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Charles Brecque
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The Agreement establishes the terms and conditions under which the Company and the Partner company will collaborate for a specified term. Each party agrees to grant the other a limited license to its background intellectual property.

The parties share certain obligations in regard to the other and a mutual right to terminate the contract. The parties also make certain representations and undertake duties under the Agreement.

Purpose

  • For each company to grant the other a limited license to its background intellectual property in order for the companies to work together and broaden their customer bases.

Core elements

  • Date of effect + duration
  • Terms of the partnership
  • Nature of the license granted
  • Confidentiality
  • Indemnification
  • Intellectual Property rights
  • Termination 

Shared rights and obligations

  • Mutual right to terminate with 30 day notice.
  • Mutual duty of non-disclosure of the other’s confidential information.
  • Mutual obligation to indemnify against infringement claims brought by third parties.

Each party undertakes to

  • Use the other party’s background IP solely for the agreed purpose.
  • Seek written consent to identify the other party for purposes other than occasional marketing.
  • Comply with all relevant laws and regulations, including export control ones.
  • Bear its own costs for providing services under the Agreement.

Lawyers to be used

  • When the agreed Purpose involves the Partner’s use of the Company’s background IP in a way that makes the IP indistinguishable. In this case, lawyers are needed to ensure that the Company will continue to own its IP rights. 
  • When a company’s background IP is likely to become the subject of an infringement claim. Lawyers may be needed to procure the right to continue using the affected IP. 

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