IntelePeer is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. IntelePeer has developed this Proprietary Policy (“Proprietary Policy”) to ensure all proprietary information exchanged between the Parties for the purposes of performing its obligations under any applicable agreement subject to this Proprietary Policy (“Agreement”) is adequately protected.
1.1 Definition. For this Policy, “Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all tangible and intangible: (i) rights associated with works of authorship throughout the world, including but not limited to copyrights, neighboring rights, moral rights, and mask works, and all derivative works thereof; (ii) trademark and trade name rights and similar rights; (iii) trade secret rights, (iv) patents, designs, algorithms and other industrial property rights; (v) intellectual and industrial property rights (of every kind and nature throughout the world and however designated) whether arising by operation of law, contract, license, or otherwise, not otherwise described in this Section 1.1(i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (vi); and (vi) registrations, initial applications, renewals, extensions, continuations, divisions or reissues thereof now or hereafter in force (including any rights in any of the foregoing). For this Policy, the “application programming interface” or “API” means the interface and related sample code, specifications, instructions and other documentation made available by IntelePeer for the purpose of enabling the IntelePeer technology, systems, software and solutions for the provision of Services.
1.2 No patent, copyright, trademark or other Intellectual Property Right is granted or otherwise transferred by this Agreement or any disclosure hereunder, except as expressly set forth in this Agreement. There are no implied licenses under this Agreement. The Parties acknowledge that, as between the Parties, and except for the rights expressly granted in this Agreement, all rights, title, and interest in the Intellectual Property Rights belonging to the respective Party held at the Effective Date (“Owning Party”), along with any subsequent modifications, improvements, inventions, discoveries and all associated Intellectual Property Rights, will remain the property of that Owning Party. For avoidance of doubt, the aforementioned modifications and improvements include any customization performed under a Statement of Work, unless the Statement of Work expressly allocates ownership of Intellectual Property Rights otherwise.
1.3 If either Party provides the Owning Party any suggestions, ideas, feedback, reports, error identifications or other information related to the Owning Party’s Intellectual Property Rights for the services, including the evaluation of services, within the scope of this Agreement (“Feedback”), the Party providing such Feedback hereby grants to the Owning Party a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-terminable, royalty-free right and license, including the right to grant and authorize sublicenses, to use and otherwise exploit the Feedback for all purposes, and acknowledges that it is not entitled to any compensation of any kind under any circumstances for such Feedback.
1.4 Unless otherwise approved in advance and in writing by the other Party, neither Party will: (i) copy, rent, lease, sell, transfer, assign, sublicense, dissemble, reverse engineer or decompile (except to the limited extent expressly authorized by applicable statutory law), derive, modify or alter any part of the Intellectual Property Rights, APIs, systems, servers, networks, the source code of any software, or the safety controls belonging to the other Party; (ii) propagate any virus, worms, Trojan horses, defects, malware or other programming of a destructive nature intended to damage any system or data; (iii) disable or circumvent any security device, mechanism, protocol or procedure for, or otherwise interfere with or disrupt, the intellectual property, APIs, systems, servers or networks of the other Party; (iv) attempt to obtain the source code or algorithms of any software, systems or applications of the other party or its underlying vendors; (v) use the intellectual property, APIs, systems, servers or networks of the other Party in any manner or for any purpose that may infringe on any Intellectual Property Rights; or (vi) allow any of its users or customers to undertake any such activities set forth in subsections (i)-(vi). Any violation of this Section will constitute a material breach of the Agreement for which the non-breaching Party may immediately terminate the Service without advance notice or liability.
2.1 Definition. The term “Confidential Information” will include any confidential and proprietary information of either Party or end users in any form, including but not limited to discussions, documents, papers, drawings, diagrams, discs, technology, procedures, systems data and other information of a confidential nature pertaining to, generated or disclosed by either Party in writing, electronically, computerized, orally or otherwise, which is (i) designated “Confidential,” or a comparable legend, in written, graphic, machine readable or other tangible form, including but not limited to this Agreement, its terms, or any other agreement executed by the Parties; or (ii) other information without such designation, which by its nature the receiving Party should reasonably know is confidential, including without limitation the existence and terms of this Agreement, all financial details, investment plans, subscriber related data, price specifications, schemes, tariffs, technological configurations, know-how, software programs, techniques, scientific data and information relating to business, investments, trade secrets, transactions or affairs, services being rendered, plans for business investments or for improving services and discussions on future services, analysis, compilations, studies, summaries, extracts or other documentation.
2.2 Exceptions to Confidential Information. Confidential Information does not include information which the receiving Party can document: (i) is or becomes available to the public through no breach of any confidentiality obligations; (ii) was previously known by the receiving Party without any obligation to hold it in confidence and through no breach of any confidentiality obligations; (iii) is received from a third party free to disclose such information without restriction; (iv) is independently developed by the receiving Party without the use of or access to confidential or proprietary information of the disclosing Party; (v) is approved for release by written authorization of the disclosing Party, but only to the extent of such authorization; or (vi) is required by law or regulation to be disclosed or is disclosed in response to a valid order or requirement of a court or other governmental body, provided that the Party subject to such order gives reasonable notice to the other Party, as allowed by law, to contest such order or requirement at its own expense.
2.3 Use and Disclosure Restrictions on Confidential Information. With respect to any Confidential Information disclosed under this Agreement, the receiving Party agrees that it will: (i) copy, store, record, transmit, display, view, print, and use the Confidential Information only for the purpose of performance of this Agreement; (ii) hold the Confidential Information in confidence, exercising a degree of care but no less than a reasonable degree of care used by such Party to protect its own proprietary or confidential information; (iii) restrict disclosure of the Confidential Information to employees, representatives and agents of the receiving Party and its Affiliates with a “need to know” who have signed a written confidentiality agreement with the receiving Party containing terms no less restrictive than the terms this Policy and not disclose it to any other person or entity without the prior written consent of the disclosing Party; (iv) advise those employees, representatives and agents who access the Confidential Information of their obligations; (v) copy the Confidential Information only as necessary for those employees, representatives and agents, and ensure that all confidentiality notices are reproduced in full on such copies; and (vi) adhere to any Data Processing Addendum incorporated by reference into this Agreement. For purposes of this Section, a representative will include any potential acquirers, merger partners, investors and their representative, attorneys, auditors, accountants and investment bankers, provided that such disclosure is conducted solely in connection with a review for due diligence or audit and that such disclosures are made in confidence.
2.4 Ownership. All Confidential Information remains the property of the disclosing Party. Each Party retains the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether to disclose its Confidential Information to the other Party, and disclosure of information of any nature will not obligate the disclosing Party to disclose any further information. Upon request, the receiving Party will return to the disclosing Party all Confidential Information received in tangible form, or will destroy all such Confidential Information and certify in writing to the disclosing Party that all such information has been destroyed; provided that the receiving Party may retain copies of such materials to the extent required by applicable law or internal document retention purposes.