TERMS OF SERVICE
LAST UPDATED: July 28, 2022. These terms of service (the “Agreement”) outline the terms and conditions under which NINPO INC. (the “Provider”) agrees to provide services to the client identified and defined in the order form referencing this Agreement (the “Client”) and executed by such parties (the “Order Form”). This Agreement incorporates the Order Form by reference and is effective as of the date of last signature of the Order Form (the “Effective Date”). Certain capitalized terms used herein are defined in Section 16 of this Agreement.
BY RECEIVING THE PROVIDER’S SERVICES, THE CLIENT HEREBY AGREES AS FOLLOWS:
1.1 Services. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in exchange for the Fees and Expenses, the Provider will provide the Client with the services (the “Services”) and the Deliverables (the “Deliverables”) expressly set out in the Order Form. The Services may include, among other things: (a) cyber security services (the “CS Services”); and (b) managed IT services (the “IT Services”). The Services (and for certainty, subject to Section 2.5, the Fees and Expenses) may be amended, modified or supplemented at any time and from time to time with mutual consent (Email to suffice) and in a written form satisfactory to the Provider (a “Change Order”).
Response Time / SLA: Support is provided Mon-Fri between 7am-5pm EST (excluding Statutory Holidays): Ninpo will use commercially reasonable efforts to respond and begin working toward a resolution for all requests as follows:
Minimal business impact: <4 hours
Moderate business impact: <2 hours
Critical business impact: <1 hour (unless noted otherwise)
For off-hours support (emergencies): Ninpo will use commercially reasonable efforts to respond and begin working toward a resolution as follows:
Minimal to Moderate business impact: <24 hours
Critical business impact: <8 hours
1.2 Subcontractors. The Provider may from time to time engage third parties (each a “Subcontractor”), such as independent contractors, affiliates, service providers, licensees and agents, to perform any part of the Services or any part of its obligations under this Agreement. The Provider will: (a) remain directly responsible to the Client for the acts or omissions of each Subcontractor; and (b) ensure that each Subcontractor is bound in writing to terms equally as protective of the Client as the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
1.3 Changes to Services. Notwithstanding Section 1.1 above, Provider reserves the right, in its reasonable discretion, to make any changes to the Services that it deems necessary or useful to: (a) maintain or enhance (i) the quality or delivery of the Services, (ii) the competitive strength of or market for the Services, or (iii) the cost efficiency or performance of the Services; (b) comply with applicable laws; and (c) to temporarily suspend access to the Services from time to time during Scheduled Downtime.
1.4 Suspension of Services. Without limiting any other remedy available to Provider by law, in equity, or otherwise under this Agreement, in the event of a material breach or a reasonably suspected material breach by the Client of this Agreement, including overdue and outstanding payment obligations, the Provider may, in its sole discretion and without penalty of any kind, immediately suspend its obligations to the Client relating to the Services until such time as: (a) any such actual breach is cured by the Client to the reasonable satisfaction of Provider; (b) Provider is given reasonable assurance that there is no breach or suspected breach by the Client; or (c) the Client’s obligations which were delayed or outstanding have been performed to the reasonable satisfaction of Provider.
1.5 Scope of Services. For certainty, except as otherwise expressly included in the Order Form, the Services do not include support and repairs necessitated as a result of any alteration, adjustment, or repair by anyone other than the Provider, including any system or system component which has been damaged as a result of accident, misuse, or abuse (such as, but not limited to, use of incorrect line voltages, use of incorrect fuses, use of incompatible devices or accessories, improper or insufficient ventilation, or failure to follow operating instructions).
1.6 Onboarding Process. Upon execution of the Order Form, the Client agrees to reasonably cooperate with the Provider to complete the Provider’s security onboarding process as soon as reasonably practicable (the “Onboarding Process”). The Client acknowledges and agrees that: (a) the Onboarding Process must be completed prior to the provision of Services, and any delays in completing the Onboarding Process will delay the provision of the Services; and (b) there are no refunds of Fees and Expenses, irrespective of any incompletion of the Onboarding Process.
2. FEES AND PAYMENT TERMS
2.1 Payment. The Client will pay to the Provider the fees for the services (the “Fees”) and the Expenses in the amounts, at the times and according to the terms set out in the Order Form. All Fees payable under this Agreement are exclusive of any and all applicable taxes, which will be invoiced together with the Fees. Subject to the Order Form, invoices under this Agreement are payable, without holdback or setoff, within thirty (30) days of delivery, except where such Fees and Expenses invoiced are disputed by the Client in good faith. Invoice disputes will not affect the undisputed portions of the Fees and Expenses payable by the Client.
2.2 Expenses. Additional charges for travel, accommodation, out-of-pocket costs and all other expenses incurred by the Provider in connection with the Services (the “Expenses”) will be invoiced to the Client together with the Fees. For certainty, unless otherwise expressly provided in the Order Form: (a) all Expenses will be pre-approved by the Client in writing; and (b) any freight and postage costs will be invoiced on a monthly basis to Client without mark-up.
2.3 Failure of Payment. Without limiting any other remedy available to the Provider hereunder, or by law or equity, in the event that the Client’s payment obligations are overdue and outstanding for a period of fifteen (15) days, the Provider may, in its sole discretion and notwithstanding anything in this Agreement, terminate this Agreement immediately upon notice to the Client.
2.4 Assumptions. The Fees are determined based on, among other things, the Assumptions (if any) defined in the Order Form. The Fees are subject to change by the Provider upon any material change to the Assumptions, or if any of the Assumptions are found to be materially unsustainable, misrepresented, inaccurate, unfulfilled or untrue. For certainty, the Fees are subject to change upon Provider’s discovery of requirements or complexities relating to the Services or Deliverables that were unknown as at the date of the Effective Date. In the event of any such change, Provider will promptly provide a Change Order to the Client for review and execution, and the Provider’s obligations to the Client under the Order Form will be suspended, without penalty to the Provider, until a Change Order is mutually executed by the parties.
2.5 Hourly Rate Changes. Provider reserves the right to adjust its hourly rates for any Services that are provided on a time and materials basis. Provider will provide at least thirty (30) days’ written notice to the Client prior to any such adjustment in its rates. Any such adjustments will be made in the Provider’s sole discretion, acting reasonably.
2.6 Refunds. Except as otherwise expressly set out in the Order Form, all Fees and Expenses are non-refundable.
2.7 Incident Response. For certainty, any incident response services that the Client may request and which the Provider may agree to provide from time to time will be subject to additional fees. Such fees will vary depending on the severity of the incident.
3. USE OF SERVICES
3.1 Authorization. Subject to the Client’s payment of the Fees, Provider hereby authorizes the Client to access and use, during the Term, the CS Services solely for the Client’s internal business operations in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, provided that the Client remains directly responsible to Provider for the non-compliance of any Client Personnel with the terms of this Agreement, as if such non-compliance were its own. This authorization is non-exclusive and non-transferable.
3.2 Responsible Use. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, or otherwise expressly permitted by Provider, the Client will not:
(a) access and use the Services in a manner that is in breach of any applicable laws, or in a manner that is non-compliant with the terms of this Agreement;
(b) use the Services in any way that is inconsistent with their reasonably intended purpose;
(c) reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, decode, scrape, adapt or otherwise attempt to derive or gain access to the source code of, contents of, or underling data relating to, the Services;
(d) bypass or breach any security measures used by the Services;
(e) input, upload, transmit or otherwise provide to or through the Services any data, information or materials that interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Services, or the data contained therein, or that are unlawful or injurious, or contain, transmit or activate any virus, trojan horse, worm, backdoor, malware or other malicious computer code, unless expressed otherwise by Provider to transmit such through secure means;
(f) cause or otherwise permit any part or whole of the Services to be published, printed, downloaded, transmitted, distributed, reengineered, or reproduced in any form whatsoever;
(g) damage, destroy, disrupt, disable, impair, interfere with or otherwise impede or harm in any manner the Services; and
(h) remove, delete, alter or obscure any trade-marks, specifications, warranties or disclaimers, or any copyright, trade-mark, patent or other intellectual property or proprietary rights notices from the Services.
Furthermore, the Client acknowledges and agrees that:
(i) provided that the applicable backup IT Services are selected and paid for by the Client, the Provider will configure an automated file back-up system to backup the Client’s documents and data, and it is the Client’s sole responsibility to ensure that, inter alia: (A) the Client saves their documents and data to the location(s) established by the Provider for backing up; (B) files and data on portable devices such as USB flash drives, external hard-drives, tablets, mobile phones, will not be backed up unless Client includes the files and date on those devices in the folders scheduled to be backed up; and (C) the Client will notify the Provider of any backup related errors or warnings without delay as soon as it becomes aware of same;
(ii) the Client will provide safe and hazard-free access to its personnel, facilities, equipment, hardware, software, network and information for IT Services to be performed at the Client’s location; and
(iii) Provider’s performance and delivery of the IT Services are contingent upon the Client’s timely decision-making, notification of relevant issues or information and granting of approvals or permissions
4. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
4.1 Services and Deliverables. Provider is and will remain the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest (including all Intellectual Property Rights) in and to the Services. Except as otherwise expressly set out in the Order Form or a Change Order: (a) the Provider is and will remain the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title and interest (including all Intellectual Property Rights) in and to any and all Deliverables; and (b) the Provider hereby grants to the Client, subject to payment in full for the applicable Services and compliance with this Agreement, a non-exclusive, non-transferrable, royalty free right, during the Term, to use the Deliverables solely in the country(ies) in which the Client does business and solely for Client’s internal use.
4.2 Rights Reserved. Except for the rights and licenses expressly granted in this Agreement, neither party grants to the other party any Intellectual Property Rights under this Agreement, and all such rights, title and interests are hereby retained and reserved
5.1 Obligation. Receiving Party hereby acknowledges that the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information is an asset of considerable value, the unauthorized use or disclosure of which would be damaging. Receiving Party will, during and subsequent to the Term: (a) keep the Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party confidential and use such Confidential Information solely for the purposes of exercising its rights and performing its obligations under this Agreement; (b) not directly, or indirectly, without authorization from the Disclosing Party reveal, report, publish, disclose or transfer such Confidential Information to any third party; (c) utilize procedures constituting a high degree of care to maintain the security of such Confidential Information and in no event less than a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances; and (d) disclose such Confidential Information to its employees and contractors, solely on a need-to-know basis as reasonably required under this Agreement, provided that, any access or disclosure to the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information that is granted by the Receiving Party to its employees and contractors will first require the Receiving Party to enter into a written agreement with each such employee and contractor that contains confidentiality obligations and intellectual property ownership terms that are in content at least as protective as the provisions hereof. If a Receiving Party is required by law or court order to disclose any Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party, such Receiving Party will: (i) first notify the Disclosing Party of same in writing and without delay; and (ii) cooperate with the Disclosing Party, and use its own best efforts, to limit any such disclosure to the minimum disclosure necessary to comply with such law or court order.
5.2 Return of Confidential Information. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Receiving Party will return or irretrievably destroy the Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party within thirty (30) days after such request from the Disclosing Party. If requested by the Disclosing Party, the Receiving Party will provide a statutory declaration certifying the return or destruction (as applicable) within five (5) days thereafter.
5.3 Injunctive Relief. Each party acknowledges and agrees that should it breach its obligations of non-disclosure under this Section 5, the other party may suffer harm which may not be adequately compensated by monetary damages. In such event, the non-breaching party may, in addition to any other remedy available in law or equity, seek specific performance and injunctive or other equitable relief without bond or proof of damages.
6. REPRESENTATIONS & WARRANTIES
6.1 Mutual. Each party hereby represents and warrants to the other party that: (a) it is a business duly registered or incorporated, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction; (b) it has full right and authority to enter into, execute, and perform its obligations under this Agreement; and (c) the execution, delivery, and performance of this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid, and binding agreement of such party.
6.2 Provider. Provider hereby represents and warrants to the Client that: (a) it will comply with all applicable laws; (b) it will perform the Services in a professional manner; and (c) the Services and Deliverables will conform in all material respects to the Order Form and any Change Order(s).
6.3 Client. The Client hereby represents and warrants to the Provider that the Client owns or otherwise has the necessary rights and consents in and relating to Client Data so that, to the extent any such data is required to be used by the Provider to deliver the Services and Deliverables in accordance with this Agreement, such use of the Client Data does not and will not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate any Intellectual Property Rights or any privacy or other rights of any party or violate any applicable laws.
7. TERM & TERMINATION
7.1 Term. This Agreement will commence on the Effective Date and will remain in effect until terminated pursuant to this Section 7 (the “Term”).
7.2 Termination for Convenience. Either party may at any time terminate this Agreement for any or no reason with fifteen (15) days’ prior written notice to the other party.
7.3 Termination for Cause. Either party may terminate this Agreement immediately upon notice if the other party: (a) fails to correct a material breach of its obligations under this Agreement within seven (7) days after receipt by such other party of written notification from the notifying party of such material breach, provided however, that a breach of the confidentiality obligations set forth in Section 5 will be grounds for immediate termination of this Agreement by written notice from the non-breaching party; or (b) files a bankruptcy petition, has a bona fide petition filed involuntarily against it, becomes insolvent, makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, consents to the appointment of a trustee, or if bankruptcy reorganization or insolvency proceedings are instituted by or against the other party.
7.4 Effect of Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason: (a) the Order Form and any Change Orders then in effect will immediately terminate; (b) the Provider will cease providing the Services to the Client; (c) the Provider will deliver to the Client a final statement of account and/or invoice for Fees and Expenses accrued up to and including the date of termination, and the Client will pay all undisputed Fees and Expenses within seven (7) days of termination; and (d) any provision of this Agreement that imposes an obligation after termination of this Agreement will survive the termination of this Agreement, including Sections: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4, 5, 7 – 12 (inclusive) and 15.
During the Term and for a period of one (1) year thereafter, neither party, directly or through an affiliate, will take any action to induce any employees, contractors (which includes Subcontractors) or personnel of the other party (“Personnel”) to discontinue their employment or contract (as applicable) with such other party, nor will either party employ or otherwise engage any Personnel. Notwithstanding, neither party will be prohibited from: (a) making general public solicitations for particular positions or job classifications and employing or otherwise engaging Personnel who respond thereto, provided such party can demonstrate that such Personnel initiated contact and were not specifically targeted or induced by such party; or (b) engaging any Personnel that have not been employed or otherwise contracted with the other party for a period of at least one (1) year.
Each party (the “Indemnitor”) will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the other party and their officers, directors, contractors, and employees (together, the “Indemnitees”) against and from any and all third party claims, demands, actions, causes of action, damage, loss, suits, proceedings, costs, liabilities, expenses and charges incurred or suffered by the Indemnitees as a result of or in connection with any material non-fulfillment or breach of any warranty or covenant, or any material misrepresentation, under this Agreement by the Indemnitor. This Section will survive any termination of this Agreement for a period of three (3) years.
10.1 General. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, THE CLIENT’S USE OF THE SERVICES AND DELIVERABLES IS AT THE CLIENT’S SOLE RISK. EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, THE PROVIDER HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SERVICES AND DELIVERABLES, WHETHER IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, ORAL OR OTHERWISE, ARISING UNDER ANY LAW OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING ANY CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO VALIDITY, ACCURACY, NON-INTERRUPTION, NON-INFRINGEMENT, ERROR-FREE OPERATION, MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, THE SERVICES AND DELIVERABLES ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS”. ABSOLUTE SECURITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF ITS DISCLAIMERS AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS HEREIN, THE PROVIDER WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION DUE TO SYSTEM OUTAGES OR HARDWARE FAILURE. THIS SECTION WILL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
10.2 High-Risk Application. WITHOUT LIMITING ANYTHING HEREIN, THE SERVICES ARE NOT DESIGNED OR INTENDED FOR USE IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS REQUIRING FAIL-SAFE PERFORMANCE, INCLUDING THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, WEAPONS SYSTEMS, LIFE-SUPPORT MACHINES, OR ANY OTHER APPLICATION IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE SERVICES COULD LEAD DIRECTLY TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
11. THIRD-PARTY PRODUCTS & WARRANTIES
11.1 Third Party Products. Some manufacturers’ warranties or terms and conditions for Third Party Products may become void if the Provider or anyone else, other than the manufacturer or its authorized representatives, provides services for or works on their hardware or software (such are providing maintenance and repair services). PROVIDER WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIRD PARTY WARRANTIES BY VIRTUE OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES. ADDITIONALLY, THE PROVIDER WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR VOIDING ANY THIRD PARTY WARRANTIES RESULTING FROM THE SERVICES. EXCEPT OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY AGREED IN THE ORDER FORM OR A CHANGE ORDER, ANY AND ALL THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY SUBJECT TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS BETWEEN THE THIRD PARTY AND THE CLIENT. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING HEREIN, PROVIDER WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS AND THE CLIENT WILL LOOK EXCLUSIVELY TO THE THIRD PARTY PROVIDER FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF SUCH THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS.
11.2 License to Third Party Products. Except as otherwise expressly agreed in the Order Form or a Change Order, the Client authorizes the Provider to copy, install, modify, when necessary and as required by the Order Form or a Change Order, all Third Party Products to be used in the Services or to be copied or stored for subsequent re-installation of a backup system or data. The Client hereby represents and warrants to Provider that it has obtained any licenses, consents, regulatory certifications or approvals required to give the Provider and its Subcontractors or employees such rights or license to access, copy, distribute, use and/or modify (including creating derivative works) or install any Third Party Products to be used in the Services, without infringing the ownership or license rights (including patent and copyright) of the providers or owners of such products.
12. LIABILITY LIMITATION
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING HEREIN, THE PROVIDER’S MAXIMUM LIABILITY TO THE CLIENT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IS THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF FEES PAID BY THE CLIENT TO THE PROVIDER DURING THE SIX (6) MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM. IN NO EVENT WILL EITHER PARTY HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO THE OTHER PARTY FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA, LOST SAVINGS, LOST OPPORTUNITY COSTS OR OTHER SIMILAR PECUNIARY LOSS), HOWEVER CAUSED AND UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) AND WHETHER OR NOT SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THIS SECTION WILL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
13. EXPORT; REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
13.1 Export. The Provider and the Client each acknowledge that the Services provided under this Agreement may be subject to the customs and export control laws and regulations of the United States and Canada, may be rendered and/or performed in countries outside of the United States and Canada, and may also be subject to the customs and export laws and regulations of the country in which the Services are rendered and/or received. To the extent that a license is required for the export of any Client-provided software, the Client is solely responsible for obtaining any such license. The Provider may require export certifications from the Client for Client-provided software. The Provider’s performance of the Services is subject to the issuance of any applicable export licenses required by the United States or Canadian Government, and the Provider is not liable for delays or failure to deliver Services or any Deliverables resulting from the Client’s failure to obtain such license or to provide such certification.
13.2 Regulatory Requirements. The Provider is not responsible for determining if Third Party Products to be used in the provision of the Services satisfy the local regulatory requirements of the country to which such products are to be shipped, nor will the Provider be obligated to provide any Services where the resulting products or software do not satisfy the local regulatory requirements.
14.1 General. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, no modification, amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement will be effective unless in writing and signed by the parties hereto. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right, power, or remedy under this agreement, except as specifically provided herein, will operate as a waiver of any such right, power or remedy.
15.2 Assignment. This Agreement will not be assigned by either party, whether voluntarily or involuntarily or by operation of law, in whole or in part, to any other entity without the prior written consent of the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon written notice to Client, the Provider may assign this Agreement to a successor in interest, upon a merger, acquisition, reorganization, change of control, or sale of all or virtually all of the assets of Provider, and any such assignment will not require the consent of the Client. Any assignment in violation of this Section will be null and void from the beginning and will be deemed a material breach of this Agreement.
15.3 Choice of Law. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein. The provincial and federal courts located in Toronto, Ontario will have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement. Each party hereby consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party will be entitled to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in any jurisdiction with a reasonable connection to the subject matter of this Agreement.
15.4 Force Majeure Events and Client Delays. Without limiting any of the Provider’s rights herein, the Provider will not be responsible for, and disclaims any liability relating to, any failure or delay in performing its obligations herein to the extent that such failure or delay is due to: (a) any delays caused by the Client; (b) any breach by the Client of its obligations under this Agreement; or (c) any event that is otherwise beyond the Provider’s reasonable control (the latter case being, a “Force Majeure Event”), which includes acts of God, wars, terrorism, riots, embargoes, acts of civil or military authorities, pandemic, government orders, fires, floods, accidents, or strikes, labour problems, computer, telecommunications, internet service provider or hosting facility failures or delays involving hardware, software or power systems not within Provider’s possession or reasonable control, provided that, in the case of a Force Majeure Event, the Provider gives the Client prompt written notice of the failure to perform and the reason therefore and uses its reasonable efforts to limit the resulting delay in its performance.
15.5 Notices. If any notice or other communication is required or permitted to be given to a party hereunder, such notice or communication will be in writing and: (a) personally delivered; or (b) transmitted by e-mail to the address provided in the Order Form. All such notices or other communications will be deemed to have been given and received upon confirmation of delivery.
15.6 Currency. All monetary amounts under this Agreement are in Canadian Dollars, except where expressly provided otherwise.
15.7 Independent Contractors. The parties are independent contractors. Neither party will be deemed to be an employee, agent, partner, joint venturer or legal representative of the other for any purpose and neither party will have any right, power or authority to create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of the other.
15.8 Interpretation. Headings used in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and will not affect the interpretation of this Agreement. No rule of interpretation favoring one party over another based on authorship will apply to this Agreement. The words “herein”, “hereof”, “hereto”, “hereunder” and similar expressions mean and refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular part, section or other subdivision of this Agreement. The word “including” is not limiting (whether or not non-limiting language such as “without limitation” or “but not limited to” or other words of similar import are used with reference thereto).
15.9 Independent Legal Advice. Each party hereby acknowledges that each had the opportunity to obtain independent legal advice before executing this Agreement.
15.10 Severability. In the event any provision hereof is deemed illegal, invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then: (a) such provision will be deemed as independent of this Agreement; (b) this Agreement will be construed and enforced as if such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision had never been a part hereof; (c) the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain valid and in force; and (d) in the place of the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision, a legal, valid and enforceable provision will be automatically added as part of this Agreement, and will have similar terms to the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision, to the best way possible, and to the maximum extent permitted by law.
(a) “Client Data” means information and other content, in any form or medium, that is collected or otherwise received by the Provider directly or indirectly from the Client or Client Personnel in connection with the Provider’s performance of the Services.
(b) “Client Personnel” means all employees, agents, independent contractors and any other authorized representatives of the Client.
(c) “Confidential Information” means information that is not generally known to the public or that otherwise constitutes a trade secret under applicable law, including technical information, know-how, technology, software applications and code, prototypes, ideas, inventions, methods, improvements, data, files, information relating to client identities and other client information; provided that, Confidential Information does not include any of the foregoing information that Receiving Party can demonstrate: (i) has entered into the public domain through no wrongful act or breach of any obligation of confidentiality by the Receiving Party; (ii) was in the lawful knowledge and possession of, or was independently developed by, the Receiving Party prior to the time it was disclosed to, or learned by, the Receiving Party hereunder as evidenced by written records; (iii) was rightfully received by Receiving Party from a third party without a breach of such third party’s obligations of confidentiality; or (iv) was approved in writing for release by the Disclosing Party. Confidential Information includes such information that was disclosed by the Disclosing Party to the Receiving Party prior to the Effective Date.
(d) “Disclosing Party” means the party who discloses or otherwise divulges Confidential Information to the other party.
(e) “Expenses” has the meaning set out in Section 2.2.
(f) “Fees” had the meaning set out in Section 2.1.
(g) “Intellectual Property Rights” means (i) copyrights and copyrightable works, whether registered or unregistered; (ii) trademarks, service marks, trade dress, logos, registered designs, trade and business names (including Internet domain names, corporate names and e-mail address names), whether registered or unregistered; (iii) patents, patent applications, patent disclosures and inventions (whether patentable or not); (iv) trade secrets, processes, methods, data privacy rights, know-how and rights in designs; and (v) all other forms of intellectual property or any other proprietary rights in every jurisdiction worldwide.
(i) “Receiving Party” means the party who receives or otherwise obtains Confidential Information from the Disclosing Party or from the Disclosing Party’s employees, agents, representatives, consultants, clients, contractors or suppliers.
(j) “Scheduled Downtime” means the time(s) that the Services are inaccessible or unavailable to the Client in connection with preventative maintenance, scheduled maintenance and repair.
(k) “Term” has the meaning set out in Section 7.1.
(l) “Third Party Products” means any third-party software, hardware or services.
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