Washington, D.C. Location
Washington, DC 20015
Princeton, NJ Location
Princeton, NJ 08540
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
THIS AGREEMENT is made this [Date] by and between [Name of Software Developer], a [Type of Organization] with offices at [Address] (the “Software Developer”), and [Software Patent Co.], a [Type of Organization] with offices at [Address] (“Software Patent Co.”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, Software Developer possesses certain technical expertise in the field of [Type of Field] (the “Field”);
WHEREAS, Software Patent Co. desires to engage Software Developer to develop certain unique and proprietary software in Field (the “Software”) in accordance with the specifications to be provided for in Exhibit A attached hereto (the “Specifications”) and in accordance with the Time Schedule also identified in Exhibit A;
WHEREAS, Software Developer is willing and able to accept such engagement and develop such Software in accordance with the terms and conditions recited herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants herein contained, the Parties, each intending to be legally bound hereby, do promise and agree as follows:
1. RETENTION OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
A. Software Patent Co. hereby retains the services of Software Developer to develop the Software in accordance with the Specifications identified in Schedule “A” attached hereto.
B. Software Developer is an independent contractor and not an employee of Software Patent Co.. Unless otherwise expressly agreed to in writing, Software Developer shall not be entitled to or eligible for any benefits or programs otherwise given by Software Patent Co. to its employees.
2. TERM OF THE AGREEMENT
A. This Agreement and the provisions hereof, except as otherwise provided, shall be in full force and effect commencing on the date of execution by both Parties and shall extend for an initial term of [amount] [months/years] (the “Term”) unless sooner terminated in accordance with paragraph 10, below.
B. Software Patent Co. shall have the option of renewing the subject Agreement for an additional [number]-month period (the “Extended Term”) on the same terms and conditions as provided for herein by providing Software Developer written notice of its intention to renew this Agreement at least [number] days prior to the expiration of the Term.
3. RESPONSIBILITIES OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
A. Software Developer agrees to deliver the Software in accordance with the Delivery Schedule provided for in Schedule A attached hereto. Software Developer’s failure to meet the dates provided for in this Schedule shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement.
B. Software Developer shall cause one of its managers to attend Software Patent Co.’s regularly scheduled, weekly meetings relating to the status of the Software project. Moreover, Software Developer shall provide Software Patent Co. with a written report each month on the status of the development of the Software.
A. Software Patent Co. shall compensate Software Developer for its efforts in accordance with the following schedule:
1. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) upon execution of this Agreement;
2. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) upon acceptance by Software Patent Co. of the detailed design specifications (“Phase I”);
3. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) upon completion of the pilot testing (Phase II)
4. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) upon acceptance by Software Patent Co. of the final software (“Phase III”);
5. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) within [number] months following the completion of Acceptance testing by Software Patent Co.; and
6. [Amount] Dollars ($[#] ) upon completion of the warranty period as hereinafter defined.
B. In the event that Software Developer should complete its efforts with respect to Phases I-III in advance of the Delivery Date(s) recited in Schedule I, Software Patent Co. shall pay Software Developer a Bonus in the amount of [Amount] Percent ([#] %) per day of the Fee otherwise due for such Phase.
C. Software Patent Co. hereby agrees to reimburse Software Developer for its actual and reasonable out of-pocket expenses incurred in the performance of this Agreement that shall include, but not be limited to, travel and living expenses that had been previously approved by Software Patent Co.. Software Developer shall invoice Software Patent Co. on a monthly basis for such expenses and payment shall be made on a net [number]-day basis by Software Patent Co..
5. OWNERSHIP RIGHTS
A. It is understood and agreed that the Software is being developed by Software Developer for the sole and exclusive use of Software Patent Co. and that Software Patent Co. shall be deemed the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest therein, including all copyright and proprietary rights relating thereto. All work performed by Software Developer on Software and any supporting materials and documentation therefore shall be considered as “Works Made for Hire” (as such are defined under the U.S. Copyright Laws) and, as such, shall be owned by and for the benefit of Software Patent Co..
B. Software Patent Co. has the right to use or not use the Software and to use, reproduce, re-use, alter, modify, edit, or change the Software as it sees fit and for any purpose.
C. In the event that it should be determined that any of such Software or supporting documentation does not qualify as a “Work Made for Hire,” Software Developer will and hereby does assign to Software Patent Co. for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, all right, title, and interest that it may possess in such Software and the underlying materials and documentation including, but not limited to, all copyright and proprietary rights relating thereto. Upon request, Software Developer will take such steps as are reasonably necessary to enable Software Patent Co. to record such assignment at its own cost and expense.
D. Software Developer will sign, upon request, any documents needed to confirm that the Software or any portion thereof is a Work Made for Hire and to effectuate the assignment of its rights to Software Patent Co..
E. Software Developer will assist Software Patent Co. and its agents, upon request, in preparing U.S. and foreign copyright, trademark, and/or patent applications covering Software. Software Developer will sign any such applications, upon request, and deliver them to Software Patent Co.. Software Patent Co. will bear all expenses that it causes to be incurred in connection with such copyright, trademark, and/or patent protection.
6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
A. Software Developer represents and warrants that the Software is unique and original, is clear of any claims or encumbrances, and does not infringe upon the rights of any third parties.
B. Software Developer warrants that it is authorized to enter into this agreement and that its performance thereof will not conflict with any other agreement.
C. Software Developer warrants that for a period of [number] months following the Acceptance Date (the “Warranty Period”), Software will perform in accordance with the detailed design Specifications provided for in Schedule A. In the event that Software does not perform in accordance with such Specifications during such Warranty Period, Software Developer shall, at its expense and in an expeditious fashion, make all necessary changes and modifications to Software to correct such failure to perform.
D. Software Developer agrees that, for a period of [number] years following the conclusion of Warranty Period, it will maintain Software to the standards set forth herein, for a fee to be mutually agreed on between the parties on or before the Acceptance Date. Maintenance shall include debugging all errors in Software brought to the attention of Software Developer, if such errors can be fixed.
E. THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH ARE THE ONLY WARRANTIES MADE, AND THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPECIFICALLY THERE ARE NO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
7. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY
A. Confidential Information. “Confidential Information” means any confidential technical data, trade secret, know-how or other confidential information disclosed by any party hereunder in writing, orally, or by drawing or other form and which shall be marked by the disclosing party as “Confidential” or ”Proprietary”. If such information is disclosed orally, or through demonstration, in order to be deemed Confidential Information, it must be specifically designated as being of a confidential nature at the time of disclosure and reduced in writing and delivered to the receiving party within [number] ([#]) days of such disclosure.
B. Exclusions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include information which: (i) is known to the receiving party at the time of disclosure or becomes known to the receiving party without breach of this Agreement; (ii) is or become publicly known through no wrongful act of the receiving party or any subsidiary of the receiving party; (iii) is rightfully received from a third party without restriction on disclosure; (iv) is independently developed by the receiving party or any of its subsidiary; (v) is furnished to any third party by the disclosing party without restriction on its disclosure; (vi) is approved for release upon a prior written consent of the disclosing party; (vii) is disclosed pursuant to judicial order, requirement of a governmental agency or by operation of law.
C. Nondisclosure. Software Developer agrees that it will not disclose any Confidential Information to any third party and will not use the Software Patent Co.’s Confidential Information for any purpose other than for the performance of the rights and obligations hereunder during the term of this Agreement and for a period of [number] ([#]) years thereafter, without the prior written consent of the Software Patent Co.. Software Developer further agrees that Confidential Information shall remain the sole property of the Software Patent Co. and that it will take all reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information by its employees. No license shall be granted by the Software Patent Co. to Software Developer with respect to Confidential Information disclosed hereunder unless otherwise expressly provided herein. Moreover, Software Developer understands the sensitive nature of Confidential Information and the underlying project. Accordingly, it hereby agrees that no employee of Software Developer shall work on Software Patent Co.’s software development project until Software Patent Co. has approved such employee.
D. Return of Confidential Information. Upon the request of the Software Patent Co., Software Developer will promptly return all Confidential information furnished hereunder and all copies thereof.
E. Remedy for Breach of Confidentiality. If Software Developer breaches any of its obligations with respect to confidentiality and unauthorized use of Confidential information hereunder, the Software Patent Co. shall be entitled to equitable relief to protect its interest therein, including but not limited to, injunctive relief, as well as money damages notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein.
Software Developer hereby agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold Software Patent Co., its officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless against all costs, expenses, and losses (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) incurred through claims of third parties against Software Patent Co. based on any breach by Software Developer of its representations and warranties under this Agreement, and for any claims made by any third party alleging that Software infringes its intellectual property rights.
A. Software Patent Co. shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to prosecute lawsuits against third persons for infringement of its rights in Software. Any lawsuit shall be prosecuted solely at Software Patent Co.’s expense and all sums recovered shall be retained by Software Patent Co..
B. Software Developer agrees to fully cooperate with Software Patent Co. in the prosecution of any such suit and Software Patent Co. shall reimburse Software Developer for any previously approved expenses that it might incur as a result of such cooperation.
A. Software Patent Co. shall have the right to terminate this Agreement immediately in the event that Software Developer fails to meet any of the dates provided for in the attached Schedule A.
B. Either party may terminate this Agreement on [number] days’ written notice to the other party in the event of a breach of any material provision of this Agreement by the other party, provided that, during the [number]-day period, the breaching party fails to cure such breach or, should the breach not be curable within said [number]-day period, the breaching party has not initiated steps to cure such breach.
C. In the event that this Agreement is terminated as a result of a breach of this Agreement by Software Developer, Software Patent Co. shall have the right, in addition to any other claims that it might otherwise have against Software Developer, to complete Software either by itself or through the services of a third-party programmer and to charge back to Software Developer any costs incurred.
11. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party will be liable for, or will be considered to be in breach of or default under this Agreement on account of, any delay or failure to perform as required by this Agreement as a result of any causes or conditions that are beyond such Party’s reasonable control and that such Party is unable to overcome through the exercise of commercially reasonable diligence. If any force majeure event occurs, the affected Party will give prompt written notice to the other Party and will use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize the impact of the event.
12. NOTICE AND PAYMENT
A. Any notice required to be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and delivered personally to the other designated party at the above stated address or mailed by certified, registered or Express mail, return receipt requested or by Federal Express.
B. Either party may change the address to which notice or payment is to be sent by written notice to the other under any provision of this paragraph.
This Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of [State]. All disputes under this Agreement shall be resolved by litigation in the courts of the State of [State] including the federal courts therein and the Parties all consent to the jurisdiction of such courts, agree to accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to it.
14. AGREEMENT BINDING ON SUCCESSORS
The provisions of the Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the Parties hereto, their heirs, administrators, successors and assigns.
Neither party may assign this Agreement or the rights and obligations thereunder to any third party without the prior express written approval of the other party which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
No waiver by either party of any default shall be deemed as a waiver of prior or subsequent default of the same of other provisions of this Agreement.
If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from the Agreement.
This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the Parties, and revokes and supersedes all prior agreements between the Parties and is intended as a final expression of their Agreement. It shall not be modified or amended except in writing signed by the Parties hereto and specifically referring to this Agreement. This Agreement shall take precedence over any other documents which may conflict with this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound hereby, have each caused to be affixed hereto its or his/her hand and seal the day indicated.
[Name of Software Patent Co.] [Name of Software Developer]
TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
[Name of Software Patent Co.]
[Name of Software Developer]
To be agreed on between the parties and developed by Software Developer in Phase I.
Phase Description Completion
A. Development of final design specifications: [Date]
B. Delivery of Initial Code: [Date]
C. Delivery of Final Software: [Date]