Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

License and Collaboration Agreement between Merck and Bioprotection Systems Corp. (wholly owned subsidiary of NewLink Genetic Corporation)

  • IP ownership & licensing | Use of background IP

§3.1 License Grants by NewLink

§3.1.1 NewLink Patent Rights and NewLink Know-HowSubject to the terms and conditions of Section 3.1.3, NewLink hereby grants to Merck an exclusive (even as to NewLink and its Affiliates), royalty-bearing license in the Territory under the NewLink Patent Rights and NewLink Know-How, with a right to grant and authorize sublicenses (subject to the restriction set forth below) through multiple tiers, to research, develop, make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell, import, export and/or otherwise exploit Compounds and Products in the Field. Merck may grant sublicenses of the rights granted to it under this Section 3.1.1 [*]; provided, however, that (a) promptly following the execution of any such sublicense for Commercialization rights with a Third Party, Merck shall [*], and (b) Merck shall be responsible for ensuring that the performance by any of its sublicensees hereunder that are exercising rights under a sublicense hereunder is in accordance with the applicable terms of this Agreement, and the grant of any such sublicense shall not relieve Merck of its obligations under this Agreement (except to the extent they are performed by any such sublicensee(s) in accordance with this Agreement).

§3.1.2 NewLink Retained Rights. Notwithstanding the scope of the exclusive license granted to Merck under Section 3.1.1, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, NewLink shall retain rights under the NewLink Patent Rights and the NewLink Know-How for the sole purpose of performing NewLink’s obligations under the Transition Program in accordance with this Agreement and the Transition Plan and to perform activities expressly set forth in the NewLink Funding Agreements in accordance with this Agreement (including Section 3.10). NewLink shall [*].

§3.1.3 NewLink Canada License. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, all licenses or other grants granted by NewLink to Merck hereunder with respect to any NewLink Know-How or NewLink Patent Rights that are owned by Public Health Canada and licensed to NewLink under the NewLink Canada License shall at all times be subject to the terms and conditions of the NewLink Canada License. It is the intent of the Parties that [*], and as such, each Party hereby covenants that it shall [*] and shall [*] to include in [*] (provided that, [*] may also [*] that are not [*], which [*] and the Parties [*]), and [*]. NewLink shall [*], it being understood that [*] this sentence to the extent [*] is [*] or the [*]; provided that [*].

 

§3.2 Non-Exclusive License Grant to Merck. In the event that the research, development, making, having made, use, offer for sale, sale, import and/or other exploitation by Merck, or Merck’s Related Parties, of Compound(s) or Product(s) would infringe a claim of an issued letters patent which NewLink (or its Affiliate) Controls and which patents are not covered by the grant in Section 3.1 (an “Additional NewLink Patent”), Merck or NewLink, as applicable, shall so notify the other Party thereof. Thereafter, (i) the Parties will [*] and (ii) such Additional NewLink Patent [*]. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Merck notifies NewLink in writing that [*] shall [*] included in the [*] and shall [*]. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the exercise by Merck of the license under Section 3.1 with respect to any Additional NewLink Patent would [*], such patent shall [*] for such [*] were notified by [*] at the time the Additional NewLink Patent [*]; provided, however, that [*] to [*] the [*].

§3.3 Non-Exclusive License Grants to NewLink. If NewLink’s performance of activities under the Transition Program requires a license under any Merck Patent Rights or under any Merck Know-How, as applicable, Merck shall grant and hereby grants to NewLink, a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, royalty-free license under such Merck Patent Rights and/or Merck Know-How, as applicable, solely to perform such activities under the Transition Program in accordance with this Agreement. For clarity, the foregoing licenses set forth in this Section 3.3 shall not limit in any way the exclusive licenses granted to Merck under Section 3.1.

§3.4 No Grant of Inconsistent Rights by NewLink. NewLink (and its Affiliates) shall not assign, transfer, convey or otherwise grant to any Person or otherwise encumber (including through lien, charge, security interest, mortgage, encumbrance or otherwise) (i) any rights to any NewLink Know-How or NewLink Patent Rights (or any rights to any intellectual property that would otherwise be included in the NewLink Know-How or NewLink Patent Rights), in any manner that is inconsistent with or would interfere with the grant of the rights or licenses to Merck hereunder, or (ii) any rights to any Compounds or Products (provided that NewLink shall grant to Merck the rights to the Compounds and Products as set forth herein). Without limiting the foregoing, [*] any Compounds or Products [*], except for [*] to be [*] as set forth in the [*] shall not [*] to any Third Parties [*].

NewLink Know-How” means all Know-How which (i) is in the Control of NewLink or its Affiliates as of the Effective Date or during the Term (subject to Section 10.2), (ii) is not in the public domain, and (iii) [*] is otherwise [*]. For the avoidance of doubt, NewLink Know-How shall include (x) any and all Know-How licensed under the NewLink Canada License, (y) all NewLink Program Know-How and (z) NewLink’s interest in any Joint Program Know-How.

NewLink Patent Rights” means Patent Rights that (i) are in the Control of NewLink or its Affiliates as of the Effective Date or during the Term (subject to Section 10.2), and (ii) (a) claim, cover or disclose [*], and/or (b) claim, cover or disclose any NewLink Know-How. The NewLink Patent Rights shall include the Patent Rights identified in Schedule 1.79 as well as any Patent Rights licensed under the NewLink Canada License. Schedule 1.79 may be updated by the Parties from time to time as provided in Section 3.2. NewLink Patent Rights shall include (x) NewLink Program Patent Rights and (y) NewLink’s interest in any Joint Program Patent Rights.