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Non-exclusive License Agreement (sample) - Harvard College, United States of America

Subject matter

BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS: the materials supplied by HARVARD (identified in Appendix B) together with any progeny, mutants, or derivatives thereof supplied by HARVARD or created by LICENSEE.

Summary of use(s)

A non-exclusive commercial license under PATENT RIGHTS and a non-exclusive commericial license to use BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS to make and have made, to use and have used, to sell and have sold the LICENSED PRODUCTS, and to practice the LICENSED PROCESSES, for the life of the PATENT RIGHTS. Such licenses shall not include the right to grant sublicenses.

Purpose or background

LICENSEE is desirous of obtaining an non-exclusive license in the TERRITORY in order to utilize the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, and to practice the above-referenced invention covered by PATENT RIGHTS in the United States [and in certain foreign countries], and to manufacture, use and sell in the commercial market the products made in accordance therewith. HARVARD is desirous of granting such a license to LICENSEE in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Contact details

Harvard University Office for Technology and Trademark Licensing, Holyoke Center 727, 1350 Massachusettes Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States of America.
E-mail: otti@harvard.edu
Telephone: (617) 495 3067; Fax: (617) 495 9568.

 

template revised September 2002

Effective as of [date]

Re: Harvard Case [case number(s)]

In consideration of the mutual promises and covenants set forth below, the parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE I
DEFINITIONS

As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1.1 AFFILIATE: any company, corporation, or business in which LICENSEE owns or controls at least fifty percent (50%) of the voting stock or other ownership. Unless otherwise specified, the term LICENSEE includes AFFILIATES.

1.2 BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS: the materials supplied by HARVARD (identified in Appendix B) together with any progeny, mutants, or derivatives thereof supplied by HARVARD or created by LICENSEE.

1.3 FIELD: [field].

1.4 HARVARD: President and Fellows of Harvard College, a nonprofit Massachusetts educational corporation having offices at the Office for Technology and Trademark Licensing, Holyoke Center, Suite 727, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138.

1.5 LICENSED PROCESSES: the processes covered by PATENT RIGHTS or processes utilizing BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS or some portion thereof.

1.6 LICENSED PRODUCTS: products covered by PATENT RIGHTS or products made or services provided in accordance with or by means of LICENSED PROCESSES or products made or services provided utilizing BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS or incorporating some portion of BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS.

1.7 LICENSEE: [company], a corporation organized under the laws of [state] having its principal offices at [address].

1.8 NET SALES: the amount billed, invoiced, or received (whichever occurs first) for sales, leases, or other transfers of LICENSED PRODUCTS, less:

(a) customary trade, quantity or cash discounts and non-affiliated brokers' or agents' commissions actually allowed and taken;

(b) amounts repaid or credited by reason of rejection or return;

(c) to the extent separately stated on purchase orders, invoices, or other documents of sale, taxes levied on and/or other governmental charges made as to production, sale, transportation, delivery or use and paid by or on behalf of LICENSEE; and

(d) reasonable charges for delivery or transportation provided by third parties, if separately stated.

NET SALES also includes the fair market value of any non-cash consideration received by LICENSEE for the sale, lease, or transfer of LICENSED PRODUCTS.

1.9 PATENT RIGHTS: United States patent application [serial number] filed [filing date], the inventions described and claimed therein, and any divisions, continuations, continuations-in-part to the extent the claims are directed to subject matter specifically described in USSN [serial number] and are dominated by the claims of the existing PATENT RIGHTS, patents issuing thereon or reissues thereof, and any and all foreign patents and patent applications corresponding thereto, all to the extent owned or controlled by HARVARD.

1.10 TERRITORY: [territory].

1.11 The terms "Public Law 96-517" and "Public Law 98-620" include all amendments to those statutes.

1.12 The terms "sold" and "sell" include, without limitation, leases and other transfers and similar transactions.

 

ARTICLE II
REPRESENTATIONS

2.1 HARVARD is owner by assignment from inventor(s)] of [his/her/their] entire right, title and interest in United States Patent Application [serial number] filed [filing date] entitled [invention] (Harvard Case [case number]), in the foreign patent applications corresponding thereto, and in the inventions described and claimed therein.

2.2 HARVARD has the authority to issue licenses under PATENT RIGHTS.

2.3 HARVARD is committed to the policy that ideas or creative works produced at HARVARD should be used for the greatest possible public benefit, and believes that every reasonable incentive should be provided for the prompt introduction of such ideas into public use, all in a manner consistent with the public interest.

2.4 LICENSEE is prepared and intends to diligently develop the invention and to bring products to market which are subject to this Agreement.

2.5 LICENSEE is desirous of obtaining an non-exclusive license in the TERRITORY in order to utilize the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, and to practice the above-referenced invention covered by PATENT RIGHTS in the United States [and in certain foreign countries], and to manufacture, use and sell in the commercial market the products made in accordance therewith.

2.6 HARVARD is desirous of granting such a license to LICENSEE in accordance with the terms of this Agreement

 

ARTICLE III
GRANT OF RIGHTS

3.1 HARVARD hereby grants to LICENSEE and LICENSEE accepts, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, in the TERRITORY and in the FIELD:

(a) an non-exclusive commercial license under PATENT RIGHTS, and

(b) a non-exclusive commercial license to use BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS

to make and have made, to use and have used, to sell and have sold the LICENSED PRODUCTS, and to practice the LICENSED PROCESSES, for the life of the PATENT RIGHTS. Such licenses shall not include the right to grant sublicenses.

3.2 The granting and exercise of this license is subject to the following conditions:

(a) HARVARD's "Statement of Policy in Regard to Inventions, Patents and Copyrights," dated August 10, 1998, Public Law 96-517, Public Law 98-620, and HARVARD's obligations under agreements with other sponsors of research. Any right granted in this Agreement greater than that permitted under Public Law 96-517, or Public Law 98-620, shall be subject to modification as may be required to conform to the provisions of those statutes.

(b) LICENSEE shall use diligent efforts to effect introduction of the LICENSED PRODUCTS into the commercial market as soon as practicable, consistent with sound and reasonable business practice and judgment; thereafter, until the expiration of this Agreement, LICENSEE shall endeavor to keep LICENSED PRODUCTS reasonably available to the public.

(c) At any time after [number] years from the effective date of this Agreement, HARVARD may terminate this license if, in HARVARD's reasonable judgment, the Progress Reports furnished by LICENSEE do not demonstrate that LICENSEE:

(i) has put the licensed subject matter into commercial use in the country or countries hereby licensed, and is keeping the licensed subject matter reasonably available to the public, or

(ii) is engaged in research, development, manufacturing, or marketing activity appropriate to achieving 3.2(c)(i).

3.3 All rights reserved to the United States Government and others under Public Law 96-517, and Public Law 98-620, shall remain and shall in no way be affected by this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE IV
ROYALTIES

4.1 LICENSEE shall pay to HARVARD a non-refundable license royalty fee in the sum of [amount] dollars ($[amount]) upon execution of this Agreement.

4.2a LICENSEE shall pay to HARVARD during the term of this Agreement a royalty of (number) percent ([number]%) of NET SALES by LICENSEE.

4.2b On sales between LICENSEE and its AFFILIATES for resale, the royalty shall be paid on the NET SALES of the resale.

4.3 No later than January 1 of each calendar year after the effective date of this Agreement, LICENSEE shall pay to HARVARD the following non-refundable license maintenance royalty and/or advance on royalties. Such payments may be credited against running royalties due for that calendar year and Royalty Reports shall reflect such a credit. Such payments shall not be credited against royalties due for any subsequent calendar year.

January 1, [year]
January 1, [year]
January 1, [year]
each year thereafter
$[amount]
$[amount]
$[amount]
$[amount]

 

ARTICLE V
REPORTING

5.1 Prior to signing this Agreement, LICENSEE has provided to HARVARD a written research and development plan under which LICENSEE intends to bring the subject matter of the licenses granted hereunder into commercial use upon execution of this Agreement. Such plan includes projections of sales and proposed marketing efforts.

5.2 If progress differs from that anticipated in the plan required under Paragraph 5.1, LICENSEE shall explain the reasons for the difference and propose a modified research and development plan for HARVARD's review and approval. LICENSEE shall also provide any reasonable additional data HARVARD requires to evaluate LICENSEE's performance.

5.3 LICENSEE shall report to HARVARD the date of first sale of LICENSED PRODUCTS (or results of LICENSED PROCESSES) in each country within thirty (30) days of occurrence.

5.4(a) LICENSEE shall submit to HARVARD within sixty (60) days after each calendar half year ending June 30 and December 31, a Royalty Report setting forth for such half year at least the following information:

(i) the number of LICENSED PRODUCTS sold by LICENSEE and its AFFILIATES in each country;

(ii) total billings for such LICENSED PRODUCTS;

(iii) an accounting for all LICENSED PROCESSES used or sold;

(iv) deductions applicable to determine the NET SALES thereof; and

(v) the amount of royalty due thereon, or, if no royalties are due to HARVARD for any reporting period, the statement that no royalties are due.

Such report shall be certified as correct by an officer of LICENSEE and shall include a detailed listing of all deductions from royalties.

(b) LICENSEE shall pay to HARVARD with each such Royalty Report the amount of royalty due with respect to such half year. If multiple technologies are covered by the license granted hereunder, LICENSEE shall specify which PATENT RIGHTS and BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS are utilized for each LICENSED PRODUCT and LICENSED PROCESS included in the Royalty Report.

(c) All payments due hereunder shall be deemed received when funds are credited to Harvard's bank account and shall be payable by check or wire transfer in United States dollars. Conversion of foreign currency to U.S. dollars shall be made at the conversion rate existing in the United States (as reported in the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal) on the last working day of each royalty period. No transfer, exchange, collection or other charges shall be deducted from such payments.

(d) All such reports shall be maintained in confidence by HARVARD except as required by law; however, HARVARD may include in its usual reports annual amounts of royalties paid.

(e) Late payments shall be subject to a charge of one and one half percent (1 1/2%) per month, or $250, whichever is greater.

 

ARTICLE VI
RECORD KEEPING

6.1 LICENSEE shall keep, and shall require its AFFILIATES to keep, accurate records (together with supporting documentation) of LICENSED PRODUCTS made, used or sold under this Agreement, appropriate to determine the amount of royalties due to HARVARD hereunder. Such records shall be retained for at least three (3) years following the end of the reporting period to which they relate. They shall be available during normal business hours for examination by an accountant selected by HARVARD, for the sole purpose of verifying reports and payments hereunder. In conducting examinations pursuant to this paragraph, HARVARD's accountant shall have access to all records which HARVARD reasonably believes to be relevant to the calculation of royalties under Article IV.

6.2 HARVARD's accountant shall not disclose to HARVARD any information other than information relating to the accuracy of reports and payments made hereunder.

6.3 Such examination by HARVARD's accountant shall be at HARVARD's expense, except that if such examination shows an underreporting or underpayment in excess of five percent (5%) for any twelve (12) month period, then LICENSEE shall pay the cost of such examination as well as any additional sum that would have been payable to HARVARD had the LICENSEE reported correctly, plus interest on said sum at the rate of one and one half per cent (1 1/2%) per month.

 

ARTICLE VII
TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT

7.1 This Agreement, unless terminated as provided herein, shall remain in effect until the last patent or patent application in PATENT RIGHTS has expired or been abandoned.

7.2 HARVARD may terminate this Agreement as follows:

(a) If LICENSEE does not make a payment due hereunder and fails to cure such non-payment (including the payment of interest in accordance with paragraph 5.4(e)) within forty-five (45) days after the date of notice in writing of such non-payment by HARVARD.

(b) If LICENSEE defaults in its obligations under paragraph 8.4(c) and 8.4(d) to procure and maintain insurance.

(c) If, at any time after three years from the date of this Agreement, HARVARD determines that the Agreement should be terminated pursuant to paragraph 3.2(d).

(d) If LICENSEE shall become insolvent, shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or shall have a petition in bankruptcy filed for or against it. Such termination shall be effective immediately upon HARVARD giving written to LICENSEE.

(e) If an examination by Harvard's accountant pursuant to Article VI shows an underreporting or underpayment by LICENSEE in excess of 20% for any twelve (12) month period.

(f) If LICENSEE is convicted of a felony relating to the manufacture, use, or sale of LICENSED PRODUCTS.

(g) Except as provided in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) above, if LICENSEE defaults in the performance of any obligations under this Agreement and the default has not been remedied within ninety (90) days after the date of notice in writing of such default by HARVARD.

7.3 LICENSEE may terminate this Agreement by giving ninety (90) days advance written notice of termination to HARVARD and paying a termination fee of [amount] dollars ($[amount]). Upon termination, LICENSEE shall submit a final Royalty Report to HARVARD and any royalty payments and unreimbursed patent expenses invoiced by HARVARD shall become immediately payable.

7.4 Upon termination pursuant to Paragraph 7.2, whether by HARVARD or by LICENSEE, LICENSEE shall cease all use of the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS and shall, upon request, return or destroy (at Harvard's option) all BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS under its control or in its possession.

7.5 Paragraphs 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, and 8.9 of this Agreement shall survive termination.

 

ARTICLE VIII
GENERAL

8.1 HARVARD does not warrant the validity of the PATENT RIGHTS licensed hereunder and makes no representations whatsoever with regard to the scope of the licensed PATENT RIGHTS or that such PATENT RIGHTS or BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS may be exploited by LICENSEE or an AFFILIATE without infringing other patents.

8.2 HARVARD EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL IMPLIED OR EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE PATENT RIGHTS, BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, OR INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY HARVARD, LICENSED PROCESSES OR LICENSED PRODUCTS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT. Further HARVARD has made no investigation and makes no representation that the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS supplied by it or the methods used in making or using such materials are free from liability for patent infringement.

8.3 IN NO EVENT SHALL HARVARD BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS OR EXPECTED SAVINGS OR OTHER ECONOMIC LOSSES, OR FOR INJURY TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR ITS SUBJECT MATTER, REGARDLESS WHETHER HARVARD KNOWS OR SHOULD KNOW OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. HARVARD'S AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ITS SUBJECT MATTER SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY LICENSEE TO HARVARD UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. The foregoing exclusions and limitations shall apply to all claims and actions of any kind, whether based on contract, tort (including but not limited to negligence), or any other grounds.

8.4 LICENSEE shall not distribute or release the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS to others except to further the purposes of this Agreement. LICENSEE shall protect the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS at least as well as it protects its own valuable tangible personal property and shall take measures to protect the BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS from any claims by third parties including creditors and trustees in bankruptcy.

8.5 (a) LICENSEE shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless HARVARD and its current or former directors, governing board members, trustees, officers, faculty, medical and professional staff, employees, students, and agents and their respective successors, heirs and assigns (collectively, the "INDEMNITEES"), from and against any claim, liability, cost, expense, damage, deficiency, loss or obligation of any kind or nature (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs and expenses of litigation) (collectively, "Claims"), based upon, arising out of, or otherwise relating to this Agreement, including without limitation any cause of action relating to product liability concerning any product, process, or service made, used or sold pursuant to any right or license granted under this Agreement.

(b) LICENSEE shall, at its own expense, provide attorneys reasonably acceptable to HARVARD to defend against any actions brought or filed against any Indemnitee hereunder with respect to the subject of indemnity contained herein, whether or not such actions are rightfully brought.

(c) Beginning at the time any such product, process or service is being commercially distributed or sold (other than for the purpose of obtaining regulatory approvals) by LICENSEE, AFFILIATE or agent of LICENSEE, LICENSEE shall, at its sole cost and expense, procure and maintain commercial general liability insurance in amounts not less than $2,000,000 per incident and $2,000,000 annual aggregate and naming the Indemnitees as additional insureds. During clinical trials of any such product, process or service, LICENSEE shall, at its sole cost and expense, procure and maintain commercial general liability insurance in such equal or lesser amount as HARVARD shall require, naming the Indemnitees as additional insureds. Such commercial general liability insurance shall provide (i) product liability coverage and (ii) broad form contractual liability coverage for LICENSEE's indemnification under this Agreement. If LICENSEE elects to self-insure all or part of the limits described above (including deductibles or retentions which are in excess of $250,000 annual aggregate) such self-insurance program must be acceptable to HARVARD and the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc. in their sole discretion. The minimum amounts of insurance coverage required shall not be construed to create a limit of LICENSEE's liability with respect to its indemnification under this Agreement.

(d) LICENSEE shall provide HARVARD with written evidence of such insurance upon request of HARVARD. LICENSEE shall provide HARVARD with written notice at least fifteen (15) days prior to the cancellation, non-renewal or material change in such insurance; if LICENSEE does not obtain replacement insurance providing comparable coverage within such fifteen (15) day period, HARVARD shall have the right to terminate this Agreement effective at the end of such fifteen (15) day period without notice or any additional waiting periods.

(e) LICENSEE shall maintain such commercial general liability insurance beyond the expiration or termination of this Agreement during (i) the period that any product, process, or service, relating to, or developed pursuant to, this Agreement is being commercially distributed or sold by LICENSEE, AFFILIATE or agent of LICENSEE and (ii) a reasonable period after the period referred to in (e)(i) above which in no event shall be less than fifteen (15) years.

8.6 LICENSEE shall not use HARVARD's name or insignia, or any adaptation of them, or the name of any of HARVARD's inventors in any advertising, promotional or sales literature without the prior written approval of HARVARD.

8.7 Without the prior written approval of HARVARD in each instance, neither this Agreement nor the rights granted hereunder shall be transferred or assigned in whole or in part by LICENSEE to any person whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by operation of law or otherwise. This Agreement shall be binding upon the respective successors, legal representatives and assignees of HARVARD and LICENSEE.

8.8 The interpretation and application of the provisions of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

8.9 LICENSEE shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations. In particular, it is understood and acknowledged that the transfer of certain commodities and technical data is subject to United States laws and regulations controlling the export of such commodities and technical data, including all Export Administration Regulations of the United States Department of Commerce. These laws and regulations among other things, prohibit or require a license for the export of certain types of technical data to certain specified countries. LICENSEE hereby agrees and gives written assurance that it will comply with all United States laws and regulations controlling the export of commodities and technical data, that it will be solely responsible for any violation of such by LICENSEE or its AFFILIATES, and that it will defend and hold HARVARD harmless in the event of any legal action of any nature occasioned by such violation.

8.10 LICENSEE agrees (i) to obtain all regulatory approvals required for the manufacture and sale of LICENSED PRODUCTS and LICENSED PROCESSES and (ii) to utilize appropriate patent marking on such LICENSED PRODUCTS. LICENSEE also agrees to register or record this Agreement as is required by law or regulation in any country where the license is in effect.

8.11 Any notices to be given hereunder shall be sufficient if signed by the party (or party's attorney) giving same and either (a) delivered in person, or (b) mailed certified mail return receipt requested, or (c) faxed to other party if the sender has evidence of successful transmission and if the sender promptly sends the original by ordinary mail, in any event to the following addresses:

If to LICENSEE:

[company contact]
[address]
[fax number]

If to HARVARD:

Office for Technology and Trademark Licensing
Harvard University
Holyoke Center, Suite 727
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: (617) 495-9568

By such notice either party may change their address for future notices.

Notices delivered in person shall be deemed given on the date delivered. Notices sent by fax shall be deemed given on the date faxed. Notices mailed shall be deemed given on the date postmarked on the envelope.

8.12 Should a court of competent jurisdiction later hold any provision of this Agreement to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, and such holding is not reversed on appeal, it shall be considered severed from this Agreement. All other provisions, rights and obligations shall continue without regard to the severed provision, provided that the remaining provisions of this Agreement are in accordance with the intention of the parties.

8.13 In the event of any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to any provision of this Agreement or the breach thereof, the parties shall try to settle such conflict amicably between themselves. Subject to the limitation stated in the final sentence of this section, any such conflict which the parties are unable to resolve promptly shall be settled through arbitration conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The demand for arbitration shall be filed within a reasonable time after the controversy or claim has arisen, and in no event after the date upon which institution of legal proceedings based on such controversy or claim would be barred by the applicable statute of limitation. Such arbitration shall be held in Boston, Massachusetts. The award through arbitration shall be final and binding. Either party may enter any such award in a court having jurisdiction or may make application to such court for judicial acceptance of the award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may, without recourse to arbitration, assert against the other party a third-party claim or cross-claim in any action brought by a third party, to which the subject matter of this Agreement may be relevant.

8.14 This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties and neither party shall be obligated by any condition or representation other than those expressly stated herein or as may be subsequently agreed to by the parties hereto in writing.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly authorized representatives.

 

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
 
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Joyce Brinton, Director
Office for Technology and Trademark Licensing
 
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Date

 

COMPANY
 
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Signature
 
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Name
 
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Title
 
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Date

APPENDIX A

The following comprise PATENT RIGHTS:

 

 


APPENDIX B

The following comprise BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS supplied by HARVARD:

 

 

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