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Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale

The following are the Terms and Conditions of Sale applicable to purchase orders placed with US Micro Products. Revision 2012-04-16

l.          DEFINITIONS
The term "Seller" as used herein shall refer to US Micro Products, Inc.  The term "Buyer" as used herein shall refer to the customer designated on the face hereof.  The terms "good(s)" and "services" as used herein shall refer to the items, services and/or statement of work described on the face hereof.  The term "contract" as used herein shall refer to the terms, conditions and warranties contained in this document.

2.         ACCEPTANCE
This document must be accepted in writing by Buyer.  If for any reason Buyer should fail to accept in writing, any conduct by Buyer which recognizes the existence of a contract pertaining to the subject matter hereof shall constitute an acceptance by Buyer of this document and all of its terms and conditions.  Any terms proposed in Buyer's acceptance of Seller's offer which add to, vary from, or conflict with the terms herein are hereby objected to.  If this document has been issued by Seller in response to an offer and if any of the terms herein are additional to or different from any terms of such offer, then the issuance of this document by Seller shall constitute an acceptance of such offer subject to the express conditions that Buyer assent to such additional and different terms herein, and Buyer shall be deemed to have so assented unless Buyer notifies Seller to the contrary in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of this document.

3.         PRICES
Although it is Seller's practice to provide as much advance notice as possible, prices are subject to change without notice and adjustment to Seller's prices in effect at time of order placement.  Unless otherwise specified by Seller, prices are for the specific quantity stated and do not include taxes nor charges for transportation, insurance, special packaging, or marking.  Prices for any undelivered goods or services may be increased by Seller in the event of any increase in the cost to Seller of supplies, raw materials, labor or services, or any increase in Seller's cost resulting from any cause beyond Seller's control.  

4.         PAYMENT
(a)       Payment to be made according to agreed upon terms: credit card, wire transfer, or check.

(b)       Checks are accepted subject to collection and the date of collection shall be deemed the date of payment.  Any check received from Buyer may be applied by Seller against any obligation owing by Buyer to Seller, under this or any other contract, regardless of any statement appearing on or referring to such check, without discharging Buyer's liability for any additional amounts owing by Buyer to Seller; and the acceptance by Seller of such check shall not constitute a waiver of Seller's right to pursue the collection of any remaining balance.

(c)       Buyer agrees to pay the entire net amount of each invoice rendered by Seller pursuant to the terms of each such invoice without offset or deduction.      

5.         TERMS
(a)       Standard payment terms require receipt of cash in advance of performance for all new accounts. In the event that the Seller extends credit to the Buyer, the following additional terms are herby agreed upon to be applicable. Application may take up to 30 days to process request for terms subject to approval by Seller.

(b)       Buyer agrees to keep the account current and agrees to pay each invoice according to its terms from the date of invoice. Buyer agrees to provide funds in advance if their account has large disbursements that exceed the established credit limit. The amount of credit extended to the Buyer is subject to periodic review and any decision to increase, decrease or revoke the amount of credit granted to the Buyer shall be at the sole discretion of the Seller.

(c)       Seller reserves the right to require payment in advance or C.O.D. or otherwise modify credit terms either before or after shipment of any or all of the goods specified herein, if, for any reason, Buyer's credit is or becomes objectionable to Seller.  If Seller believes in good faith that Buyer's ability to make the payment called for by this contract is or may be impaired, Seller may cancel this contract or any remaining balance thereof, without incurring any liability. Buyer remains liable to pay for any goods already shipped.

(d)       In the event that the Buyer fails to keep the account current, all amounts owed by the Buyer shall immediately become due and payable. The Buyer shall also become indebted to the Seller for costs of collection, including reasonable attorney fees, which arise if payment terms are not met. Said invoices not paid by maturity date will have a 1‑1/2% per month late payment charge assessed against any unpaid balance from the due date of the invoice until the date of payment.

(e)       If any indebtedness remains unpaid for thirty (30) days after the demand for payment, the Seller may, in addition to any other rights it has under other agreements and/or applicable law, exercise any or all of the rights of a secured party and forward Buyer to Collections.

6.         TAXES
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, Buyer shall be responsible for the payment of any and all Federal, state and local sales, use, and excise taxes and all other taxes and charges assessed in connection with this contract.

7.         SHIPMENT
All shipments will be made ExWorks Seller's factory unless otherwise specified in this contract.  In the absence of specific instructions, Seller will select the carrier.  Title to the goods shall pass to Buyer upon delivery thereof by Seller to the carrier; thereupon, Buyer shall be responsible for the goods.  Transportation from the ExWorks point designated in this contract, handling and insurance are at the cost of Buyer.  Goods held for Buyer, or stored for Buyer, shall be at the risk and expense of Buyer. Claims against Seller for shortages must be made within 10 days after arrival of shipment.

8.         DELIVERY
All delivery dates are approximate.  Seller will use best efforts to fill orders according to the delivery dates acknowledged by Seller.  Delivery may be made in installments.  Default or delay by Seller in shipping or delivering the whole or any part or installment of the goods or services under this contract shall not affect any other portion thereof.    

9.         INSPECTION
Unless Buyer notifies Seller in writing within ten (10) calendar days from the date of shipment of any goods or services that said goods or services are rejected, they will be deemed to have been accepted by Buyer.  In order for the notice of rejection to be effective, it must also specify the reason(s) why the goods or services are being rejected.

10.       SELLER'S LIMITED WARRANTY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES
(a)       Seller warrants that at the time of shipment the goods manufactured and services performed by Seller and sold hereunder will be free from defects in material and workmanship, and will conform to Seller's applicable specifications, or if appropriate, to other specifications accepted by Seller in writing.

(b)       If any defect within this warranty appears, Buyer shall notify Seller immediately.  Seller agrees, at its sole election, to repair, replace, or issue a credit in the amount of the unit contract price for any goods or service which within one year from the date of shipment or performance by Seller shall, upon test and examination by Seller, prove defective within the above warranty.  Any repair or replacement shall not extend the warranty period.  No goods will be accepted for return or replacement without the written authorization of Seller with a designated Return Authorization Number (RMA).  Upon such authorization, and in accordance with instructions by Seller, the goods will be returned shipping charges prepaid by Buyer per industry standard unless otherwise authorized.

(c)       The warranty does not extend to any goods manufactured by Seller which has been subjected to misuse, neglect, accident, improper installation, unauthorized repair, or alteration. 

(d)       THIS WARRANTY IS EXTENDED TO BUYER ONLY AND IS NOT TRANSFERABLE TO SUBSEQUENT PURCHASERS OR USERS OF GOODS.  THIS WARRANTY IS GIVEN IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, OR OTHERWISE.  IN NO EVENT SHALL SELLER'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO BUYER EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE GOODS OR SERVICE.   The remedies of Buyer shall be limited to those provided herein to the exclusion of any and all other remedies including, without limitation, incidental, special, indirect or consequential damages.  No agreement varying or extending the foregoing warranty, remedies or this limitation will be binding upon Seller unless in writing, signed by a duly authorized officer of Seller.

11.       PATENT INDEMNITY
(a)       Seller shall conduct, at its own expense, the entire defense of any claim, suit or action alleging that, without further combination, the use or resale by Buyer of the goods delivered hereunder directly infringes any United States patent or copyright, But only on the conditions that:

            (i)         Seller receives prompt written notice of such claim, suit or action and full opportunity and authority to assume the sole defense thereof, including settlement and appeals, and all information available to Buyer for such defense;

(ii)        Said goods are made according to a specification or design furnished by Seller or, if a process patent is involved, the process performed by the goods is recommended in writing by Seller; and

(iii)       The claim, suit or action is brought against Buyer.  Provided all of the foregoing conditions have been met, Seller shall, at its own expense, either settle said claim, suit or action or shall pay all damages, excluding consequential and special damages and costs, and, if the use or resale of such goods is finally enjoined, Seller shall, at Seller's option, (1) procure for Buyer the right to use or resell the goods, (2) replace them with equivalent non-infringing goods, (3) modify them so they become non-infringing but equivalent, or (4) remove them and refund the purchase price (less reasonable allowance for use, damage and obsolescence).   

(b)       THE FOREGOING STATES SELLER'S EXCLUSIVE OBLIGATION WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS OF INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF ANY KIND, AND IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.           

(c)       If any claim, suit or action of infringement or alleged infringement of any patent, copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property right is based on a design or specification furnished by Buyer or on the performance of a process not recommended in writing by Seller, or on the use or sale of the goods delivered hereunder in combination with other goods not delivered to Buyer by Seller, Buyer shall indemnify and hold Seller harmless therefrom.

12.       PROPERTY AND OWNERSHIP RIGHTS
Unless otherwise provided in writing, the design, development or manufacture by Seller of a goods or service for Buyer shall not be deemed to produce a work made for hire and shall not give to Buyer any patent, copyright or any other intellectual property right interest in the goods, or any portion thereof.  All such rights shall remain the property of Seller.  Unless otherwise agreed in writing, all tooling, fixtures, test equipment, models, patterns, molds, processing software and technology, and proprietary information of Seller, whether or not made for, obtained or developed by Seller for the performance of this contract, shall remain the sole property of Seller;  and the payment by Buyer of any costs or expenses relating to any of the foregoing (including non‑recurring expenses), shall not be deemed to grant Buyer any ownership interests therein. 

13.       CHANGES
Unless otherwise provided in writing, Seller reserves the right to change specifications of goods ordered by Buyer herein, provided that the changes will not materially affect form, fit or function.

14.       EXCUSABLE DELAYS
In addition to any excuse provided by applicable law, Seller shall not be charged with any liability for delay, non-delivery or failure to perform any of its obligations herein arising from any event beyond Seller's control, whether or not foreseeable by either party, including but not limited to, delays of suppliers, labor disturbance or strike, war, fire, accident, adverse weather, inability to secure transportation, governmental act or regulation, inability of Seller to obtain materials, shortages of materials, and other causes or events beyond Seller's control, whether or not similar to those enumerated above. 

15.       ORDERS
(a)       Each order for goods or services is subject to acceptance in writing by Seller.

(b)       Order Changes ‑ Buyer is liable for the costs of any changes to the goods, services, delivery schedule or specifications requested by Buyer and agreed to by Seller including, but not limited to, cancellation or restocking charges, non‑recurring engineering costs and other expenses, tooling and fixture charges, re‑certification charges, re‑work, wastage, and disassembly labor costs.

(c)       Special Orders ‑ All goods specially manufactured for Buyer and all special items, not normally stocked by Seller, including all special materials and supplies necessary to perform the work specified, are non‑cancelable and non‑returnable. 

16.       TERMINATION
Except as otherwise agreed in writing, Buyer shall not have the right to terminate or reschedule all or any portion or installment of the goods or services covered by this contract without the written consent of Seller.

17.       BUYER'S DEFAULT
Payment as required by the terms of this contract must be made when due regardless of any claim by Buyer.  Failure by Buyer to pay the purchase price when due, or otherwise to perform this contract, shall give Seller the unlimited right, without liability, to take possession of the goods, with or without notice, and to have all of the remedies of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code of the State of Texas.  In addition, Seller, at its option by giving written notice to Buyer of its election to do so, may, cancel any undelivered portions thereof and/or demand immediate payment of all outstanding bills of Buyer.  All rights and remedies of Seller shall be cumulative and may be exercised successively or concurrently without impairing Seller's security interest in the goods.  Buyer agrees to pay Seller reasonable attorneys' fees and legal expenses incurred by Seller in exercising any of its rights and remedies upon default in such amount as is permissible under law.  All the foregoing is without limitation or waiver of any other rights or remedies available to Seller according to law or otherwise.

18.       LIMITATIONS ON SELLER'S LIABILITY
Buyer shall not be entitled to, and in no event shall seller be liable to buyer for, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages of any nature, including, without being limited to, loss of profit, loss of use, promotional or manufacturing expenses, overhead, injury to reputation or loss of customers arising out of a failure by seller to deliver goods or services or resulting from the use, misuse, or inability to use the goods or services.

In no event shall seller’s liability or buyer’s recovery exceed the purchase price of the specific goods or services as to which a claim is made irrespective of the nature of buyer’s claim, whether for breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, strict liability, misrepresentation and other torts.

19.       LIMITATION ON ACTIONS
No action, regardless of form, arising out of this contract may be brought by either party more than one year after the cause of action arose, or in the case of non‑payment, not more than two years from the date of last payment.

20.       GOVERNING LAW
This contract shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Texas, excluding its conflict of law rules.  The parties agree that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods will not apply to this Agreement, and its application is expressly excluded.

21.       GENERAL
(a)       This contract contains the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements or communications between them relating the subject matter thereof. 

(b)       This contract may not be assigned, modified, or terminated without Seller's prior written consent, and any attempt to assign, modify or terminate without such consent shall be absolutely void.

(c)       No delay or omission to exercise any right, power or remedy accruing to Seller upon breach or default by Buyer under this contract shall impair any such right, power or remedy of Seller, or shall be construed as a waiver of any such breach or default, or any similar breach or default thereafter occurring; nor shall any waiver of a single breach or default be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default.  All waivers must be in writing.

(d)       No amendments to or modifications of the provisions of this contract will be valid and binding upon Seller unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Seller.

 

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