Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

Merck – Bioprotection Systems Corp., Ebola Vaccine License & Collaboration Agreement

  • Intellectual Property | Ownership of IP

Definitions

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.

Merck Know-How” means (i) all Merck Background Know-How and (ii) all Merck Program Know-How Controlled by Merck or any of its Affiliates.

Merck Background Know-How” means all Know-How which (i) is in the Control of Merck or its Affiliates as of the Effective Date or during the Term, (ii) is not in the public domain, and (iii) [*]; provided, however, that Merck Background Know-How shall not include any Program Know-How.

Program Know-How” means any Know-How (including any Compounds) that is first conceived, discovered, made and/or reduced to practice (as would be necessary to establish inventorship under United States patent law (regardless of where the applicable activities occurred)) by or on behalf of either Party or its Affiliate (or their respective employees, agents or consultants) or jointly by both Parties or their respective Affiliates (or their respective employees, agents or consultants) in performing the Transition Program or other activities under this Agreement.

Program Patent Rights” means any and all Patent Rights that claim, cover or disclose Program Know-How.

Transition Program” means the conduct of certain ongoing [*] activities by or on behalf of NewLink with respect to [*], and the transition of such activities to Merck, as set forth in Article 2 and in the Transition Plan.

7. Intellectual Property

7.1 Ownership of Background Technology. As between the Parties, any NewLink Know-How existing prior to the Effective Date and owned by NewLink shall, during the Term and upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, continue to be owned exclusively by NewLink. As between the Parties, any Merck Know-How shall, during the Term and upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, continue to be owned exclusively by Merck.

7.2 Program Know How

7.2.1 Ownership. For purposes of determining ownership under this Section 7.2.1, inventorship of Program Know-How and Program Patent Rights shall be determined in accordance with United States patent laws (regardless of where the applicable activities occurred). Notwithstanding the foregoing, all right, title and interest in any Program Know-How and Program Patent Rights, in each case, shall be determined in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

  1. As between the Parties, NewLink shall own all right, title and interest in any Program Know-How (and Program Patent Rights that claim or cover such Program Know-How) that is conceived, discovered or reduced to practice solely by one or more employees, agents or consultants of NewLink, its Affiliates, or its subcontractors (but excluding Merck (or its Affiliates) as a subcontractor of NewLink under any NewLink Funding Agreement) (such Program Know-How, the “NewLink Program Know-How” and such Program Patent Rights, the “NewLink Program Patent Rights”);
  2. As between the Parties, Merck shall own all right, title and interest in any Program Know-How (and Program Patent Rights that claim or cover such Program Know-How) that is conceived, discovered or reduced to practice solely by one or more employees, agents or consultants of Merck, its Affiliates, or its subcontractors (such Program Know-How, the “Merck Program Know-How” and such Program Patent Rights, the “Merck Program Patent Rights”); and

NewLink and Merck shall jointly own all right, title and interest in any Program Know-How (and Program Patent Rights that claim or cover such Program Know-How) that is conceived, discovered or reduced to practice by one or more employees, agents or consultants of NewLink, its Affiliates, or its subcontractors, together with one or more employees, agents or consultants of Merck, its Affiliates, or its subcontractors (such Program Know-How, the “Joint Program Know-How” and such Program Patent Rights, the “Joint Program Patent Rights”). Subject to the licenses granted to the other Party under this Agreement and the other terms of this Agreement, each Party has a right to exploit its interest in such Joint Program Know-How and Joint Program Patent Rights without the consent of, and without accounting to, the other Party; provided, however, that for clarity, the foregoing joint ownership rights with respect to Joint Program Know-How and Joint Program Patent Rights shall not be construed as granting, conveying or creating any license or other rights to the other Party’s intellectual property, unless otherwise expressly set forth in this Agreement.