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Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.
Theoretical (IP Rights Transfer with 20% Royalty Pool)
Argonaut’s Challenge Contest Agreement
Please Read This Carefully! You and Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. are agreeing to the Argonaut’s Challenge Contest Agreement for this particular Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge only.
If you click "I agree" and submit for this Stag Hunt Enerprises Argonaut’s Challenge, this Argonaut’s Challenge Contest Agreement ("CONTEST AGREEMENT") will be a valid and binding agreement for all purposes relating to this Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge. Please print and keep a copy of this CONTEST AGREEMENT. No provisions you may have agreed to that are specific to any other individual Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge will apply.
Your Responsibility to Avoid Obstacles. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. needs to know that if you solve the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge there will not be any legal obstacles to completing the sale of your rights to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc., which is the only way that you can receive the Award. You agree to be responsible for avoiding obstacles to transferring all Intellectual Property and the submitted essay (altogether, the "Solution IP") if you submit a Proposed Solution chosen as a Solution. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE YOUR ABILITY TO TRANSFER THE SOLUTION IP. BY SUBMITTING A PROPOSED SOLUTION, YOU REPRESENT TO Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. THAT THERE ARE NO OBSTACLES TO SUCH TRANSFER. You will not receive an Award if you cannot transfer the Solution IP.
Your Guarantee. You agree that if and when the time comes to transfer the Solution IP, you will give a guarantee (the "Guarantee") that the transfer is lawful in exchange for the payment of the Award to you alone, and that no consents, approvals or contracts that you did not already have before starting the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge are necessary from or with anyone else, such as:
Your Obligations to Protect Potential Solution IP. In order to be eligible for an Award, during the period from when you begin work on the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge until the expiration of the Time Period as set forth in the Challenge Statement, you shall not:
Exclusivity Period. By submitting your Proposed Solution you agree to grant to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. the following rights, for a period of 90 days (the "Exclusivity Period") from the deadline set forth in the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge Statement (the "Deadline"): (a) an exclusive option to acquire the rights to the Proposed Solution for use in connection with the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge (the "Option"), as described in this Agreement, and (b) a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, copy, distribute and create derivative works of the Proposed Solution and the associated work product (the "Work Product") for purposes of review, analysis and testing the Proposed Solution, (collectively, these nonexclusive rights and the Option are referred to as the "Exclusive Option Rights"). In addition, by submitting your Proposed Solution you thereby agree to provide reasonable assistance and additional information concerning Work Product and your Proposed Solution to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. during the Exclusivity Period, if requested. By granting the Exclusive Option Rights you agree that during the Exclusivity Period (and thereafter, if the Option is exercised), you are prohibited from (x) using, the Proposed Solution or the Work Product or (y) disclosing to or granting or assigning or transferring any rights to a third party to use the Proposed Solution or the Work Product for any purpose, including the application for patents or similar intellectual property rights.
Acceptance of Proposed Solution and Transfer of Intellectual Property. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. will notify you within a commercially reasonable period of time after the Deadline and before the termination of the Exclusivity Period whether Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. accepts your Proposed Solution and wishes to exercise an Option ("Acceptance"). For purposes of this Agreement, "Acceptance" shall mean the selection of your Proposed Solution by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. as meeting the Contest Rules as set forth in the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Argonaut’s Challenge. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. has absolute and sole discretion to determine whether to Accept your Proposed Solution, or any Proposed Solution. The meeting of the Solution Acceptance Criteria does not mean that the Proposed Solution will be Accepted by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.. In the event that your Proposed Solution is not Accepted within the Exclusivity Period, the Exclusive Option Rights will terminate without further notice to you and Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. will retain no rights to the Proposed Solution or the Work Product. Upon Acceptance of your Proposed Solution by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. and payment of an Award to you (see "Payments"), you hereby assign and convey to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. all rights, title, and interests in and to the Proposed Solution and any Work Product that are related to the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Argonaut’s Challenge, and you retain no rights to the Proposed Solution or the Work Product insofar as they are related to the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Challenge.
In the event that the Work Product cannot be assigned and conveyed under statutory law, you herewith grant to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. a worldwide, unlimited, perpetual, irrevocable, and exclusive license to use, make, have made, market, copy, modify, lease, sell, distribute, and create derivative works of the Work Product, including the right to assign the foregoing license to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. (all such rights collectively referred to as "Intellectual Property"). If you utilize any processes in development of the Work Product which are the subject of patent rights owned by you, you agree to grant to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc., a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, right and license to practice any patented processes used in the Work Product. Furthermore, you agree that you will, during the term of this Agreement and at any time thereafter, execute all papers and do all things deemed necessary by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. to ensure that Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. acquires all rights, title, and interests in and to the Solution and any Work Product that are related to the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Argonaut’s Challenge, including the rights to all Intellectual Property embodied therein, and that ensures that all such rights are transferred to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Such cooperation and execution shall be performed without additional compensation to you. Upon payment of the Award, or termination of the Exclusive Option Rights for any reason, there will be no further obligations between you and Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. with respect to the Proposed Solution, the Work Product, or the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Argonaut’s Challenge, except for the limitations on use and disclosure described under “Royalties” and "Confidentiality", below.
Payments. If a Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Accepts your Proposed Solution, the payment amount (called an "Award") specified in the Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Argonaut’s Challenge posted on the Service shall be paid to you by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. within sixty (60) days after you are notified by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. of your Proposed Solution's Acceptance and the completion of verification procedures by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.. Payment of any Award is conditioned upon your cooperation with Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.'s verification procedures and full transfer of the Solution IP to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. The Award will be paid to you locally, in U.S. Dollars, or if required by your local law, in your local currency equivalent based on the foreign exchange rate in effect on the date of the disbursement by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. is not responsible for payment of any Award, or any part of any Award, to any party other than to the Author through whom the Proposed Solution was submitted to the Service. You understand that the Award represents a complete payment, net of any local taxes that Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. may be required to withhold, for any Accepted Proposed Solution and that you are only entitled to further potential compensation as specified in the royalties section below. If local law does not require withholding of taxes, all taxes on Awards shall be your sole responsibility.
Royalties. The royalty pool will be derived solely from the 2013 Summer Stag Hunt publication and the royalty pool will be calculated as follows: 20% of Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. net cash receipts on all sales of the 2013 Summer Stag Hunt publication. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. will host the Argonaut’s Summit in August 2013 to launch the Summer Stag Hunt and determine the royalty allocation from the 20% royalty pool among the five winning Argonaut’s Challenge essays by a caucus among registered attendees of the Argonaut’s Summit.
The Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. shall calculate detailed accounts of sales of the 2013 Summer Stag Hunt annually on December 31. Such accounts will include the following information: the publisher’s selling price, discount and the total amount in royalties to be paid by the Publisher for all copies sold. The Publisher shall deliver these accounts and settle any royalties due within 3 (three) months from that date.
Publishing. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. will publish the winning Solutions of the Argonaut’s Challenge as part of the Summer Stag Hunt. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to make changes to the Solution IP’s Title and Subtitle as it deems suitable for marketing purposes and to make or to require the Author (on his/her own, or at his/her own expense) to make editing and stylistic changes as Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. deems necessary.
Confidentiality. During the term of this Agreement and at all times thereafter, you shall not disclose to any third party nor use for any purpose other than for the performance of this Agreement, any Confidential Information (as defined below) without the express written consent of the owner of the Confidential Information. These confidentiality obligations shall not apply to Confidential Information which: (a) is in the public domain, or which was publicly known or available on the date you originally accepted this Agreement ("Effective Date"); or (b) after the Effective Date becomes available to the public in a manner not involving a breach of any duty under this Agreement. Nothing herein shall preclude the ultimate disclosure of any information required by law. "Confidential Information" includes:
The same restrictions on disclosure and use of Confidential Information described in this Section shall apply to the use or disclosure by Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. of any Work Product or Proposed Solution during the Exclusivity Period and, if the Proposed Solution is not accepted, thereafter, unless the Proposed Solution or Work Product can be shown by business records of Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. to (1) have been known to them previously; (2) is independently created by personnel of Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. who had no access to the Proposed Solution or the Work Product; or (3) is subject to the exceptions to Confidentiality in (a) or (b) of this section; provided, however, notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Contest Agreement shall prevent a Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. from utilizing a Solution, for which an Award has been paid, to the extent that a Solution and any rejected Proposed Solution contain overlapping Work Product.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, you recognize that other persons may have provided Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, materials that are the same or similar to your Proposed Solution. You acknowledge and agree that Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that you will not be entitled to any compensation arising from Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.’s use of such materials.
General Conditions: Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. has the right to verify each Author’s eligibility and compliance with this CONTEST AGREEMENT, and to terminate any Author’s registration and participation in a Challenge on the basis of its investigation. Author’s should direct any request to access, update, or correct information to Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc. is not responsible for human error, theft, destruction, or damage to Proposed Solutions, or other factors beyond its reasonable control.
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