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Terms & Conditions

The Nerudia Limited Open Innovation Portal (Portal), is controlled by Nerudia Limited which is part of the Imperial Brands PLC group of companies (Imperial Group).

By accessing and using the Portal you confirm that you accept these terms and conditions (Terms and Conditions) and agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you must not access, use and/or contribute to the Portal.

Relationship

The Portal provides an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and your submission to Nerudia Limited. You accept that submission of your Idea does not create a legally binding obligation on Nerudia to enter into any future business relationship with you. Nerudia may decide at any time not to pursue the opportunity with you any further at any time and without giving any reason for doing so and without incurring any liability to you for doing so.

These terms apply to your submission of information in its entirety to include but not limited to, drawings, designs, data, a proposal, an idea, a concept, a suggestion or similar (collectively the Idea) to Nerudia Limited and all of its subsidiaries and all of its holding companies and all  the other subsidiaries of its holding company (together Nerudia), and its subcontractors using the submission Portal.

Acknowledgement

Given its position in its industry, you acknowledge the possibility that Nerudia may already be developing, have developed and/or implemented ideas which are the same or similar to those which are contained in a submission you make on this Portal or may already be contained in a product or service offered or used by. Portal

Non-Confidentiality

Nerudia does NOT want to receive confidential or proprietary information and Nerudia is under no obligation to hold your idea submission in confidence or to not disclose to third parties. You waive and release Nerudia from any claims for its evaluation of your idea.

Nerudia will NOT keep any of your submissions confidential, regardless of any expectation of confidential treatment you may have when making your submission.

Intellectual Property Rights

The intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyright, design rights, trademarks and patents) in the content posted on the Portal remain the property of Nerudia or the rightful content owner, where applicable. All such rights are reserved. Except solely for your own personal and non-commercial use, no part of the Portal may be published, copied, re-transmitted, re-distributed, adapted or otherwise reproduced without the prior written permission of Nerudia. Nerudia will review all submissions and may contact you should they require any further information.

Intellectual Property Rights in Any Inventions Disclosed in Your Submission

Nerudia acknowledges that by submitting your Idea to the Portal, you do not assign any intellectual property rights to Nerudia.

Nerudia is aware of the need to protect intellectual property rights in order to encourage the development of ideas. If you are concerned with the patentability of anything you may disclose in your invention Nerudia  recommends you do not submit this information on this Portal or in any other manner or at least consult a qualified attorney prior to making a submission of such information on this Portal. You understand that submission of information disclosing something that may be patentable on this Portal or any other Portal may harm any planned or pending patent filings related to this information.

You acknowledge that Nerudia will not assist you in any manner in obtaining patent rights in any part of the world for any part of your submission.

You acknowledge that Nerudia is not providing you with legal or commercial advice in relation to the submission.

Usage of Your Submission

By submitting your idea via the Portal you agree to grant Nerudia  a royalty free, perpetual, non-exclusive, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce and deal with the content for the purposes of evaluating, assessing and deciding whether to develop the idea further.

We are not obligated to use all or any part of your submission in any manner. By making a submission on this Portal, you expressly waive any claims against Nerudia for their use of all or part of your submission in their evaluation of your submission and/or seeking fees in exchange for use of all or a part of your submission by Nerudia and/or compensation for any loss or damage you experience as a result of  Nerudia’s use of all or any part of your submission.

Representations:

You represent that:

  1. you are 18 years old or older;
  2. to the best of your knowledge, you solely own the rights in the submission (or you are the authorised representative of the sole owner) and have all rights needed to send it to Imperial Brands;
  3. your submission does not contain materials which violate any applicable law or the rights of third person or entity;
  4. your submission doesn’t suggest or recommend Nerudia violate any applicable law or the rights of any person or entity;
  5. your submission doesn’t use someone else’s information (i.e. someone else’s personal information or ideas and other work product) without their express written consent;
  6. you have not entered into any agreement with anyone else regarding the submission (such as an agreement to sell any rights in the submission);
  7. there are no claims or disputes relating to the Idea; and
  8. your submission is not made for the purpose of harming Nerudia.

General

You agree that these Terms and Conditions, along with the  Legal Information and Privacy and Cookies Policy (together the Terms) constitute the whole and only agreement between you and Nerudia and that these Terms supersede any prior agreements, arrangements or understandings, regarding the submission.

Nerudia Limited makes or accepts no other covenants, conditions or agreements in accepting your submission on this Portal, even if these covenants, conditions or agreements are contained in your submission. Any further agreements Nerudia Limited enters into with you regarding your submission must be in a separate document signed by an authorised representative of Nerudia Limited and you in order to be considered valid.

No joint venture, partnership, agency, or employment relationship exists between Nerudia Limited and you by virtue of your submission of your Idea or entering into this Agreement.

Nerudia Limited reserves the right at any time and without any notice to remove, amend or vary any of the content which appears on the Portal, including these Terms and Conditions. You must check these Terms and Conditions regularly for any such changes.

If any part of these Terms and Conditions is unenforceable (including any provision in which we exclude our liability to you) the enforceability of any other part of these conditions will not be affected.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and each submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.