22. Dispute Resolution, Governing Law And Jurisdiction
22.1 Escalation process. Any question, difference or dispute which may arise concerning the construction, meaning or effect of this Agreement, or concerning the rights or liabilities of the Parties hereunder, or any other matter arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall first be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer of CEPI and the Chief Executive Officer of the Partner (the “Senior Officers”) for resolution (each of whom may call on others to advise them as they see fit) unless this Agreement expressly provides otherwise. The Senior Officers shall discuss the matter in good faith and in a timely manner and endeavor to reach a mutually agreeable solution. If the Parties are unable to resolve such dispute through such negotiations within [*****] of such dispute being escalated to the Senior Officers, then in respect of any dispute, controversy or claim other than those that concern: the validity or infringement of Technology; anti-trust, anti-monopoly or competition law or regulation; and/or breach or threatened breach of Clauses 14, 15 and 17, the Parties irrevocably submit to arbitration in accordance with Clause 22.2. In respect of disputes relating to the validity or infringement of Technology; anti-trust, anti-monopoly or competition law or regulation; and/or breach or threatened breach of Clauses 14, 15 and 17, the Parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.
22.2 Arbitration. Any disputes to be resolved by binding arbitration shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, which Rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Clause. The number of arbitrators shall be one in event of a dispute in connection with an Outbreak. Otherwise the number of arbitrators shall be three. The seat, or legal place, of arbitration shall be London, England. The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English.
22.3 Governing Law. This Agreement (and any dispute, controversy, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of this Agreement or its formation) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, except for questions regarding the validity of patents, which shall be resolved in the courts having jurisdiction over the patents in question and in accordance with the laws applicable to such patents.