EXCLUSIVE LICENSE/ROYALTY AGREEMENT (AXIS)
Axis International Marketing, Ltd.1800 South Wolf Road • Des Plaines, IL 60018Phone: 847-297-0744www.123axis.com
EXCLUSIVE LICENSE/ROYALTY AGREEMENT
THIS EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTION AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) (the “Agreement”) is made and is effective as of the last date of signature hereto (the “Effective Date”) by and between an individual having a principal address of phone number (“LICENSOR”),and AXIS INTERNATIONAL (“LICENSEE”), a corporation with its principal place of business at 1800 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.
IF THERE’S A PATENT--WHEREAS, Licensor represents and covenants that he is the sole owner of the entire right, title and interest in and to U.S. Patent Number # and generally characterized as the hereafter called (PRODUCT);
WHEREAS, AXIS INTERNATIONAL desires to retain an exclusive license right to make, sell and use products derived within the scope of PRODUCT;
WHEREAS, In consideration of the mutual promises and understandings hereinafter set forth, the parties intending to be legally bound do hereby agree as follows:
(1) LICENSOR grants to LICENSEE an exclusive license, which is subject to the Provisions of Article (5) and Article (6) and Article (7) sub IV of this Agreement, the exclusive rights to manufacture, import, use and sell PRODUCT.
(2) LICENSEE shall keep true and accurate books of account showing: the (i) quantity of licensed PRODUCT that is manufactured and the quantity sold, including, if applicable, the quantity manufactured and quantity sold by sublicenses during the term of this Agreement; (ii) the selling price per item thereof for the quantities sold and a total dollar amount per item; and other data necessary for an accurate determination of the payments called for herein. Upon 30 days written notice by LICENSOR. LICENSEE shall make its books of account relating to PRODUCT made, manufactured or sold available to LICENSOR during regular business hours at its principal place of business or at the offices of its appointed representative to the extent necessary to permit verification of such reports.
(3) LICENSEE shall produce and provide to the LICENSOR a Royalty Report providing (i) Sales information including item numbers, dates, invoice numbers, quantity, selling price per item and total dollar amount of sales per item and due date for payment to LICENSEE; and (ii) The Royalty Report shall be furnished to the LICENSOR on a monthly basis throughout the term of this Agreement and any extensions thereto, or until the LICENSEE no longer sells any PRODUCT pursuant to this Agreement, whichever period is longer.
(4) On or before the 15th of each month throughout the term of this Agreement and any extensions thereto, or until the LICENSEE no longer sells any PRODUCT pursuant to this Agreement, whichever period is longer, the LICENSEE shall pay to the LICENSOR a royalty of six (6%) of Licensee’s gross sales price for all products the LICENSEE has sold and been paid for that were derived from PRODUCT in the preceding month. Gross sales price as used in this Agreement means Licensee’s gross invoice price for PRODUCT, less any allowances for defective or returned PRODUCT and, if applicable, shipping costs for return of defective or returned PRODUCT and deductions, such as volume rebates, cash disbursements for sales promotions, etc. On all collected sales you will receive a 6% royalty fee. As an added incentive, you can make an “EXTRA” 5% sales commission, should you assist us in selling to an account we don’t currently sell to by soliciting other retailers you feel a good fit, for your invention, for a total of 11% total royalty on those sales.
(5) This exclusive license is in effect for ONE (1) year from the date the opening production order is received in our warehouse. If within this first year the LICENSOR is not satisfied with the sales results of the LICENSEE, the LICENSOR may within (60) days after this time period may cancel the agreement and take possession of the remaining inventory from the opening production run. Otherwise, the Agreement shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods unless terminated pursuant to this Agreement or by notice of the LICENSEE to the LICENSOR. unless (i) AXIS does not sell a Product or a product derived from the Product for three consecutive months; (ii) In the event AXIS is in material default with respect to compliance with any of the conditions or obligations of this Agreement, LICENSOR shall have the right, after seven (7) days written notice of such default to AXIS pursuant to this Agreement, to terminate this Agreement forthwith, unless prior thereto, unless AXIS (a) contests the default, and provides evidence refuting the nature of the default (b) remedies such default in a commercially reasonable manner and provided written confirmation of the cure to LICENSOR or (c) starts the cure for such default, if such cure requires more than seven (7) days to effectuate; or (iii) by mutual agreement of AXIS and LICENSOR. This agreement shall automatically renew each year on the anniversary date of this Agreement unless a Party provides notice to the other party no less than thirty (30) days prior to the end of a Term that it desires the Agreement to end at the conclusion of the then-current Term.
(6) In the event LICENSEE does not commence to manufacture, distribute and sell the PRODUCT within ten (10) months after the execution of this Agreement, LICENSOR shall have the option of canceling this Agreement. Following written notice by LICENSOR of such default, LICENSEE shall have thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice to cure this default. If this default is not cured, LICENSEE agrees not to continue with the development of the PRODUCT.
(7) (i) LICENSOR and LICENSEE agree that either party shall notify the other within ten business days upon discovery of a potentially infringing product that is being manufactured, sold, or otherwise disclosed by a third party.
(ii) LICENSOR and LICENSEE agree to litigate on an equal basis so that both the LICENSOR and LICENSEE are responsible to pay for one-half of the legal costs and litigation expenses and receive one-half of any recovery.
(iii) LICENSOR and LICENSEE have the right to refuse to participate in the litigation referenced in Article (6) (ii), provided this refusal is tendered in writing to the participating party. It shall not be deemed a breach of this Agreement or any statutory or common-law duty to refuse to participate in said litigation. The non-participating party agrees to provide all cooperation necessary to permit the other party to enforce rights, including but not limited to signing any necessary documents, providing any information necessary to ascertain certain damage and making any appearance personally or by their legal representation if so ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or as reasonably necessary to aid in the prosecution of the case or to protect the interests of the non-participating party, provided the participating party pays all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by the non-participating party, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in such actions The non-participating party waives any claim to a recovery awarded to the participating party in such infringement proceedings.
(iv) LICENSOR and LICENSEE further acknowledge that if LICENSEE desires non-participation in any infringement action, LICENSOR has the right to settle an infringement action by granting to the infringing party a Non-Exclusive license carved-out of the Exclusive License.
(8) LICENSEE shall have the right to terminate this Agreement by giving 90 days written notice prior to the end of any calendar year by way of registered certified mailing or e mail to LICENSOR. This Agreement shall also be subject to termination if the LICENSEE files for bankruptcy, pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
(9) In the event LICENSEE is in material default with respect to compliance with any of the conditions or obligations of this Agreement, LICENSOR shall have the right, after sixty (60) days written notice of such default to LICENSEE pursuant to this Agreement, to terminate this Agreement forthwith, unless prior thereto, LICENSEE shall have remedied such default in a commercially reasonable manner and provided written confirmation of the cure to LICENSOR
(10) Upon termination of this Agreement by either party the LICENSEE shall have the right to complete any PRODUCTS already in the process of being manufactured and to sell those PRODUCTS in its normal course of business, provided that all others terms of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, the payment of royalties and production of Royalty Reports, shall be followed.
(11) LICENSEE shall not grant any sublicenses in respect to the rights granted to it unless prior written consent is obtained by LICENSOR. Any sublicense granted would be subject to all covenants, terms and conditions of this Agreement.
(12) LICENSEE acknowledges that LICENSOR will not be providing services for LICENSEE directly and uses a third party sales agent (the "Sales Agent") for the fulfillment of Services described in this Agreement. In the event LICENSEE has an issue with the services provided, LICENSOR will (a) notify the Sales Agent of the claim and (b) work with the Sales Agent and the LICENSEE to resolve the dispute, but LICENSEE acknowledges that LICENSOR is not financially responsible for and does not guarantee the quality of any work product performed by the Sales Agent. Any claims by the LICENSEE made later than seven (7) days after payment is made for work product giving rise to the claim shall be deemed waived; all claims related to the services must be made within seven (7) days. Payment by LICENSEE to LICENSOR is due at or prior to commencement of the services by the Sales Agent.
(13) This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.
(14) All product derivatives of PRODUCT shall be included in the terms of this Agreement.
(15) All notices under this Agreement shall be sent via certified mail as follows:
If to LICENSOR If to LICENSEE:
1800 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018
With a copy to:
1765 N. Elston Ave. Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60642
(16) LICENSOR shall not contact or solicit in any way the customers, buyers, representatives or other agents of LICENSEE during the term of this Agreement or for a period of two years after expiration of the Agreement except as expressly authorized by the LICENSEE and only in the specific context of that express authorization. Any breach of this provision shall entitle the LICENSEE to seek injunctive relief in any court of equity in the State of Illinois.
(17) In the event of any controversy, claim or dispute between the parties arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach of this Agreement, the “prevailing party”, as that term is construed by Illinois law, shall be entitled, in addition to such other relief as may be granted, to a reasonable sum as and for attorney’s fees and related costs, which shall be determined by the court in that litigation or in a separate action brought for that purpose.
(18) LICENSOR makes no warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose, concerning the product.
(19) This Agreement shall be binding on and more to the benefit of the parties and their heirs, personal representatives, successors and or assigns, except as otherwise provided.
(20) This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties. Any prior agreements, promises, negotiations or representations not expressly set forth in this Agreement are of no force or effect. Any amendment to this Agreement shall be ineffective unless it is in writing and signed by both parties. If any term, provision, covenant or condition if the agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the rest of the agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated.
(21) This Agreement may be signed by the parties in one or more counterparts which when taken together shall constitute one single agreement binding on all the parties and their heirs, executors and or assigns.
(22) This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, and facsimile signatures shall constitute and be deemed original signatures for the purposes of this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
Andy L Berger
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Signed by Andy Berger
Signed On: October 11, 2020
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