Amendment And Termination Agreement

Commercial Agreement Amendment and Termination Agreement and Patent Agreement Amendment

 
Exhibit 10.1
 
EXECUTION VERSION
 
and Patent Agreement Amendment
 
This Commercial Agreement Termination Agreement and Patent Agreement Amendment (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into among Microsoft Corporation, a Washington corporation (“Microsoft”), Barnes and Noble, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“B&N”), NOOK Media LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“NewCo”), barnesandnoble.com llc, a Delaware limited liability company, and Microsoft Licensing GP (“MLGP”), a Nevada general partnership, effective as of December 3, 2014 (the “Termination Effective Date”).
 
Background and Purpose
 
A.           Microsoft, B&N and NewCo previously entered into a Commercial Agreement with an Effective Date of October 4, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1 and the Amended and Restated Exhibit E to the Commercial Agreement (the Commerce Platform Agreement) and Amendment No. 2 dated March 10, 2014 (collectively, the “Commercial Agreement”). Capitalized terms that are used without definition herein shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Commercial Agreement.
 
B.           Microsoft, B&N and NewCo desire to amend and terminate the Commercial Agreement as set forth in this Agreement.
 
C.           B&N, barnesandnoble.com llc, Microsoft and MLGP previously entered into a Confidential Settlement and Patent License Agreement effective as of April 27, 2012, under which B&N’s obligations were assumed by NewCo (collectively, the Patent Agreement).
 
D.           B&N, barnesandnoble.com llc, Microsoft and MLGP desire to amend the Patent Agreement as set forth in this Agreement.
 
Agreement
 
The parties therefore agree as follows:
 
Section 1. Amendment of Commercial Agreement.
 
B&N, NewCo and Microsoft hereby amend the Commercial Agreement to replace Section 11.7 with the following new Section 11.7:
 
11.7 Survival.  Only Sections 1.1 (and all other definitions), 7.6, 8.1, 9, 10.1, 10.6, 10.7, 11.7, 12, 13 (except 13.4) and 14 (excluding Section 14.1 and the portion of Section 14.5 after the first three sentences); and Exhibit A of this Agreement will survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement; provided that the restrictions in Sections 8.1.1 and 8.1.2 will survive only until the date that is two years after the Termination Effective Date.”
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
Section 2. Termination of Commercial Agreement.
 
2.1           Termination.
 
The Commercial Agreement is hereby terminated effective as of the Termination Effective Date. For the avoidance of any doubt, only the provisions listed in Section 1 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of the Commercial Agreement pursuant to this Agreement.
 
Section 3. Releases.
 
3.1           Microsoft Release.
 
Subject to Section 3.4, Microsoft, on behalf of itself and its current and future Affiliates, hereby irrevocably releases and forever discharges each of NewCo and B&N, their respective past and current Affiliates and their respective employees, officers, directors, stockholders, members and principals from any and all claims, actions, causes of action, suits, damages, injuries, duties, rights, obligations, liabilities, adjustments, responsibilities, judgments, trespasses, and demands, whatsoever, in law or in equity, whether known or unknown, suspected to exist or unsuspected to exist, arising out of or relating to the Commercial Agreement or any actual or potential breach thereof.
 
3.2           B&N/NewCo Releases.
 
Subject to Section 3.4, e ach of B&N and NewCo, on behalf of itself and its current and future Affiliates, hereby irrevocably releases and forever discharges Microsoft, its past and current Affiliates and their respective employees, officers, directors, stockholders and principals from any and all claims, actions, causes of action, suits, damages, injuries, duties, rights, obligations, liabilities, adjustments, responsibilities, judgments, trespasses, and demands, whatsoever, in law or in equity, whether known or unknown, suspected to exist or unsuspected to exist, arising out of or relating to the Commercial Agreement or any actual or potential breach thereof.
 
3.3           Express Waiver.
 
Subject to Section 3.4, e ach of Microsoft, B&N, and NewCo, on behalf of itself and its current and future Affiliates, hereby expressly waive all rights under any statutes (such as, for example, California Civil Code § 1542), legal decisions, or common law principles providing that releases of the type extended in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of this Agreement do not or may not extend to claims which are unknown, unanticipated, or unsuspected at the time such releases are executed.
 
3.4           Exceptions.
 
Sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 do not release, discharge, waive or otherwise apply to any claims, actions, causes of action, suits, damages, injuries, duties, rights, obligations, liabilities, adjustments, responsibilities, judgments, trespasses, and demands arising out of or relating to the parties’ respective obligations, or a party’s breach or default with respect to any of its obligations, under any provision of the Commercial Agreement that survives pursuant to Section 11.7 of the Commercial Agreement, as amended by Section 1 of this Agreement, or this Agreement.
 
 
 
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Section 4. Patent Agreement Amendment.
 
NewCo, barnesandnoble.com llc, Microsoft and MLGP hereby amend the Patent Agreement by:
 
(1)           inserting a new Section 5.2.4 therein, which shall read as follows:
 
“5.2.4. Termination upon Certain Sales. Other than a transfer of the Consumer Device Business to Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its Subsidiaries (and assignment of this Agreement to Barnes & Noble, Inc. in conjunction with such transfer), this Agreement shall automatically terminate immediately prior to the spin-off, sale, transfer, or other disposition of all or any portion of the Consumer Device Business through any transaction or series of transactions, including without limitation a sale, transfer or other disposition of barnesandnoble.com llc.”, and

(2)           inserting the following sentence at the end of Section 7.6:
 
“Notwithstanding the foregoing, MLGP may assign this Agreement to Microsoft or a subsidiary of Microsoft by providing written notice to Barnes & Noble, provided such assignment is made subject to, and the transferee accepts, the rights and obligations set forth in this Agreement.”

Section 5.  General Provisions.
 
5.1           Additional Provisions.
 
Sections 14.4, 14.5, 14.6, 14.7, 14.8, 14.9, 14.10, 14.12 and 14.13 of the Commercial Agreement will apply to this Agreement as if set forth fully herein.
 
5.2           Effectiveness.
 
This Agreement will become effective as of the Termination Effective Date.
 
 
 
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Microsoft Corporation
Barnes and Noble, Inc.
Signature:
 
Signature:
  /s/ Michael P. Huseby
Printed Name:
 
Printed Name:
  Michael P. Huseby
Title:
 
Title:
  Chief Executive Officer
Date Signed:
 
Date Signed:
  December 3, 2014
Barnesandnoble.com llc
Nook Media LLC
Signature:
  /s/ Michael P. Huseby
Signature:
  /s/ Michael P. Huseby
Printed Name:
  Michael P. Huseby
Printed Name:
  Michael P. Huseby
Title:
  Chief Executive Officer
Title:
  Chief Executive Officer
Date Signed:
  December 3, 2014
Date Signed:
  December 3, 2014
Microsoft Licensing GP
 
Signature:
     
Printed Name:
     
Title:
     
Date Signed:
     
 
 
[Signature Page to the Commercial Agreement Termination Agreement]
 

 

 
Microsoft Corporation
Barnes and Noble, Inc.
Signature:
  /s/ Amy E. Hood
Signature:
 
Printed Name:
  Amy E. Hood
Printed Name:
 
Title:
  Chief Financial Officer
Title:
 
Date Signed:
 
Date Signed:
 
Barnesandnoble.com llc
Nook Media LLC
Signature:
 
Signature:
 
Printed Name:
 
Printed Name:
 
Title:
 
Title:
 
Date Signed:
 
Date Signed:
 
Microsoft Licensing GP
 
Signature:
     
Printed Name:
     
Title:
     
Date Signed:
     
 
 
 
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Microsoft Corporation
Barnes and Noble, Inc.
Signature:
 
Signature:
 
Printed Name:
 
Printed Name:
 
Title:
 
Title:
 
Date Signed:
 
Date Signed:
 
Barnesandnoble.com llc
Nook Media LLC
Signature:
 
Signature:
 
Printed Name:
 
Printed Name:
 
Title:
 
Title:
 
Date Signed:
 
Date Signed:
 
Microsoft Licensing GP
 
Signature:
  Stephen Harlan    
Printed Name:
  Stephen Harlan    
Title:
  Duly Authorized on behalf of Microsoft Licensing, GP    
Date Signed:
  December 2, 2014    

 
 
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