EX-10.8 11 intb_ex10z8.htm INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT Independent Contractor Agreement
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT
This Agreement is made and entered into, as of 05/01/2019, (Effective Date), by and between Jaguaring Co. dba, CannAvolve Inc. (Company), having a principal place of business at 2211 Elliott Ave Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121 and Eric Swaney, an individual, of the state of Washington, having a principal place of business at 812 N. 162nd Pl. Shoreline, WA 98133 (Contractor).
Engagement of Services. Company may issue Project Assignments to Contractor in the form attached to this Agreement as Exhibit A (Services). A Project Assignment will become binding when both parties have signed it and once signed, Contractor will be obligated to provide the services as specified in such Project Assignment. The terms of this Agreement will govern all Project Assignments and Services undertaken by Contractor for Company. Contractor will not subcontract or otherwise delegate performance of any work to third parties (Subcontractors) without, in each instance, first executing an agreement with each Subcontractor that contains (a) confidentiality provisions substantially similar to Contractors confidentiality obligations under this Agreement, and (b) intellectual property rights provisions that, among other things, assign all Company Innovations (defined below) resulting from such Subcontractors work to Contractor. Company will have the right to approve the form of such confidentiality and assignment agreements between Contractor and Subcontractors, or to provide its own form of agreement for execution by Subcontractors. Upon request by Company, Contractor will provide copies of all confidentiality and proprietary rights assignment agreements executed by Subcontractors performing services for Companys benefit.
Compensation; Timing. Company will pay Contractor the fee set forth in each Project Assignment for the services provided as specified in such Project Assignment. If provided for in the Project Assignment, Company will reimburse Contractors expenses no later than thirty (30) days after Companys receipt of Contractors invoice, provided that reimbursement for expenses may be delayed until such time as Contractor has furnished reasonable documentation for authorized expenses as Company may reasonably request. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, Contractor will be (a) paid fees on the basis stated in the Project Assignment(s) and (b) reimbursed only for expenses that are incurred prior to termination of this Agreement and which are either expressly identified in a Project Assignment or approved in advance in writing by an authorized Company manager.
Independent Contractor Relationship. Contractors relationship with Company is that of an independent contractor, and nothing in this Agreement is intended to, or will be construed to, create a partnership, agency, joint venture, employment or similar relationship. Contractor will not be entitled to any of the benefits that Company may make available to its employees, including, but not limited to, group health or life
insurance, profit-sharing or retirement benefits. Contractor is not authorized to make any representation, contract or commitment on behalf of Company unless specifically requested or authorized in writing to do so by a Company manager. Contractor is solely responsible for, and will file, on a timely basis, all tax returns and payments required to be filed with, or made to, any federal, state or local tax authority with respect to the performance of services and receipt of fees under this Agreement. Contractor is solely responsible for, and must maintain adequate records of, expenses incurred in the course of performing services under this Agreement. No part of Contractors compensation will be subject to withholding by Company for the payment of any social security, federal, state or any other employee payroll taxes. Company will regularly report amounts paid to Contractor by filing Form 1099-MISC with the Internal Revenue Service as required by law.
Disclosure and Assignment of Work Resulting from Project Assignments.
Innovations and Company Innovations Definitions. Innovations means all discoveries, designs, developments, improvements, inventions (whether or not protectable under patent laws), works of authorship, information fixed in any tangible medium of expression (whether or not protectable under copyright laws), trade secrets, know-how, ideas (whether or not protectable under trade secret laws), mask works, trademarks, service marks, trade names and trade dress. Company Innovations means Innovations that Contractor, solely or jointly with others, conceives, develops or reduces to practice related to any Project Assignment.
Disclosure and Assignment of Company Innovations. Contractor agrees to maintain adequate and current records of all Company Innovations, which records will be and remain the property of Company. Contractor agrees to promptly disclose and describe to Company all Company Innovations. Contractor hereby does and will assign to Company or Companys designee all of Contractors right, title and interest in and to any and all Company Innovations and all associated records. To the extent any of the rights, title and interest in and to Company Innovations cannot be assigned by Contractor to Company, Contractor hereby grants to Company an exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, irrevocable, worldwide license (with rights to sublicense through multiple tiers of sublicensees) to practice such non-assignable rights, title and interest. To the extent any of the rights, title and interest in and to the Company Innovations can neither be assigned nor licensed by Contractor to Company, Contractor hereby irrevocably waives and agrees never to assert such non-assignable and non-licensable rights, title and interest against Company or any of Companys successors in interest.
Assistance. Contractor agrees to perform, during and after the term of this Agreement, all acts that Company deems necessary or desirable to permit and assist Company, at its expense, in obtaining, perfecting and enforcing the full benefits, enjoyment, rights and title throughout the world in the Company Innovations as provided to Company under this Agreement. If Company is unable for any reason to secure Contractors signature to any document required to file, prosecute, register or memorialize the assignment of any rights under any Company Innovations as provided
under this Agreement, Contractor hereby irrevocably designates and appoints Company and Companys duly authorized officers and agents as Contractors agents and attorneys-in-fact to act for and on Contractors behalf and instead of Contractor to take all lawfully permitted acts to further the filing, prosecution, registration, memorialization of assignment, issuance and enforcement of rights under such Company Innovations, all with the same legal force and effect as if executed by Contractor. The foregoing is deemed a power coupled with an interest and is irrevocable.
Out-of-Scope Innovations. If Contractor incorporates or permits to be incorporated any Innovations relating in any way, at the time of conception, reduction to practice, creation, derivation, development or making of such Innovation, to Companys business or actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development but which were conceived, reduced to practice, created, derived, developed or made by Contractor (solely or jointly) either unrelated to Contractors work for Company under this Agreement or prior to the Effective Date (collectively, the Out-of-Scope Innovations) into any of the Company Innovations, then Contractor hereby grants to Company and Companys designees a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, fully paid-up license (with rights to sublicense through multiple tiers of sublicensees) to practice all patent, copyright, moral right, mask work, trade secret and other intellectual property rights relating to such Out-of-Scope Innovations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Contractor agrees that Contractor will not incorporate, or permit to be incorporated, any Innovations conceived, reduced to practice, created, derived, developed or made by others or any Out-of-Scope Innovations into any Company Innovations without Companys prior written consent.
Definition of Confidential Information. Confidential Information means (a) any technical and non-technical information related to the Companys business and current, future and proposed products and services of Company, including for example and without limitation, Company Innovations, Company Property (as defined in Section 11 (Ownership and Return of Confidential Information and Company Property)), and Companys information concerning research, development, design details and specifications, financial information, procurement requirements, engineering and manufacturing information, customer lists, business forecasts, sales information and marketing plans and (b) any information that may be made known to Contractor and that Company has received from others that Company is obligated to treat as confidential or proprietary.
Nondisclosure and Nonuse Obligations. Except as permitted in this Section, Contractor will not use, disseminate or in any way disclose the Confidential Information. Contractor may use the Confidential Information solely to perform Project Assignment(s) for the benefit of Company. Contractor will treat all Confidential Information with the same degree of care as Contractor accords to Contractors own confidential information,
but in no case will Contractor use less than reasonable care. If Contractor is not an individual, Contractor will disclose Confidential Information only to those of Contractors employees who have a need to know such information. Contractor certifies that each such employee will have agreed, either as a condition of employment or in order to obtain the Confidential Information, to be bound by terms and conditions at least as protective as those terms and conditions applicable to Contractor under this Agreement. Contractor will immediately give notice to Company of any unauthorized use or disclosure of the Confidential Information. Contractor will assist Company in remedying any such unauthorized use or disclosure of the Confidential Information. Contractor agrees not to communicate any information to Company in violation of the proprietary rights of any third party.
Exclusions from Nondisclosure and Nonuse Obligations. Contractors obligations under Section 9 (Nondisclosure and Nonuse Obligations) will not apply to any Confidential Information that Contractor can demonstrate (a) was in the public domain at or subsequent to the time such Confidential Information was communicated to Contractor by Company through no fault of Contractor; (b) was rightfully in Contractors possession free of any obligation of confidence at or subsequent to the time such Confidential Information was communicated to Contractor by Company; or (c) was developed by employees of Contractor independently of and without reference to any Confidential Information communicated to Contractor by Company. A disclosure of any Confidential Information by Contractor (i) in response to a valid order by a court or other governmental body or (ii) as otherwise required by law will not be considered to be a breach of this Agreement or a waiver of confidentiality for other purposes; provided, however, that Contractor will provide prompt prior written notice thereof to Company to enable Company to seek a protective order or otherwise prevent such disclosure.
Ownership and Return of Confidential Information and Company Property. All Confidential Information and any materials (including, without limitation, documents, drawings, papers, diskettes, tapes, models, apparatus, sketches, designs and lists) furnished to Contractor by Company, whether delivered to Contractor by Company or made by Contractor in the performance of services under this Agreement and whether or not they contain or disclose Confidential Information (collectively, the Company Property), are the sole and exclusive property of Company or Companys suppliers or customers. Contractor agrees to keep all Company Property at Contractors premises unless otherwise permitted in writing by Company. Within five (5) days after any request by Company, Contractor will destroy or deliver to Company, at Companys option, (a) all Company Property and (b) all materials in Contractors possession or control that contain or disclose any Confidential Information. Contractor will provide Company a written certification of Contractors compliance with Contractors obligations under this Section.
Observance of Company Rules. At all times while on Companys premises, Contractor will observe Companys rules and regulations with respect to conduct, health, safety and protection of persons and property.
No Conflict of Interest. During the term of this Agreement, Contractor will not accept work, enter into a contract or accept an obligation inconsistent or incompatible with Contractors obligations, or the scope of services to be rendered for Company, under this Agreement. Contractor warrants that, to the best of Contractors knowledge, there is no other existing contract or duty on Contractors part that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this Agreement. Contractor agrees to indemnify Company from any and all loss or liability incurred by reason of the alleged breach by Contractor of any services agreement with any third party.
Term and Termination.
Term. This Agreement is effective as of the Effective Date set forth above and will terminate 5 years (60 months) after Effective Date.
Termination by Company. Except during the term of a Project Assignment, Company may terminate this Agreement without cause at any time, with termination effective fifteen (15) days after Companys delivery to Contractor of written notice of termination. Company also may terminate this Agreement (a) immediately upon Contractors breach of Section 5 (Disclosure and Assignment of Work Resulting from Project Assignments), 8 (Confidentiality) or 18 (Non Interference with Business), or
(b) immediately for a material breach by Contractor if Contractors material breach of any other provision under this Agreement or obligation under a Project Assignment is not cured within ten (10) days after the date of Companys written notice of breach.
Termination by Contractor. Contractor may terminate this Agreement without cause at any time, with termination effective fifteen (15) days after Contractors delivery to Company of written notice of termination. Contractor also may terminate this Agreement immediately for a material breach by Company if Companys material breach of any provision of this Agreement is not cured within ten (10) days after the date of Contractors written notice of breach.
Effect of Expiration or Termination. Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, Company will pay Contractor for services performed under this Agreement as set forth in each then pending Project Assignment(s). The definitions contained in this Agreement and the rights and obligations contained in this Section and Sections 5 (Disclosure and Assignment of Work Resulting from Project Assignments), 8 (Confidentiality), 11 (Ownership and Return of Confidential Information and Company Property), 18 (Non Interference with Business) and 19-25 (General Provisions) will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement.
Non Interference with Business. During this Agreement, and for a period of two (2) years immediately following the termination or expiration of this Agreement,
Contractor agrees not to solicit or induce any employee or independent contractor to terminate or breach an employment, contractual or other relationship with Company.
Successors and Assigns. Contractor may not subcontract or otherwise delegate Contractors obligations under this Agreement without Companys prior written consent. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will be for the benefit of Companys successors and assigns, and will be binding on Contractors assignees.
Injunctive Relief. Contractors obligations under this Agreement are of a unique character that gives them particular value; Contractors breach of any of such obligations will result in irreparable and continuing damage to Company for which money damages are insufficient, and Company will be entitled to injunctive relief and/or a decree for specific performance, and such other relief as may be proper (including money damages if appropriate).
Notices. Any notice required or permitted by this Agreement will be in writing and will be delivered as follows, with notice deemed given as indicated: (a) by personal delivery, when actually delivered; (b) by overnight courier, upon written verification of receipt; (c) by facsimile transmission, upon acknowledgment of receipt of electronic transmission; or (d) by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, upon verification of receipt. Notice will be sent to the addresses set forth above or to such other address as either party may provide in writing.
Governing Law; Forum. This Agreement will be governed in all respects by the laws of the United States of America and by the laws of the State of Washington, as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Washington between Washington residents. Each of the parties irrevocably consents to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in King County, Washington, as applicable, for any matter arising out of or relating to this Agreement, except that in actions seeking to enforce any order or any judgment of such federal or state courts located in King County, Washington, such personal jurisdiction will be nonexclusive.
Severability. If a court of law holds any provision of this Agreement to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, (a) that provision will be deemed amended to achieve an economic effect that is as near as possible to that provided by the original provision and (b) the legality, validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement will not be affected thereby.
Waiver; Modification. If Company waives any term, provision or Contractors breach of this Agreement, such waiver will not be effective unless it is in writing and signed by Company. No waiver by a party of a breach of this Agreement will
constitute a waiver of any other or subsequent breach by Contractor. This Agreement may be modified only by mutual written agreement of authorized representatives of the parties.
Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties relating to this subject matter and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements concerning such subject matter, written or oral.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
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Payment of Fees. Fee will be:
Monthly Consulting Fee: $10,000 per month
Vesting Stock in Company: 10,000 shares of Class B Stock per month
NOTE: This Project Assignment is governed by the terms of an Independent Contractor Services Agreement in effect between Company and Contractor. Any item in this Project Assignment that is inconsistent with such agreement is invalid.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Project Assignment as of the later date below.