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SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT

Purchase and Sale Agreement

SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT | Document Parties: GOLDEN PATRIOT CORP | AJW MASTER FUND, LTD | AJW PARTNERS, LLC | First Street Manager II, LLC | NEW MILLENNIUM CAPITAL PARTNERS II, LLC You are currently viewing:
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GOLDEN PATRIOT CORP | AJW MASTER FUND, LTD | AJW PARTNERS, LLC | First Street Manager II, LLC | NEW MILLENNIUM CAPITAL PARTNERS II, LLC

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Title: SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT
Governing Law: New York     Date: 2/11/2008
Industry: Metal Mining     Law Firm: Ballard Spahr     Sector: Basic Materials

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SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT

SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT (this “ Agreement ”), dated as of December 19, 2007, by and among Golden Patriot, Corp., a Nevada corporation, with headquarters located at 626 RexCorp Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556 (the “ Company ”), and each of the purchasers set forth on the signature pages hereto (the “ Buyers ”).

WHEREAS:

A.

The Company and the Buyers are executing and delivering this Agreement in reliance upon the exemption from securities registration afforded by the rules and regulations as promulgated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “ SEC ”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “ 1933 Act ”);

B.

Buyers desire to purchase and the Company desires to issue and sell, upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement (i) 8% secured convertible notes of the Company, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “A” , in the aggregate principal amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) (together with any note(s) issued in replacement thereof or as a dividend thereon or otherwise with respect thereto in accordance with the terms thereof, the “ Notes ”), convertible into shares of  common stock, par value $.001 per share, of the Company (the “ Common Stock ”), upon the terms and subject to the limitations and conditions set forth in such Notes and (ii) warrants, in the forms attached hereto as Exhibit “B” , to purchase an aggregate of 15,000,000 shares of Common Stock (the “Warrants” ).

C.

Each Buyer wishes to purchase, upon the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement, such principal amount of Notes and number of Warrants as is set forth immediately below its name on the signature pages hereto; and

D.

Contemporaneous with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the parties hereto are executing and delivering a Registration Rights Agreement, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “C” (the “ Registration Rights Agreement ”), pursuant to which the Company has agreed to provide certain registration rights under the 1933 Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and applicable state securities laws.

NOW, THEREFORE , the Company and each of the Buyers severally (and not jointly) hereby agree as follows:

1.

PURCHASE AND SALE OF NOTES AND WARRANTS .

a.

Purchase of Notes and Warrants .  On the Closing Date (as defined below), the Company shall issue and sell to each Buyer and each Buyer severally agrees to purchase from the Company such principal amount of Notes and number of Warrants as is set forth immediately below such Buyer’s name on the signature pages hereto.

b.

Form of Payment .  On the Closing Date (as defined below), (i) each Buyer shall pay the purchase price for the Notes and the Warrants to be issued and sold to it at the Closing (as defined below) (the “ Purchase Price ”) by wire transfer of immediately




available funds to the Company, in accordance with the Company’s written wiring instructions, against delivery of the Notes in the principal amount equal to the Purchase Price and the number of Warrants as is set forth immediately below such Buyer’s name on the signature pages hereto, and (ii) the Company shall deliver such Notes and Warrants duly executed on behalf of the Company, to such Buyer, against delivery of such Purchase Price.

c.

Closing Date .  Subject to the satisfaction (or written waiver) of the conditions thereto set forth in Section 6 and Section 7 below, the date and time of the issuance and sale of the Notes and the Warrants pursuant to this Agreement (the “ Closing Date ”) shall be 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time on December 19, 2007, or such other mutually agreed upon time.  The closing of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (the “ Closing ”) shall occur on the Closing Date at such location as may be agreed to by the parties.

2.

BUYERS’ REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES .  Each Buyer severally (and not jointly) represents and warrants to the Company solely as to such Buyer that:

a.

Investment Purpose .  As of the date hereof, the Buyer is purchasing the Notes and the shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of or otherwise pursuant to the Notes (including, without limitation, such additional shares of Common Stock, if any, as are issuable (i) on account of interest on the Notes, (ii) as a result of the events described in Sections 1.3 and 1.4(g) of the Notes and Section 2(c) of the Registration Rights Agreement or (iii) in payment of the Standard Liquidated Damages Amount (as defined in Section 2(f) below) pursuant to this Agreement, such shares of Common Stock being collectively referred to herein as the “ Conversion Shares ”) and the Warrants and the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise thereof (the “ Warrant Shares ” and, collectively with the Notes, Warrants and Conversion Shares, the “ Securities ”) for its own account and not with a present view towards the public sale or distribution thereof, except pursuant to sales registered or exempted from registration under the 1933 Act; provided , however , that by making the representations herein, the Buyer does not agree to hold any of the Securities for any minimum or other specific term and reserves the right to dispose of the Securities at any time in accordance with or pursuant to a registration statement or an exemption under the 1933 Act.

b.

Accredited Investor Status .  The Buyer is an “accredited investor” as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D (an “ Accredited Investor ”).

c.

Reliance on Exemptions .  The Buyer understands that the Securities are being offered and sold to it in reliance upon specific exemptions from the registration requirements of United States federal and state securities laws and that the Company is relying upon the truth and accuracy of, and the Buyer’s compliance with, the representations, warranties, agreements, acknowledgments and understandings of the Buyer set forth herein in order to determine the availability of such exemptions and the eligibility of the Buyer to acquire the Securities.

d.

Information .  The Buyer and its advisors, if any, have been, and for so long as the Notes and Warrants remain outstanding will continue to be, furnished with all materials relating to the business, finances and operations of the Company and materials relating to the offer and sale of the Securities which have been requested by the Buyer or its advisors.  



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The Buyer and its advisors, if any, have been, and for so long as the Notes and Warrants remain outstanding will continue to be, afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the Company.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company has not disclosed to the Buyer any material nonpublic information and will not disclose such information unless such information is disclosed to the public prior to or promptly following such disclosure to the Buyer.  Neither such inquiries nor any other due diligence investigation conducted by Buyer or any of its advisors or representatives shall modify, amend or affect Buyer’s right to rely on the Company’s representations and warranties contained in Section 3 below.  The Buyer understands that its investment in the Securities involves a significant degree of risk.

e.

Governmental Review .  The Buyer understands that no United States federal or state agency or any other government or governmental agency has passed upon or made any recommendation or endorsement of the Securities.

f.

Transfer or Re-sale .  The Buyer understands that (i) except as provided in the Registration Rights Agreement, the sale or re-sale of the Securities has not been and is not being registered under the 1933 Act or any applicable state securities laws, and the Securities may not be transferred unless (a) the Securities are sold pursuant to an effective registration statement under the 1933 Act, (b) the Buyer shall have delivered to the Company an opinion of counsel that shall be in form, substance and scope customary for opinions of counsel in comparable transactions to the effect that the Securities to be sold or transferred may be sold or transferred pursuant to an exemption from such registration, which opinion shall be accepted by the Company, (c) the Securities are sold or transferred to an “affiliate” (as defined in Rule 144 promulgated under the 1933 Act (or a successor rule) (“ Rule 144 ”)) of the Buyer who agrees to sell or otherwise transfer the Securities only in accordance with this Section 2(f) and who is an Accredited Investor, (d) the Securities are sold pursuant to Rule 144, or (e) the Securities are sold pursuant to Regulation S under the 1933 Act (or a successor rule) (“ Regulation S ”), and the Buyer shall have delivered to the Company an opinion of counsel that shall be in form, substance and scope customary for opinions of counsel in corporate transactions, which opinion shall be accepted by the Company; (ii) any sale of such Securities made in reliance on Rule 144 may be made only in accordance with the terms of said Rule and further, if said Rule is not applicable, any re-sale of such Securities under circumstances in which the seller (or the person through whom the sale is made) may be deemed to be an underwriter (as that term is defined in the 1933 Act) may require compliance with some other exemption under the 1933 Act or the rules and regulations of the SEC thereunder; and (iii) neither the Company nor any other person is under any obligation to register such Securities under the 1933 Act or any state securities laws or to comply with the terms and conditions of any exemption thereunder (in each case, other than pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement).  Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else contained herein to the contrary, the Securities may be pledged as collateral in connection with a bona   fide margin account or other lending arrangement.  In the event that the Company does not accept the opinion of counsel provided by the Buyer with respect to the transfer of Securities pursuant to an exemption from registration, such as Rule 144 or Regulation S, within three (3) business days of delivery of the opinion to the Company, the Company shall pay to the Buyer liquidated damages of three percent (3%) of the outstanding amount of the Notes per month plus accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes, prorated for partial months, in cash or shares at the option of the Company (“ Standard Liquidated Damages Amount ”).  If the Company elects to



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be pay the Standard Liquidated Damages Amount in shares of Common Stock, such shares shall be issued at the Conversion Price at the time of payment.

g.

Legends .  The Buyer understands that the Notes and the Warrants and, until such time as the Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares have been registered under the 1933 Act as contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement or otherwise may be sold pursuant to Rule 144 or Regulation S without any restriction as to the number of securities as of a particular date that can then be immediately sold, the Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares may bear a restrictive legend in substantially the following form (and a stop-transfer order may be placed against transfer of the certificates for such Securities):

“The securities represented by this certificate have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  The securities may not be sold, transferred or assigned in the absence of an effective registration statement for the securities under said Act, or an opinion of counsel, in form, substance and scope customary for opinions of counsel in comparable transactions, that registration is not required under said Act or unless sold pursuant to Rule 144 or Regulation S under said Act.”

The legend set forth above shall be removed and the Company shall issue a certificate without such legend to the holder of any Security upon which it is stamped, if, unless otherwise required by applicable state securities laws, (a) such Security is registered for sale under an effective registration statement filed under the 1933 Act or otherwise may be sold pursuant to Rule 144 or Regulation S without any restriction as to the number of securities as of a particular date that can then be immediately sold, or (b) such holder provides the Company with an opinion of counsel, in form, substance and scope customary for opinions of counsel in comparable transactions, to the effect that a public sale or transfer of such Security may be made without registration under the 1933 Act, which opinion shall be accepted by the Company so that the sale or transfer is effected or (c) such holder provides the Company with reasonable assurances that such Security can be sold pursuant to Rule 144 or Regulation S.  The Buyer agrees to sell all Securities, including those represented by a certificate(s) from which the legend has been removed, in compliance with applicable prospectus delivery requirements, if any.

h.

Authorization; Enforcement .  This Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement have been duly and validly authorized.  This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered on behalf of the Buyer, and this Agreement constitutes, and upon execution and delivery by the Buyer of the Registration Rights Agreement, such agreement will constitute, valid and binding agreements of the Buyer enforceable in accordance with their terms.

i.

Residency .  The Buyer is a resident of the jurisdiction set forth immediately below such Buyer’s name on the signature pages hereto.



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3.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY .  The Company represents and warrants to each Buyer that:

a.

Organization and Qualification .  The Company and each of its Subsidiaries (as defined below), if any, is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is incorporated, with full power and authority (corporate and other) to own, lease, use and operate its properties and to carry on its business as and where now owned, leased, used, operated and conducted.   Schedule 3(a) sets forth a list of all of the Subsidiaries of the Company and the jurisdiction in which each is incorporated.  The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to do business and is in good standing in every jurisdiction in which its ownership or use of property or the nature of the business conducted by it makes such qualification necessary except where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing would not have a Material Adverse Effect.  “ Material Adverse Effect ” means any of (i) a material and adverse effect on the legality, validity or enforceability of any document executed in connection with this financing, (ii) a material and adverse effect on the results of operations, assets, prospects, business or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Company and the Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (iii) an adverse impairment to the Company’s ability to perform under any of the documents executed in connection with this financing.  “ Subsidiaries ” means any corporation or other organization, whether incorporated or unincorporated, in which the Company owns, directly or indirectly, any equity or other ownership interest.

b.

Authorization; Enforcement .  (i) The Company has all requisite corporate power and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Notes and the Warrants and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby and to issue the Securities, in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof, (ii) the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Notes and the Warrants by the Company and the consummation by it of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby (including without limitation, the issuance of the Notes and the Warrants and the issuance and reservation for issuance of the Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares issuable upon conversion or exercise thereof) have been duly authorized by the Company’s Board of Directors and no further consent or authorization of the Company, its Board of Directors, or its shareholders is required, (iii) this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Company by its authorized representative, and such authorized representative is the true and official representative with authority to sign this Agreement and the other documents executed in connection herewith and bind the Company accordingly, and (iv) this Agreement constitutes, and upon execution and delivery by the Company of the Registration Rights Agreement, the Notes and the Warrants, each of such instruments will constitute, a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms.

c.

Capitalization .  As of the date hereof, the authorized capital stock of the Company consists of (i)  [              ] shares of Common Stock, of which [             ] shares are issued and outstanding, [   ] shares are reserved for issuance pursuant to the Company’s stock option plans, [    ] shares are reserved for issuance pursuant to securities (other than the Notes and the Warrants) exercisable for, or convertible into or exchangeable for shares of Common Stock and, [          ] shares are reserved for issuance upon conversion of the Notes and exercise of the Warrants (subject to adjustment pursuant to the Company’s covenant set forth in Section 4(h)



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below); and (ii) [            ] shares of preferred stock of which no shares are issued and outstanding.  All of such outstanding shares of capital stock are, or upon issuance will be, duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.  No shares of capital stock of the Company are subject to preemptive rights or any other similar rights of the shareholders of the Company or any liens or encumbrances imposed through the actions or failure to act of the Company.  Except as disclosed in Schedule 3(c) , as of the effective date of this Agreement, (i) there are no outstanding options, warrants, scrip, rights to subscribe for, puts, calls, rights of first refusal, agreements, understandings, claims or other commitments or rights of any character whatsoever relating to, or securities or rights convertible into or exchangeable for any shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or arrangements by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is or may become bound to issue additional shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) there are no agreements or arrangements under which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is obligated to register the sale of any of its or their securities under the 1933 Act (except the Registration Rights Agreement) and (iii) there are no anti-dilution or price adjustment provisions contained in any security issued by the Company (or in any agreement providing rights to security holders) that will be triggered by the issuance of the Notes, the Warrants, the Conversion Shares or Warrant Shares.  The Company has furnished to the Buyer true and correct copies of the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation as in effect on the date hereof (“ Certificate of Incorporation ”), the Company’s By-laws, as in effect on the date hereof (the “ By-laws ”), and the terms of all securities convertible into or exercisable for Common Stock of the Company and the material rights of the holders thereof in respect thereto.  The Company shall provide the Buyer with a written update of this representation signed by the Company’s Chief Executive or Chief Financial Officer on behalf of the Company as of the Closing Date.

d.

Issuance of Shares .  The Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares are duly authorized and reserved for issuance and, upon conversion of the Notes and exercise of the Warrants in accordance with their respective terms, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, and free from all taxes, liens, claims and encumbrances with respect to the issue thereof and shall not be subject to preemptive rights or other similar rights of shareholders of the Company and will not impose personal liability upon the holder thereof.

e.

Acknowledgment of Dilution .  The Company understands and acknowledges the potentially dilutive effect to the Common Stock upon the issuance of the Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares upon conversion of the Note or exercise of the Warrants.  The Company further acknowledges that its obligation to issue Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares upon conversion of the Notes or exercise of the Warrants in accordance with this Agreement, the Notes and the Warrants is absolute and unconditional regardless of the dilutive effect that such issuance may have on the ownership interests of other shareholders of the Company.

f.

No Conflicts .  The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Notes and the Warrants by the Company and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby (including, without limitation, the issuance and reservation for issuance of the Conversion Shares and Warrant Shares) will not (i) conflict with or result in a violation of any provision of the Certificate of Incorporation or By-laws or (ii) violate or conflict with, or result in a breach of any



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provision of, or constitute a default (or an event which with notice or lapse of time or both could become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, any agreement, indenture, patent, patent license or instrument to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party, or (iii)  result in a violation of any law, rule, regulation, order, judgment or decree (including federal and state securities laws and regulations and regulations of any self-regulatory organizations to which the Company or its securities are subject) applicable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or by which any property or asset of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or affected (except for such conflicts, defaults, terminations, amendments, accelerations, cancellations and violations as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect).  Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is in violation of its Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws or other organizational documents and neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is in default (and no event has occurred which with notice or lapse of time or both could put the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in default) under, and neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has taken any action or failed to take any action that would give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, any agreement, indenture or instrument to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which any property or assets of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or affected, except for possible defaults as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.  The businesses of the Company and its Subsidiaries, if any, are not being conducted, and shall not be conducted so long as a Buyer owns any of the Securities, in violation of any law, ordinance or regulation of any governmental entity.  Except as specifically contemplated by this Agreement and as required under the 1933 Act and any applicable state securities laws, the Company is not required to obtain any consent, authorization or order of, or make any filing or registration with, any court, governmental agency, regulatory agency, self regulatory organization or stock market or any third party in order for it to execute, deliver or perform any of its obligations under this Agreement, the Registration Rights Agreement, the Notes or the Warrants in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof or to issue and sell the Notes and Warrants in accordance with the terms hereof and to issue the Conversion Shares upon conversion of the Notes and the Warrant Shares upon exercise of the Warrants.  Except as disclosed in Schedule 3(f) , all consents, authorizations, orders, filings and registrations which the Company is required to obtain pursuant to the preceding sentence have been obtained or effected on or prior to the date hereof.  The Company is not in violation of the quotation requirements of the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (the “ OTCBB ”) and does not reasonably anticipate that the Common Stock will be delisted by the OTCBB in the foreseeable future.  The Company and its Subsidiaries are unaware of any facts or circumstances which might give rise to any of the foregoing.

g.

SEC Documents; Financial Statements .  Except as disclosed in Schedule 3(g) , the Company has timely filed all reports, schedules, forms, statements and other documents required to be filed by it with the SEC pursuant to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ 1934 Act ”) (all of the foregoing filed prior to the date hereof and all exhibits included therein and financial statements and schedules thereto and documents (other than exhibits to such documents) incorporated by reference therein, being hereinafter referred to herein as the “ SEC Documents ”).  The Company has delivered to each Buyer true and complete copies of the SEC Documents, except for such exhibits and incorporated documents.  As of their respective dates, the SEC Documents complied in all material respects with the requirements of the 1934 Act and the rules and regulations of the SEC



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promulgated thereunder applicable to the SEC Documents, and none of the SEC Documents, at the time they were filed with the SEC, contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.  None of the statements made in any such SEC Documents is, or has been, required to be amended or updated under applicable law (except for such statements as have been amended or updated in subsequent filings prior the date hereof).  As of their respective dates, the financial statements of the Company included in the SEC Documents complied as to form in all material respects with applicable accounting requirements and the published rules and regulations of the SEC with respect thereto.  Such financial statements have been prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied, during the periods involved (except (i) as may be otherwise indicated in such financial statements or the notes thereto, or (ii) in the case of unaudited interim statements, to the extent they may not include footnotes or may be condensed or summary statements) and fairly present in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of the dates thereof and the consolidated results of their operations and cash flows for the periods then ended (subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to normal year-end audit adjustments).  Except as set forth in the financial statements of the Company included in the SEC Documents, the Company has no liabilities, contingent or otherwise, other than (i) liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business subsequent to December 31, 2004 and (ii) obligations under contracts and commitments incurred in the ordinary course of business and not required under generally accepted accounting principles to be reflected in such financial statements, which, individually or in the aggregate, are not material to the financial condition or operating results of the Company.

h.

Absence of Certain Changes .  Since December 31, 2004, there has been no material adverse change and no material adverse development in the assets, liabilities, business, properties, operations, financial condition, results of operations or prospects of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

i.

Absence of Litigation .  There is no action, suit, claim, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or by any court, public board, government agency, self-regulatory organization or body pending or, to the knowledge of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, threatened against or affecting the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or their officers or directors in their capacity as such, that could have a Material Adverse Effect.   Schedule 3(i) contains a complete list and summary description of any pending or threatened proceeding against or affecting the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, without regard to whether it would have a Material Adverse Effect.  The Company and its Subsidiaries are unaware of any facts or circumstances which might give rise to any of the foregoing.

j.

Patents, Copyrights, etc.  The Company and each of its Subsidiaries owns or possesses the requisite licenses or rights to use all patents, patent applications, patent rights, inventions, know-how, trade secrets, trademarks, trademark applications, service marks, service names, trade names and copyrights (“ Intellectual Property ”) necessary to enable it to conduct its business as now operated (and, except as set forth in Schedule 3(j) hereof, to the best of the Company’s knowledge, as presently contemplated to be operated in the future); there is no claim or action by any person pertaining



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to, or proceeding pending, or to the Company’s knowledge threatened, which challenges the right of the Company or of a Subsidiary with respect to any Intellectual Property necessary to enable it to conduct its business as now operated (and, except as set forth in Schedule 3(j) hereof, to the best of the Company’s knowledge, as presently contemplated to be operated in the future); to the best of the Company’s knowledge, the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ current and intended products, services and processes do not infringe on any Intellectual Property or other rights held by any person; and the Company is unaware of any facts or circumstances which might give rise to any of the foregoing.  The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have taken reasonable security measures to protect the secrecy, confidentiality and value of their Intellectual Property.

k.

No Materially Adverse Contracts, Etc.  Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is subject to any charter, corporate or other legal restriction, or any judgment, decree, order, rule or regulation which in the judgment of the Company’s officers has or is expected in the future to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to any contract or agreement which in the judgment of the Company’s officers has or is expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

l.

Tax Status .  Except as set forth on Schedule 3(l) , the Company and each of its Subsidiaries has made or filed all federal, state and foreign income and all other tax returns, reports and declarations required by any jurisdiction to which it is subject (unless and only to the extent that the Company and each of its Subsidiaries has set aside on its books provisions reasonably adequate for the payment of all unpaid and unreported taxes) and has paid all taxes and other governmental assessments and charges that are material in amount, shown or determined to be due on such returns, reports and declarations, except those being contested in good faith and has set aside on its books provisions reasonably adequate for the payment of all taxes for periods subsequent to the periods to which such returns, reports or declarations apply.  There are no unpaid taxes in any material amount claimed to be due by the taxing authority of any jurisdiction, and the officers of the Company know of no basis for any such claim.  The Company has not executed a waiver with respect to the statute of limitations relating to the assessment or collection of any foreign, federal, state or local tax.  Except as set forth on Schedule 3(l) , none of the Company’s tax returns is presently being audited by any taxing authority.

m.

Certain Transactions .  Except as set forth on Schedule 3(m) and except for arm’s length transactions pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries makes payments in the ordinary course of business upon terms no less favorable than the Company or any of its Su


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