwithstanding any provision in this
Agreement to the contrary, except subject to indemnification obligations of
Licensor, the defense of any such claim (including without limitation, the
institution and prosecution of any counterclaims thereto) shall be controlled by
Company. However, nothing in this Section 12.1 will prevent Licensor from
engaging its own counsel in any such matter if there shall exist a bona fide
conflict between the rights and interest of Licensor and Company.
(b) Without its prior written consent, Licensor will not be
responsible for or bound by any compromise made by Company. Without its prior
written consent, Company will not be responsible for or bound by any compromise
made by Licensor.
(c) If it is necessary to obtain a license from such Third Party,
Licensor and Company in negotiating such a license shall, to the extent
practicable, use their reasonable efforts to minimize the license fees and/or
royalty payable to such Third Party.
(a) In the event that there is infringement or misappropriation
of any Intellectual Property by a Third Party, Licensor and Company shall notify
each other in writing to that effect immediately upon becoming aware of the
same, including if practicable with said written notice evidence establishing a
case of infringement or misappropriation by such Third Party.
(b) Company shall have the right, in its sole discretion, but not
the obligation to bring an infringement or misappropriation suit(s) against one
or more Third Parties at its own expense and in its own name, if possible, or
jointly in its name and in the name of Licensor or if necessary in Licensor's
sole name if such infringement involves the use of Intellectual Property in the
(c) Company shall bear all the expenses of any suit brought by it
and shall retain all damages or other monies awarded or received in settlement
of such suit; provided, however, that at Company's option exercised by notice in
writing to Licensor before it commences such suit Licensor may contribute to the
expenses of any such suit and, in such event, Company and Licensor shall share
proportionately to their respective contributions all damages or other monies
awarded or received in settlement of such suit.
(d) Licensor will cooperate with Company in any such suit and
shall have the right to consult with Company and, if it elects pursuant to the
proviso to paragraph (c) of this Section, to be separately represented by its
counsel at its own expense.
13. ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES.
13.1 Excepting only actions and claims relating to actions commenced
by a Third Party against Licensor or Company (including, without limitation, for
injuries caused by a Product or in respect to a trademark or patent infringement
claim), any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the terms and
conditions of this Agreement, or the decision to agree upon these terms, or the
breach thereof, including questions of validity, infringement, or termination
hereof, shall be settled exclusively by arbitration in accordance with the rules
of the American Arbitration Association. If such controversy or claim relates to
patent validity or infringement, then the Patent Arbitration Rules of the AAA
shall apply; otherwise the International Arbitration Rules of the AAA shall
apply. Notwithstanding the foregoing to the contrary or in the arbitration rules
invoked or in this Section 13, the Parties retain the right to request a
judicial authority to invoke interim measures of protection, and such request
shall not be deemed incompatible with this agreement to arbitrate or a waiver of
the right to arbitrate.
13.2 There shall be one (1) arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by
the Parties and to be selected from the Regional Panel of Distinguished
Neutrals. If the Parties are unable to agree upon such an arbitrator who is
willing to serve within ten (10) days of receipt of the demand by the other
Party, the Parties shall within three (3) days select one of the four largest
international public accounting firms (excluding those providing services to the
Parties) and engage the managing partner or senior officer of its County office
located in the county containing the principal place of business of the Party
who did not initiate the arbitration to designate a partner of such firm to
serve as the arbitrator. Failing that, then the AAA shall appoint an arbitrator
willing to serve from the Regional Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, or if no
such panel exists, then from an appropriate AAA panel. It shall be the duty of
the arbitrator to set dates for preparation and hearing of any dispute and to
expedite the resolution of such dispute.
(a) The arbitration shall be held in the city in which the
principal place of business of the Party who did not initiate the arbitration is
located and the arbitrator shall apply the substantive law of California except
that the interpretation and enforcement of this arbitration provision shall be
governed by the Federal Arbitration Act.
(b) The arbitrator shall permit and facilitate discovery, which
will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
taking into account the needs of the Parties and the desirability of making
discovery expeditious and cost-effective.
(c) The arbitrator will set a discovery schedule with which the
Parties will comply and attend depositions if requested by either Party.
(d) The arbitrator will entertain such presentation of sworn
testimony or evidence, written briefs and/or oral argument as the Parties may
wish to present, but no testimony or exhibits will be admissible unless the
adverse party was afforded an opportunity to examine such witness and to inspect
and copy such exhibits during the pre-hearing discovery phase.
(e) The arbitrator shall among his other powers and authorities,
have the power and authority to award interim or preliminary relief.
(f) The arbitrator shall not be empowered to award either Party
exemplary or punitive damages or any enhanced damages for willful infringement
and the Parties shall be deemed to have waived any right to such damages.
(g) A qualified court reporter will record and transcribe the
(h) The decision of the arbitrator will be in writing and
judgment upon the award by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having
(i) Prompt handling and disposal of the issue is important.
Accordingly, the arbitrator is instructed to assume adequate managerial
initiative and control over discovery and other aspects of the proceeding to
schedule discovery and other activities for substantially continuous work,
thereby expediting the arbitration as much as is deemed reasonable to him, but
in all events to effect a final award no later than 365 days after the
arbitrator's selection or appointment and no later than 20 days after the close
(j) The proceedings shall be confidential and the arbitrator
shall issue appropriate protective orders to safeguard both Parties'
(k) The fees of the arbitrator and the AAA shall be paid as
designated by the arbitrator or, if he shall not so designate, they shall be
split equally between the Parties.
14.1 Notices hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have
been duly given if personally delivered or when sent by facsimile or other
telegraphic means. Such notices shall be effective upon receipt, if by personal
delivery, or if by facsimile, on the date of the confirmation of "ok"
transmission. Addresses and persons to be notified may be changed by either
Party by giving written notice thereof to the other Party.
5090 Robert J. Mathews Parkway #4
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Attention: Louis R. Matson
with a copy to:
Bullivant Houser Bailey
1331 Garden Hwy, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833
Attention: Eric J. Stiff, Esq.
Protein Polymer Technologies, Inc.
10655 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92121
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: William N. Plamondon, Chief Executive Officer
and J. Thomas Parmeter, Chairman
with a copy to:
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
515 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2228
Attention: Robert A. Miller Jr., Esq.
15. FORCE MAJEURE.
(a) Subject to compliance with paragraph (b) of this Section 15.1
any delays in or failure of performance by either Party under this Agreement
shall not be considered a breach of this Agreement if and to the extent caused
by any occurrences beyond the reasonable control of the Party affected,
including but not limited to: acts of God; acts, regulations or laws of any
government; strikes or other concerted acts of workers; fires; floods;
explosions; riots; wars; rebellion; embargo; and sabotage; and any time for
performance hereunder shall be extended by the actual time of delay caused by
(b) Any Party affected by such force majeure who wishes to rely
on the provisions of paragraph (a) of this Section shall as soon as reasonably
practicable give written notice to the other Party specifying the matters
constituting force majeure together with such evidence thereof as it can
reasonably give and specifying the period for which it is estimated that the
such delay will continue.
16. SAVINGS PROVISION.
16.1 The invalidity of any provision of this Agreement shall not
impair the validity of any other provision; and any provision hereof which might
otherwise be invalid or contravene any applicable law shall hereby be deemed to
be amended to the extent necessary to remove the cause of such invalidity and to
the extent practicable to continue the intent of such provision and of this
Agreement, and such provision, as so amended, shall remain in full force and
effect as a part hereof.
17. RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES.
17.1 Each Party shall act as an independent contractor in carrying out
its obligations under this Agreement. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall
be construed to imply a joint venture, partnership or principal-agent
relationship between the Parties, and neither Party by virtue of this Agreement
shall have the right, power or authority to act or create any obligation,
express or implied, on behalf of the other Party. This Agreement shall not be
construed to create rights, express or implied, on behalf of or for the use of
any party aside from Company and Licensor, and neither Party shall be obligated,
separately or jointly, to any Third Parties by virtue of this Agreement.
18.1 Company warrants that it shall use its reasonable and diligent
efforts to comply with all laws applicable to the purchase, storage, transport,
labeling, distribution or commercialization by it of Products, shall comply with
the U.S. Export Administration laws and regulations and shall not export or
re-export any technical data or Intellectual Property, or the direct products of
such technical data or Intellectual Property, or Products to any prohibited
country listed in the U.S. Export Administration Regulations unless properly
authorized to do so by the U.S. government.
18.2 Licensor represents and warrants to Company that the following
statements are true and accurate in all material respects as follows:
(a) It has sufficient right and title to and ownership of, and is
sufficiently free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances of any nature
on, the Intellectual Property to grant to Company the various rights and
licenses granted to Company under this Agreement;
(b) It has not done, will not do nor agree to do during the term
of this Agreement, any of the following things if to do so would be materially
inconsistent with the exercise by Company of the rights granted to it under this
Agreement, including assign, mortgage, hypothecate, or otherwise transfer any of
the Intellectual Property, including without limitation, the Patents, or any of
its rights or obligations under this Agreement;
(c) Except for standard rights granted to the United States
government in connection with Small Business Innovation Research grants, no
Third Party owns any rights in the Intellectual Property that would adversely
affect any of the rights and licenses granted to Company under this Agreement;
(d) No Third Party owns any rights which would be infringed by
the use of the Products or the exercise of Company rights under the License to
the Intellectual Property in accordance with provisions of this Agreement.
(e) In the event Company consults with Licensor regarding future
intended uses of the Products, Licensor shall, in good faith, disclose to
Company any Third Party rights of which it is aware which might be infringed by
such uses of the Products.
(f) It is duly authorized and empowered to enter into and perform
this Agreement; and the execution and performance of this Agreement by Licensor
does not and will not conflict with or violate any contract, agreement,
indenture, mortgage, instrument, writ, judgment, or order of any court, arbiter
or governmental or quasi-governmental body to which Licensor is a party or by
which Licensor is bound.
19. INTEGRATION AND CONFLICT.
(a) It is the mutual desire and intent of the Parties to provide
certainty as to their future rights and remedies against each other by defining
the extent of their mutual
undertakings provided herein. This Agreement and the related Supply Agreement
and Option Agreement:
(i) constitute the entire agreement and understanding
between the Parties with respect to the subject matter contained herein, and
there are no promises, representations, conditions, provisions or terms related
thereto other than as set forth in this Agreement and the related Supply
Agreement and Option Agreement; and
(ii) supersede all previous understandings and agreements,
and representations between the Parties, whether written or oral, relating to
the subject matter.
(b) The Parties may from time to time during the term of this
Agreement modify any of its provisions by mutual agreement in writing.
(c) The Parties agree that each has had the opportunity to be
represented by counsel of it choosing including the negotiations that preceded
(d) In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this
Agreement and the Supply Agreement, unless expressly stated in this Agreement,
the provisions of this Agreement shall prevail.
20. GOVERNING LAW.
20.1 This Agreement shall be construed and the rights of the Parties
shall be determined in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of
California, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, except that the
Arbitration provisions contained herein shall be governed as stated in Section
21.1 Licensor shall not assign or otherwise transfer this Agreement or
any part hereof (and any attempt to do so will be void) to any Third Party
without the prior written permission of Company, except to an entity that
acquires all or substantially all of such Party's assets or operations.
22.1 The Parties hereto acknowledge and agree that it is their mutual
intention and agreement that should Licensor become a debtor in case under title
11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code"), then the Company shall be
entitled to all the benefits accorded a licensee under Bankruptcy Code Section
365(n). Furthermore, it is hereby acknowledged and agreed that this Agreement
shall be "such contract" as that phrase is used in Section 365(n) and that:
(a) the Supply Agreement, any subsequent supply agreement which
may be entered into by the Parties, and any other agreement executed pursuant to
the Supply Agreement or in order to allow the Company to exploit the
Intellectual Property shall each be considered an "agreement supplementary to
such contract" as that phrase is used in said Section 365(n);
(b) upon rejection of this Agreement, the Company shall be deemed
to have requested of Licensor as debtor in possession (or of Licensor's trustee,
if any) that Licensor as debtor in possession or such trustee (i) immediately
provide and deliver to the Company or any Affiliate as the Company may
subsequently designate in writing, all embodiments of the Intellectual Property,
without further notice or seeking relief from the automatic stay or other leave
from any court; and (ii) not interfere with the rights of the Company, its
Affiliates, and/or any sublicensee under this Agreement, the Supply Agreement,
or any other agreement supplementary to the Supply Agreement, including any
right to obtain Intellectual Property or any embodiment of the Intellectual
Property from another entity; and
(c) unless and until Licensor as debtor in possession or
Licensor's trustee (if any) rejects this agreement or any agreement
supplementary to this Agreement, then upon the written request of the Company,
and pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n)(4), Licensor as debtor in
possession or Licensor's trustee (if any) shall: (i) at Company's option either
perform this Agreement, or provide and deliver to Company all embodiments of the
Intellectual Property, held by either Licensor as debtor in possession or
Licensor's trustee (if any); and (ii) not interfere with the rights of Company,
its Affiliates, and/or any sublicensee under this Agreement, the Supply
Agreement, or any other agreement supplementary to the Supply Agreement,
including any right to obtain rights to or embodiments of the Intellectual
Property, or any embodiment of the Intellectual Property from another entity.
During the term of this Agreement, neither Party will solicit any
employee to leave the employ of the other; the foregoing does not prohibit mass
media advertising or retained or contingency searches not specifically directed
towards employees of a Party.
24. PRESS RELEASES.
Except as required by law or as expressly set forth herein, neither
Party shall make any public statement, press release or other announcement
relating to the terms or existence of this Agreement, or the business
relationship of the Parties, without the prior written consent of the other
25. AMENDMENTS AND WAIVERS.
No terms or provisions of this Agreement shall be varied or modified by
any prior, contemporaneous or subsequent statement, conduct or act of either of
the Parties, whether oral or written, except that the Parties may amend this
Agreement by written instrument specifically referring to this Agreement. No
waiver of any right or remedy hereunder shall be effective unless in a writing
signed by the Party to be bound, nor shall any waiver in one instance constitute
a waiver of the same or any other right or remedy in any other instance.
This Agreement may be executed in counterparts and by facsimile, each
of which shall be deemed an original, and all of such counterparts taken
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Licensor and Company have caused this Agreement to
be executed as of the date first written above.
PROTEIN POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SURGICA CORPORATION
By:/s/ William N. Plamondon, III By:/s/ Louis R. Matson
William N. Plamondon, III Louis R. Matson
Chief Executive Officer Present and Chief Executive Officer
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