This NonSolicitation Agreement involves
Title: EMPLOYEE CONFIDENTIALITY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, NON-SOLICITATION AND NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENT
Governing Law: New York Date: 10/4/2010
Industry: Software and Programming Sector: Technology
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, NON-SOLICITATION AND
This Employee Confidentiality, Intellectual Property, Non-Solicitation and Non-Competition Agreement (“Agreement”) is effective by and between the Company and Philip Osman (the “Employee”).
In consideration of Employee’s employment by the Company, and the payment of salary to Employee and for other valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which Employee hereby acknowledges, Employee agrees (as either part of or in addition to Employee’s regular duties) as follows:
1. Definitions: As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
a. “ Company ” means Comverse, Inc. (“Comverse”) and, as appropriate, any currently existing or future parent, subsidiary, or other affiliated entity that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Comverse, and any of these companies’ successors and assigns, by which Employee is now or hereafter employed. In the event that this Agreement is assigned by Company to a person or company who contemporaneously employs Employee, the “Company” shall thereafter be defined to mean and to refer to that assignee.
b. “Company Competitor” has the meaning stated in Section 12 below.
c. “Confidential Information” means information in any medium, whether written, oral, visual, electronic or other tangible or intangible form, consisting of business, technical, financial, employment or personal information of the Company or of any customer, vendor, consultant, advisor or other third party with whom the Company has or is contemplating a business relationship or other engagement (“Third Parties”), whether or not marked or otherwise identified as confidential or proprietary. Confidential Information includes, but is not limited to: data, technology, know-how, Inventions, Creative Works, discoveries, designs, processes, formulations, models, equipment, algorithms, computer programs and software, in object code and source code, and any derivative works, modifications, fixes and enhancements thereto, cost information, interfaces, technical documentation, product manuals, specifications, trade and business secrets, marketing and business plans, forecasts, projections and analyses, financial analyses and financial statements, sales, pricing and customer information, employee and other personnel information or data, customer technical requirements, requests for proposals, installation and service procedures, maintenance and support programs, contracts, legal tactics and attorney work product and information consisting of, concerning, or relating to, research and development work, current, future, planned or proposed products and pre-release devices. Confidential information does not include any information that (a) was in Employee’s possession or known to Employee, without an obligation to keep it confidential, before such information was disclosed to Employee by the Company or Third Parties; or (b) is or becomes lawfully public knowledge through a source other than Employee and through no fault of Employee.
d. “Creative Works” means any and all original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, including, but not limited to, writings, compilations of data, charts, drawings, software, videos, photographs, music, designs, and mask works, and further including, but not limited to, any other subject matter for which copyright or mask work protection would apply, specifically including original or revised designs, computer software, advertising and marketing materials, instructional and procedural manuals, and related documents and copies thereof.
e. “Duly Authorized Representative” means an employee of the Company at the Vice President level or higher.
f. “Employment” means the period of time, including the time prior to the date signed below, during which Employee was or is employed, either full or part-time, by any entity included within the definition of the Company.
g. “Intellectual Property Rights” means the collection of proprietary legal rights in Inventions, Creative Works, Confidential Information, and other related forms of intangible property that can be protected under various patent, copyright, mask work, trademark, trade secret and know-how, and related laws.
h. “Inventions” means any and all discoveries, improvements, designs, and inventions, whether or not patentable, including, but not limited to, any new or improved products, processes, methods, machines, systems, computer software, compositions of matter, and further including, but not limited to, any other subject matter for which a patent or inventor’s certificate may be obtained.
2. Confidentiality: Employee acknowledges that, as a result of Employee’s Employment, Employee will have access to Confidential Information and other valuable rights of the Company. In addition to all duties and obligations imposed by law on Employee, unless Employee has express prior written consent from a Duly Authorized Representative of the Company or any attorney in the legal department of the Company to do otherwise, Employee agrees that, except as required by law: (i) Employee will treat as confidential and protect the secrecy of any Confidential Information that may be made available to Employee, (ii) Employee will not disclose, publish, or otherwise make any Confidential Information known to the public or to any third party and (iii) Employee will not use any Confidential Information for the benefit of any person or organization (including Employee) other than the Company.
3. Termination and Return of Company Property:
a. Upon the termination of Employment for any reason, or at any other time that the Company may request, Employee shall promptly deliver to the Company (and shall not delete or destroy (other than Confidential Information that is on his personal property and copies of which have been provided to the Company) all Confidential Information and all Company property, including any originals and all copies of any documents, records, data, software or other property, whether stored on computers or in hard copy, obtained from the Company or a third-party. Such property shall include everything obtained during and as a result of Employee’s employment with the Company, other than documents related to Employee’s compensation and benefits, such as pay stubs and benefit statements. In addition, Employee shall also return any phone, facsimile, printer, computer, personal digital assistant (PDA), or other items or equipment provided by the Company.
b. Employee shall not access the Company’s computer systems after the termination of Employee’s Employment.
c. If requested by the Company, Employee shall attend an exit interview upon termination of Employment to ensure that Employee complies with the terms of this Agreement.
4. Third-Party Confidentiality:
a. Employee shall not disclose to the Company or induce the Company to use any confidential or proprietary information belonging to persons not affiliated with the Company, including any of Employee’s former employers. Employee also acknowledges that the Company has disclosed to Employee that the Company is now, and may be in the future, subject to duties to third parties to maintain information in confidence and secrecy. By executing this Agreement, Employee consents to be bound by any such duty owed by the Company to any third party.
b. Except for any prior obligations that Employee may have that are contained in any previous agreements of which Employee has attached a copy hereto, Employee represents that Employee is not subject to any agreement containing a non-competition, non-solicitation, or any other restriction with respect to (i) the nature of any services or business that Employee is being hired to perform or conduct for the Company, or (ii) the disclosure or use of any information that directly or indirectly relates to the business of the Company or to the nature of any services that Employee expects to be performing for the Company.
c. Employee further represents that Employee has not disclosed or used, and will not disclose or use, during Employee’s Employment, any confidential information that Employee acquired as a result of any previous employment or under a contractual obligation of confidentiality before the commencement of Employee’s Employment with the Company.
5. Submission of Inventions and Creative Works: Employee shall promptly submit, to a designated representative of the Company, a written description of all ideas, discoveries, improvements, designs, writings, and all Inventions and Creative Works, whether or not patentable or copyrightable, that Employee may conceive or make or author, either solely or jointly with others, at any time during Employment, whether or not on Employee’s own time or with the Company’s resources, that relate to the present or anticipated business, research, or development of the Company; and Employee shall create, maintain, preserve, and make available to the Company as part of the Company’s property, complete, accurate, and up-to-date records, including but not limited to, correspondence, prototypes, models, drafts, and other written or tangible data, of all such inventive and creative activity. The Company shall promptly consider Employee’s written request to maintain any such submission in confidence.
6. Ownership of Inventions: Employee hereby assigns and agrees to assign to the Company all right, title, and interest in any Inventions Employee conceives or makes, either solely or jointly with others, at any time during Employment, and whether or not developed on Employee’s own time or with the Company’s resources, and Employees agrees that ownership is and shall reside in the Company; EXCEPT, however, that this assignment does not apply to, and Employee retains ownership of, any Invention: (i) that does not relate to the present or anticipated business, research, or development of the Company; and (ii) that Employee can show did not involve the use of any equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information of the Company; and (iii) that did not result from any work Employee performed for the Company; and (iv) that Employee developed entirely on Employee’s own time. Any such Invention first reduced to practice within twelve (12) months after termination of Employment shall be disclosed by Employee to the Company and treated as if conceived during such Employment unless Employee can establish specific events giving rise to the conception that occurred after such Employment. Employee has specifically listed, in the space provided in Section 9 of this Agreement entitled “List of All Employee Prior Intellectual Property Rights”, any and all Inventions Employee conceived or made or acquired prior to Employment, and Employee hereby disclaims ownership of and agrees not to assert against the Company any rights in any Inventions not so listed. The Company agrees to promptly consider Employee’s written request for a release of any Invention for which this Agreement does not apply or in which the Company has no commercial interest.
7. Ownership of Creative Works: Employee acknowledges that all Creative Works that are covered by the definition of a “work made for hire” under 17 U.S.C. § 101 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 will be considered a “work made for hire”, and the Company will be regarded as the author and owner of all copyrights in any such works. As to any Creative Works that are not “works made for hire” under the Copyright Act, such that Employee is regarded as the copyright author and owner, Employee hereby assigns and agrees to assign to the Company all right, title, and interest in any such Creative Works authored, either solely or jointly with others, at any time during Employment, and whether or not developed on Employee’s own time or with the Company’s resources, and Employee agrees that ownership is and shall reside in the Company; EXCEPT, however, that this assignment does not apply to, and Employee retains ownership of, any Creative Works: (i) that do not relate to the present or anticipated business, research, or development of the Company; and (ii) that Employee can show did not involve the use of any equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information of the Company; and (iii) that did not result from any work Employee performed for the Company; and (iv) that Employee authored entirely on Employee’s own time. Employee has specifically listed, in the space provided in Section 9 of this Agreement enti