CONSULTING AND CONTRACTOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS
When retaining consultants as independent contractors to perform consulting services for Academic Partnerships, LLC (the “Company”) the following terms apply:
1. Services and Compensation. Consultant shall perform the services described in the Letter Agreement (the “Services”) for the Company, and the Company agrees to pay Consultant the compensation described in the Letter Agreement for Consultant’s performance of the Services. The Company shall not control the manner or means in which or by which Consultant performs the Services. In light of the unique and specialized nature of Consultant’s services, Consultant shall have the right to subcontract the performance of any Services only with the prior written permission of the Company.
A. Definition of Confidential Information. “Confidential Information” means all non-public proprietary or confidential information relating to Disclosing Party’s business, in oral, visual, written, electronic, or other tangible or intangible form.
B. Nonuse and Nondisclosure. During and after the term of this Agreement, Consultant will hold in the strictest confidence, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized use or disclosure of Confidential Information, and Consultant will not (i) use the Confidential Information for any purpose whatsoever other than as necessary for the performance of the Services on behalf of the Company, or (ii) disclose the Confidential Information to any third party without the prior written consent of an authorized representative of Company, except that Consultant may disclose Confidential Information to the extent compelled by applicable law; provided, however, prior to such disclosure, Consultant shall provide prior written notice to Company and seek a protective order or such similar confidential protection as may be available under applicable law. Consultant agrees that no ownership of Confidential Information is conveyed to the Consultant. Consultant agrees that Consultant’s obligations under this Section 2.B. shall continue after the termination of this Agreement.
A. Assignment of Inventions. Consultant agrees that all right, title, and interest in and to any copyrightable material, notes, records, drawings, designs, inventions, improvements, developments, discoveries, ideas and trade secrets conceived, discovered, authored, invented, developed or reduced to practice by Consultant, solely or in collaboration with others, during the term of this Agreement and arising out of, or in connection with, performing the Services under this Agreement and any copyrights, patents, trade secrets, mask work rights or other intellectual property rights relating to the foregoing (collectively, “Inventions”), are the sole property of the Company. Consultant also agrees to promptly make full written disclosure to the Company of any Inventions and to deliver and assign (or cause to be assigned) and hereby irrevocably assigns fully to the Company all right, title and interest in and to the Inventions.
B. Moral Rights. Any assignment to the Company of Inventions includes all rights of attribution, paternity, integrity, modification, disclosure and withdrawal, and any other rights throughout the world that may be known as or referred to as “moral rights,” “artist’s rights,” “droit moral,” or the like (collectively, “Moral Rights”). To the extent that Moral Rights cannot be assigned under applicable law, Consultant hereby waives and agrees not to enforce any and all Moral Rights, including, without limitation, any limitation on subsequent modification, to the extent permitted under applicable law.
C. Further Assurances. Consultant agrees to assist Company, or its designee, at the Company’s expense, in every proper way to secure the Company’s rights in Inventions in any and all countries, including the disclosure to the Company of all pertinent information and data with respect thereto, the execution of all applications, specifications, oaths, assignments and all other instruments that the Company may deem necessary in order to apply for, register, obtain, maintain, defend, and enforce such rights, and in order to deliver, assign and convey to the Company, its successors, assigns and nominees the sole and exclusive right, title, and interest in and to all Inventions and testifying in a suit or other proceeding relating to such Inventions. Consultant further agrees that Consultant’s obligations under this Section 2.C. shall continue after the termination of this Agreement.
D. Attorney-in-Fact. Consultant agrees that, if the Company is unable because of Consultant’s unavailability, dissolution, mental or physical incapacity, or for any other reason, to secure Consultant’s signature with respect to any Inventions, including, without limitation, for the purpose of applying for or pursuing any application for any United States or foreign patents or mask work or copyright registrations covering the Inventions assigned to the Company in Section 3.A, then Consultant hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Company and its duly authorized officers and agents as Consultant’s agent and attorney-in-fact, to act for and on Consultant’s behalf to execute and file any papers and oaths and to do all other lawfully permitted acts with respect to such Inventions to further the prosecution and issuance of patents, copyright and mask work registrations with the same legal force and effect as if executed by Consultant. This power of attorney shall be deemed coupled with an interest, and shall be irrevocable.
A. Term. The term of this Agreement will begin on the Effective Date of this Agreement and will continue until the earlier of (i) completion or (ii) termination as provided in Section 4.B. (the “Term”).
B. Termination. The Company may terminate this Agreement upon giving Consultant written notice of such termination pursuant to Section 8.E. of this Agreement. In addition, the Company may terminate this Agreement immediately and without prior notice if Consultant refuses to or is unable to perform the Services or is in breach of any material provision of this Agreement.
C. Survival. Upon any termination, all rights and duties of the Company and Consultant toward each other shall cease except:
(1) The Company will pay, within thirty (30) days after the effective date of termination, all amounts owing to Consultant for Services completed and accepted by the Company prior to the termination date and related approved reimbursable expenses, if any, submitted in accordance with the Company’s policies; and
(2) Section 2 (Confidentiality), Section 3 (Ownership), Section 4 (Term and Termination), Section 5 (Independent Contractor; Benefits), Section 6 (Limitation of Liability), Section 7 (Arbitration and Equitable Relief), and Section 8 (Miscellaneous) will survive termination or expiration of this Agreement in accordance with their terms.
A. Independent Contractor. It is the express intention of the Company and Consultant that Consultant perform the Services as an independent contractor to the Company. Nothing in this Agreement shall in any way be construed to constitute Consultant as an agent, employee or representative of the Company. Consultant is obligated to report as income all compensation received by Consultant pursuant to this Agreement and to pay all self-employment and other taxes on such income.
B. Benefits. The Company and Consultant agree that Consultant will receive no Company-sponsored benefits from the Company where benefits include, but are not limited to, paid vacation, sick leave, medical insurance and 401k participation. If Consultant is reclassified by a state or federal agency or court as the Company’s employee, Consultant will become a reclassified employee and will receive no benefits from the Company, except those mandated by state or federal law, even if by the terms of the Company’s benefit plans or programs of the Company in effect at the time of such reclassification, Consultant would otherwise be eligible for such benefits.
6. Limitation of Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY BE LIABLE TO CONSULTANT OR TO ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, HOWEVER CAUSED AND UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER COMPANY WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY’S LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE AMOUNTS PAID BY COMPANY TO CONSULTANT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT FOR THE SERVICES, DELIVERABLES OR INVENTION GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY.
A. Arbitration. Consultant agrees that any and all controversies, claims, or disputes with anyone arising out of, relating to, or resulting from Consultant’s consulting or other relationship with the Company or the termination of Consultant’s consulting or other relationship with the Company, including any breach of this Agreement, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION UNDER THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT (THE “FAA”). CONSULTANT FURTHER AGREES THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, CONSULTANT MAY BRING ANY ARBITRATION PROCEEDING ONLY IN CONSULTANT’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS, COLLECTIVE, OR REPRESENTATIVE LAWSUIT OR PROCEEDING. CONSULTANT AGREES TO ARBITRATE ANY AND ALL COMMON LAW AND/OR statutory claims under LOCAL, state, or federal law, including, but not limited to, CLAIMS RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS, CLASSIFICATION, AND RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMPANY, CLAIMS FOR WAGES AND OTHER COMPENSATION, AND CLAIMS OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, EXCEPT AS PROHIBITED BY LAW. CONSULTANT ALSO AGREES TO ARBITRATE ANY AND ALL DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE INTERPRETATION OR APPLICATION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE, BUT NOT DISPUTES ABOUT THE ENFORCEABILITY, REVOCABILITY OR VALIDITY OF THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE OR THE CLASS, COLLECTIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING WAIVER HEREIN. WITH RESPECT TO ALL SUCH CLAIMS AND DISPUTES THAT CONSULTANT AGREES TO ARBITRATE, CONSULTANT HEREBY EXPRESSLY AGREES TO WAIVE, AND DOES WAIVE, ANY RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY. Consultant further understands that this Agreement to arbitrate also applies to any disputes that the Company may have with Consultant.
B. Procedure. Consultant agrees that any arbitration will be administered by JAMS pursuant to its EMPLOYMENT Arbitration Rules & Procedures (the “JAMS Rules”), WHICH ARE AVAILABLE AT http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-employment-arbitration/. the arbitrator shall have the power to decide any motions brought by any party to the arbitration. Consultant agrees that the arbitrator shall issue a written decision on the merits. THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO AWARD ANY REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, AND THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL AWARD ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COSTS TO THE PREVAILING PARTY, WHERE PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. the decree or award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered as a final and binding judgment in any court having jurisdiction thereof. any arbitration under this agreement shall be conducted in THE STATE WHERE consultant WAS LAST PRINCIPALLY PROVIDING THE SERVICES FOR THE COMPANY.
C. Remedy. EXCEPT FOR THE PURSUIT OF ANY PROVISIONAL REMEDY PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THIS AGREEMENT, ARBITRATION SHALL BE THE SOLE, EXCLUSIVE, AND FINAL REMEDY FOR ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND CONSULTANT.
D. Voluntary Nature of Agreement. Consultant acknowledges that CONSULTANT has carefully read this Agreement, has asked any questions needed to understand the terms, consequences and binding effect of this Agreement and fully understand it. Finally, Consultant agrees that CONSULTANT has been provided an opportunity to seek the advice of an attorney of Consultant’s choice before signing this Agreement.
A. Governing Law; Consent to Personal Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions, except any dispute regarding the enforceability of the arbitration section of this Agreement shall be governed by the FAA. To the extent that any lawsuit is permitted, the Parties hereby expressly consent to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in Texas.
B. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the full agreement of the Parties with respect to the subjects herein and supersedes all prior written and oral agreements, discussions, or representations between the Parties.
C. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement, or portion thereof, is found to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the Parties, and the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.
D. Modification, Waiver. No modification of or amendment to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights under this Agreement, will be effective unless in a writing signed by the Parties. Waiver by the Company of a breach of any provision of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of any other or subsequent breach.
E. Notices. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement to be given to Consultant shall be deemed given if mailed or emailed to the Consultant’s last known mailing address or email address. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement to be given to the Company under this Agreement shall be deemed given if mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail (return receipt requested), to the Company at the following address: Academic Partnerships, LLC, Attention: General Counsel, 600 North Pearl St., Suite 1300, Dallas, TX 75201.