This PX Lead Exchange Platform SaaS Agreement (“Agreement”) is by and between PX, Inc., a Delaware corporation with offices located at 120 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (“Provider”) and the customer executing the Services Order (“Customer”).
BACKGROUND. Customer wishes to procure from Provider, and Provider wishes to provide, the software services described herein and the Services Order entered into between Customer and Provider (“Order”) in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. In consideration of the mutual covenants, terms and conditions set forth herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1.1 Services. During the Term, Provider shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide to Customer and its Authorized Users the services described herein and detailed in Schedule A attached hereto, including to host, manage, operate and maintain the Service Software for remote electronic access and use by Customer and its Authorized Users (“Hosted Services”) 24x7x365, except for (a) Scheduled Downtime; (b) Service downtime or degradation due to a Force Majeure Event; (c) any other circumstances beyond Provider’s reasonable control, including Customer’s or any Authorized User’s use of Third Party Materials, misuse of the Hosted Services, or use of the Services other than in compliance with the terms of this Agreement; and (d) any suspension or termination of Customer’s or any Authorized Users’ access to or use of the Hosted Services.
1.2 Service and System Control. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, as between the parties (a) Provider has and will retain sole control over the operation, provision, maintenance and management of the Services and Provider Materials, including the: (i) Provider Systems; (ii) location(s) where any of the Services are performed, including in the United States, in countries outside the United States, or outside the borders of the country in which Customer or the Customer Systems are located; (iii) selection, deployment, modification and replacement of the Service Software; and (iv) performance of Support Services and Service maintenance, upgrades, corrections and repairs; and (b) Customer has and will retain sole control over the operation, maintenance and management of, and all access to and use of, the Customer Systems, and sole responsibility for all access to and use of the Services and Provider Materials by any Person by or through the Customer Systems or any other means controlled by Customer or any Authorized User, including any (i) information, instructions or materials provided by any of them to the Services or Provider; (ii) results obtained from any use of the Services or Provider Materials; and (iii) conclusions, decisions or actions based on such use.
1.3 Service Management. Each party shall maintain within its organization a service manager to serve as such party’s primary point of contact with requisite authority and qualifications for day-to-day communications, consultation and decision-making regarding the Services. If either party’s service manager ceases to be employed by such party or such party otherwise wishes to replace its service manager, such party shall promptly name a new service manager by written notice to the other party.
1.4 Changes. Provider reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make any changes to the Services and Provider Materials that it deems necessary or useful to: (a) maintain or enhance (i) the quality or delivery of Provider’s services to its customers, (ii) the competitive strength of or market for Provider’s services and/or (iii) the Services’ cost efficiency or performance; or (b) to comply with applicable Law. Without limiting the foregoing, either party may, at any time during the Term, request in writing changes to the Services. In the event that Provider provides custom development services to Customer, either for purposes of integrating the Service Software with Customer Systems or upgrading Service Software functionality, such development services will be governed by a statement of work describing the nature and scope of such services, the relative Intellectual Property Rights of the parties in and to any resulting work product, and billing rates or charges for such services agreed upon by Provider and Customer in writing.
1.5 Suspension or Termination of Services. Provider may, directly or indirectly, and by use of any software, hardware or other technology, device or means used by Provider or its designee to disable Customer’s or any Authorized User’s access to or use of the Services automatically with the passage of time or under the positive control of Provider or its designee (“Provider Disabling Device”) or any other lawful means, suspend, terminate, or otherwise deny Customer’s, any Authorized User’s, or any other Person’s access to or use of all or any part of the Services or Provider Materials, without incurring any resulting obligation or liability, if: (a) Provider receives a judicial or other governmental demand or order, subpoena or law enforcement request that expressly or by reasonable implication requires Provider to do so; or (b) Provider believes, in its good faith and sole discretion, that: (i) Customer or any Authorized User has failed to comply with, any term of this Agreement, or accessed or used the Services beyond the scope of the rights granted or for a purpose not authorized under this Agreement or in any manner that does not comply with any written instruction or requirement delivered by Provider; (ii) Customer or any Authorized User is, has been, or is likely to be involved in any fraudulent, misleading or unlawful activities relating to or in connection with any of the Services; or (iii) this Agreement expires or is terminated. This Section does not limit any of Provider’s other rights or remedies under this Agreement.
1.6 Bidding. The Service Software provides Customer the ability to offer its buyers purchasing online sales leads or through the Private Exchange (“Lead Buyers”) a means of bidding on sales leads. All bidding parameters are set by Customer’s Lead Buyers and Publishers through the Private Exchange, and all bid results are determined by Provider’s proprietary bidding algorithms. Provider hereby disclaims any and all liability relating to bidding decisions or results generated through the Service Software.
2. Authorization and Customer Restrictions.
2.1 Authorization for Use of Private Exchange. Provider hereby authorizes Customer and Customer’s Publishers and Lead Buyers to access and use, solely in the United States and during the Term, the Services and such Provider Materials as Provider may supply or make available to Customer solely for the purpose of generating, tracking, verifying, scoring, and distributing online sales leads by and through Authorized Users in accordance with the conditions and limitations set forth in this Agreement (“Permitted Use”).
2.2 Reservation of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement grants any right, title or interest in or to (including any license under) any Intellectual Property Rights in or relating to, the Services, Provider Materials or Third Party Materials.
2.3 Authorization Limitations and Restrictions. Customer shall not, and shall not permit any other Person to, access or use the Services or Provider Materials except as expressly permitted by this Agreement and, in the case of Third-Party Materials, the applicable third-party license agreement. For purposes of clarity and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Customer shall not (a) copy, modify or create derivative works or improvements of the Services or Provider Materials; (b) rent, lease, lend, sell, sublicense, assign, distribute, publish, transfer or otherwise make available any Services or Provider Materials to any Person, including on or in connection with the internet or any time-sharing, service bureau, software as a service, cloud or other technology or service; (c) reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, decode, adapt or otherwise attempt to derive or gain access to the source code of the Services or Provider Materials, in whole or in part; (d) bypass or breach any security device or protection used by the Services or Provider Materials or access or use the Services or Provider Materials other than by an Authorized User through the use of his or her own then valid Access Credentials; (e) input, upload, transmit or otherwise provide to or through the Services or Provider Systems, any information or materials that are unlawful or injurious, or contain, transmit or activate any software, hardware or other technology, device or means, including any virus, worm, malware or other malicious computer code, the purpose or effect of which is to (a) permit unauthorized access to, or to destroy, disrupt, disable, distort, or otherwise harm or impede in any manner any (i) computer, software, firmware, hardware, system or network or (ii) any application or function of any of the foregoing or the security, integrity, confidentiality or use of any data Processed thereby, or (b) prevent Customer or any Authorized User from accessing or using the Services or Provider Systems as intended by this Agreement. Harmful Code does not include any Provider Disabling Device; (f) damage, destroy, disrupt, disable, impair, interfere with or otherwise impede or harm in any manner the Services, Provider Systems or Provider’s provision of services to any third party, in whole or in part; (g) remove, delete, alter or obscure any trademarks, Documentation, warranties or disclaimers, or any copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property or proprietary rights notices from any Services or Provider Materials, including any copy thereof; (h) access or use the Services or Provider Materials in any manner or for any purpose that infringes, misappropriates, or otherwise violates any Intellectual Property Right or other right of any third party (including by any unauthorized access to, misappropriation, use, alteration, destruction or disclosure of the data of any other Provider customer), or that violates any applicable Law; (i) access or use the Services or Provider Materials for purposes of competitive analysis of the Services or Provider Materials, the development, provision or use of a competing software service or product or any other purpose that is to the Provider’s detriment or commercial disadvantage; or (j) otherwise access or use the Services or Provider Materials beyond the scope of the Permitted Use.
3. Customer Obligations.
3.1 Customer Systems and Cooperation. Customer shall: (a) maintain and operate in good repair all Customer Systems on or through which the Services are accessed or used; (b) provide Provider Personnel with access to Customer’s premises and Customer Systems as necessary for Provider to perform the Services in accordance with the Availability Requirement; and (c) provide cooperation and assistance reasonably requested by Provider to enable Provider to exercise its rights and perform its obligations hereunder.
3.2 Effect of Customer Failure or Delay. Provider is not responsible or liable for any delay or failure of performance caused in whole or in part by Customer’s delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under this Agreement (each, a “Customer Failure”).
3.3 Corrective Action and Notice. If Customer becomes aware of any actual or threatened activity prohibited by Section 3, Customer shall, and shall cause its Authorized Users to, immediately: (a) take all reasonable and lawful measures within their respective control that are necessary to stop the activity or threatened activity and to mitigate its effects (including, where applicable, by discontinuing and preventing any unauthorized access to the Services and Provider Materials and permanently erasing from their systems and destroying any data to which any of them have gained unauthorized access); and (b) notify Provider of any such activity.
3.4 Non-Solicitation. During the Term and for one (1) year after, Customer shall not, and shall not assist any other Person to, directly or indirectly recruit or solicit (other than by general advertisement not directed specifically to any Person or Persons) for employment or engagement as an independent contractor, any Person then or within the prior three (3) months employed or engaged by Provider or any third party engaged by Provider to perform Services hereunder (each, a “Subcontractor”). In the event of a violation of this Section, Provider will be entitled to liquidated damages equal to the compensation paid to the applicable employee or contractor during the prior twelve (12) months.
4. Service Levels, Support and Credits.
4.1 Service Levels. Provider will use commercially reasonable efforts to make the Hosted Services Available at least ninety-nine and nine tenths percent (99.9%) of the time as measured over the course of each calendar month during the Term (each such calendar month, a “Service Period”), excluding unavailability as a result of any of the Exceptions described below (the “Availability Requirement”). “Service Level Failure” means a material failure of the Hosted Services to meet the Availability Requirement. “Available” means the Hosted Services are available for access and use by Customer and its Authorized Users over the Internet. For purposes of calculating the Availability Requirement, the following are “Exceptions” to the Availability Requirement, and neither the Hosted Services nor any Service Level Failure will be considered un-Available or be deemed to occur, in connection with any failure to meet the Availability Requirement or impaired ability of Customer or its Authorized Users to access or use the Hosted Services that is due, in whole or in part, to any: (a) act or omission by Customer or any Authorized User; (b) Customer Failure; (c) Customer’s or its Authorized User’s Internet connectivity; (d) Force Majeure Event; (e) failure, interruption, outage or other problem with any software, hardware, system, network, facility or other matter not supplied by Provider pursuant to this Agreement; (f) Scheduled Downtime; or (g) disabling, suspension or termination of the Services.
4.2 Service Level Failures and Remedies. In the event of a Service Level Failure, Provider shall issue a credit to Customer in the amount of $500 of the fixed Monthly Fees for the Hosted Services due for the Service Period the Service Level Failure occurred (each a “Service Credit”), subject to the following: (a) Provider has no obligation to issue any Service Credit unless (i) Customer reports the Service Failure to Provider immediately on becoming aware of it; and (ii) requests such Service Credit in writing within three (3) business days of the Service Level Failure; and (b) Any Service Credit credited to Customer under this Agreement will be issued to Customer as a credit against the subsequent month’s Fees. This Section sets forth Provider’s sole obligation and liability and Customer’s sole remedy for any Service Level Failure.
4.3 Scheduled Downtime. Provider will use commercially reasonable efforts to; (a) schedule downtime for routine maintenance of the Hosted Services between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time; and (b) give Customer at least twenty-four (24) hours prior notice of all scheduled outages of the Hosted Services (“Scheduled Downtime”).
4.4 Support. Provider will respond to Customer’s written request for support within 8 business hours, Eastern Standard Time (the “Support Schedule”). In the event that Provider fails to comply with the Support Schedule, Customer will receive per event a $250 credit on their subsequent invoice from Provider, which shall be Customer’s sole remedy for Provider’s failure to comply with the Support Schedule.
5. Data Storage and Backup.
Provider offers extended data storage services for additional Fees if requested by Customer, provided that in no event shall the Services replace the need for Customer to maintain regular data backups or redundant data archives. PROVIDER HAS NO OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS, ALTERATION, DESTRUCTION, DAMAGE, CORRUPTION OR RECOVERY OF CUSTOMER DATA.
6.2 Prohibited Data. Customer acknowledges that the Services are not designed with security and access management for Processing the following categories of information: (a) data that is classified and or used on the U.S. Munitions list, including software and technical data; (b) articles, services and related technical data designated as defense articles or defense services; and (c) ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) related data, (each of the foregoing, “Prohibited Data”). Customer shall not, and shall not permit any Authorized User or other Person to, provide any Prohibited Data to, or Process any Prohibited Data through, the Services, the Provider Systems or any Provider Personnel. Customer is solely responsible for reviewing all Customer Data and shall ensure that no Customer Data constitutes or contains any Prohibited Data.
6.3 Customer Control and Responsibility. Customer has and will retain sole responsibility for: (a) all Customer Data, including its content and use; (b) all information, instructions and materials provided by or on behalf of Customer or any Authorized User in connection with the Services; (c) Customer’s information technology infrastructure, including computers, software, databases, electronic systems (including database management systems) and networks, whether operated directly by Customer or through the use of third-party services (“Customer Systems”); (d) the security and use of Customer’s and its Authorized Users’ Access Credentials; and (e) all access to and use of the Services and Provider Materials directly or indirectly by or through the Customer Systems or its or its Authorized Users’ Access Credentials, with or without Customer’s knowledge or consent, including all results obtained from, and all conclusions, decisions and actions based on, such access or use.
6.4 Access and Security. Customer shall employ all physical, administrative and technical controls, screening and security procedures and other safeguards consistent with generally applicable industry standards necessary to: (a) securely administer the distribution and use of all Access Credentials and protect against any unauthorized access to or use of the Hosted Services; and (b) control the content and use of Customer Data, including the uploading or other provision of Customer Data for Processing by the Hosted Services.
7. Fees; Payment Terms.
7.1 Fees. Customer shall pay Provider the fees set forth in Schedule A (“Fees”) in accordance with this Section Provider may increase Fees by providing written notice to Customer at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the end of the Initial Term and any Renewal Term, and Schedule A will be deemed amended accordingly. The period for Customer to give Provider notice of non-renewal of the Term of this Agreement shall be automatically extended by thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of any notice by Provider hereunder of any increase in Fees.
7.2 Taxes. All Fees and other amounts payable by Customer under this Agreement are exclusive of taxes and similar assessments. Customer is responsible for all sales, use and excise taxes, and any other similar taxes, duties and charges of any kind imposed by any federal, state or local governmental or regulatory authority on any amounts payable by Customer hereunder, other than any taxes imposed on Provider’s income.
7.3 Payment. Customer shall pay all Fees and reimbursable expenses within thirty (30) calendar days after the date of the invoice therefor in US dollars to the address or account specified in Schedule A or such other address or account as Provider may specify in writing from time to time. If Customer fails to make any payment when due then, in addition to all other remedies that may be available (a) Provider may charge interest on the past due amount at the rate of 1.5% per month calculated daily and compounded monthly or, if lower, the highest rate permitted under applicable Law; (b) Customer shall reimburse Provider for all reasonable costs incurred by Provider in collecting any late payments or interest, including attorneys’ fees, court costs, and collection agency fees; and (c) if such failure continues for ten (10) days following written notice thereof, Provider may suspend performance of the Services until all past due amounts and interest thereon have been paid, without incurring any obligation or liability to Customer or any other Person by reason of such suspension.
7.4 Reporting. The Service Software reports all Transaction Fees billable to Customer, and such reporting shall be deemed final and binding on Customer at the end of the billing month. To the extent that Customer’s Publishers or Lead Buyers dispute any reporting data provided through the Service Software, Provider hereby disclaims any and all liability related thereto.
8. Intellectual Property Rights.
8.1 Services and Provider Materials. All right, title and interest in and to the Services and Provider Materials, including all Intellectual Property Rights therein, are and will remain with Provider and the respective rights holders in the Third-Party Materials. Customer has no right, license or authorization with respect to any of the Services or Provider Materials (including Third-Party Materials) except as expressly set forth herein. In furtherance of the foregoing, Customer hereby unconditionally and irrevocably grants to Provider an assignment of all right, title and interest in and to the Resultant Data, including all Intellectual Property Rights relating thereto.
8.2 Customer Data. As between Customer and Provider, Customer is and will remain the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest in and to all Customer Data, including all Intellectual Property Rights relating thereto, subject to the rights and permissions granted in Section 8.3.
8.3 Consent to Use Customer Data. All Customer Data shall constitute Confidential Information of Customer. Subject to all requirements for the treatment and handling of Confidential Information set forth herein, and without waiving any such protections, Customer hereby irrevocably grants all such rights and permissions in or relating to Customer Data: (a) to Provider, its Subcontractors and the Provider Personnel, as are necessary or useful to perform the Services; and (b) to Provider as are necessary or useful to enforce this Agreement and exercise its rights and perform its obligations hereunder.
9.1 Confidential Information. In connection with this Agreement each party (as the “Disclosing Party”) may disclose or make available Confidential Information to the other party (as the “Receiving Party”). “Confidential Information” means information (whether oral, written, electronic or other) that the Disclosing Party considers confidential or proprietary, including information consisting of or relating to the Disclosing Party’s technology, trade secrets, know-how, business operations, plans, strategies, customers, and pricing, and information with respect to which the Disclosing Party has contractual or other confidentiality obligations, in each case whether or not marked, designated or otherwise identified as “confidential.” Without limiting the foregoing: all Provider Materials are the Confidential Information of Provider and the terms of this Agreement are the Confidential Information of Provider.
9.2 Exclusions. Confidential Information does not include information that: (a) was rightfully known to the Receiving Party without restriction on use or disclosure prior to such Confidential Information being disclosed or made available to the Receiving Party in connection with this Agreement; (b) was or becomes generally known by the public other than by the Receiving Party’s or any of its Representatives’ noncompliance with this Agreement; (c) was or is received by the Receiving Party on a non-confidential basis from a third party that was not or is not, at the time of such receipt, under any obligation to maintain its confidentiality; or (d) was or is independently developed by the Receiving Party without reference to or use of any Confidential Information.
9.3 Protection of Confidential Information. As a condition to being provided with any disclosure of or access to Confidential Information, the Receiving Party shall (a) not access or use Confidential Information other than as necessary to exercise its rights or perform its obligations under and in accordance with this Agreement; (b) not disclose or permit access to Confidential Information other than to its Representatives who: (i) need to know such Confidential Information for purposes of the Receiving Party’s exercise of its rights or performance of its obligations under and in accordance with this Agreement; (ii) have been informed of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information and the Receiving Party’s obligations under this Section 9.3; and (iii) are bound by confidentiality and restricted use obligations at least as protective of the Confidential Information as the terms set forth in this Section 9.3; (c) safeguard the Confidential Information from unauthorized use, access or disclosure using at least the degree of care it uses to protect its similarly sensitive information and in no event less than a reasonable degree of care; and (d) ensure its Representatives’ compliance with, and be responsible and liable for any of its Representatives’ non-compliance with, the terms of this Section 9.
10. Term and Termination.
10.1 Term. The initial term of this Agreement commences as of the first Services Order Effective Date and will continue in effect for a period of twelve (12) months (the “Initial Term”) unless otherwise terminated earlier in accordance with this Agreement. This Agreement will automatically renew for additional twelve (12) month periods unless earlier terminated in accordance with this Agreement or either party gives the other party written notice of non-renewal at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the then-current term (each a “Renewal Term” and, together with the Initial Term, the “Term”).
10.2 Termination. In addition to any other express termination right set forth elsewhere in this Agreement (a) Provider may terminate this Agreement and any Order, effective on written notice to Customer, if Customer: (i) fails to pay any amount when due hereunder, and such failure continues more than ten (10) days after Provider’s delivery of written notice thereof; or (ii) breaches any of its obligations under Section 2.3 (Use Limitations and Restrictions), Section 6.2 (Prohibited Data) or Section 9 (Confidentiality); and (b) either party may terminate this Agreement and the related Order, effective on written notice to the other party, if the other party materially breaches this Agreement, and such breach: (i) is incapable of cure; or (ii) being capable of cure, remains uncured thirty (30) days after the non-breaching party provides the breaching party with written notice of such breach.
10.3 Effect of Expiration or Termination. Upon any expiration or termination of this Agreement, except as expressly otherwise provided in this Agreement: (a) all rights, licenses, consents and authorizations granted by either party to the other hereunder will immediately terminate; (b) Provider shall immediately cease all use of any Customer Data or Customer’s Confidential Information and (i) promptly return to Customer, or at Customer’s written request destroy, all documents and tangible materials containing, reflecting, incorporating or based on Customer Data or Customer’s Confidential Information; and (ii) permanently erase all Customer Data and Customer’s Confidential Information from all systems Provider directly or indirectly controls, provided that, for clarity, Provider’s obligations under Section 9.2(b) do not apply to any Resultant Data; (c) Customer shall immediately cease all use of any Services or Provider Materials and (i) promptly return to Provider, or at Provider’s written request destroy, all documents and tangible materials containing, reflecting, incorporating or based on any Provider Materials or Provider’s Confidential Information; and (ii) permanently erase all Provider Materials and Provider’s Confidential Information from all systems Customer directly or indirectly controls; and (iii) certify to Provider in a signed written instrument that it has complied with the requirements of this Section 10.3(c); (d) notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, with respect to information and materials then in its possession or control: (i) the Receiving Party may retain the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information; and (ii) Provider may retain Customer Data; (iii) Customer may retain Provider Materials, in the case of each of subclause (i) and (ii); (iii) in its then current state and solely to the extent and for so long as required by applicable Law; (iv) Provider may also retain Customer Data in its backups, archives and disaster recovery systems until such Customer Data is deleted in the ordinary course; and (v) all information and materials described in this Section 10.3(d) will remain subject to all confidentiality, security and other applicable requirements of this Agreement; (e) Provider may disable all Customer and Authorized User access to the Hosted Services and Provider Materials; (f) if Customer terminates this Agreement pursuant to Section 10.2(b), Customer will be relieved of any obligation to pay any Fees attributable to the period after the effective date of such termination; and (g) if Provider terminates this Agreement pursuant to Section 10.2(a) or Section 10.2(b), all Fees that would have become payable had the Agreement remained in effect until expiration of the Term will become immediately due and payable, and Customer shall pay such Fees, together with all previously-accrued but not yet paid Fees and reimbursable expenses, on receipt of Provider’s invoice therefor.
10.4 Surviving Terms. Any right or obligation of the parties in this Agreement that, by its nature, should survive termination or expiration of this Agreement, will survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement.
11. Representations and Warranties; Disclaimer.
11.1 Mutual Representations and Warranties. Each party represents and warrants to the other party that (a) it is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing as a corporation or other entity under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or other organization; (b) it has the full right, power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations and grant the rights, licenses, consents and authorizations it grants or is required to grant under this Agreement; (c) the execution of this Agreement by its representative whose signature is set forth at the end of this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or organizational action of such party; and (d) when executed and delivered by both parties, this Agreement will constitute the legal, valid and binding obligation of such party, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms.
11.2 Additional Customer Representations, Warranties and Covenants. Customer represents, warrants and covenants to Provider that Customer owns or otherwise has and will have the necessary rights and consents in and relating to the Customer Data so that, as received by Provider and Processed in accordance with this Agreement, they do not and will not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any Intellectual Property Rights, or any privacy or other rights of any third party or violate any applicable Law.
11.3 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES HEREUNDER, PROVIDER HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ALL WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE OR TRADE PRACTICE.
12.1 Provider Indemnification. Provider shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Customer from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs or expenses of whatever kind, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and the costs of enforcing any right to indemnification hereunder and the cost of pursuing any insurance providers (“strong>Losses/strong>”) incurred by Customer arising out of or relating to any claim, suit, action or proceeding (each, an “Action”) by a third party (other than an Affiliate of Customer) to the extent that such Losses arise from any allegation in such Action that Customer’s use of the Services (excluding Customer Data and Third Party Materials) in compliance with this Agreement infringes a U.S. Intellectual Property Right. The foregoing obligation does not apply to any Action or Losses arising out of or relating to any (a) access to or use of the Services or Provider Materials in combination with any hardware, system, software, network or other materials or service not provided or authorized in writing by Provider; (b) modification of the Services or Provider Materials other than: (i) by or on behalf of Provider; or (ii) with Provider’s written approval in accordance with Provider’s written specification; (c) failure to timely implement any modifications, upgrades, replacements or enhancements made available to Customer by or on behalf of Provider; or (d) act, omission or other matter covered by Customer’s indemnification obligations.
12.2 Customer Indemnification. Customer shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Provider and its Subcontractors and Affiliates, and each of its and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns (each, a “Provider Indemnitee”) from and against any and all Losses incurred by such Provider Indemnitee in connection with any Action by a third party (other than an Affiliate of a Provider Indemnitee) that arise out of or relate to any (a) Customer Data, including any Processing of Customer Data by or on behalf of Provider in accordance with this Agreement; (b) any other materials or information (including any documents, data, specifications, software, content or technology) provided by or on behalf of Customer or any Authorized User, including Provider’s compliance with any specifications or directions provided by or on behalf of Customer or any Authorized User to the extent prepared without any contribution by Provider; or (c) negligence or willful misconduct by Customer, any Authorized User, or any third party on behalf of Customer or any Authorized User, in connection with this Agreement.
12.4 Indemnification Procedure. Each party shall promptly notify the other party in writing of any Action for which such party believes it is entitled to be indemnified pursuant to Section 12.1 or Section 12.2, as the case may be. The party seeking indemnification (the “Indemnitee”) shall cooperate with the other party (the “Indemnitor”) at the Indemnitor’s sole cost and expense. The Indemnitor shall immediately take control of the defense and investigation of such Action and shall employ counsel of its choice to handle and defend the same, at the Indemnitor’s sole cost and expense. The Indemnitee’s failure to perform any obligations under this Section 12.3 will not relieve the Indemnitor of its obligations under this Section 12 except to the extent that the Indemnitor can demonstrate that it has been materially prejudiced as a result of such failure. The Indemnitee may participate in and observe the proceedings at its own cost and expense with counsel of its own choosing.
12.4 Mitigation. If any of the Services or Provider Materials are, or in Provider’s opinion are likely to be, claimed to infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any third-party Intellectual Property Right, or if Customer’s or any Authorized User’s use of the Services or Provider Materials is enjoined or threatened to be enjoined, Provider may, at its option and sole cost and expense (a) obtain the right for Customer to continue to use the Services and Provider Materials materially as contemplated by this Agreement; (b) modify or replace the Services and Provider Materials, in whole or in part, to seek to make the Services and Provider Materials (as so modified or replaced) non-infringing, while providing materially equivalent features and functionality, in which case such modifications or replacements will constitute Services and Provider Materials, as applicable, under this Agreement; or (c) by written notice to Customer, terminate this Agreement with respect to all or part of the Services and Provider Materials, and require Customer to immediately cease any use of the Services and Provider Materials or any specified part or feature thereof.
THIS SECTION 12 SETS FORTH CUSTOMER’S SOLE REMEDIES AND PROVIDER’S SOLE LIABILITY AND OBLIGATION FOR ANY ACTUAL, THREATENED OR ALLEGED CLAIMS THAT THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF (INCLUDING THE SERVICES, SERVICE SOFTWARE AND PROVIDER MATERIALS) INFRINGES, MISAPPROPRIATES OR OTHERWISE VIOLATES ANY THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT.
13. Limitations of Liability.
13.1 EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL PROVIDER OR ANY OF ITS LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR ITS SUBJECT MATTER UNDER ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, INCLUDING BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY AND OTHERWISE, FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, ENHANCED OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH PERSONS WERE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSSES OR DAMAGES OR SUCH LOSSES OR DAMAGES WERE OTHERWISE FORESEEABLE, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ANY AGREED OR OTHER REMEDY OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
13.2 CAP ON MONETARY LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF PROVIDER AND ITS LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR ITS SUBJECT MATTER, UNDER ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, INCLUDING BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY AND OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF FEES PAID TO PROVIDER BY CUSTOMER IN THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION APPLIES NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ANY AGREED OR OTHER REMEDY OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
14. Force Majeure.
In no event will Provider be liable or responsible to Customer, or be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement, when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by any circumstances beyond Provider’s reasonable control (a “Force Majeure Event”), including acts of God, flood, fire, earthquake or explosion, war, terrorism, invasion, riot or other civil unrest, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement, national or regional emergency, strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances, passage of Law or any action taken by a governmental or public authority, including imposing an embargo, export or import restriction, quota or other restriction or prohibition or any complete or partial government shutdown, or national or regional shortage of adequate power or telecommunications or transportation. Either party may terminate this Agreement if a Force Majeure Event continues substantially uninterrupted for a period of thirty (30) days or more. In the event of any failure or delay caused by a Force Majeure Event, Provider shall give prompt written notice to Customer stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue and use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and minimize the effects of such Force Majeure Event.
“Access Credentials” means any user name, identification number, password, license or security key, security token, PIN or other security code, method, technology or device used, alone or in combination, to verify an individual’s identity and authorization to access and use the Hosted Services.
“Authorized User” means each of the individuals authorized to use the Services as set forth herein.
“Customer Data” means, other than Resultant Data, information, data and other content that is collected, downloaded, or otherwise received, from Customer or an Authorized User by or through the Services.
“Customer Systems” means Customer’s information technology infrastructure, including computers, software, hardware, databases, electronic systems (including database management systems) and networks, whether operated directly by Customer or through the use of third-party services.
“Documentation” means manuals, instructions or other documents or materials that the Provider provides or makes available to Customer and which describe the functionality, components, features or requirements of the Services or Provider Materials, including any aspect of the installation, configuration, integration, operation, use, support or maintenance thereof.
“Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all registered and unregistered rights granted, applied for or otherwise now or hereafter in existence under or related to any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, database protection or other intellectual property rights laws, and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection, in any part of the world.
“Law” means any statute, law, ordinance, regulation, rule, code, order, constitution, treaty, common law, judgment, decree or other requirement of any federal, state, local or foreign government or political subdivision thereof, or any arbitrator, court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction.
“Person” means an individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability entity, governmental authority, unincorporated organization, trust, association or other entity.
“Private Exchange” means the online lead exchange and bidding platform provided for Customer’s use, also referred to herein as the Service Software.
“Process” means to take any action or perform any operation or set of operations that the Service Software is capable of taking or performing on any data, information or other content “Processing” and “Processed” have correlative meanings.
“Provider Materials” means the Service Software, Specifications, Documentation and Provider Systems and any and all other information, data, documents, materials, works and other content, devices, methods, processes, hardware, software and other technologies and inventions, including any deliverables, technical or functional descriptions, requirements, plans or reports, that are provided or used by Provider or any Subcontractor in connection with the Services or otherwise comprise or relate to the Services or Provider Systems. For the avoidance of doubt, Provider Materials include Resultant Data and any information, data or other content derived from Provider’s monitoring of Customer’s access to or use of the Services, but do not include Customer Data.
“Provider Personnel” means all individuals involved in the performance of Services as employees, agents, or independent contractors of Provider or any Subcontractor.
“Provider Systems” means the information technology infrastructure used by or on behalf of Provider in performing the Services, whether operated directly by Provider or through the use of third-party services.
“Publisher” means a website operator generating online sales leads through Customer’s use of the Service Software.
“Representatives” means a party’s and its Affiliates’ employees, officers, directors, consultants, agents, independent contractors, service providers, sub licensees, subcontractors, and legal advisors.
“Resultant Data” means information, data and other content derived by or through the Services from Processing Customer Data that is sufficiently different from such Customer Data so that such Customer Data cannot be reverse engineered or otherwise identified from the inspection, analysis, or further Processing of such information, data or content.
“Service Software” means the Provider software application also referred to herein as the Private Exchange and any third-party or other software, and all new versions, updates, revisions, improvements, and modifications of the foregoing, that Provider provides remote access to and use of as part of the Services.
“Third Party Materials” means materials and information, including any open-source or other software, documents, data, content, specifications, products, equipment or components of or relating to the Services that are not proprietary to Provider.
16.1 Further Assurances. Upon a party’s reasonable request, the other party shall, at the requesting party’s sole cost and expense, execute and deliver all such documents and instruments, and take all such further actions, necessary to give full effect to this Agreement.
16.2 Relationship of the Parties. The relationship between the parties is that of independent contractors. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, joint venture or other form of joint enterprise, employment or fiduciary relationship between the parties, and neither party shall have authority to contract for or bind the other party in any manner whatsoever.
16.3 Public Announcements. Neither party shall issue or release any announcement, statement, press release or other publicity or marketing materials relating to this Agreement or otherwis