On November 30, 2020, Anixa Biosciences, Inc. (the "Company") reported that it entered into an exclusive license agreement (the "Agreement") with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a nonprofit Ohio corporation (the "Licensor") (Filing, 8-K, Anixa Biosciences, NOV 30, 2020, View Source [SID1234572027]). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company has been granted (i) an exclusive worldwide license to certain patents and patent applications (the "Licensed Patents") pertaining to the use of vaccines for the therapeutic treatment or prevention of ovarian cancer and other types of cancers which express the anti-mullerian hormone receptor 2 protein, including an anti-mullerian hormone receptor 2 protein containing an extracellular domain (the "Fields") and (ii) a non-exclusive worldwide license to use certain know-how related to the Licensed Patents that was not previously known by the Company (the "Licensed Know-How" and collectively, with the Licensed Patents, the "Licensed Technology") to make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell and import Licensed Products (as hereinafter defined) in the Fields. The Licensor has also granted the Company the right to sublicense the Licensed Technology in certain circumstances upon receipt of Licensor’s written consent.
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In consideration of its license of the Licensed Technology to the Company, the Company will pay to the Licensor a non-refundable cash fee for the issuance of the license. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay to the Licensor a royalty on the "net sales" (as such term is defined in the Agreement) on (i) any product or part of a product in the Fields the making, use, sale, offer to sell, or import of which infringes or would be expected to infringe a valid claim on the Licensor’s rights, but for the license granted in the Agreement (a "Licensed Patent Product") and (ii) any product or part of a product in the Fields that is sold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of in a jurisdiction where (1) a Licensed Patent has expired; (2) patent protection is not pursued, but the product or part of a product sold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of would be expected to infringe any valid claim on the Licensor’s rights; or (3) that was derived from, utilizes, uses, is used, or made through use of, embodies, contains, incorporates (in each case, in whole or in part), or uses any element of any of the Licensed Know-How (a "Licensed Know-How Product," and collectively with any Licensed Patent Product, the "Licensed Products"). The Company has also agreed to pay to the Licensor a lesser royalty on "net sales" on any Licensed Product that is sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of in a particular territory where no valid claim exists covering the sale of such Licensed Product in such territory.
In addition to the foregoing consideration, the Company will also pay to the Licensor certain cash payments following the completion of certain regulatory milestones with respect to each Licensed Product. Following the first commercial sale of any Licensed Products, the Company will be required to make certain minimum annual royalty payments to the Licensor. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay to the Licensor an annual maintenance fee related to the Licensed Technology. In the event that the Company sublicenses any of the Licensed Technology in accordance with the Agreement, the Company will pay to the Licensor a percentage of revenue received from any sublicense based upon certain milestones.
The Agreement is effective as of October 20, 2020 and will remain in effect, unless earlier terminated, until the later of (i) the five (5) year anniversary of the expiration of the last to expire valid claim that the Licensor has with respect to the Licensed Patents or (ii) the ten (10) year anniversary of the first commercial sale in each jurisdiction. The Licensor may also terminate the Agreement if, among other things, the Company fails to make certain payments under the Agreement, becomes insolvent, or breaches certain of the terms and provisions of the Agreement (subject, in certain circumstances, to a cure period). The Company has the right to terminate this agreement upon any material breach of the Agreement by the Licensor.
The Company has also agreed to certain commercialization and development milestones with respect to the Licensed Technology. If the Company fails to meet these milestones (including following any permissible cure period or following a mutually agreed upon extension), and such failure is not the result of an unforeseeable event, the Agreement may be terminated by the Licensor.
The Licensor is responsible for prosecution of the Licensed Patents, provided that the Company is responsible for all costs associated with such prosecution. The Company is also responsible for all other patenting costs associated with the Licensed Patents and has agreed to reimburse the Licensor for certain costs incurred prior to the Agreement related to the Licensed Patents.
The Company and Licensor will work in tandem to develop Licensed Products. The Company will be responsible for paying the costs associated with any additional development of Licensed Products.
The Company has agreed to indemnify the Licensor in connection with the Agreement and has also agreed to maintain certain insurance.
The Agreement contains typical representations, warranties and covenants. Pursuant to the Agreement, Licensor retains the right to continue to conduct research relating to the License Products in the Fields, provided that the Licensor does not have the right to practice or use the Licensed Technology in connection with the commercial sale of any product or service. Licensor also retains the right to publish the results of its research, even if such research contains Licensed Know-How, provided that the Company has the right to review and delay the publication if there is patentable subject matter in the research such that the Company can file a patent application over such matter.