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Software support agreement (standard)

This is a standard-length software support agreement.

This document represents a compromise between the sophistication and complexity of our premium support agreement, and the simplicity and inflexibility of the basic agreement.

As well as core provisions covering such matters as the nature of the services, the amounts to be paid to the service provider, the start and end points of the contract, this document includes a set of optional provisions, which can be included or excluded using our online editor.

Note that this document is not designed to cover the provision of updates and upgrades by a software vendor, as to which see our software maintenance agreements.

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Software support agreement (standard) contents

  1. Definitions: definitions.
  2. Term: commencement of term; end of term.
  3. Support Services: support services provision; standard of support services; support services in accordance with SLA; suspension of support services.
  4. Customer
    obligations:
    general second party obligations; access to computer systems.
  5. No assignment of Intellectual Property Rights: no assignments of intellectual property rights.
  6. Charges: obligation to pay charges; time-base charges limitations; amounts inclusive or exclusive of VAT; variation of charges.
  7. Timesheets: obligation to keep timesheets; obligation to supply timesheets.
  8. Payments: issue of invoices; time for payment of charges following invoice; payment methods; interest on late payments; interest on late payments.
  9. Provider
    's confidentiality obligations:
    first party confidentiality undertaking; disclosure of confidential information by first party to certain persons; exceptions to first party's confidentiality obligations; disclosures of second party confidential information mandated by law etc; first party to stop using confidential information upon termination; first party to return or destroy confidential information following termination; first party confidentiality obligations after termination.
  10. Customer
    's confidentiality obligations:
    second party confidentiality undertaking; disclosure of confidential information by second party to certain persons; exceptions to second party's confidentiality obligations; disclosures of first party confidential information mandated by law etc; second party to stop using confidential information upon termination; second party to return or destroy confidential information following termination; second party confidentiality obligations after termination.
  11. Warranties: first party general warranties; second party warranty of authority; exclusion of implied warranties and representations.
  12. Indemnities: indemnity upon breach: any provision or specified provisions (with definition); conditions upon first party indemnity; indemnity upon breach: any provision or specified provisions (with definition); conditions upon second party indemnity; limitations of liability vs indemnities.
  13. Limitations and exclusions of liability: caveats to limits of liability; interpretation of limits of liability; no liability for force majeure; no liability for loss of profits; no liability for loss of revenue; no liability for loss of use; no liability for loss of opportunities; no liability for loss of data or software; no liability for consequential loss; per event liability cap upon services contract; aggregate liability cap upon services contract.
  14. Force Majeure Event: obligations suspended for force majeure; force majeure notification and information; mitigation of effects of force majeure.
  15. Termination: termination without cause (optionally assymetric); termination by either party without cause; termination upon breach; termination upon insolvency; termination upon non-payment.
  16. Effects of termination: surviving provisions upon termination; termination does not affect accrued rights; charges on termination of contract.
  17. Notices: contractual notices must be in writing; methods of sending contractual notices to first party; methods of sending contractual notices to second party; contact details for contractual notices; substitute contact details for notices; acknowledgement of notice by email; deemed receipt of contractual notices.
  18. Subcontracting: no subcontracting without consent; subcontracting permitted; first party responsible for subcontracted obligations.
  19. Assignment: assignment by first party; assignment by second party.
  20. No waivers: no unwritten waivers of breach; no continuing waiver.
  21. Severability: severability of whole; severability of parts.
  22. Third party rights: third party rights: benefit; third party rights: exercise of rights.
  23. Variation: variation in writing and signed.
  24. Entire agreement: entire agreement: documents; no mispresentation; section subject to caveats to limits of liablity.
  25. Law and jurisdiction: governing law; jurisdiction.
  26. Interpretation: statutory references; section headings not affecting interpretation; calendar month meaning; no ejusdem generis.

SCHEDULE 1 (SOFTWARE PARTICULARS)

  1. Identification of Software: identification of software prompt.
  2. Financial provisions: financial provisions prompt.

SCHEDULE 2 (SUPPORT SLA)

  1. Introduction: introduction to support SLA.
  2. Helpdesk: helpdesk obligation; purpose of support services helpdesk; access to helpdesk; times of helpdesk availability; all requests for support to go through helpdesk.
  3. Response and resolution: software support issue categorisation; allocation of support issue severity categories; support response times; contents of response to support request; support resolution times.
  4. Provision of Support Services: support services to be provided remotely.
  5. Limitations on Support Services: excessive use of support services; specific exceptions to support services; support services and unrelated issues.
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