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Before submitting you must agree to the following terms and conditions:

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DAP Invention Submission Terms and Conditions

We understand that you have a suggestion, idea or invention (collectively, a “New Idea”) which you think will be of interest to DAP Products Inc. (hereinafter “DAP”). The following terms and conditions constitute a legal agreement (the “Agreement”) governing your submission of any New Idea to DAP through this website. Please read it carefully before contacting us regarding your New Idea.

Your submission of your New Idea and any related documentation or other materials (collectively, your “Submission”) to DAP through this website confirms your unconditional acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

1. I understand that DAP needs to know that certain facts are true before DAP undertakes the task of reviewing my New Idea/Submission. Accordingly, I represent and warrant to DAP as follows:

• I am at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which I reside. I have full power and legal authority to enter into this Agreement, and I am not restricted by contract or other legal obligation from entering into this Agreement or carrying out my obligations under this Agreement.

• I am the owner of the New Idea, and I am either the sole originator of the New Idea and/or Submission or have obtained all legal rights to it. I have the full legal right to negotiate with DAP concerning my Submission. Neither my employer nor any third party has any rights in my Submission.

2. I understand that when DAP undertakes the task of reviewing New Ideas/Submissions, it does so under certain DAP-established guidelines. Accordingly, I acknowledge and agree with DAP as follows:

• DAP has no obligation to review, consider or evaluate my Submission. Any Submission to DAP is made on the understanding that DAP shall give it such consideration as it merits in DAP’s sole judgment. While DAP, in its sole discretion, may discuss with me the results of its consideration of my Submission, DAP is under no obligation to do so.

• My New Idea and any Submission I submit to DAP in connection with my New Idea shall not be treated as confidential. No confidential relationship is formed as a result of my Submission, and DAP shall not otherwise be held to any obligation to protect the secrecy of or maintain the confidentiality of my Submission. In order to properly consider and evaluate my New Idea, and to determine its value, DAP is free to disclose my Submission to its own employees and, in DAP’s sole discretion, to those consultants outside of DAP’s employ that DAP believes are necessary to assist in the evaluation of my Submission.

• I am not entitled to any sort of compensation from DAP, either as the result of submitting my New Idea, or as a result of DAP considering or evaluating my Submission. Should DAP decide after due consideration that my New Idea is novel and previously unavailable to the public and that it is of use to DAP, the extent of my compensation will be determined by mutual agreement between myself and DAP.

• DAP is not obligated to return my Submission, or any portion of it, to me. DAP may retain my Submission for an indefinite period of time, and I understand this is appropriate because if both parties retain a copy of the Submission, both will then have a record of the information supplied, which will help to avoid any misunderstanding as to the content of my Submission.

• There is the possibility that ideas similar or even identical to mine may already be in DAP’s possession, may be currently under development at DAP, may come to DAP’s attention through the actions of its employees or third parties, or may be in the public domain. DAP is under no obligation to reveal to me any information of its own or otherwise in its possession that is similar to or in some manner related to my New Idea and/or Submission.

• My Submission shall not restrict DAP’s own business efforts in any way. Specifically, I shall not attempt to restrict DAP in the use of its own ideas or information, or any ideas or information obtained from third parties, even if those ideas are similar or even identical to my New Idea.

• Any rights I have in my New Idea and/or Submission are limited to those rights I have under applicable U.S. or foreign patent, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws (excluding the law of trade secrets). I understand that I may risk impairing or losing some or all of my rights to the New Idea and/or Submission under law if I have not, prior to making my Submission to DAP, (i) secured adequate permission for those rights and/or, (ii) taken such other legal steps as may be appropriate or advisable. DAP provides no legal advice regarding the measures necessary to protect my rights. If I have any questions or concerns regarding my rights in and to the New Idea and/or my Submission, I will consult with my own attorney.

• DAP’s receipt of my Submission and/or its consideration or evaluation of my New Idea shall in no way impair DAP’s right to contest the validity of any patent, copyright or other intellectual property right that I may eventually claim in that New Idea and/or Submission.

3. I also agree with DAP as follows:

• By making a Submission through this website, I grant to DAP the right to use, reproduce, adapt, distribute, modify, display, perform, and otherwise manipulate my Submission or any portion thereof as necessary, in DAP’s opinion, to evaluate the New Idea.

• I hereby release DAP from any liability, in any jurisdiction, connected with or otherwise arising out of its receipt, consideration, evaluation or other handling of my New Idea and/or Submission, regardless of the basis for such liability, except for any good faith claim that DAP has intentionally infringed my intellectual property rights. Prior to bringing any legal action for intellectual property infringement or any other cause of action, I agree that I shall first contact the Vice President & General Counsel of DAP and make a good faith attempt to resolve the matter through discussion and negotiation for a thirty (30) day period. I further agree that I shall not attempt to enforce any rights I may enjoy under laws related to trade secrets or the protection thereof against DAP in connection with its receipt or handling of my New Idea and/or Submission.

• I agree to indemnify DAP and its subsidiaries, agents, distributors and affiliates, as well as their officers, directors and employees, against any claims, demands, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, arising from or in any way related to DAP’s receipt, consideration, evaluation or other handling of my New Idea and/or Submission, or to my breach of any provision of this Agreement or any representation or warranty provided by me.

• This Agreement (i) represents the entire understanding between me and DAP regarding my submission of any New Idea and/or Submission through this website, (ii) governs all evaluations of my Submission by DAP and all correspondence between me and DAP, and (iii) supersedes all other agreements, express or implied, regarding the same. I agree that the laws of the State of Maryland will govern this Agreement, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, the remainder of this Agreement shall be enforced to the extent possible, and the offending provision shall be treated as though not a part of this Agreement. DAP’s failure to act with respect to a breach of this Agreement by me does not constitute a waiver of DAP’s rights with respect to that breach or any subsequent breach, nor shall it constitute a waiver of any other rights under this Agreement.