Transferred IP License Agreement, dated as of September 30, 2021, between International Paper Company and Global Holdings II, Inc
TRANSFERRED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
This Transferred Intellectual Property License Agreement (this Agreement) dated as of September 30, 2021, is made by and between Global Holdings II, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Licensor), and International Paper Company, a New York corporation (Licensee).
WHEREAS, Licensor and Licensee have entered into a Separation and Distribution Agreement dated as of September 29, 2021 (the Separation Agreement), pursuant to which Licensee has agreed to contribute, assign, transfer, convey and deliver to Licensor all of Licensees right, title and interest in and to the SpinCo Assets, including the SpinCo Intellectual Property and SpinCo Know-How, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Separation Agreement;
WHEREAS, the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property (as defined below) is being transferred to Licensor pursuant to the Separation Agreement; and
WHEREAS, Licensee wishes to continue to use the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property, and Licensor has agreed to license the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property to Licensee, subject to the obligations set forth herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, it is hereby agreed:
SECTION 1. Definitions.
(a) Capitalized terms that are not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Separation Agreement.
(b) Affiliate means any Entity directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, or through one or more intermediaries, owning, controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Licensor or Licensee, as the case may be. In addition, an Entity shall be deemed to own or control another Entity if it owns 50% or more of the common stock or other interest representing the right to vote for the election of managing authority of the other Entity (or, in any jurisdiction where local law does not permit ownership of 50% or more of such interest, then if it owns the maximum interest permitted by law). For the avoidance of doubt, OJSC Ilim Group, located at 17 ul. Marata, St. Petersburg, 191025, shall constitute an Affiliate of Licensee.
(c) Entity means any individual natural person, firm, company, registered company, corporation, limited liability company, joint stock company, joint venture, association, trust, limited liability partnership, limited partnership, or partnership, or similar legal structure.
(d) Patents means patents, patent applications (including patents issued thereon), utility models, and industrial design registrations, including reissues, divisions, continuations, continuations in part, substitutions, renewals, extensions and reexaminations of any of the foregoing, and all rights in any of the foregoing provided by international treaties or conventions.
(e) Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property means (i) Patents owned by Licensor or its Affiliates as of the Effective Time and set forth on Schedule 1 (Licensed Patents) and (ii) Know-How owned by, or licensed to (and sublicensable by Licensor without any obligation to the owner of such Know-How), Licensor or its Affiliates as of the Effective Time that are related to the Licensed Patents.
SECTION 2. License.
(a) Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, Licensor, on behalf of itself and its Affiliates, grants to Licensee a fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual (subject to Section 4), worldwide, sublicensable to Affiliates (subject to Section 16), assignable (subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 16), non-exclusive license to use (including to create modifications, enhancements or improvements to) the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property to make, have made, sell, offer to sell, import and export products and services (collectively, the rights granted above will be referred to as the License).
(b) Licensee shall not do, cause, suffer or cause to be done any deed, matter or thing whatsoever which shall, or is likely to, adversely affect or prejudice, directly or indirectly, the validity of the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property or the ownership of the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property by Licensor and Licensors business partners or any other third party.
SECTION 3. Improvements.
(a) In the event a party makes, or has a Third Party make, modifications, enhancements or improvements to any Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property (Improvements), each party shall retain ownership of any modifications, enhancements or improvements that such party makes, or has a Third Party make. For the purposes of clarity, the License does not include rights to Improvements.
SECTION 4. Term and Termination.
(a) Unless otherwise terminated in accordance with the terms herein, this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect in perpetuity, except that, with respect to any Patent included in the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property, the License granted hereunder shall terminate, only as to such Patent, upon the expiration of such Patent.
(b) Licensor may terminate this Agreement (i) in the event Licensee makes or attempts to make an assignment of this Agreement in violation of Section 16, (ii) in the event Licensee (x) becomes insolvent, (y) becomes the subject of a petition in bankruptcy which is not withdrawn or dismissed within sixty (60) days thereafter, or (z) makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, (iii) upon the mutual written agreement of the parties and (iv) in the event Licensee challenges or attempts to challenge Licensors ownership of or the validity of the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property (except to the extent that Licensee cannot be prohibited from making such challenge as a matter of law).
SECTION 5. No Representations or Warranties. ALL OF THE TRANSFERRED LICENSED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS LICENSED ON AN AS IS BASIS. ACCORDINGLY, EXCEPT AS MAY EXPRESSLY BE SET FORTH IN THE SEPARATION AGREEMENT OR ANY OF THE ANCILLARY AGREEMENTS, (a) LICENSOR EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO ANY TRANSFERRED LICENSED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING AS TO VALIDITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ADEQUACY, SUITABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR OPERATION OR PERFORMANCE THEREOF AND (b) IN NO EVENT SHALL LICENSOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES, COSTS OR SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS WITH RESPECT TO THE TRANSFERRED LICENSED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING ANY USE THEREOF BY LICENSEE.
SECTION 6. Maintenance. If, at any time, any of the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property is a trade secret, Licensee will use commercially reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality thereof consistent with the manner in which it protects the confidentiality of its own trade secrets of like kind. Licensor shall retain the sole right, but not the obligation, to maintain the Licensed Patents, including deciding whether to abandon or otherwise cease to maintain (including to discontinue payment of any fees due with respect to) any such Licensed Patent.
SECTION 7. Confidentiality. The parties hereto shall hold in strict confidence, and not disclose to any other Person or use for any purpose other than as expressly permitted pursuant to this Agreement, without the prior written consent of the other party, any information regarding (or related to) the Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property or otherwise received under this Agreement which the disclosing party, at the time of disclosure, identifies as confidential or a trade secret (whether in writing or orally) or that would otherwise reasonably be understood to constitute confidential information or a trade secret; provided that the parties hereto may disclose, or may permit disclosure of, such confidential information (a) to their respective Representatives who have a need to know such information for auditing and other non-commercial purposes and are informed of their obligation to hold such information confidential to the same extent as is applicable to the parties hereto and in respect of whose failure to comply with such obligations, the applicable party will be
responsible, (b) if the parties hereto are requested or required to disclose any such confidential information by oral questions, interrogatories, requests for information or other documents in legal proceedings, subpoena, civil investigative demand or any other similar process, or by other requirements of Law or stock exchange rule, (c) as required in connection with any legal or other proceeding by one party against any other party or (d) as necessary in order to permit a party to prepare and disclose its financial statements, or other required disclosures required by Law or such applicable stock exchange. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that any demand or request for disclosure of confidential information is made pursuant to clause (b) above, each party hereto, as applicable, shall provide the other with prompt written notice of any such request or requirement so that the other party has an opportunity to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy, which such parties will cooperate in obtaining. In the event that such appropriate protective order or other remedy is not obtained, the party that is required to make disclosure shall disclose or shall cause to be disclosed only that portion of the confidential information that is in the opinion of outside counsel necessary to be disclosed and shall use its reasonable best efforts to ensure confidential treatment is accorded to such disclosed information.
SECTION 8. Infringement Actions. In the event Licensor takes affirmative action against an infringement or misappropriation or a threatened infringement or misappropriation, Licensee agrees to assist Licensor in whatever manner Licensor reasonably requests, at the expense of Licensor. Recovery of damages resulting from any such action shall be solely for the account of Licensor. Licensee will provide information reasonably requested by Licensor in any infringement or misappropriation action, including in connection with the calculation of damages. Licensee may participate, at its expense, in any action taken by or proceeding instituted by or brought against Licensor through separate counsel of Licensees own choosing; provided that Licensor will at all times retain full control over such action, and not compromise or settle any such action or proceeding unless such compromise or settlement (a) is solely for monetary damages (for which Licensor shall be responsible), (b) does not impose injunctive or other equitable relief against Licensee and (c) includes an unconditional release of Licensee from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such action or proceeding.
SECTION 9. No Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is for the sole benefit of the parties hereto and their permitted assigns and nothing herein expressed or implied shall give or be construed to give to any other Person any legal or equitable rights hereunder.
SECTION 10. Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands or other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be given or made (and shall be deemed to have been duly given or made upon receipt) by delivery in person, by overnight courier service, by e-mail with receipt confirmed (followed by delivery of an original via overnight courier service or by registered or certified mail postage prepaid, return receipt requested) to the respective parties at the following addresses (or at such other address for a party as shall be specified in a notice given in accordance with this Section 10):
if to Licensor, to:
Global Holdings II, Inc.
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197
Attention: Matt Barron (Senior Vice President and General Counsel)
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:
Global Holdings II, Inc.
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197
Attention: Brad Poe (Senior Counsel Intellectual Property)
if to Licensee, to:
International Paper Company
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38197
Attention: Sharon Ryan (General Counsel)
with a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:
INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197
Attention: Chief CounselIntellectual Property
A party may, by notice to the other party, change the address to which such notices are to be given.
SECTION 11. Amendments. No provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed waived, amended, supplemented or modified by a party, unless such waiver, amendment, supplement or modification is in writing and signed by the authorized representative of the party against whom it is sought to enforce such waiver, amendment, supplement or modification.
SECTION 12. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof to any Person or circumstance is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remaining provisions hereof or thereof, or the application of such provision to Persons or circumstances or in jurisdictions other than those as to which it has been held invalid or unenforceable, shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated thereby. Upon such determination, the parties shall negotiate in good faith in an effort to agree upon a suitable and equitable provision to effect the original intent of the parties.
SECTION 13. Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Separation Agreement and the exhibits, schedules and appendices hereto and thereto, contain the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous agreements, negotiations, discussions, writings, understandings, commitments and conversations with respect to such subject matter, and there are no agreements or understandings between the parties other than those set forth or referred to herein or therein. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Agreement, on the one hand, and the provisions of the Separation Agreement (including the exhibits, schedules and appendices thereto), on the other hand, the provisions of the Separation Agreement shall control.
SECTION 14. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same agreement, and shall become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the parties hereto and delivered to the other party hereto. Each party acknowledges that it and the other party are executing this Agreement by facsimile, stamp or mechanical signature, and that delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page to this Agreement (whether executed by manual, stamp, electronic or mechanical signature) by email in portable document format (PDF) shall be effective as delivery of such executed counterpart of this Agreement. Each party expressly adopts and confirms each such facsimile, stamp or mechanical signature (regardless of whether delivered in person, by mail, by courier or by email in portable document format (PDF)) made in its respective name as if it were a manual signature delivered in person, agrees that it shall not assert that any such signature or delivery is not adequate to bind such party to the same extent as if it were signed manually and delivered in person and agrees that, at the reasonable request of the other party at any time, it shall as promptly as reasonably practicable cause this Agreement to be manually executed (any such execution to be as of the date of the initial date thereof) and delivered in person, by mail or by courier.
SECTION 15. Governing Law; Forum; Waiver of Jury Trial. The provisions of Section 10.2 of the Separation Agreement shall apply to this Agreement mutatis mutandis.
SECTION 16. Assignment and Sublicense. Neither this Agreement nor any rights and obligations of Licensee hereunder may be assigned or sublicensed by Licensee; provided, however, that Licensee may, without consent, and upon prior written notice to Licensor, (a) assign this Agreement or sublicense, solely within the scope of the License, the rights granted hereunder, in whole or in part, to an Affiliate of Licensee or (b) assign this Agreement, in whole or in part, to a non-Affiliate purchaser or non-Affiliate transferee of all or part of a business or facility, provided further, that in no event may the non-Affiliate assignee or transferee use any of the
Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property in any business or activity other than that of the portion of the purchased or transferred business or facility as operated as of the date of such assignment. Licensee shall be responsible for the activities of any sublicensee of Licensee as if the activities were directly those of Licensee. Any transfer or other disposition by Licensor or any of its Affiliates of any Transferred Licensed Intellectual Property will be made subject to the terms of this Agreement. Licensor may freely assign this Agreement in whole or in part in connection with the transfer of all or any portion of its business to which this Agreement pertains. Subject to the preceding sentences of this Section 16, this Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns.
SECTION 17. Limitations of Liability. NEITHER PARTY, NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AND EMPLOYEES SHALL BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER PARTY, OR ITS AFFILIATES, FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, REVENUE OR BUSINESS) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARE SOUGHT BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY.
SECTION 18. Headings. The Section and paragraph headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
SECTION 19. Bankruptcy. All licenses granted under this Agreement will be deemed licenses of rights to intellectual property for purposes of Section 365(n) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the Licensee under this Agreement will retain and may fully exercise all of its rights and elections under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly authorized representatives effective as of the date first set forth above.
|LICENSOR, GLOBAL HOLDINGS II, INC.|
|by||/s/ Greg Gibson|
Name: Greg Gibson
|LICENSEE, INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY|
|by||/s/ Keith R. Townsend|
Name: Keith R. Townsend
Title: VP Strategic Initiatives