10.1 Confidential Information
Definition. Confidential Information means any data or information, oral or written, treated as confidential that relates to either party’s (or, if either party is bound to protect the confidentiality of any third party’s information, such third party’s) past, present, or future research, development or business activities, including any unannounced products and services, any information relating to services, developments, Services Documentation (in whatever form or media provided), inventions, processes, plans, financial information, End User data, revenue, transaction volume, forecasts, projections, and the financial terms of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include information if: (i) it was already known to the receiving party prior to the Effective Date of this Agreement, as established by documentary evidence; (ii) it is in or has entered the public domain through no breach of this Agreement or other wrongful act of the receiving party; (iii) it has been rightfully received by the receiving party from a third party and without breach of any obligation of confidentiality of such third party to the owner of the Confidential Information; (iv) it has been approved for release by written authorization of the owner of the Confidential Information; or, (v) it has been independently developed by a party without access to or use of the Confidential Information of the other party.
Each Party acknowledges and agrees that, from time to time, it may receive Confidential Information from the other Party. The Party that receives Confidential Information (the Receiving Party) hereby agrees (i) to hold the other Party’s (the Disclosing Party) Confidential Information in strict confidence and to take reasonable precautions to protect such Confidential Information (including, without limitation, all precautions the Receiving Party employs with respect to its own confidential materials), (ii) not to divulge any such Confidential Information or any information derived therefrom to any third person; (iii) not to make any use whatsoever at any time of such Confidential Information except as contemplated hereunder, (iv) not to copy or reverse engineer any such Confidential Information, and (v) that any employee, subcontractor, or agent given access to any such Confidential Information must have a legitimate need to know and shall be bound in writing to comply with confidentiality obligations at least as restrictive as the Receiving Party’s confidentiality obligations in this Agreement.
10.2 Entire Agreement; Severability
This Agreement, and any other references, appendices, exhibits or attachments, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all written or oral prior agreements and understandings between the parties concerning such subject matter. Except as provided in Section 10.11, no modification, amendment, or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and either signed or accepted electronically by the party against whom the modification, amendment, or waiver is to be asserted. Additionally, terms, provisions or conditions on any purchase order, acknowledgement, or other business form or writing (aside from an Order Form) that Customer may provide to SendBird or use in connection with the procurement of SendBird Services will have no effect on the rights, duties or obligations of the parties hereunder, regardless of any failure of SendBird to object to such terms, provisions or conditions. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency among the following documents, the order of preference shall be: (1) the applicable Order Form, (2) this Agreement, (3) pricing per the SendBird website (sendbird.com/pricing). If any one or more of the provisions of the Agreement shall for any reason be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the same shall not affect any of the other portions of this Agreement.
The waiver by either Party of a breach of any provision contained herein shall be in writing and shall in no way be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of such provision or the waiver of the provision itself. Failure or delay by either party in exercising any right hereunder shall not operate as a waiver of such right.
10.4 Compliance with Export Controls and OFAC Regulations
The SendBird Platform and SendBird Proprietary Materials are subject to the trade laws and regulations of the United States and other countries, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR, 15 CFR Part 730 et seq.) and the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, 31 CFR Part 500). Customer agrees that it will not import, export, re-export, transfer or otherwise use the SendBird Platform or SendBird Proprietary Materials in violation of these laws and regulations, including by engaging in any unauthorized dealing involving (i) a U.S. embargoed country (currently Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria), (ii) a party included on any restricted person list, such as the OFAC Specially Designated Nationals List, or the Commerce Department’s Denied Persons List or Entity List, or (iii) the design, development, manufacture, or production of nuclear, missile, or chemical or biological weapons. By using the SendBird Platform and SendBird Proprietary Materials, Customer represents and warrants that Customer is not located in any such country or on any such list. Customer will not engage in activity that would cause SendBird to be violation of these laws and regulations, and will indemnify SendBird for any fines, penalties or other liabilities incurred by SendBird for Customer’s failure to comply with this provision.
10.5 Relationship of the Parties
The Parties shall perform all of their duties under this Agreement as independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to give either Party the power to direct or control the activities of the other Party, or to constitute the Parties as principal and agent, employer and employee, franchiser and franchisee, partners, joint venturers, co-owners, or otherwise as participants in a joint undertaking. The Parties understand and agree that neither Party grants the other Party the power or authority to make or give any agreement, statement, representation, warranty, or other commitment on behalf of the other Party, or to enter into any contract or otherwise incur any liability or obligation, express or implied, on behalf of the other Party, or to transfer, release, or waive any right, title or interest of such other Party.
Neither this Agreement nor any rights hereunder may be transferred or assigned by either Party without the prior written consent of the other Party, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SendBird may assign or transfer this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder without Customer’s consent to a third party acquirer of all, or substantially all, of the assets or business of SendBird, whether by sale, merger, or otherwise. Except as provided in this section, any attempts by either Party to assign any of its rights or delegate any of its duties hereunder without the prior written consent of the other Party shall be null and void.
10.7 Force Majeure
Neither Party hereto shall be responsible for any failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement if such failure is caused by acts of God, natural disasters, war, acts of terrorism, strikes, revolutions, lack or failure of transportation facilities, lack or failure of public utilities, laws or governmental regulations or other causes that are beyond the reasonable control of such Party. Obligations hereunder, however, shall in no event be excused but shall be suspended only until the cessation of any cause of such failure. In the event that such force majeure should obstruct performance of this Agreement for more than ten (10) days, the Parties hereto shall consult with each other to determine whether this Agreement should be modified or terminated.
Any provision of this Agreement that contemplates performance or observance subsequent to any termination or expiration of this Agreement, including, without limitation, all provisions with respect to confidentiality, Intellectual Property, limitation of liabilities, and indemnification shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement and continue in full force and effect in perpetuity.
10.9 Governing Law; Arbitration
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the State of California and the United States without regard to conflicts of laws provisions thereof and without regard to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the United States are the state or federal Courts located in the San Francisco County, California.
Any notice required or permitted to be given hereunder will be deemed to have been delivered and given for all purposes: (i) on the delivery date, if delivered by hand courier to the Party to whom such notice is directed; (ii) two (2) Business Days after deposit with a commercial overnight carrier; (iii) five (5) Business Days when mailed by United States mail; (iv) upon completion of transmission, if sent via facsimile with a confirmation of successful transmission; and (v) the first business day after sending by email (provided email shall not be sufficient for notices of an indemnifiable claim). Suspension-related notices to Customer shall be sent to the account holder designated in the SendBird Dashboard.