Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

Gates Foundation – CureVac, Global Access Commitments Agreement

  • Protecting & sharing information | Confidentiality

12. Public Reports

The Foundation may include information about the Company in its periodic public reports to the extent such information is not confidential, except as otherwise may be required by applicable law.

16. Use of Name

Each of the Foundation and the Company may include information on this investment in its periodic public reports or other documents required to be filed with governmental authorities, if any. In addition, the Foundation and the Company may make the investment public at any time on their web pages and as part of press releases, public reports, speeches, newsletters and other public documents. Any announcement of the Foundation Investment by any other Person, will require the Company’s and Foundation’s prior written approval. Any other use of the Foundation’s or the Company’s name or logo in any respect depends upon their respective pre–approval in writing. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Foundation’s name and logo will not be used by any Person in any manner to market, sell or otherwise promote the Company, its products, services and/or business.

18. Confidentiality

(a) During the course of this Agreement and the Project Agreements each Party (as a “Disclosing Party”) may disclose certain Confidential Information owned or rightfully possessed by it to the other Party (as the “Receiving Party”). For the purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” means all information, including data, communicated by the Disclosing Party to the Receiving Party in either (i) a documentary or written form, marked as confidential, or (ii) in an oral form, in which case a written record, marked as confidential, shall be provided to the Receiving Party within [*****] of the oral disclosure for the information to be considered as Confidential Information; provided that a written record of an oral disclosure will not be required if based on the nature of the information or circumstances surrounding its disclosure, the Receiving Party should reasonably regard such information as Confidential Information.

(b) Each Party, as a Receiving Party, agrees that it will (i) use the Confidential Information received from a Disclosing Party solely for the purposes contemplated by this Agreement and the Project Agreements and (ii) treat the Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party as it would treat its own confidential information but in no event less than reasonable care to avoid disclosure of the Confidential Information to any third party (which, for the avoidance of doubt, includes any Foundation–supported Entities), person, firm or corporation that is not bound by confidentiality and restricted use obligations at least as strict as those set out herein or as otherwise expressly stated herein.

(c) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the Receiving Party shall have no obligation with respect to the Confidential Information received from a Disclosing Party to the extent such information is and which the Receiving Party is clearly able to demonstrate: (i) already known by the Receiving Party at the time of disclosure as evidenced by written documentation; (ii) publicly known, or subsequently becomes publicly known, without the wrongful act or breach of this Agreement by the Receiving Party; (iii) rightfully received by the Receiving Party from a third party having the lawful right to make such a disclosure, where said disclosure is rightfully made without any obligation of confidence to the Disclosing Party; (d) approved for release or disclosure by written authorization of the Disclosing Party; (e) independently developed by or for the employees or agents of the Receiving Party or its Affiliates without the use or knowledge of the Confidential Information provided by the Disclosing Party; or (f) required to be disclosed pursuant to any competent judicial or government request, requirement order, provided that the Receiving Party so disclosing takes reasonable steps to provide the Disclosing Party with sufficient prior notice in order to allow the Disclosing Party to contest such request, requirement or order, and provided further that such Confidential Information is disclosed only subject to reasonably available restrictions on further disclosure and use, and otherwise remains subject to the obligations of confidentiality and restricted use set forth in this Agreement.

(d) Each Receiving Party shall be entitled to disclose the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information to its employees, board members as well as its agents and consultants who are bound by confidentiality and restricted use obligations no less strict than those set out herein.

(e) Subject to exemptions and limitations elsewhere in this Agreement, the obligations of confidentiality of Confidential Information shall remain in effect for a period of seven years from the date the Confidential Information is communicated to the Receiving Party; provided that this period is extended to [*****] with regard to any Confidential Information disclosed pursuant to the DARPA–agreements, which information the Company has identified as being subject to such longer confidentiality period pursuant to the DARPA agreements.

(f) For the avoidance of doubt, the Confidential Disclosure Agreement entered into by the Parties effective as ofJune 6, 2012 (the “Initial Confidentiality Agreement”), and Article 6 (“Confidentiality”) of the Framework Agreement for Cooperation entered into between the Parties effective December 11, 2013 (the “Framework Agreement”) are terminated as of the Effective Date. All Confidential Information (as defined in either the Initial Confidentiality Agreement or the Framework Agreement) that was disclosed by a Disclosing Party to a Receiving Party prior to the Effective Date, is deemed to be Confidential Information as defined in and for purposes of this Agreement and is subject to the protections and terms set forth herein for the term specified in this Agreement.