22. General Provisions
22.2 Announcements. The Parties will agree in writing upon the form of all press releases and public announcements concerning this Agreement except that:
(a) either may disclose a description of the Project subject to the confidentiality provisions of Clause 22.4, as well as the names of participating organizations and investigators;
(b) CEPI may publish the summarized progress and outcomes of the Project (provided that the confidentiality provisions of Clause 22.4 shall apply, except to the extent that such publication is made in accordance with the procedures of Clause 11.2 and 11.3), a summary of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the name of Awardee and the Project Lead, and the amount of the CEPI funding; and
(c) as required by law or any competent regulatory authority.
22.4 Confidential Information. “Confidential Information” means any and all non-public information disclosed on or after the Effective Date of this Agreement by one Party to the other Party whether orally or in writing or in any other form. Each Party undertakes that both during the term of this Agreement and for a period of [***] after its termination or expiry, it shall keep confidential and not disclose to any person other than its employees, agents, consultants, professional advisers, Sub-Awardees, permitted subcontractors and regulatory authorities, and, in the case of CEPI, its funders, other members of the CEPI Group and Assessors (all of the foregoing, other than regulatory authorities, “Representatives”), in each case who have a need to know any Confidential Information of the other Party disclosed to or obtained by it in connection with this Agreement. Each Party shall take commercially reasonable security precautions to protect against unauthorized access to or disclosure of such Confidential Information. Each Party shall ensure that all Representatives to which Confidential Information of the other Party is disclosed are: (i) informed of the confidentiality provisions of this Agreement; and (ii) bound by confidentiality and non-use obligations at least as stringent as these. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (A) the obligations of confidentiality under this Clause 22.4 (x) with respect to Trade Secret Information shall continue for as long as Awardee maintains such information as trade secret in accordance with applicable laws, rules or regulations, and (y) with respect to Confidential Information within Awardee Background IP shall continue for a period of [***] after disclosure of such Awardee Background IP, and (B) Trade Secret Information shall not be disclosed to third parties except in connection with a Technology Transfer pursuant to Clause 16.6 and, if applicable, CEPI’s exercise of the Public Health License pursuant to Clause 17 and, in each case, subject to the preceding clauses (i) and (ii); provided, that nothing herein shall restrict any rights of reference and access to Confidential Information within the Project Results for regulatory purposes, including for purposes of seeking, obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals for the Product; and provided, further, that the reference to “third parties” in clause (B) (with respect to disclosure of Trade Secret Information) shall not mean or include CEPI’s employees, agents, consultants and professional advisers who receive the information for internal use by CEPI and who are informed of the confidentiality provisions of this Agreement and are bound by confidentiality and non-use obligations at least as stringent as these. Confidential information will not include:
(a) information that is or was already known to the receiving Party at the time of disclosure, as shown by written records, without any obligation to keep it confidential;
(b) information that is independently developed by employees, agents, consultants and professional advisers of the receiving Party who have not had access to the Confidential Information of the disclosing Party as evidenced by contemporaneous written records;
(c) information that at the time of being disclosed or obtained by the receiving Party or at any time thereafter, is published or otherwise generally available to the public other than due to default by the receiving Party of its obligations hereunder;
(d) information properly obtained by the receiving Party from a source which, to the best knowledge of the receiving Party, is not known to be bound by a confidentiality agreement, fiduciary obligation or other legal or contractual restriction that may prohibit the disclosure of such Confidential Information; and
(e) information to the limited extent that is required to be disclosed by a competent Court or regulatory authority or otherwise by applicable law (including any requirements for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000); provided, that where it is free to do so, the receiving Party shall give notice of such disclosure to the disclosing Party as soon as reasonably practicable.
For clarity, Project Results shall be considered Awardee’s Confidential Information, but may be disclosed and utilized by the Parties to the extent as set out in this Agreement and, in particular, pursuant to Clauses 11, 17 and 22.2.
In the event CEPI exercises its Public Health License pursuant to Clause 17, CEPI and/or its designated Trusted Collaborator may use Awardee’s Confidential Information to the extent required to give effect to such license, but shall otherwise comply with the provisions of this Clause 22.4.