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ServerReady Program Agreement

These terms and conditions (the “Agreement”) are made and entered into by and between Arm Limited whose registered office is situated at 110 Fulbourn Road, Cambridge, CB1 9NJ (“Arm”) and the entity agreeing to these terms (“COMPANY”). This Agreement is effective as of the date COMPANY clicks to accept the Agreement (the “Effective Date”).

If you are accepting this Agreement on behalf of COMPANY, COMPANY represents and warrants that: (i) you have full authority to bind COMPANY to this Agreement; (ii) COMPANY has read and understands this Agreement; and (iii) you agree, on behalf of COMPANY, to this Agreement. If you do not have the legal authority to bind COMPANY, please do not click to accept.


A. Arm has created a ServerReady program to provide certain companies in the Arm ecosystem with the right to market Arm-based platforms as ‘ServerReady’, subject to the terms of this Agreement; and

B. COMPANY wishes to obtain the ‘ServerReady’ certification with respect to its Arm-based platform.

1. Definitions

1.1 “ACS” means a version of the Arm Enterprise Architectural Compliance Suite made available by Arm at subject to the Apache 2.0 license which comprises of tests to determine whether an architectural implementation is compliant with  a particular version of the Arm Specifications. 

1.2 “Arm Specifications” means the Server Base System Architecture specification (“SBSA”) and the Server Base Boot Requirements specification (“SBBR”) developed by Arm.

1.3 “Arm Trademarks” means the Arm corporate logo, Arm ServerReady logo listed on Arm’s corporate website at

1.4 “COMPANY Implementation” means a particular version of the Arm-based hardware and firmware implementation manufactured by or for COMPANY.

1.5 “Confidential Information” means: (i) any information designated in writing by either party, by appropriate legend, as confidential; (ii) any information which if first disclosed orally, is identified as confidential at the time of disclosure and is thereafter reduced to writing for confirmation and sent to the other party within thirty (30) days after its oral disclosure and designated, by appropriate legend, as confidential; (iii) the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

1.6 “ServerReady” means that COMPANY Implementation has been validated against the ACS and is, according to Clause 2.1 of this Agreement, compliant with the relevant version of the Arm Specification(s) to which the ACS relates.

1.7 “Trademark Guidelines means the trademark guidelines for usage of the Arm Trademarks set out at


2. ServerReady criteria

2.1 COMPANY may promote and market the COMPANY Implementation as ServerReady, provided that:

(i) Either: (a) when validated against all tests contained in the ACS, the COMPANY Implementation passes all tests in the ACS and is shown to be fully compliant with the Arm Specifications; or (b) following Arm’s internal review, Arm expressly confirms in writing, at its sole discretion, that the COMPANY Implementation is considered compliant with the Arm Specifications to Arm’s satisfaction;

(ii) only the particular version of the COMPANY Implementation upon which COMPANY has performed the validation set out in Clause 2.1(i) is promoted and marketed as ServerReady; and

(iii) the COMPANY Implementation is promoted and marketed only as being compliant with the particular relevant version of the ACS specified in the ServerReady certification document provided to COMPANY by Arm.

For the avoidance of doubt, future versions of the COMPANY Implementation must be revalidated against the tests contained in the ACS prior to COMPANY marketing or promoting such version of the COMPANY Implementation as ServerReady.


3. Trademarks       

3.1 Subject to the provisions of Clause 2.1 of this Agreement, Arm hereby grants to COMPANY a non-transferable, non-exclusive, worldwide, revocable license to use the Arm Trademarks during the Term solely in connection with COMPANY marketing or promoting that the COMPANY Implementation is ServerReady.

3.2 COMPANY hereby grants to Arm a non-exclusive, worldwide, revocable license to use COMPANY’s corporate name and logo, during the Term solely in connection with the promotion of Arm’s ServerReady Program.

3.3 COMPANY shall use the Arm Trademarks in accordance with the Arm Trademark Guidelines. Arm shall have the right to revise the Arm Trademarks and Arm Trademark Guidelines at any time. Any such revisions shall be effective with respect to printed materials and products to be produced or licensed after sixty (60) days from receipt of Arm’s written notice specifying the revisions to COMPANY.

3.4 Upon request from Arm, COMPANY shall submit a reasonable number of samples of documentation and promotional or advertising materials bearing the Arm Trademarks to Arm (at no cost to Arm) so that Arm may verify compliance with the Arm Trademark Guidelines. In the event that any material fails to comply with the Arm Trademark Guidelines, Arm shall notify COMPANY and COMPANY shall rectify such material so as to comply with the Arm Trademark Guidelines and cease using any such non-compliant materials as soon as reasonably possible after the date of Arm’s notice.

3.5 COMPANY shall not do, or omit to do, or permit to be done, any act which may; (i) tend to allow the Arm Trademarks to become generic; (ii) cause the Arm Trademarks to lose their distinctiveness;  (iii) invalidate any existing registrations of the Arm Trademarks; (iv) prejudice any future registrations or applications of the Arm Trademarks; (v) dilute or reduce the commercial value of the Arm Trademarks, including any reputation and goodwill associated with the Arm Trademarks; or (vi) be materially detrimental to or inconsistent with the good name, goodwill, reputation or image of Arm.

3.6 COMPANY shall provide reasonable assistance to Arm maintaining the validity of the Arm Trademarks. Upon request by Arm, COMPANY shall at Arm’s expense provide a reasonable number of samples of the use of the Arm Trademarks for the purpose of supporting trademark registration or renewal, or provide Arm with any other reasonable assistance or evidence and execute any documents requested by Arm or required by the applicable laws of any jurisdiction for the purpose of registering and maintaining the Arm Trademarks.

3.7 Except as provided by the terms of this Agreement, COMPANY shall not use, register or attempt to register in any jurisdiction in COMPANY’s own name, or in any other name, any term, trademark, service mark, device, logo, slogan, product name, service name, technology name, trade dress, company name, corporate name, business name, trade name, social media name or handle, domain name, or any word or mark which is; (i) confusingly similar to any of the Arm Trademarks or any Arm product name, service name, technology name or other name used by COMPANY under this Agreement; and/or (ii) dilutive of, tends to render generic, takes unfair advantage of, or is detrimental to the distinctive character or repute of any of the Arm Trademarks.

For the avoidance of doubt, the above includes but is not limited to any term, word or acronym that incorporates the whole or part of any of the Arm Trademarks or any Arm product name, service name, technology name or any other name used by COMPANY under this Agreement; e.g. Armadillo or Armour.

3.8 COMPANY shall not have any ownership, interest or goodwill in or associated with the Arm Trademarks arising from the operation of this Agreement. In no event shall the licenses granted in this Agreement be construed as granting COMPANY, expressly or by implication, estoppel or otherwise, a license to use any Arm trademark except the Arm Trademarks.  COMPANY hereby assigns absolutely with full title guarantee any and all goodwill arising from the exploitation of the Arm Trademarks to Arm. Upon request, COMPANY at Arm’s expense execute any documents required by the applicable laws of any jurisdiction for the purpose of confirming the assignment of any goodwill to Arm, which is owned by Arm exclusively. 

3.9 If COMPANY becomes aware of any infringement of the Arm Trademarks, including any passing off or unfair competition, or of any application to register a trademark which may conflict with or be confused with the Arm Trademarks, COMPANY shall promptly notify Arm in writing specifying the particulars of such infringement, passing off, unfair competition or application, as the case may be.


4. Confidentiality

4.1 Except as expressly provided by Clauses 4.2 and 4.4, each party shall maintain in confidence the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party and apply security measures no less stringent than the measures that such party applies to its own like information, but not less than a reasonable degree of care, to prevent unauthorized disclosure and use of the Confidential Information. The period of confidentiality shall be indefinite with respect to each party’s Confidential Information.

Permitted Disclosures

4.2 Either party may disclose Confidential Information received from the other party in the following circumstances:  (i) disclosure to third parties to the extent that the Confidential Information is required to be disclosed pursuant to a court order or as otherwise required by law, provided that the party required to make the disclosure promptly notifies the other party upon learning of such requirement and has given the other party a reasonable opportunity to contest or limit the scope of such required disclosure (including but not limited to making an application for a protective order); (ii) disclosure to nominated third parties under written authority from the original discloser of the Confidential Information; (iii) from time to time, Arm may disclose COMPANY Confidential Information to Subsidiaries of Arm subject to the same terms and conditions of confidentiality as are set out in this Agreement; and (iv) disclosure to the receiving party’s legal counsel, accountants or professional advisors to the extent necessary for them to advise upon the interpretation or enforcement of this Agreement, provided that such counsel, accountants or professional advisors are bound by confidentiality obligations at least as protective as those contained in this Agreement.

Restricted Use

4.3 COMPANY agrees that it shall not use any of Arm’s Confidential Information other than pursuant to and in accordance with the exercise of any of the licenses granted under this Agreement.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, COMPANY shall not use Arm’s Confidential Information: (i) for determining if any features, functions or processes contained in the Arm Confidential Information are covered by any patents or patent applications owned by COMPANY or a third party; or (ii)  for developing technology or products which avoid  any of Arm’s intellectual property; or (iii) as a reference for modifying existing patents or patent applications or creating any continuation, continuation in part, or extension of existing patents or patent applications; or (iv) for generating data for publication or disclosure to third parties, which compares the performance or functionality of Arm’s technology with any other products created by COMPANY or a third party, without obtaining Arm’s prior written consent.

Excepted Information

4.4 The provisions of this Clause 4 shall not apply to information which: (i) is known to and has been reduced to tangible form by the receiving party prior to its receipt provided that such information is not already subject to any obligations of confidentiality; or (ii) is in the public domain at the time of receipt or later becomes part of the public domain without breach of the confidentiality obligations in this Agreement; or (iii) is received from a third party without any breach of any obligation of confidentiality in respect of such information provided that such information is not subject to any continuing obligations of confidentiality.


5. Support

5.1 At Arm’s sole discretion, Arm may provide to COMPANY in respect of their validation of COMPANY Implementation using the ACS, reasonable telephone, e-mail and written consultation about the ACS.


6. Warranties

6.1 Arm provides no warranties express, implied or statutory, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality, non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to the Arm confidential information, Arm trade marks.

6.2 Arm provides no warranties express, implied or statutory, with respect to the compliance of the company implementation to the arm specifications, or fitness of the company implementation for a particular purpose.


7. Limitation of Liability




8. Term and Effect of Termination

8.1 Without prejudice to any other right or remedy that may be available to it, either party may terminate this Agreement without any reason by prior written notice to the other party to such effect.

Effect of Termination

8.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Arm, upon expiry or termination of this Agreement the licenses granted to COMPANY under this Agreement shall terminate and COMPANY shall either destroy or return any disclosing party’s Confidential Information, including any copies or derivatives (including any translation, modification, compilation, abridgement or other form in which the Confidential Information has been recast, transformed or adapted) thereof in its possession.

8.3 Upon expiry or termination of this Agreement the provisions of Clauses 1, 4, 6, 7, and 9 shall survive.


9.  General

9.1 COMPANY shall not assign or otherwise transfer this Agreement or any of its rights and obligations hereunder whether in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Arm.

9.2 Failure or delay by either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of future enforcement of that or any other provision.

9.3 This Agreement, including any Schedules, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding the subject matter. No amendment to, or modification of, this Agreement shall be binding unless in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of both parties.

9.4 All notices which are required to be given hereunder shall be in writing and shall be sent to the address of the recipient set out in this Agreement or such other address as the recipient may designate by notice given in accordance with the provisions of this Clause. Any such notice may be delivered personally, by commercial overnight courier or facsimile transmission which shall be followed by a hard copy and shall be deemed to have been served if by hand when delivered, if by commercial overnight courier 48 hours after deposit with such courier, and if by facsimile transmission when dispatched.

9.5 Neither party shall be liable for any failure or delay in its performance under this Agreement due to causes, including, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of civil or military authority, fires, epidemics, floods, earthquakes, riots, wars, sabotage, third party industrial disputes and governments actions, which are beyond its reasonable control; provided that the delayed party: (i) gives the other party written notice of such cause promptly, and in any event within fourteen (14) days of discovery thereof; and (ii) uses its reasonable efforts to correct such failure or delay in its performance. The delayed party’s time for performance or cure under this Clause 9.5 shall be extended for a period equal to the duration of the cause.

9.6 Arm and COMPANY are independent parties. Neither company nor their employees, consultants, contractors or agents, are agents, employees or joint venturers of the other party, nor do they have the authority to bind the other party by contract or otherwise to any obligation. Neither party will represent to the contrary, either expressly, implicitly, by appearance or otherwise.

9.7 The provisions contained in each clause and sub-clause of this Agreement shall be enforceable independently of each of the others and if a provision of this Agreement is, or becomes, illegal, invalid or deemed unenforceable by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction it shall not affect the legality, validity or enforceability of any other provisions of this Agreement. If any of these provisions is so held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable but would be legal, valid or enforceable if some part of the provision were deleted, the provision in question will apply with such modification as may be necessary to make it legal, valid or enforceable.


9.8 The ACS and Confidential Information provided under or referred to in this Agreement are subject to U.K., European Union, and U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the U.S. Export Administration Act and its associated regulations (hereafter collectively referred to as “Export Regulations”). COMPANY agrees to comply fully with all such Export Regulations and COMPANY that it shall not, either directly or indirectly, export, re-export or otherwise transfer in breach of the Export Regulations, the ACS or Confidential Information received under or otherwise referred to in this Agreement, nor any direct products thereof; (i) to any country, company or person subject to export restrictions or sanctions under the Export Regulations; or (ii) for any prohibited end use, which at the time of export requires an export license or other governmental approval, without first obtaining such license or approval.

9.8 Except as expressly stated in this Agreement, the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 and any legislation amending or replacing that Act shall not apply in relation to this Agreement or any agreement, arrangement, understanding, liability or obligation arising under or in connection with this Agreement and nothing in this Agreement shall confer on any third party the right to enforce any provision of this Agreement.

9.9 The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of England. 



LES-PRE-21409 – ServerReady Program Agreement