Exhibit 10.3

 

PATENT LICENSE AGREEMENT

 

THIS PATENT LICENSE AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into on October 1, 2014 by and among:

 

Inventergy Global, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its principal place of business located at 900 E. Hamilton Avenue, Suite 180, Campbell, CA 95008;

 

Inventergy, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its principal place of business located at 900 E. Hamilton Avenue, Suite 180, Campbell, CA 95008 (collectively, “Licensor”); and

 

DBD Credit Funding LLC, an entity incorporated under the laws of Delaware having its principal place of business located at One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, 42nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 (“Licensee”).

 

Licensor and Licensee are sometimes referred to herein individually as a “Party” and collectively as the “Parties”.

 

WHEREAS, reference is made to the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as it may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement”), by and among the Licensor, the Purchasers (including the Licensee) and the Licensee, acting as the Collateral Agent, and the Security Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as it may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Security Agreement”), by and among the Grantors (as defined therein, including Licensor) and the Licensee, acting as the Collateral Agent;

 

WHEREAS, in consideration of the investments set forth in the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement, Licensor agreed to grant certain rights, including rights to license patents and patent applications, to the Licensee for the benefit of the Secured Parties; and

 

WHEREAS, Licensor is the owner of certain patents and patent applications identified in Schedule I(a) of the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement, which Schedule I(a) shall be an integral part of this Agreement; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants and agreements contained herein, the Parties hereto agree as follows:

 

1.Definitions

 

In this Agreement, the following terms shall have the assigned meaning. Capitalized terms used in this Agreement but not defined herein shall have the meaning given to them in the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement and/or the Security Agreement, as applicable.

 

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Licensed Patents” shall mean the Patents listed on Schedule I(a) of the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement.

 

2.License

 

2.1Subject to the terms and conditions herein and in the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement, Licensor hereby grants to Licensee, effective upon the earlier of the date (i) that is 365 days after the Closing Date, or (ii) an Event of Default (the “Effective License Date”), a non-exclusive, transferrable, sub-licensable, divisible, fully paid-up, royalty-free, and worldwide license to the Licensed Patents, including, but not limited to, the rights to make, have made, market, use, sell, offer for sale, import, export and distribute the inventions claimed in the Licensed Patents and otherwise exploit the Licensed Patents in any lawful manner in Licensee’s sole and absolute discretion solely for the benefit of the Secured Parties (“Patent License”), provided that Licensee shall only use the Patent License following an Event of Default. For avoidance of doubt, any attempted use of the Patent License before an Event of Default will have no effect and any purported sublicense to any third party will be void.

 

2.2If Licensee elects to grant any sublicense(s) pursuant to the Patent License in Section 2.1, Licensee shall (x) obtain the prior written approval of Licensor before entering into any sublicense agreement imposing financial obligations or restrictions on Licensor, (y) provide written notice within fifteen days of entering into any sublicense agreement, and (z) apply all proceeds, after expenses, from the sublicenses to the Obligations of Licensor pursuant to the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement.

 

2.3If Licensee grants any licenses pursuant to section 2.1, any proceeds from such license(s), including any proceeds due under a license granted subject to granted sublicensing right, shall be applied, less reasonable expenses associated with the monetization activity, to satisfy the Note Obligations and the Revenue Stream, with any further excess amounts provided to Licensor in accordance with the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement.

 

3.Representations, Warranties and Acknowledgements

 

3.1Each Party represents, warrants and covenant to the other that the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement is within each Party's powers and has been duly authorized.

 

3.2Licensor hereby represents, warrants and covenant that it is the sole and exclusive owner of all rights, title and interest in and to the Licensed Patents.

 

3.3EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, AND EACH PARTY SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT ARISE BY COURSE OF DEALING OR BY REASON OF CUSTOM OR USAGE IN THE TRADE, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

 

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3.4Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no Party shall be liable to the other or any third party for any indirect, incidental, exemplary, special, punitive or consequential damages (including with respect to lost revenue, lost profits or savings or business interruption) of any kind or nature whatsoever suffered by the other Party or any third party howsoever caused and regardless of the form or cause of action, even if such damages are foreseeable or such party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

 

4.Infringement

 

Upon request, Licensee shall notify Licensor of any infringement of the Licensed Patents by third parties of which Licensee become aware. Licensor shall have the sole right, at its expense, to bring any action on account of any such infringement of the Licensed Patents, and Licensee shall reasonably cooperate with Licensor, as Licensor may request and at Licensor’s expense, in connection with any such action brought by Licensor.

 

5.Termination

 

5.1The Parties may terminate this Agreement at any time by mutual written agreement executed by both Parties.

 

5.2The Agreement, including any sublicense granted to Licensee or any Affiliate of Licensee or Subsidiary of Licensee, shall immediately terminate upon the earliest of (i) mutual agreement to terminate this Agreement as provided in Section 5.1, (ii) the indefeasible payment in full of all of the Note Obligations and the Revenue Stream, or (iii) the later of (x) the expiration of the last Licensed Patent to expire and (y) the date on which all statutes of limitations have fully run for bringing infringement claims under the Licensed Patents. Breach(es), material or otherwise, of this Agreement by either Party or any other Person will not constitute grounds by which this Agreement may be terminated.

 

5.3For avoidance of doubt, any sublicenses granted hereunder prior to any termination of this Agreement (except to Licensee or its affiliates) shall survive according to the respective terms and conditions of such sublicenses.

 

6.Survival

 

Any rights and obligations which by their nature survive and continue after any expiration or termination of this Agreement will survive and continue and will bind the Parties and their successors and assigns, until such rights are extinguished and obligations are fulfilled.

 

7.Statement of Intent With Respect to Bankruptcy.

 

The Parties intend that the licenses granted under this Agreement are, and shall otherwise be deemed to be, for purposes of Section 365(n) of the United States Bankruptcy Code, 111 U.S.C. § 101, et seq. (“Bankruptcy Code”), licenses of rights to “intellectual property” as defined in the Bankruptcy Code.

 

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8.Assignment

 

Licensee and each of its sublicensees may, without the consent of Licensor, assign any or all of their rights and interests, and delegate any or all of their obligations without restriction, upon notice to the Licensor. The rights and obligations of the Parties hereto shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding and enforceable upon and by, the respective successors and assigns of the Parties.

 

9.Entire Agreement and Construction

 

This Agreement along with the pertinent provisions of the Revenue Sharing and Note Purchase Agreement constitute the sole, final and entire understanding of the parties hereto concerning the subject matter hereof, and all prior understandings having been merged herein. This Agreement cannot be modified or amended except by a writing signed by the Parties hereto. The language used in this Agreement will be deemed to be the language chosen by the Parties hereto to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction will be applied against any Party.

 

10.Severability

 

The provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed severable and the invalidity or unenforceability of any provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions hereof. If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any Person or any circumstance, is invalid or unenforceable, (a) a suitable and equitable provision shall be substituted therefor in order to carry out, so far as may be valid and enforceable, the intent and purpose of such invalid or unenforceable provision and (b) the remainder of this Agreement and the application of such provision to other Persons or circumstances shall not be affected by such invalidity or unenforceability, nor shall such invalidity or unenforceability affect the validity or enforceability of such provision, or the application thereof, in any other jurisdiction.

 

11.Notices

 

All notices, requests, claims, demands, and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given (and shall be deemed to have been duly given upon receipt) by delivery in person, or by overnight delivery service from a recognized carrier, to the respective Party as follows:

 

if to Licensor:

 

Inventergy, Inc.

900 E. Hamilton Avenue, Suite 180

Campbell, CA 95008

Attention: Wayne Sobon

 

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Telephone: (408) 389-3510

Facsimile: (408) 389-3548

Electronic Mail: wayne@inventergy.com

 

With a copy to:

 

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

1345 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10105-0302

Attention: Joseph A. Smith, Esq.

Telephone: (212) 370-1300

Facsimile: (212) 370-7889

Electronic Mail: jsmith@egsllp.com

 

if to Licensee:

 

Fortress Investment Group

One Market Plaza

Spear Tower, 42nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Attention: Yoni Shtein

 

With a copy to:

 

Fortress Investment Group

One Market Plaza

Spear Tower, 42nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Attention: James K. Noble III

 

or to such other address as the person to whom notice is given may have previously furnished to the other Party in writing in the manner set forth above.

 

12.Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Venue

 

This Agreement, and all claims arising hereunder or relating hereto, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York in the United States of America applicable to agreements made and to be performed entirely within such State, without regard to the conflicts of law principles of such State that would result in the application of the laws of another jurisdiction. In any action or proceeding between either of the Parties arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, each of the Parties (a) irrevocably and unconditionally consents and submits to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts residing in the State of New York and (b) agrees that all claims in respect of such action or proceeding must be heard and determined exclusively in the state or federal courts in the State of New York. Each Party shall be entitled to seek injunctive or other equitable relief, without the posting of a bond, at any time (with or without delivering a demand notice) whenever the facts or circumstances would permit a Party to seek such equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

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13.Waiver

 

Except as otherwise provided herein, any failure of any Party to comply with any obligation, covenant, agreement, or condition herein may be waived by the Party entitled to the benefits thereof only by a written instrument signed by the Party granting such waiver; provided, however, that such waiver or failure to insist upon strict compliance with such obligation, covenant, agreement, or condition shall not operate as a waiver of, or estoppel with respect to, any subsequent or other failure.

 

14.Counterparts

 

This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which will be an original and both of which will constitute together the same document. Counterparts may be signed and delivered by facsimile or PDF file, each of which will be binding when received by the applicable Party.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

  Licensor:  
     
  Inventergy Global, Inc.  
     
/s/ Joseph W. Beyers  
  Authorized Signature  
     
Joseph Beyer Chairman & CEO  
  Print Name and Title  
     
  Inventergy, Inc.  
     
/s/ Joseph W. Beyers  
  Authorized Signature  
     
Joseph Beyer Chairman & CEO  
  Print Name and Title  
     
  Licensee:  
  DBD Credit Funding LLC  
     
/s/ Jason Meyer  
  Authorized Signature  
     
Jason Meyer Authorized Signatory  
  Print Name and Title  

 

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