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Art. 1 General information
DOGIO B.V. (hereinafter referred to as ‘DOGIO’) provides services in the area of intellectual property, in particular as a patent attorney office and through the provision of courses and publications. DOGIO shall be deemed to mean the patent attorney and/or other employee(s) of DOGIO.
These Terms and Conditions apply to each offer, quotation, execution of order and agreement between DOGIO and a commissioning party, unless the parties explicitly deviate from these Terms and Conditions in writing. These General Terms and Conditions also apply to supplementary commissions and follow-up commissions. These Terms and Conditions also apply to all agreements with DOGIO, the implementation of which involves third parties.
Both DOGIO and all persons engaged in the execution of any commission can invoke these General Terms and Conditions. This shall apply equally to former employees, including any successors in law, in the event that they are held liable after they have left the employ of DOGIO.
The Code of Conduct for the Patent Attorney constitutes a part of these General Terms and Conditions.
Any Terms and Conditions or stipulations, of any nature whatsoever, applied by the commissioning party, shall only be applicable if this is agreed explicitly in writing.
These General Terms and Conditions are drawn up in Dutch and English. In the event of any dispute over the content or tenor of these Terms and Conditions, the Dutch text shall be binding.
Art. 2 The Agreement
Agreements between the commissioning party and DOGIO are concluded at the moment the commissioning party indicates in writing or verbally, directly or through another party, that the commissioning party wishes to make use of the services of DOGIO and DOGIO accepts the commission in question, taking into account the provision of Article 5 paragraph 3.
All agreements entered into and/or actions carried out as a result of, in the context of or in connection with the agreement shall be deemed to be in implementation of the agreement.
DOGIO deems all commissions to have been issued exclusively to DOGIO, even in cases in which it is the explicit or tacit intention that a commission be carried out by a certain person. The operation of Section 7:404 of the Dutch Civil Code, which contains a regulation covering the above instance, and the operation of Section 7:407 para. 2, which establishes several liability for cases in which a commission is issued to two or more persons, is excluded.
Art 3 Implementation and liability
DOGIO shall perform the agreed work to the best of its ability, with due observance of the care and code of honour usual in the profession.
The commissioning party acknowledges that the work performed by DOGIO partly is of an advising nature. For any damages resulting from or relating to this kind of work, DOGIO is not liable. In particular (but not limited to), with respect to a search or patent grant, DOGIO cannot be held liable for completeness or achievement of a result.
In the unlikely event of an occurrence during the implementation of a commission which results in liability, said liability shall be limited to the amount or amounts which can be claimed under the professional or business liability insurance entered into by DOGIO. If for whatever reason, the liability insurance does not pay a benefit, the liability of DOGIO is limited to the amount of the fee of the commission up to a maximum of € 10.000.
DOGIO is entitled to commission other persons to conduct the work if DOGIO considers it useful or required for the correct conduct of the work. If the commissioning party designates other persons who DOGIO must involve in conducting the work, DOGIO cannot be held liable for any mistakes or omissions of these designated other persons.
DOGIO cannot accept any liability for any loss and/or costs incurred by the commissioning party and third parties as a direct or indirect result of any inaccuracy or incompleteness of any sources consulted by DOGIO.
DOGIO cannot be held responsible for any occurrence based on or due to infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) by the commissioning party.
Art. 4 Information from commissioning party
DOGIO shall treat all information provided by the commissioning party in strict confidence. This obligation shall not apply to information provided by the commissioning party (a) which is or has become general knowledge other than as a result of any action or omission on the part of DOGIO, (b) which was already known by DOGIO before the time at which it received the information from the commissioning party, or (c) which it received from a third party which was entitled to provide the information in question.
DOGIO shall impose the same obligation of confidentiality on other persons involved in the implementation of the work as it is subject to itself. DOGIO cannot be held liable for any breach of the obligations referred to in this article in the event that it can make a plausible case that it could not reasonably have prevented said breach.
DOGIO cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by the commissioning party to DOGIO. The provision of incorrect and/or incomplete information by the commissioning party, even if this takes place in good faith, shall entitle DOGIO to suspend implementation of or dissolve the agreement.
DOGIO cannot be held liable for loss resulting from an infringement of the confidentiality of communication which takes places by electronic means, such as email, at the request of or with the tacit approval of the client.
Art. 5 Fee and payment
The fee for the work carried out by DOGIO is not dependent on the
result of the commission issued, and is based on hourly rates and expenses. Any cost estimates
provided by DOGIO shall be purely indicative in nature and are subject to an
additional BTW (Dutch VAT).
DOGIO shall invoice the commissioning party for the work to be performed and already performed and the costs to be incurred and already incurred. In the case of commissions with a duration exceeding 2 months, the amounts owed may be charged periodically. Invoices must be paid to DOGIO as quickly as possible, and in any event within 30 days of dispatch.
In the event that DOGIO sends an advance invoice, the commissioning party’s commission shall only be deemed effectuated once the advance invoice has been paid. DOGIO shall therefore only commence work after the advance invoice has been paid.
Each invoice of DOGIO shall be deemed to be a separate claim by DOGIO against the commissioning party. Non- payment of any invoice by the due date shall result in the immediate pay-ability of all other claims against the commissioning party.
If the commissioning party requests DOGIO to sent invoices to a third party, the commissioning party must provide a title to DOGIO stating the ground on which the third party accepts to pay the invoices. The commissioning party is held to pay the invoices if the third party does not pay in time.
If, at any time, the commissioning party is not the owner or not the sole owner of the intellectual property right, the commissioning party must provide a title to DOGIO stating the ground why the commissioning party is authorized by each owner of the intellectual property right to commission DOGIO, and that each owner is held to pay the invoices if the commissioning party does not pay in time. None the less, the commissioning party stays liable for the consequences of his commissioning.
In the event that any invoice has not been paid within the term indicated above in para. 2, the commissioning party shall be in default ipso jure and without the requirement of any further notice or demand. DOGIO shall then be entitled to cease its work for the commissioning party with immediate effect, without incurring any liability to the commissioning party. The commissioning party shall then owe DOGIO interest for late payment on the outstanding claim(s) of 1.5% per month, whereby part of a month shall be considered to be a whole month. In the event of judicial or out-of-court collection, the commissioning party shall owe – in addition to the principal amount and interest – all the judicial and/or out-of-court collection costs, with a minimum of 15% of the amount owed, including interest.
In the event that the commissioning party is in default, DOGIO can in any event exercise a right of retention with regard to all matters which it shall have in its possession or shall have obtained in the context of the work, including all advice, reports, lists, etc. which DOGIO may have drawn up or had drawn up in the context of the work, on whichever data carriers these may be located.
If in a situation mentioned in article 5, para. 7, the commissioning party does not pay the invoice within the time period set by DOGIO, DOGIO has the right to demand transfer of the intellectual property rights from the commissioning party to DOGIO for the intellectual property rights for which DOGIO has performed the commissioned activities. The commissioning party agrees to such a transfer and commits itself to perform any act to effectuate this transfer and to abstain from any act hindering this transfer. DOGIO cannot be held liable for any loss of rights during and after the transfer of the intellectual property rights to DOGIO.
The commissioning party must note that the non-commencement or cessation of the work by DOGIO in accordance with paragraphs 3 or 7 may or shall result in the lapse of intellectual or industrial property rights for which the commissioning party is solely responsible and liable.
Payment of invoices sent by DOGIO shall at all times take place without any discount or setting off. Disputes of any nature whatsoever shall at no time entitle the commissioning party to refuse or suspend payment of any invoice, unless the complaint was received in time by DOGIO.
Art. 6 Complaints
Complaints regarding any failure on the part of DOGIO to perform work must be received by DOGIO in writing within 30 days of the date on which the commissioning party should reasonably have been able to discover the failure. Complaints regarding any invoice must be received by DOGIO in writing within 30 days of the date on which the invoice was sent.
Art. 7 Force majeure
The parties are not required to comply with any obligation if they are unable to do so as a consequence of a situation which is not the result of negligence, and cannot be deemed its responsibility under the law, by virtue of a legal act or in accordance with generally accepted standards. In addition to that which is understood by the term force majeure in law and case law, it shall be deemed in these General Terms and Conditions to mean all external causes, foreseen or unforeseen, on which DOGIO cannot exercise any influence, but as a result of which DOGIO is unable to meet its obligations. This shall include labour strikes at DOGIO’ company.
The parties shall be entitled to suspend the obligations ensuing from the agreement without judicial intervention for the duration of the force majeure situation. In the event that this period persists for more than three months, each of the parties shall be entitled to dissolve the agreement, without the obligation on either party to pay compensation for loss to the other party.
DOGIO shall at all times be entitled to demand payment for the work carried out in implementation of the agreement in question before the force majeure situation became apparent.
Art. 8 Dissolution of the agreement
In the event that the commissioning party does not comply fully, properly or promptly with any obligation ensuing on him/it from the agreement entered into with DOGIO, as well as in the event of the commissioning party being declared bankrupt, being granted protection from his/its creditors, the cessation or liquidation of his/its company, the commissioning party shall be deemed to be in default ipso jure and DOGIO shall be entitled to dissolve the agreement(s) existing between DOGIO and the commissioning party without requiring any notice and without judicial intervention, in as much as said agreement(s) has/have not yet been implemented, and to demand payment for the work already performed and the costs, loss and interest incurred as a result of the default on the part of the commissioning party.
Art. 9 Applicable Law
Netherlands law shall apply exclusively to all agreements entered into between DOGIO and the commissioning party and/or actions performed. The commissioning party acknowledges that the characteristic performance of the work by DOGIO takes place in the Netherlands, even if this work is partially performed elsewhere. All agreements and/or actions are deemed to have been entered into / carried out in the Netherlands. The competent court in the court district of Den Bosch shall be the sole court competent to hear all disputes between DOGIO and the commissioning party.