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Athena Terms and Conditions of Sale


PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY

1. ACCEPTANCEE

THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN APPLY TO ALL PURCHASE ORDERS ENTERED INTO BY ATHENA. ANY ADDITIONAL, DIFFERENT, OR CONFLICTING TERMS OR CONDITIONS ON BUYER'S PURCHASE ORDER, SPECIFICATIONS, OR OTHER DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY BUYER SHALL BE WHOLLY INAPPLICABLE AND SHALL NOT BE BINDING IN ANY WAY ON ATHENA. ACCEPTANCE OF BUYER'S OFFER IS EXPRESSLY MADE CONDITIONAL ON BUYER'S ASSENT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN. NO WAIVER OR AMENDMENT OF ANY OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SHALL BE BINDING ON Athena UNLESS MADE IN A WRITING EXPRESSLY STATING THAT IT IS SUCH A WAIVER OR AMENDMENT AND SIGNED BY AN OFFICER OF ATHENA.

2. PRICES

The prices for products and services covered hereunder shall be those agreed upon between the parties; provided, however, that if such prices are based on the purchase of a particular quantity of products and Buyer fails to purchase such quantity of products, Athena shall have the right (in addition to any other remedies available at law) to collect from Buyer the difference between the price paid by Buyer for the products purchased and the price for such products commensurate with the quantity actually purchased by Buyer. If the price of fuel, metals, raw materials, or other production costs increase significantly, Athena shall have the right and Buyer shall have the obligation to renegotiate prices on all products. Unless otherwise agreed upon between the parties, the prices stated herein do not include any taxes or customs duties. Buyer shall pay, in addition to the prices stated, the amount of any present or future taxes and/or customs duties applicable to the sale of products or performance of services, or in lieu thereof, Buyer shall supply Athena with an appropriate tax exemption certificate.

3. TERMS OF PAYMENT

(a) All payments are due and payable in advance. All amounts past due shall incur interest at the rate of 1.5% per month or the highest rate permitted by law, whichever is less. All payments shall be made to Athena at the address specified on the front of the invoice. If products or services covered by these terms and conditions are not delivered or performed at one time, Buyer shall pay for the quantity of products delivered or services performed. Each shipment shall be considered a separate and independent transaction. (b) All shipments, deliveries, and performance of work by Athena shall at all times be subject to the credit approval of Athena. As part of this credit approval, Athena may at any time decline to make any shipments or deliveries, perform any work, and/or impose such other terms or conditions or security arrangements as Athena, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. (c) Athena reserves and Buyer hereby grants Athena a security interest in any products sold to the extent of the invoiced amount. If Buyer defaults under any obligation hereunder, Buyer agrees to make products available so that Athena can repossess them without a breach of the peace. A copy of the invoice may be filed with appropriate authorities at any time as a financing statement. Upon Athena's request, Buyer will execute any documents to perfect Athena's security interest in any products.

4. TITLE AND DELIVERY

(a) All shipments by Athena are FCA Athena's facility, or, if applicable, Athena's subcontractor's facility (Free Carrier as defined in Incoterms 2000). Title and risk of loss or damage to products shall pass to Buyer upon delivery to the common carrier at Athena's facility, or, if applicable, Athena's subcontractor's facility. (b) Buyer acknowledges and agrees that the delivery dates are estimates only and may be changed. Athena will use commercially reasonable efforts to deliver in accordance with the delivery dates, however, Athena will not be liable for failure to deliver as estimated. (c) In the event that Athena's ability to supply products becomes constrained, for any reason whatsoever, Athena may reduce quantities, delay shipments, or allocate products among its customers at its discretion. (d) Buyer may not cancel, push-out, or reschedule any purchase order placed with Athena.

5. ACCEPTANCE AND WARRANTY

(a) Any hardware product sold or provided by Athena shall be deemed accepted by Buyer upon delivery. For a period of one (1) year from the date of invoice, Athena warrants to Buyer that products delivered hereunder shall comply with the applicable Athena Data Sheet or the mutually agreed upon specifications and shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service. For products sold in die or wafer form, for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of invoice, Athena warrants to Buyer that such products shall comply with the applicable Athena Data Sheet or mutually agreed upon specifications and shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service. All other products, including but not limited to products which are "samples", "design verification units", and/or "prototypes" are sold "AS IS", "WITH ALL FAULTS", and with no warranty whatsoever. (b) If, during the applicable warranty period, (i) Athena is notified promptly in writing upon discovery of any defect in the products, including a detailed description of such defect; (ii) such products are returned to Athena, DDP Athena's facility accompanied by Athena's Returned Material Authorization form; and (iii) Athena's examination of such products discloses to Athena's satisfaction that such products are defective and such defects are not caused by accident, abuse, misuse, neglect, alteration, improper installation, repair, improper testing, or use contrary to any instructions issued by Athena, Athena shall, at its sole option, either repair, replace, or credit Buyer the purchase price of such products. No products may be returned to Athena without Athena's Returned Material Authorization form. Prior to any return of products by Buyer pursuant to this Section 5, Buyer shall afford Athena the opportunity to inspect such products at Buyer's location. (c) The performance of this warranty does not extend the warranty period for any products beyond that period applicable to the products originally delivered. (d) THE FOREGOING WARRANTY CONSTITUTES ATHENA'S EXCLUSIVE LIABILITY, AND THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF BUYER, FOR ANY BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY OR OTHER NONCONFORMITY OF THE PRODUCTS COVERED BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THIS WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE, AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES. ATHENA MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION 5. (e) IN NO EVENT WILL ATHENA BE LIABLE FOR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF PRODUCT, INCLUDING LABOR, INSTALLATION, OR OTHER COSTS INCURRED BY BUYER AND, IN PARTICULAR, ANY COSTS RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY PRODUCT.

6. SOFTWARE

Unless otherwise agreed to in a separate software agreement between Athena and Buyer, the following terms and conditions shall apply to any software provided hereunder: (a) title to all software, including any modifications or derivatives, remains vested in Athena or Athena's licensor and cannot be assigned or transferred; (b) Buyer agrees not to reverse engineer, disassemble, de-compile, or modify any software or any portion thereof; and (c) software is provided “AS IS” with no warranties or indemnities whatsoever.

7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

(a) Athena shall, at its own expense, defend any suit that may be instituted against Buyer for any alleged infringement of any United States, Japanese, or European Union patent, trademark, or copyright related to products covered by these terms and conditions (except products covered by Section 7(d) below), provided that, (i) such alleged infringement does not arise from the use of such products as a part of or in combination with any other devices or parts or from Athena's compliance with instructions issued by Buyer; (ii) Buyer gives Athena immediate notice in writing of any such suit and permits Athena, through counsel of Athena's choice, to answer the charge of infringement and defend such suit; and (iii) Buyer gives Athena all needed information, assistance and authority, at Athena's expense, to enable Athena to defend such suit. In the case of a final award of damages in any such suit, Athena shall pay such award, but shall not be responsible for any settlement made without its prior written consent. (b) In satisfaction of Section 7(a), Athena, at its sole discretion, may (i) replace or modify products with non-infringing products that are functionally equivalent; (ii) obtain a license for Buyer to continue to use or sell products; or (iii) accept the return of products and refund the amount paid by the Buyer for such returned products. (c) THIS SECTION 7 STATES ATHENA'S TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY AND BUYER'S SOLE REMEDY, FOR ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, TRADEMARK, OR COPYRIGHT BY ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DELIVERED HEREUNDER, OR ANY PART THEREOF. THIS SECTION 7 IS IN LIEU OF AND REPLACES ANY OTHER EXPRESSED, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTY AGAINST INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL ATHENA BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, OR OTHER DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY SUCH INFRINGEMENT. (d) Buyer shall, at its own expense, indemnify and hold Athena harmless from and against any liabilities, costs, damages, or losses resulting from any alleged infringement of any patent, trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property right arising as a result of Athena's compliance with any of Buyer's designs, specifications, or instructions, and shall defend at its own expense, including attorney's fees, any suit brought against Athena alleging any such infringement, including infringement arising out of the use of such products as part of or in combination with another device or from Athena's compliance with instructions from Buyer provided that Athena, (i) gives Buyer immediate notice of any such suit and permits Buyer, through counsel of its choice, to defend such suit; and (ii) gives Buyer all needed information, assistance and authority, at Buyer's expense, necessary for Buyer to defend any such suit.

8. LIFE SUPPORT APPLICATIONS

Athena products shall not be used with any life support system without the specific  written consent of an officer of Athena. A life support system is a product or system intended to support or sustain life which, if it fails, can be reasonably expected to result in significant personal injury or death.

9. BREACH

Any one of the following acts by Buyer shall constitute a material breach of Buyer's obligations hereunder: (a) Buyer fails to make payment for any products or services in full when due; (b) Buyer fails to accept conforming products or services supplied hereunder; or (c) filing of a voluntary or involuntary petition in bankruptcy against Buyer, the institution of any proceeding in insolvency or bankruptcy (including reorganization) against Buyer, or an assignment for the benefit of creditors of Buyer. In the event of Buyer's material breach, Athena may (in addition to any other rights or remedies provided herein or at law or in equity), by written notice to Buyer, terminate its obligations or any part thereof, without any liability to Athena. Buyer shall pay all costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by Athena in any action brought by Athena to collect payments owing or otherwise enforce its rights.

10. FORCE MAJEURE

Athena shall not be liable hereunder due to any cause beyond its control, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of civil or military authority, fires, epidemics, floods, riots, wars, sabotage, labor disputes, yield problems, governmental actions, or inability to obtain materials, components, energy, manufacturing facilities, or transportation. In the event of any such delay, the date of delivery or performance hereunder shall be extended by a reasonable period of time.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

(a) NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, ATHENA SHALL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BE LIABLE TO BUYER OR ANY THIRD PARTIES FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, OR OTHER DAMAGES WHETHER IN AN ACTION BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE TRANSACTION CONTEMPLATED HEREUNDER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST PROFITS OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, EVEN IF ATHENA IS APPRISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH DAMAGES OCCURRING. (b) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL ATHENA TOTAL LIABILITY OF ALL KINDS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE TRANSACTION CONTEMPLATED HEREUNDER (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OR INDEMNITY CLAIMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORUM AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY ACTION OR CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY BUYER TO ATHENA HEREUNDER FOR THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ACTUALLY GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY (DETERMINED AS OF THE DATE OF ANY FINAL JUDGMENT IN SUCH ACTION). THIS LIMITATION IS CUMULATIVE, WITH ALL PAYMENTS TO BUYER FOR CLAIMS OR DAMAGES BEING AGGREGATED TO DETERMINE SATISFACTION OF THE LIMIT. THE EXISTENCE OF ONE OR MORE CLAIMS WILL NOT ENLARGE THE LIMIT. NO CLAIM, SUIT OR ACTION SHALL BE BROUGHT AGAINST ATHENA IF MORE THAN ONE YEAR AFTER THE RELATED CAUSE OF ACTION HAS TRANSPIRED. (c) IT IS EXPRESSLY UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED THAT EACH AND EVERY PROVISION OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHICH PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS INTENDED BY THE PARTIES TO BE SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ANY OTHER PROVISION AND TO BE ENFORCED AS SUCH. (d) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, ATHENA SHALL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR EXCESS COSTS OF REPROCUREMENT.

12. GENERAL

(a) Athena shall retain title to and possession of all tooling of any kind used in the manufacture or testing of products furnished hereunder. (b) Buyer acknowledges that all or part of the products may be developed, manufactured, assembled or otherwise worked on, or delivered from any of Athena's or its subcontractors' facilities, domestic and foreign. (c) During this business relationship, Athena will use Buyer related data, including but not limited to Buyer address and contact person. Unless otherwise agreed, Buyer accepts that such data will be used and distributed within Athena and to certain third parties, such as subcontractors. Each party's confidential or proprietary information may, if required by the parties, be further defined and protected by separate Non-Disclosure Agreement and each party's sole and exclusive obligations with regard to such confidential or proprietary information shall be as set forth in such agreement. (d) Athena and Buyer agree that they shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and administrative rules. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Buyer represents itself to be knowledgeable as to United States and other relevant laws, regulations and requirements regarding the export of products, whether tangible or intangible, from the United States of America and the re-export of products once outside the United States of America, and agrees to conduct its activities in accordance with United States export regulations as well with other relevant export regulations. Athena may suspend performance if Buyer is in violation of applicable export regulations. (e) Government procurement requirements and regulations (including but not limited to, certified cost or pricing data, Cost Accounting Standards, Defective Pricing, and Audit requirements) shall not be binding upon Athena unless specifically agreed to by Athena in writing. (f) Buyer may not assign its rights or delegate its obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of Athena and any purported assignment or delegation without such consent shall be of no force or effect. In addition, Buyer may not assign its rights or delegate its obligations to any entity controlled by, controlling or under common control with Buyer or in connection with Buyer's merger or the transfer or sale of all or substantially all of Buyer's assets or stock without the prior written consent of Athena and any purported assignment or delegation without such consent shall be of no force or effect. Athena may assign its rights and/or obligations hereunder upon written notice to Buyer. (g) Any waiver by Athena of any default by Buyer shall not be deemed to be a continuing waiver of such default or a waiver of any other default or of any of the terms and conditions hereunder. (h) These terms and conditions may not be superseded, modified, or amended except in a writing stating that it is such a modification and signed by an officer of each party. If any of the provisions of this Agreement are determined to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. (i) These terms and conditions, which include the documents incorporated by reference on the face hereof (but expressly does not include any of the terms and conditions of Buyer's purchase order, specifications or any similar document issued by Buyer) shall constitute (except for any Non-Disclosure Agreement) the entire agreement between Buyer and Athena with regard to the products or services sold hereunder, and expressly supersedes and replaces any prior or contemporaneous agreements, written or oral, relating to such products or services. (j) The validity, performance and construction of these terms and conditions, and any disputes arising from or relating thereto, shall be governed by the laws of Japan. All disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Tokyo, Japan , and Buyer consents to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of these courts. The United Nations Convention on the Sale of Goods, Uniform Commercial Code, and Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act shall not apply to these terms and conditions. IF THE SCOPE OF WORK CONTAINS DESIGN OR DEVELOPMENT, PARAGRAPHS 13-17 ALSO APPLY.

13. ATHENA RESPONSIBILITIES

Athena shall use commercially reasonable efforts to design and/or develop the product set forth herein, and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to meet the schedule for each milestone of the design and development. Except as agreed to by the parties, Athena shall provide all technology, labor, material, tooling, and facilities necessary for such design and development effort. Buyer shall provide the specifications and other related information for such product.

14. ACCEPTANCE

Buyer shall have ten (10) days (except thirty (30) days on delivery of the prototypes) after the notice of completion of each milestone to reject the results of such milestone as not meeting the requirements. If an express written rejection is not received by Athena within such acceptance period, the results of such milestone shall be conclusively deemed to have been accepted. Any rejection shall be in writing and shall specify in detail the reasons for such rejection. In the event of such rejection, Athena shall have a period of thirty (30) days after receipt of such notification of rejection to cure the defects or other nonconformity set forth in such notice, or to provide Buyer with a schedule providing for the resolution of such defects. In the event that Athena is unable to cure such defects or other nonconformity, Buyer shall not be liable for the payment due to Athena for such milestone. Athena shall have no obligation to continue work following any milestone for which Buyer rejects the results until such results are accepted by Buyer. Each specific schedule shall be revised to fully account for the length of any delay caused by the rejection of any milestone of Buyer.

15. CHANGES

Buyer may propose changes to the specifications by submitting a detailed proposal to Athena in writing. Athena will then estimate the amount of rework necessary and the additional development time and cost that would be incurred, and shall request Buyer's approval of such additional cost and development time. Upon written receipt of such approval, Athena will proceed with the changes and the schedules will be amended to reflect the new dates and additional payments (if any) resulting from such changes.

16. TERMINATION

(a) During performance of the design and/or development, either party may terminate the design at its convenience upon written notice to the other party. If the design is terminated by Athena, Buyer shall not be liable for any payment for work performed by Athena for the milestone during which such termination occurs. If the design is terminated by Buyer, Buyer shall be liable to Athena for full payment for the milestone during which such termination occurs, regardless of the amount of work actually performed by Athena for such milestone. (b) During performance of the design and/or development, either party may terminate the design in the event of material breach by the other party upon thirty (30) days prior written notice (except for non-payment which only requires ten (10) days notice) specifying such breach to the breaching party. If, during such period, the breaching party cures such breach (or, if the cure cannot be effected within such period, the breaching party commences to cure), no such termination shall occur. If terminated by Athena for breach, Buyer shall be liable to Athena for the full payment of the milestone during which such termination occurs, regardless of the amount of work actually performed by Athena for such milestone. If terminated by Buyer for Athena's breach, Buyer shall not be liable for any payment for work performed by Athena for the milestone during which such termination occurs. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION 16(B) CONSTITUTE THE SOLE LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PARTY, AND THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF EACH PARTY, IN THE EVENT OF ANY BREACH HEREUNDER DURING THE DESIGN AND/OR DEVELOPMENT.

17. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

(a) Athena and/or its subcontractors shall retain all patent, copyright, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights it/they possess with regard to any and all design, process, or manufacturing technologies. The design, development or production of product hereunder shall not be deemed to be a “work made for hire,” and nothing herein shall be construed to grant to Buyer any right or license in any patent, copyright, trade secret, mask right, or any other intellectual property right. (b) All mask sets, design tapes, documentation, and other data generated by Athena and/or its subcontractors in the performance hereunder shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Athena and/or its subcontractors. All patents, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights related solely to the specifications generated by Buyer shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Buyer. (c) Any designs, cells, circuits, devices, or processes that are developed by Athena and/or its subcontractors concurrently with the work performed hereunder shall be the sole and exclusive property of Athena and/or its subcontractors, and Athena reserves the right to use such designs or processes for other customers, or license the use thereof to others. Athena Terms and Conditions of Sale (January 2012).