Terms & Conditions

  1. General; Scope
  2. Formation of contract; Documentation
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Delivery dates for goods and/or services and default delay
  5. Delivery, transfer of risk and delays in receipt
  6. Erection and assembly
  7. Prices and Payment Conditions; Order Cancellation; Set-off and Right of Retention
  8. Retention of title
  9. Software
  10. Defect liability claims of customer
  11. Claims as to defect of title by the customer
  12. Other liability; Damages
  13. Limitation period
  14. Industrial property rights
  15. Ending of contract due to insolvency
  16. Choice of law and jurisdiction

1 General; Scope

(1) These General Terms and Conditions (GTC) shall apply to all com­mercial relations with our customers (hereinafter: „Customer“) for the supply of goods (hereinafter „Goods“) and services (e.g. assembly, development, etc.) (hereinafter: „Services“) regardless of whether or not such are produced by us or (in part) are purchased from suppliers (§ 433, § 651 BGB (Civil Code)). The GTC shall apply only if the Customer is an enterprise in terms of § 14 BGB, a legal person of public law or a special public law asset.

(2) These GTC shall apply in their respective latest version as a frame agreement for all future contracts concerning Goods and/or Services with the same Customer without any need for us to refer again to such expressly in each individual case.

(3) Our GTC shall apply exclusively. Any general conditions of the Customer at variance or supplementary hereto or conflicting herewith shall apply only if and to the extent that such are expressly agreed to by us in writing. This shall also be the case even if we supply Goods and Services to the Customer without reservation notwithstanding the fact that we are aware of the general conditions of the Customer.

(4) Any individual agreements entered into with the Customer (including collateral agreements, supplements or amendments) shall in each case prevail over these GTC. A written contract or our written confirmation shall determine the exact conditions of such agreements.

(5) Any declarations or notices of a legal nature given to us by the Customer after the concluding of the contract (e.g. setting of a deadline, notification of defects) must be in writing in order to be effective.

(6) Any reference to the application of the provisions of law is for the purposes of clarification only. Even if such is not stated, the provisions of law shall apply to the extent that such are not directly changed or expressly excluded by these GTC. 

(7) The expression „right to claim damages“ or „rights to claim damages“ in these GTC shall also include compensation for any wasted expen­ditures.

2 Formation of Contract; Documentation

(1) Our offers are subject to confirmation and not binding. This shall still be the case even if we have provided the Customer with a catalogue, technical documentation (e.g. drawings, plans, calculations, estimates, evaluations), other product descriptions or documentation etc. (herein­after „documentation“) – including such in electronic form.

(2) We shall retain all property rights and copyright in relation to our documentation. This shall also apply to any such written documentation which is labelled as being „confidential“. Before any transmission of such to a third party the Customer must obtain our express approval for such. Upon request such documentation shall be returned to us without undue delay.

(3) Any details in the documentation to which we refer or which we have provided do not constitute a guarantee in terms of § 433 BGB but constitute a simple description of performance.

(4) The order of the Customer shall constitute a binding offer. To the extent that nothing to the contrary is stated in such an order, we are entitled to accept such an offer within 2 (two) weeks of the receipt of such by us.

(5) Such acceptance shall either be in writing (e.g. by way of order confirmation) or by way of delivery to the Customer without reservation. The requirement of writing in this regard may also be satisfied by way of correspondence via telefax or email. 

3 Confidentiality

(1) All information received from us by the Customer, in particular any technical information, know-how, prices and conditions are to be treated as being confidential. This shall not apply to any information of which the Customer was already aware or of which the Customer other­wise became aware.

(2) Only with our express written permission may any reference be made in any information or advertising material to an existing commercial relationship with us.

(2) The Customer shall make the subcontractors it employs for the performance of any contract with us also subject to these obligations of

confidentiality.

4 Delivery Dates for Goods and/or Services and Default Delay

(1) Any dates or deadlines for the delivery of Goods and/or Services (hereinafter „Delivery Period(s)“) shall be binding only if such are expressly confirmed by us in writing as being binding. Delivery Periods shall be agreed individually or determined by us upon acceptance of an order. 

(2) The commencement of any Delivery Period is subject to the timely receipt of all documentation, approvals and permits to be provided by

the Customer as well as the clarification of all technical questions and the correct and timely fulfilment of the obligations and duties of the Customer. If such prerequisites are not satisfied in good time, the

delivery deadlines shall be correspondingly extended by a reasonable period of time; this shall not apply if we are responsible for such delay.

(3) Furthermore, any contractual performance shall be subject to the condition that it is not hindered by any national or international regulations and in particular any export regulations, embargo or other sanction. The Customer undertakes to provide all information and documentation necessary for any export/transport/import. Any delays resulting from export checks or authorisation procedures shall render a scheduled Delivery Period ineffective. To this extent the contract shall be deemed not to have been concluded. Any rights to claim for damages in this regard are excluded; this shall not apply to any cases of mandatory liability in accordance with paragraph 12 section 2.

(4) Insofar as we cannot comply with any binding Delivery Periods for reasons for which we are not responsible, and in particular as a result of

(a) force majeure, such as for example, natural catastrophes, earth­quakes, sovereign acts, limitations in transport, limitations on energy use, a general scarcity of raw materials, mobilisation, war, civil unrest, strike or lockout or

(b) a virus or other attacks of third parties on our IT system insofar as such takes place notwithstanding our exercising reasonable prudence in providing protection measures, or

(c) late or incorrect supply by sub-suppliers, we shall notify the Customer of such without undue delay and at the same time advise as to the expected new Delivery Period.

(5) For a delay in delivery to be a default a default notice is required from the Customer in each case. If we are in default delay, the Customer may claim liquidated damages for each further week of delay from the commencement of the second complete week of default delay provided that the Customer can provide evidence of some damage caused by such default delay: Such liquidated damages shall be to the amount of 0.5% (zero point five per cent) of the net price (contract value) for each complete calendar week of default delay, but totalling no more than a maximum of 5% (five per cent) of the contract value of the delayed Goods. We shall, however, retain the right to demonstrate that the Customer has in fact not suffered any damage at all or has suffered damage only to a substantially lower extent than the amount of the above liquidated damages.

(6) Any further rights of the Customer to claim compensation for damage due to default delay as well as any further rights to claim damages beyond those set in paragraph 5 section 5 of these GTC shall be excluded in all cases of default delay even after expiry of any subsequent deadline set by us for the supply of the Goods and/or Services; this shall not apply to any cases of mandatory liability in accordance with paragraph 12 section 2.

(7) The Customer may withdraw from the contract in terms of the provisions of law only if the damage resulting from the default delay exceeds the limit set out in paragraph 5 section 5 of these GTC.

(8) The above provisions shall not constitute a reversal of the burden of proof to the disadvantage of the Customer.

(9) The Customer shall upon our request and within a reasonable period of time declare whether or not it shall withdraw from the contract as a result of the delay in the supply of Goods and/or Services or whether it still requires such Goods and/or Services.

(10) Any premature deliveries as well as any part-deliveries shall be permissible insofar as such are reasonable for the Customer.

5 Delivery, Transfer of Risk, Acceptance and Delays in Receipt

(1) To the extent that nothing else to the contrary is agreed, deliveries shall be EXW (Ex works SPINNER factory/stores in accordance with INCOTERMS 2010).

(2) The risk of accidental destruction or damage to the Goods shall transfer to the Customer as follows:

(a) in case of EXW terms without any erection or assembly, upon the making available of the Goods at the place of delivery;

(b) in case of delivery with erection or assembly on the day of the taking of delivery in the plant of the Customer or the Customer‘s nominated assembly site; to the extent that trials have been agreed in writing, after the defect-free completion of such tests insofar as the acceptance tests follow on from the receipt of goods without undue delay. Otherwise, the transfer of risk to the Customer shall already have been deemed to have taken place upon receipt of the Goods.

(3) To the extent that any acceptance procedures have been agreed, such shall determine the time of the transfer of risk. In addition to any agreed acceptance procedures, the provisions of law in relation to con­tracts for the supply of goods (Werkvertragsrecht) shall apply as appro­priate. Acceptance shall also occur if the Customer is in default with receipt.

(4) If acceptance procedures are agreed to, the Customer shall under­take such without undue delay but, however, no later that within 2 (two) weeks after completion and notification by us. Insofar as the Customer does not undertake acceptance procedures in accordance with the ag­reed deadline or if it refuses without good cause to undertake such, acceptance shall be deemed to have taken place. Any use of the Goods – if applicable, after the concluding of any agreed test phase – shall constitute acceptance.

(5) If the Customer is in default with any receipt, or if it culpably infringes any support or if our delivery is delayed for reasons for which, amongst others, the Customer is responsible, we shall be entitled to claim com­pensation for any resulting damage. This shall include additional ex­penses. Commencing from the first date of notification of readiness for dispatch, storage fees may be charged to the amount of 0.5 % (zero point five per cent) of the invoice amount for each commenced month; such storage fees shall not exceed 5 % (five per cent) of the invoice amount. The parties shall retain the right to prove that actual storage costs were greater or lower. We reserve the right to claim further dama­ges.

(6) The Customer is not entitled to refuse the receipt of any Goods due to minor defects.

6 Erection and Assembly

The provisions of paragraph 7 section 2 shall apply to the conditions for erection and assembly. In addition, the following provisions shall apply to any erection and assembly:

(1) The Customer shall provide at its own expense and in good time:

(a) all excavation and construction work and other supplementary exter­nal work including the necessary technical and support staff, building materials and vehicles,

(b) the necessary materials and supplies for assembly and commissio­ning such as scaffolding, lifting equipment and other facilities, fuels and lubricants,

(c) energy and water for the place of use including all connections, hea­ting and lighting,

(d) adequate large, and suitably dry and lockable rooms at the place of assembly for the storage of machine parts, any apparatus, materials, tools, etc. and suitable work and social rooms for the assembly person­nel including reasonable sanitary facilities in the circumstances; in addi­tion, the Customer shall undertake all necessary measures to protect our property or the property of any subcontractor and the assembly personnel on the construction site to the same extent it would under­take such measures to protect its own property or that of its own per­sonnel and

(e) protective clothing and safety equipment as necessary for the as­sembly site due to particular circumstances.

(2) Before the commencement of any assembly work the Customer shall make available, on an unsolicited basis, the necessary details concer­ning the location of any hidden power, gas or water pipes and cables or any similar facilities on site as well as the necessary structural details.

(3) Before the commencement of assembly, the support equipment and materials, including operation instructions, descriptions and parts lists necessary for the commencement of work must be at the erection and assembly site. Any costs for the transport or return of such shall be at the expense of the Customer.  All preparatory work must be so advan­ced before the commencement of the assembly that the erection and assembly can be started as agreed and carried out without any inter­ruption. Access ways and the erection and assembly place must be levelled and cleared.

(4) If the erection, assembly or commissioning is delayed by any circum­stances for which we or our subcontractors are not responsible, the Customer shall bear the costs for any waiting time and necessary additional trips by us or our (contracted) assembly personnel to a reasonable extent.

(5) We reserve the right to decide the location at which the work should be undertaken insofar as such cannot be carried out at one location.

(6) Without undue delay and on a weekly basis the Customer shall certify for us the periods worked by assembly personnel as well as the ending of the erection, assembly and commissioning.

7 Prices and Payment Conditions; Order Cancellation; Set-off and Right of Retention

(1) Our current prices at the time of the concluding of the contract shall apply in each case in Euro (€), EXW plus the applicable statutory value added tax in relation to any delivery of Goods without erection and assembly at the place of the Customer. These prices are also subject to taxes, customs duties or other duties as well as consular and legalisation fees which, notwithstanding the applicable law (see paragraph 16) may be mandatorily required by another legal system, as well as any packing costs to the extent that such are not expressly included in the price.

(2) In relation to the invoicing of Services (e.g. erection or assembly) our price list shall apply in its current version at the time.  Any price estimates are non-binding and are provided by separate agreement. The costs of the provision of such price estimates are included in the price unless otherwise agreed. The costs for the price estimate shall only be charged extra if an order is not made in relation thereto.

(3) All payments shall be due within 30 days of the date of the issuing of the invoice without any deduction for prompt payment.

(4) We reserve the right to require a security payment and/or prepayment for any Goods and/or Services.

(5) If the Customer cancels any binding contract, it shall remain obliged to pay for such in terms of the provisions of law. Even if we do not produce any products as a result of a cancellation request, the Customer shall still be obliged to pay the agreed remuneration minus any costs of materials saved.

(6) Upon the expiry of the above payment period, the Customer shall be in default in payment. The amount owing during such default shall be subject to an interest charge of 8 % above the base interest rate set by the German Federal Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank). We reserve the right to make further claims for damages for default. In relation to merchants, our rights to claim arrears interest (§ 353 HGB, Commercial Code) shall not be affected thereby.

(7) The Customer is entitled to set-off or retain any amount only insofar as its claim is confirmed by a legally-binding judgment or is undisputed.

(8) If after the concluding of a contract it becomes apparent that our rights to remuneration are endangered by a lack of solvency on the part of the Customer (e.g. as a result of an application for the commencement of insolvency proceedings), we shall be entitled in accordance with the provisions of law to refuse further performance and – if applicable, with a deadline being set – to withdraw from the contract (§ 321 BGB). In the case of any contracts for the production of non-fungibles object (custom production), we may withdraw instantly; the provisions of law concerning the dispensability of notice period shall remain unaffected thereby.

(9) Any agreed reductions in relation to the contract prices or any rebates of any type whatsoever shall cease to apply if the Customer is in default with its payment or acceptance obligations as a whole or in part.

8 Retention of Title

(1) Title to all goods sold (“Reserved Goods”) shall remain with us until all our current and future claims arising out of the on-going business relationship (“Secured Claims”) have been satisfied, insofar as such is permissible in accordance with the country within the jurisdiction of which the reserved goods are located. If the law does not permit such retention of title on the reserved goods, but permits the reservation of similar rights, we shall be entitled to claim such rights. The Customer undertakes to take all steps to support such a protection of title or a security interest in the reserved goods.

(2) Until full payment of the Secured Claims is made the goods subject to retention of title shall not be pledged to any third party nor transferred by way of any security. The Customer shall notify us without undue delay in writing if any third party makes a claim in relation to goods belonging to us.

(3) In case of the Customer acting contrary to the contractual agreement, in particular in case of non-payment of the purchase price due, we shall be entitled, in accordance with the provisions of law, to withdraw from the contract and to demand the return of the goods on the basis of the retention of title and the withdrawal. If the Customer fails to pay the purchase price due, we may exercise these rights only if we have set a further reasonable deadline by which payment must be made or, if such an additional deadline may be dispensed with in accordance with the provisions of law.  The recovery of any goods or the exercise of any right of retention or right to seize the reserved goods shall not constitute a withdrawal from the contract unless such withdrawal has been expressly declared by us.

(4) The Customer may resell and/or process any goods subject to retention of title in the ordinary course of business. In such case the following provisions shall also apply:

(a) Any retention of title shall extend to any goods resulting from a processing, mixing or connection of other objects to our goods to the extent of the full value of such, whereby we shall be deemed to be the manufacturer. If in any processing, mixing or connection with other goods, a third party retains its retention of title, we shall then acquire a co-ownership in proportion to the invoice value of the processed, mixed or combined goods. In addition, in relation to such resulting products the same shall apply as in relation to goods supplied under retention of title. Any costs resulting from the enforcement of our rights as co-owner shall be borne by the Customer.

(b) The Customer hereby assigns to us as security in total or to the extent of the amount of our co-ownership in accordance with the above section any claim against third parties resulting from the resale of the goods or the products. We hereby accept such assignment. The duties of the Customer set out in section 2 shall apply also in regard to any assigned claims.

(c) In addition to us, the Customer shall also be entitled to collect any amounts owing, such right of the Customer not being irrevocable. We undertake not to collect on any claims insofar as the Customer is not in default with payment, no application for the commencement of insolvency proceedings has been made and there are no other issues in relation to its solvency. If, however, such is not the case we may require the Customer to disclose to us the assigned claims and the respective debtors, as well as all other details necessary for collection, and that the Customer provides the related documentation and notifies the debtor (third party) of the respective assignment.

(d) If the realisable value of any security exceeds our Secured Claim by more than 10%, we shall, at the request of the Customer, release security at our discretion. 

9 Software

(1) We grant the Customer a non-exclusive right to use the computer program and related documentation under the contract (hereinafter jointly: „Software“) exclusively for the operation of the designated hard­ware supplied therewith. This right of use, unless limited by way of contract, is for an indefinite period. Such rights of use do not include any rights to translate, rent out, lend, sublicense, nor any rights to distribute, publicly transmit or otherwise make such available to any third party. Any copying shall be permitted only insofar as such is necessary for the production of a backup security copy or insofar as such is necessary for the operation of the related or supplied Software. The Customer is generally not allowed to process the Software in part or in whole, to decompile such, to disassemble such or in any other way to reverse engineer such for the purpose of obtaining the source code unless such is permitted by mandatory law or expressly by us.

(2) The Software shall be provided only in a machine-readable form (hereinafter: „object code“) and without any source code (hereinafter: „source code“) and source code documentation.

(3) If good cause can be shown we shall grant the Customer the right to transfer the use of the Software to a third party, but this shall only be in connection with the Software as acquired by the Customer from us. In such case, the Customer shall make the third party subject to these duties and limitations to the same extent.

(4) All other rights shall remain with us.

(5) Insofar as we make Software available to the Customer and in relation to such Software we have acquired rights (third party software), in addition to the provisions agreed herein, the conditions of use agreed with our licensor shall also apply. Insofar as the Customer is provided with open source software the provisions of the open source software shall prevail over the provisions of these GTC. To the extent that the conditions of use for the open source software mandatorily require such, we shall also provide the Customer with the source code. We shall give notice of the existence and the conditions of use of any third party software as appropriate.

10 Defect Liability Claims of Customer

(1) In relation to the rights of the Customer in case of any defects (including incorrect delivery or shortfalls in delivery as well as incorrect assembly or defective assembly instructions) the provisions of law shall apply unless otherwise provided for below. In all cases the special legal requirements for the supply of goods to a consumer (recourse against suppliers under §§ 478, 479 BGB) shall not be affected.

(2) Liability for defects is excluded by circumstances such as, but not limited, to wear and tear, exceptional stress, use of unsuitable materials, defective assembly work which is not caused by us, the choice of an unsuitable place of assembly or other chemical, electric or electro­ chemical influences which are not our responsibility. Similarly liability for defects shall be excluded in case of any modifications or servicing undertaken incorrectly by the Customer or by a third party contracted by it.

(3) The basis of our liability for defects is, above all, the agreement made as to the characteristics of the Goods. Product descriptions provided to the Customer before any order and which describe the characteristics of the Goods shall be deemed part of such an agreement and shall be incorporated into the contract to the same extent as these GTC.

(4) Insofar as any characteristic was not agreed, the determination as to whether or not a defect exists shall be made on the basis of the provisions of law (§ 434 section 1, sentences 2 and 3 BGB). We accept no liability for public statements of any third party. 

(5) Any right of the Customer to claim for a defect shall be subject to the condition that the Customer has fulfilled its legal obligations of inspection and notification of defects (§§ 377, 381 Commercial Code (HBG)). If during any inspection or at a later time a defect becomes apparent we are to be notified of such in writing and in detail without undue delay. Any hidden defects are to be notified in writing without undue delay upon detection but not later than within one year of the delivery of the goods or acceptance thereof. Without undue delay shall mean that the notification shall be made within two weeks of the detection of a defect whereby in order to satisfy this deadline the sending of the notice within this period shall suffice.

(6) If the supplied object is defective, we may at our choice initially either rectify the defect (rectification) or supply defect-free goods (replace­ment delivery) to the extent that the defect already existed at the time of the transfer of risk in accordance with paragraph 5.

(7) We may undertake any such subsequent performance dependent on a Customer having paid the purchase price due for payment. The Customer may, however, withhold payment of a reasonable part of the purchase price in proportion to the defect. 

(8) The Customer shall give us reasonable opportunity and time for any subsequent performance and in particular shall provide us with the defective Goods for testing purposes. In case of replacement delivery the Customer shall return the defective objects to us in accordance with the provisions of law. 

(9) The expenses related to and necessary for the testing and subsequent performance and in particular the costs related to transportation, movement, work and materials shall be borne by us only to the extent that such are not disproportionate and this shall not be the case in particular if the supplied goods are located at a different place than that of delivery, contrary to their intended use. To the extent that the goods are at a different place than the place of delivery we shall bear only those expenses that would have resulted if the Customer had not transported the goods to another place.

(10) If the request of the Customer for rectification of a defect proves to be unjustified, we may require reimbursement of the resulting costs from the Customer.

(11) We shall always be allowed at least two opportunities to provide subsequent performance. If such subsequent performance is unsuccessful on at least two occasions or if any reasonable deadline set by the Customer expires or if such deadline is not required by law, the Customer may withdraw from the individual contract or reduce the purchase price. In case of any minor defect there shall, however, be no right of withdrawal from the contract.

(12) Defects in relation to Software shall exist only in case of variations from the respective specifications which are demonstrable and reproducible by the Customer. No defect shall exist if such does not occur in the last version of the software made available to the Customer and the use of this version is reasonable.  Furthermore, there shall be no defect in the event of any of the following:

(a) incompatibility with the data processing environment used by the Customer, (b) use of the Software with third party software insofar as we have not expressly agreed to such in writing or, (c) incorrect use or support of the Software by the Customer or any third party.

(13) Any further rights to claim on the basis of defects are hereby excluded insofar as such are not granted by the mandatory provisions of law, see paragraph 12 section 2. No reversal of the burden of proof to the disadvantage of the Customer is connected with the above provisions.

11 Claims as to Defects of Title by Customer

(1) Unless agreed otherwise, we shall supply the Goods free from third party claims particularly in relation to any industrial property rights and copyright (hereinafter: „Property Rights“) only in relation to the country of the place of delivery. To the extent that any third party makes any justifiable claim against the Customer on the basis of infringement of property rights for Goods provided by us and used in accordance with the contract, we shall be liable in terms of the limitation period set out under paragraph 13 as follows:

(a) We shall at our choice either obtain a right of use, modify the Goods so that there is no infringement of property rights or, exchange such. If this is not possible for us at reasonable conditions, the Customer may withdraw from the contract or reduce the price.

(b) The above named obligation shall exist only insofar as the Customer notifies us without undue delay as to any claims made by a third party, does not recognize such claims and reserves for us any and all defences and rights to enter into settlement negotiations.

(2) We shall not be liable insofar as the Customer is responsible for any infringement of property rights.

(3) In addition, we shall not be liable insofar as any infringement of property rights results from special instructions of the Customer, any use not foreseeable for us or is caused by the Goods being modified or used with third party products by the Customer or a customer of the Customer.

(4) In case of any other defects of title the provisions of paragraph 11 shall apply correspondingly. 

(5) Any further or additional rights of the Customer to claim other than those set out in this paragraph 12 are hereby excluded.  This shall not apply in the case of mandatory liability in accordance with paragraph 12 section 2. No reversal of the burden of proof to the disadvantage of the Customer is connected with the above provisions.

12 Other Liability; Damages

(1) Unless otherwise agreed in these GTC, any right of the Customer to claim damages, regardless of the legal basis, but in particular resulting from any duty under the obligations between the parties or as a result of any tortious act, is hereby excluded. This expressly applies also in relation to damage to anything which is itself not part of the scope of supply.

(2) The exclusions or limitations of liability regulated under paragraph 12 section 1 as well as elsewhere in these GTC shall not apply insofar as liability is based on the following:

(a) culpable injury to life, personal injury or injury to health,

(b) wilfully-caused damages,

(c) damage by the owner, legal representative or officer caused as a result of gross negligence,

(d) non-compliance with a guarantee given in writing,

(e) mandatory liability in accordance with the Product Liability Act,

(f) fraudulent concealment of any defect,

(g) a breach of a material contractual obligation; the claim for damages is, however, limited to foreseeable damage for that type of contract insofar as none of the other above named situations exist.

(3) No reversal of the burden of proof to the disadvantage of the Customer is connected with the above provisions.

13 Limitation Period

(1) Notwithstanding paragraph 438 section 1 no. 3 BGB, the general limitation period for claims arising out of defects or defects as to title shall be one year from the time of supply. Insofar as any acceptance procedures are agreed, the limitation period shall begin from the time of acceptance.

(2) If the Goods relate to any construction or an object which according to the normal use is for use in a construction and such has caused defects in the construction (building material), the limitation period shall be according to the provisions of law, 5 years from the time of delivery (paragraph 438 section 1 no. 2 BGB). The special provisions of law in relation to claims in rem for restitution of property for third parties (§ 438 section 1 no. 1 BGB), fraud by the seller (§ 438 section 3 BGB) and for recourse against suppliers for consumers (§ 479 BGB) shall not be affected hereby.

(3) The above limitation periods of the law for the sale of goods shall apply to both contractual and non-contractual claims for damages by the Customer related to defects in the goods, unless the application of the standard statutory limitation periods (§ 195, § 199 BGB) would lead to a shorter limitation period in any particular case. The limitation periods of the Product Liability Act shall not be affected hereby. Otherwise the limitation periods at law shall apply to any claims for damages by the Customer under these GTC.

14 Industrial Property Rights

(1) All information, data and documents, regardless of the form, received by us through the Customer and which belongs to such or which were made available under a licence, shall remain the property of the Customer.

(2) All information, data and documents, regardless of the form, which are our property or which we make available to the Customer in terms of a licence, shall remain our property.

(3) The following provisions shall apply to all information, data, documents, inventions and other work results, regardless of the form of such, whether in a physical form or not, which we, alone or together with employees and/or subcontractors develop in the performance of this contract (hereinafter: „works“): We shall remain the sole owner of any known or hereinafter resulting, patentable or non-patentable rights and know-how. In relation to the scope of the order, we grant the Customer for the period of the contractual relationship and as far as such is necessary for achieving the purpose of the contract the non-exclusive, revocable, and unlimited right of use (without rights of sublicense) free of any licence fee.

15 Ending of Contract due to Insolvency

If it becomes apparent that any rights to payment are endangered due to the Customer‘s lack of solvency, we may withdraw from the contract or terminate such with immediate effect and without notice for an extraordinary reason. The circumstances described in sentence 1 shall be deemed to be an important reason.

16 Choice of Law and Jurisdiction

(1) In relation to these GTC and all legal relations between us and the Customer, the law of the Federal Republic of Germany and to the exclusion of UN Sales Law (CISG) shall apply.

(2) The place of performance shall be our respective company seat, to the extent that nothing to the contrary is agreed in any particular case.

(3) If the Customer is a merchant in terms of the Commercial Code (HGB), a legal person of public law or a special public law asset, the exclusive – and international – jurisdiction for all disputes arising directly or indirectly out of the contractual relationship shall be our seat of business. We are entitled, however, to issue proceedings at the general place of jurisdiction of the Customer.