6.Legends; Subject to the Plan. The Optionee agrees that the shares of Common Stock issued upon exercise of the Option may include any legend which the Administrator deems appropriate to reflect the transfer and other restrictions contained in the Plan, this Agreement, or to comply with applicable laws. The Option evidenced by this Agreement and the exercise thereof are subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, which is incorporated by reference and made a part hereof, but the terms of the Plan shall not be considered an enlargement of any rights or benefits under this Agreement. In addition, the Option is subject to any rules and regulations promulgated by the Administrator.
7.Rights as Stockholder. The Optionee shall have no rights as a stockholder with respect to any shares of Common Stock subject to the Option until and unless such shares are issued to the Optionee pursuant to this Agreement.
8.Service. Neither the grant of the Option evidenced by this Agreement nor any term or provision of this Agreement shall constitute or be evidence of any understanding, express or implied, on the part of the Corporation to employ or retain the Optionee for any period.
9.Governing Law. The validity, construction, interpretation and enforceability of this agreement shall be determined and governed by the laws of the United States and State of Maryland without giving effect to the principles of conflicts of laws.
10.Severability. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any material respect, such provision shall be replaced with a provision that is as close as possible in effect to such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision, and still be valid, legal and enforceable, and the validity, legality and enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
11.Definitions. In this Agreement, capitalized terms used herein shall have the following meanings:
11.1“Cause” means the Optionee’s (a) failure to substantially perform his or her duties (other than by reason of Disability) with respect to the Corporation or any of its Affiliates, (b) engaging in conduct injurious to the Corporation or any of its Affiliates, (c) breach of an employment or confidentiality or nondisclosure agreement, (d) breach of fiduciary duty to the Corporation or any of its Affiliates, (e) dishonesty, fraud, alcohol or illegal drug abuse, or misconduct with respect to the business or affairs of the Corporation or any of its Affiliates, (f) willful violation of the policies of the Corporation or any of its Affiliates after receiving written notice of such violation, or (g) conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude. All determinations of Cause hereunder shall be made by the Administrator in its sole discretion and shall be binding for all purposes hereunder.
11.2“Change of Control” means, and shall be deemed to have occurred, if:
(a)any Person or Persons acting together, excluding the employee benefit plans of the Corporation, acquire or become the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act or any successor provisions thereto), directly or indirectly of securities of the Corporation representing fifty one percent (51%) or more of the combined voting power of the Corporation’s then outstanding securities;
(b)the Corporation consummates a merger, consolidation, share exchange, division or other reorganization or transaction of the Corporation ( a “Fundamental Transaction”) with any other corporation, other than a Fundamental Transaction which would result in the voting securities of the Corporation outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining