EX-10.1 3 a2138801zex-10_1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1 Exhibit 10

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

2004 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
OF
DEPOMED, INC.

 



 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.

Purpose of this Plan

1

 

 

 

2.

Definitions and Rules of Interpretation

1

 

 

 

 

2.1

Definitions

1

 

2.2

Rules of Interpretation

5

 

 

 

3.

Shares Subject to this Plan; Term of this Plan

5

 

 

 

 

3.1

Number of Award Shares

5

 

3.2

Term of this Plan

5

 

 

 

4.

Administration

5

 

 

 

 

4.1

General

5

 

4.2

Authority of the Administrator

6

 

4.3

Scope of Discretion

7

 

 

 

5.

Participants Eligible to Receive Awards

7

 

 

 

 

5.1

Eligible Participants

7

 

5.2

Section 162(m) Limitation

8

 

 

 

6.

Terms and Conditions of Options

8

 

 

 

 

6.1

Price

8

 

6.2

Term

8

 

6.3

Vesting

8

 

6.4

Form and Method of Payment

9

 

6.5

Assignability of Options

10

 

6.6

Substitute Options

10

 

 

 

7.

Incentive Stock Options

10

 

 

 

8.

Stock Awards

11

 

 

 

 

8.1

General

11

 

8.2

Right of Repurchase

12

 

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8.3

Form of Payment

12

 

8.4

Nonassignability of Stock Awards

12

 

8.5

Substitute Stock Award

12

 

8.6

Maximum Number of Stock Awards

12

 

 

 

9.

Exercise of Awards

12

 

 

 

 

9.1

In General

12

 

9.2

Time of Exercise

12

 

9.3

Issuance of Award Shares

13

 

9.4

Termination

13

 

 

 

10.

Certain Transactions and Events

14

 

 

 

 

10.1

In General

14

 

10.2

Changes in Capital Structure

15

 

10.3

Fundamental Transactions

15

 

10.4

Changes in Control

16

 

10.5

Divestiture

16

 

10.6

Dissolution

16

 

 

 

11.

Automatic Option Grants to Non-Employee Directors

17

 

 

 

 

11.1

Automatic Option Grants to Non-Employee Directors

17

 

11.2

Certain Transactions and Events

18

 

11.3

Limited Transferability of Options

18

 

 

 

12.

Withholding and Tax Reporting

19

 

 

 

 

12.1

Tax Withholding Alternatives

19

 

12.2

Reporting of Dispositions

19

 

 

 

13.

Compliance with Law

19

 

 

 

14.

Amendment or Termination of this Plan or Outstanding Awards

20

 

 

 

 

14.1

Amendment and Termination

20

 

14.2

Shareholder Approval

20

 

14.3

Effect

20

 

 

 

15.

Reserved Rights

20

 

 

 

 

15.1

Nonexclusivity of this Plan

20

 

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15.2

Unfunded Plan

20

 

 

 

16.

Special Arrangements Regarding Award Shares

21

 

 

 

 

16.1

Escrow of Stock Certificates

21

 

16.2

Repurchase Rights

21

 

16.3

Market Standoff

22

 

 

 

17.

Beneficiaries

22

 

 

 

18.

Miscellaneous

22

 

 

 

 

18.1

Governing Law

22

 

18.2

Determination of Value

22

 

18.3

Reservation of Shares

23

 

18.4

Electronic Communications

23

 

18.5

Notices

23

 

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2004 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN
OF
DEPOMED, INC.

 

(As Adopted May 27, 2004)

 

1.                                       Purpose of this Plan

 

The purpose of this 2004 Equity Incentive Plan is to enhance the long-term shareholder value of Depomed, Inc. by offering opportunities to eligible participants to share in the growth in value of the equity of Depomed, Inc. and to provide incentives to eligible Employees, Company Directors and Consultants to contribute to the success of the Company.

 

2.                                       Definitions and Rules of Interpretation

 

2.1                                 Definitions.  This Plan uses the following defined terms:

 

(a)                                  “Administrator” means the Board, the Committee, or any officer or employee of the Company to whom the Board or the Committee delegates authority to administer this Plan.

 

(b)                                 “Affiliate” means a “parent” or “subsidiary” (as each is defined in Section 424 of the Code) of the Company and any other entity that the Board or Committee designates as an “Affiliate” for purposes of this Plan.

 

(c)                                  “Applicable Law” means any and all laws of whatever jurisdiction, within or without the United States, and the rules of any stock exchange or quotation system on which Shares are listed or quoted, applicable to the taking or refraining from taking of any action under this Plan, including the administration of this Plan and the issuance or transfer of Awards or Award Shares.

 

(d)                                 “Award means a Stock Award or Option granted in accordance with the terms of this Plan.

 

(e)                                  “Award Agreement” means the document evidencing the grant of an Award.

 

(f)                                    “Award Shares” means Shares covered by an outstanding Award or purchased under an Award.

 

(g)                                 “Awardee” means: (i) a person to whom an Award has been granted, including a holder of a Substitute Award, (ii) a person to whom an Award has been transferred in accordance with all applicable requirements of Sections 6.5, 7(h), and 17, or (iii) a person who holds Award Shares subject to a right of repurchase under Section 16.2.

 

(h)                                 “Board” means the board of directors of the Company.

 

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(i)                                     “Change in Control” means any transaction or event that the Board specifies as a Change in Control under Section 10.4.

 

(j)                                     “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

 

(k)                                  “Committee” means a committee composed of Company Directors appointed in accordance with the Company’s charter documents and Section 4.

 

(l)                                     “Company” means Depomed, Inc., a California corporation.

 

(m)                               “Company Director” means a member of the Board.

 

(n)                                 “Consultant” means an individual who, or an entity or employee of any entity that, provides bona fide services to the Company or an Affiliate not in connection with the offer or sale of securities in a capital-raising transaction, but who is not an Employee.

 

(o)                                 “Director” means a member of the board of directors of the Company or an Affiliate.

 

(p)                                 “Divestiture” means any transaction or event that the Board specifies as a Divestiture under Section 10.5.

 

(q)                                 Domestic Relations Order means a “domestic relations order” as defined in, and otherwise meeting the requirements of, Section 414(p) of the Code, except that reference to a “plan” in that definition shall be to this Plan.

 

(r)                                    “Employee” means a regular employee of the Company or an Affiliate, including an Officer or Director, who is treated as an employee in the personnel records of the Company or an Affiliate, but not individuals who are classified by the Company or an Affiliate as: (i) leased from or otherwise employed by a third party, (ii) independent contractors, or (iii) intermittent or temporary workers.  The Company’s or an Affiliate’s classification of an individual as an “Employee” (or as not an “Employee”) for purposes of this Plan shall not be altered retroactively even if that classification is changed retroactively for another purpose as a result of an audit, litigation or otherwise.  An Awardee shall not cease to be an Employee due to transfers between locations of the Company, or between the Company and an Affiliate, or to any successor to the Company or an Affiliate that assumes the Awardee’s Options under Section 10.  Neither service as a Director nor receipt of a director’s fee shall be sufficient to make a Director an “Employee.”

 

(s)                                  “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

(t)                                    “Executive” means, if the Company has any class of any equity security registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, an individual who is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act or who is a “covered employee” under Section 162(m) of the Code, in either case because of the individual’s relationship with the Company or an Affiliate.  If the Company does not have any class of any equity security registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, “Executive” means any (i) Director or (ii) officer elected or appointed by the Board.

 

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(u)                                 “Expiration Date” means, with respect to an Award, the date stated in the Award Agreement as the expiration date of the Award or, if no such date is stated in the Award Agreement, then the last day of the maximum exercise period for the Award, disregarding the effect of an Awardee’s Termination or any other event that would shorten that period.

 

(v)                                 “Fair Market Value” means the value of Shares as determined under Section 18.2.

 

(w)                               “Fundamental Transaction” means any transaction or event described in Section 10.3.

 

(x)                                   “Grant Date” means the date the Administrator approves the grant of an Award.  However, if the Administrator specifies that an Award’s Grant Date is a future date or the date on which a condition is satisfied, the Grant Date for such Award is that future date or the date that the condition is satisfied.

 

(y)                                 “Incentive Stock Option” means an Option intended to qualify as an incentive stock option under Section 422 of the Code and designated as an Incentive Stock Option in the Award Agreement for that Option.

 

(z)                                   “Nonstatutory Option” means any Option other than an Incentive Stock Option.

 

(aa)                            “Non-Employee Director” means any person who is a member of the Board but is not an Employee of the Company or any Affiliate of the Company and has not been an Employee of the Company or any Affiliate of the Company at any time during the preceding twelve months.  Service as a Director does not in itself constitute employment for purposes of this definition.

 

(bb)                          “Objectively Determinable Performance Condition” shall mean a performance condition (i) that is established (A) at the time an Award is granted or (B)  no later than the earlier of (1) 90 days after the beginning of the period of service to which it relates, or (2) before the elapse of 25% of the period of service to which it relates, (ii) that is uncertain of achievement at the time it is established, and (iii) the achievement of which is determinable by a third party with knowledge of the relevant facts.  Examples of measures that may be used in Objectively Determinable Performance Conditions include achievement of a Company goal, net order dollars, net profit dollars, net profit growth, net revenue dollars, revenue growth, individual performance, earnings per share, return on assets, return on equity, and other financial objectives, objective customer satisfaction indicators and efficiency measures, each with respect to the Company and/or an Affiliate or individual business unit.

 

(cc)                            “Officer” means an officer of the Company as defined in Rule 16a-1 adopted under the Exchange Act.

 

(dd)                          “Option” means a right to purchase Shares of the Company granted under this Plan.

 

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(ee)                            “Option Price” means the price payable under an Option for Shares, not including any amount payable in respect of withholding or other taxes.

 

(ff)                                “Option Shares” means Shares covered by an outstanding Option or purchased under an Option.

 

(gg)                          “Plan” means this 2004 Equity Incentive Plan of Depomed, Inc.

 

(hh)                          “Purchase Price” means the price payable under a Stock Award for Shares, not including any amount payable in respect of withholding or other taxes.

 

(ii)                                  “Reverse Vesting” means that an Option is or was fully exercisable but that, subject to a “reverse” vesting schedule, the Company has a right to repurchase the Option Shares as specified in Section 16.2(a), with the Company’s right of repurchase expiring in accordance with a “forward” vesting schedule that would otherwise have applied to the Option under which the Option Shares were purchased or in accordance with some other vesting schedule described in the Award Agreement.

 

(jj)                                  “Rule 16b-3” means Rule 16b-3 adopted under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act.

 

(kk)                            “Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933.

 

(ll)                                  “Share” means a share of the Common Stock of the Company or other securities substituted for the Common Stock under Section 10.

 

(mm)                      “Stock Award” means an offer by the Company to sell shares subject to certain restrictions pursuant to the Award Agreement as described in Section 8.  A Stock Award does not include an option.

 

(nn)                          “Substitute Award” means a Substitute Option or Substitute Stock Award granted in accordance with the terms of this Plan.

 

(oo)                          “Substitute Option” means an Option granted in substitution for, or upon the conversion of, an option granted by another entity to purchase equity securities in the granting entity.

 

(pp)                          “Substitute Stock Award” means a Stock Award granted in substitution for, or upon the conversion of, a stock award granted by another entity to purchase equity securities in the granting entity.

 

(qq)                          Ten Percent Shareholder” means any person who, directly or by attribution under Section 424(d) of the Code, owns stock possessing more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of any Affiliate on the Grant Date.

 

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(rr)                                “Termination” means that the Awardee has ceased to be, with or without any cause or reason, an Employee, Director or Consultant.  However, unless so determined by the Administrator, or otherwise provided in this Plan, “Termination” shall not include a change in status from an Employee, Consultant or Director to another such status.  An event that causes an Affiliate to cease being an Affiliate shall be treated as the “Termination” of that Affiliate’s Employees, Directors, and Consultants.

 

2.2                                 Rules of Interpretation.  Any reference to a “Section,” without more, is to a Section of this Plan.  Captions and titles are used for convenience in this Plan and shall not, by themselves, determine the meaning of this Plan.  Except when otherwise indicated by the context, the singular includes the plural and vice versa.  Any reference to a statute is also a reference to the applicable rules and regulations adopted under that statute.  Any reference to a statute, rule or regulation, or to a section of a statute, rule or regulation, is a reference to that statute, rule, regulation, or section as amended from time to time, both before and after the effective date of this Plan and including any successor provisions.

 

3.                                       Shares Subject to this Plan; Term of this Plan

 

3.1                                 Number of Award Shares.  The Shares issuable under this Plan shall be authorized but unissued or reacquired Shares, including but not limited to Shares repurchased by the Company on the open market.  Subject to adjustment under Section 10, the maximum number of Shares that may be issued under this Plan is 3,500,000.  When an Award is granted, the maximum number of Shares that may be issued under this Plan shall be reduced by the number of Shares covered by that Award.  However, if an Award later terminates or expires without having been exercised in full, the maximum number of shares that may be issued under this Plan shall be increased by the number of Shares that were covered by, but not purchased under, that Award.  By contrast, the repurchase of Shares by the Company shall not increase the maximum number of Shares that may be issued under this Plan.

 

3.2                                 Term of this Plan.

 

(a)                                  This Plan shall be effective on, and Awards may be granted under this Plan after, the date it has been both adopted by the Board and approved by the Company’s shareholders (the “Effective Date”).

 

(b)                                 Subject to the provisions of Section 14, Awards may be granted under this Plan for a period of ten years from the earlier of the date on which the Board approves this Plan and the date the Company’s shareholders approve this Plan.  Accordingly, Awards may not be granted under this Plan after ten years from the earlier of those dates.

 

4.                                       Administration

 

4.1                                 General.

 

(a)                                  The Board shall have ultimate responsibility for administering this Plan.  The Board may delegate certain of its responsibilities to a Committee, which shall consist of at least two members of the Board.  The Board or the Committee may further delegate its

 

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responsibilities to any Employee of the Company or any Affiliate.  Where this Plan specifies that an action is to be taken or a determination made by the Board, only the Board may take that action or make that determination.  Where this Plan specifies that an action is to be taken or a determination made by the Committee, only the Committee may take that action or make that determination.  Where this Plan references the “Administrator,” the action may be taken or determination made by the Board, the Committee, or other Administrator.  However, only the Board or the Committee may approve grants of Awards to Executives and such other participants as may be specifically designated by the Board, and an Administrator other than the Board or the Committee may grant Awards only within guidelines established by the Board or Committee.  Moreover, all actions and determinations by any Administrator are subject to the provisions of this Plan.

 

(b)                                 So long as the Company has registered and outstanding a class of equity securities under Section 12 of the Exchange Act, the Committee shall consist of Company Directors who are “Non-Employee Directors” as defined in Rule 16b-3 and, after the expiration of any transition period permitted by Treasury Regulations Section 1.162-27(h)(3), who are “outside directors” as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

4.2                                 Authority of the Administrator.  Subject to the other provisions of this Plan, the Administrator shall have the authority to:

 

(a)                                  grant Awards, including Substitute Awards;

 

(b)                                 determine the Fair Market Value of Shares;

 

(c)                                  determine the Option Price and the Purchase Price of Awards;

 

(d)                                 select the Awardees;

 

(e)                                  determine the times Awards are granted;

 

(f)                                    determine the number of Shares subject to each Award;

 

(g)                                 determine the methods of payment that may be used to purchase Award Shares;

 

(h)                                 determine the methods of payment that may be used to satisfy withholding tax obligations;

 

(i)                                     determine the other terms of each Award, including but not limited to the time or times at which Awards may be exercised, whether and under what conditions an Award is assignable, and whether an Option is a Nonstatutory Option or an Incentive Stock Option;

 

(j)                                     modify or amend any Award;

 

(k)                                  authorize any person to sign any Award Agreement or other document related to this Plan on behalf of the Company;

 

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(l)                                     determine the form of any Award Agreement or other document related to this Plan, and whether that document, including signatures, may be in electronic form;

 

(m)                               interpret this Plan and any Award Agreement or document related to this Plan;

 

(n)                                 correct any defect, remedy any omission, or reconcile any inconsistency in this Plan, any Award Agreement or any other document related to this Plan;

 

(o)                                 adopt, amend, and revoke rules and regulations under this Plan, including rules and regulations relating to sub-plans and Plan addenda;

 

(p)                                 adopt, amend, and revoke special rules and procedures which may be inconsistent with the terms of this Plan, set forth (if the Administrator so chooses) in sub-plans regarding (for example) the operation and administration of this Plan and the terms of Awards, if and to the extent necessary or useful to accommodate non-U.S. Applicable Laws and practices as they apply to Awards and Award Shares held by, or granted or issued to, persons working or resident outside of the United States or employed by Affiliates incorporated outside the United States;

 

(q)                                 in the case of the Board, determine whether a transaction or event should be treated as a Change in Control, a Divestiture or neither;

 

(r)                                    determine the effect of a Fundamental Transaction and, if the Board determines that a transaction or event should be treated as a Change in Control or a Divestiture, then the effect of that Change in Control or Divestiture; and

 

(s)                                  make all other determinations the Administrator deems necessary or advisable for the administration of this Plan.

 

4.3                                 Scope of Discretion.  Subject to the last sentence of this Section 4.3, on all matters for which this Plan confers the authority, right or power on the Board, the Committee, or other Administrator to make decisions, that body may make those decisions.  Those decisions will be final, binding and conclusive.  Moreover, but again subject to the last sentence of this Section 4.3, in making those decisions, the Board, Committee or other Administrator need not treat all persons eligible to receive Awards, all Awardees, all Awards or all Award Shares the same way.  However, except as provided in Section 14.3, the discretion of the Board, Committee or other Administrator is subject to the specific provisions and specific limitations of this Plan, as well as all rights conferred on specific Awardees by Award Agreements and other agreements.

 

5.                                       Participants Eligible to Receive Awards

 

5.1                                 Eligible ParticipantsAwards (including Substitute Awards) may be granted to, and only to, Employees, Directors and Consultants, including to prospective Employees, Directors and Consultants conditioned on the beginning of their service for the Company or an Affiliate.  However, Incentive Stock Options may only be granted to Employees, as provided in Section 7(g).

 

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5.2                                 Section 162(m) Limitation.

 

(a)                                  Options.  So long as the Company is a “publicly held corporation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code: (i) no Employee may be granted one or more Options within any fiscal year of the Company under this Plan to purchase more than 500,000 Shares under Options, subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 10, (ii) Options may be granted to an Executive only by the Committee (and, notwithstanding Section 4.1(a), not by the Board).  If an Option is cancelled without being exercised or if the Option Price of an Option is reduced, that cancelled or repriced Option shall continue to be counted against the limit on Awards that may be granted to any participant under this Section 5.2.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in connection with his or her initial employment with the Company or an Affiliate, a new Employee or prospective Employee shall be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 750,000 Shares under Options (subject to adjustment pursuant to Section 10), which Shares shall not be counted toward the 500,000 limitation set forth in this Section 5.2(a).

 

(b)                                 Stock Awards.  Any Stock Award intended as “qualified performance-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code must vest or become exercisable contingent on the achievement of one or more Objectively Determinable Performance Conditions.  The Committee shall have the discretion to determine the time and manner of compliance with Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

6.                                       Terms and Conditions of Options

 

The following rules apply to all Options:

 

6.1           Price.  No Option intended as “qualified incentive-based compensation” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code may have an Option Price less than 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the Grant Date.  In no event will the Option Price of any Option be less than the par value of the Shares issuable under the Option if that is required by Applicable Law.  The Option Price of an Incentive Stock Option shall be subject to Section 7(f).

 

6.2           Term.  No Option shall be exercisable after its Expiration Date.  No Option may have an Expiration Date that is more than ten years after its Grant Date.  Additional provisions regarding the term of Incentive Stock Options are provided in Sections 7(a) and 7(e).

 

6.3                                 Vesting.  Options shall be exercisable: (a) on the Grant Date, or (b) in accordance with a schedule related to the Grant Date, the date the Awardee’s directorship, employment or consultancy begins, or a different date specified in the Award Agreement.  If so provided in the Award Agreement, an Option may be exercisable subject to the application of Reverse Vesting to the Option Shares.  Additional provisions regarding the vesting of Incentive Stock Options are provided in Section 7(c).  No Option granted to an individual who is subject to the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act may be exercised before the expiration of six months after the Grant Date.

 

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6.4                                 Form and Method of Payment.

 

(a)                                  The Administrator shall determine the acceptable form and method of payment for exercising an Option.

 

(b)                                 Acceptable forms of payment for all Option Shares are cash, check or wire transfer, denominated in U.S. dollars except as specified by the Administrator for non-U.S. Employees or non-U.S. sub-plans.

 

(c)                                  In addition, the Administrator may permit payment to be made by any of the following methods:

 

(i)                                     other Shares, or the designation of other Shares, which (A) are “mature” shares for purposes of avoiding variable accounting treatment under generally accepted accounting principles (generally mature shares are those that have been owned by the Awardee for more than six months on the date of surrender), and (B) have a Fair Market Value on the date of surrender equal to the Option Price of the Shares as to which the Option is being exercised;

 

(ii)                                  provided that a public market exists for the Shares, consideration received by the Company under a procedure under which a licensed broker-dealer advances funds on behalf of an Awardee or sells Option Shares on behalf of an Awardee (a “Cashless Exercise Procedure”), provided that if the Company extends or arranges for the extension of credit to an Awardee under any Cashless Exercise Procedure, no Officer or Director may participate in that Cashless Exercise Procedure;

 

(iii)                               subject to Section 6.4(e), one or more promissory notes meeting the requirements of Section 6.4(e) provided, however, that promissory notes may not be used for any portion of an Award which is not vested at the time of exercise;

 

(iv)                              cancellation of any debt owed by the Company or any Affiliate to the Awardee including without limitation waiver of compensation due or accrued for services previously rendered to the Company or an Affiliate; and

 

(v)                                 any combination of the methods of payment permitted by any paragraph of this Section 6.4.

 

(d)                                 The Administrator may also permit any other form or method of payment for Option Shares permitted by Applicable Law.

 

(e)                                  The promissory notes referred to in Section 6.4(c)(iii) shall be full recourse.  Unless the Administrator specifies otherwise after taking into account any relevant accounting issues, the promissory notes shall bear interest at a fair market value rate when the Option is exercised.  Interest on the promissory notes shall also be at least sufficient to avoid imputation of interest under Sections 483, 1274, and 7872 of the Code.  The promissory notes and their administration shall at all times comply with any applicable margin rules of the Federal Reserve.  The promissory notes may also include such other terms as the Administrator specifies.  Payment may not be made by promissory note by Officers or Directors if Shares are registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

 

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6.5                                 Assignability of Options.  Except as determined by the Administrator, no Option shall be assignable or otherwise transferable by the Awardee except by will or by the laws of descent and distribution.  However, Options may be transferred and exercised in accordance with a Domestic Relations Order and may be exercised by a guardian or conservator appointed to act for the Awardee.  Incentive Stock Options may only be assigned in compliance with Section 7(h).

 

6.6                                 Substitute OptionsThe Board may cause the Company to grant Substitute Options in connection with the acquisition by the Company or an Affiliate of equity securities of any entity (including by merger, tender offer, or other similar transaction) or of all or a portion of the assets of any entity.  Any such substitution shall be effective on the effective date of the acquisition.  Substitute Options may be Nonstatutory Options or Incentive Stock Options.  Unless and to the extent specified otherwise by the Board, Substitute Options shall have the same terms and conditions as the options they replace, except that (subject to the provisions of Section 10) Substitute Options shall be Options to purchase Shares rather than equity securities of the granting entity and shall have an Option Price determined by the Board.

 

7.                                       Incentive Stock Options

 

The following rules apply only to Incentive Stock Options and only to the extent these rules are more restrictive than the rules that would otherwise apply under this Plan.  With the consent of the Awardee, or where this Plan provides that an action may be taken notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, the Administrator may deviate from the requirements of this Section, notwithstanding that any Incentive Stock Option modified by the Administrator will thereafter be treated as a Nonstatutory Option.

 

(a)                                  The Expiration Date of an Incentive Stock Option shall not be later than ten years from its Grant Date, with the result that no Incentive Stock Option may be exercised after the expiration of ten years from its Grant Date.

 

(b)                                 No Incentive Stock Option may be granted more than ten years from the date this Plan was approved by the Board.

 

(c)                                  Options intended to be incentive stock options under Section 422 of the Code that are granted to any single Awardee under all incentive stock option plans of the Company and its Affiliates, including incentive stock options granted under this Plan, may not vest at a rate of more than $100,000 (or such other amount that may be hereafter specified in the applicable section of the Code) in Fair Market Value of stock (measured on the grant dates of the options) during any calendar year.  For this purpose, an option vests with respect to a given share of stock the first time its holder may purchase that share, notwithstanding any right of the Company to repurchase that share.  Unless the administrator of that option plan specifies otherwise in the related agreement governing the option, this vesting limitation shall be applied by, to the extent necessary to satisfy this $100,000 (or other amount) rule, by treating certain stock options that were intended to be incentive stock options under Section 422 of the Code as Nonstatutory Options.  The stock options or portions of stock options to be reclassified as Nonstatutory Options are those with the highest option prices, whether granted under this Plan or any other equity compensation plan of the Company or any Affiliate that permits that treatment.

 

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This Section 7(c) shall not cause an Incentive Stock Option to vest before its original vesting date or cause an Incentive Stock Option that has already vested to cease to be vested.

 

(d)                                 In order for an Incentive Stock Option to be exercised for any form of payment other than those described in Section 6.4(b), that form of payment must be stated at the time of grant in the Award Agreement relating to that Incentive Stock Option.

 

(e)                                  Any Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten Percent Shareholder, must have an Expiration Date that is not later than five years from its Grant Date, with the result that no such Option may be exercised after the expiration of five years from the Grant Date.

 

(f)                                    The Option Price of an Incentive Stock Option shall never be less than the Fair Market Value of the Shares at the Grant Date.  The Option Price for the Shares covered by an Incentive Stock Option granted to a Ten Percent Shareholder shall never be less than 110% of the Fair Market Value of the Shares at the Grant Date.

 

(g)                                 Incentive Stock Options may be granted only to Employees.  If an Awardee changes status from an Employee to a Consultant, that Awardee’s Incentive Stock Options become Nonstatutory Options if not exercised within the time period described in Section 7(i) (determined by treating that change in status as a Termination solely for purposes of this Section 7(g)).

 

(h)                                 No rights under an Incentive Stock Option may be transferred by the Awardee, other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution.  During the life of the Awardee, an Incentive Stock Option may be exercised only by the Awardee.  The Company’s compliance with a Domestic Relations Order, or the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option by a guardian or conservator appointed to act for the Awardee, shall not violate this Section 7(h).

 

(i)                                     An Incentive Stock Option shall be treated as a Nonstatutory Option if it remains exercisable after, and is not exercised within, the three-month period beginning with the Awardee’s Termination for any reason other than the Awardee’s death or disability (as defined in Section 22(e) of the Code).  In the case of Termination due to death, an Incentive Stock Option shall continue to be treated as an Incentive Stock Option if it remains exercisable after, and is not exercised within, the three-month period after the Awardee’s Termination provided it is exercised before the Expiration Date.  In the case of Termination due to disability, an Incentive Stock Option shall be treated as a Nonstatutory Option if it remains exercisable after, and is not exercised within, one year after the Awardee’s Termination.

 

(j)                                     An Incentive Stock Option may only be modified by the Board or the Committee.

 

8.                                       Stock Awards

 

8.1                                 General.  The specific terms and conditions of a Stock Award applicable to the Awardee shall be provided for in the Award Agreement. The Award Agreement shall state the number of Shares that the Awardee shall be entitled to receive or purchase, the terms and conditions on which the Shares shall vest, the price to be paid and, if applicable, the time within

 

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which the Awardee must accept such offer. The offer shall be accepted by execution of the Award Agreement.  The Administrator may require that all Shares subject to a right of repurchase or risk of forfeiture be held in escrow until such repurchase right or risk of forfeiture lapses.  The grant or vesting of a Stock Award may be made contingent on the achievement of Objectively Determinable Performance Conditions.

 

8.2                                 Right of Repurchase.  If so provided in the Award Agreement, Award Shares acquired pursuant to a Stock Award may be subject to repurchase by the Company or an Affiliate if not vested in accordance with the Award Agreement.

 

8.3                                 Form of Payment for Stock Awards.  The Administrator shall determine the acceptable form and method of payment for exercising a Stock Award.  Acceptable forms of payment for all Award Shares are cash, check or wire transfer, denominated in U.S. dollars except as specified by the Administrator for non-U.S. Employees or non-U.S. sub-plans.  In addition, the Administrator may permit payment to be made by any of the methods permitted with respect to the exercise of Options pursuant to Section 6.4.

 

8.4                                 Nonassignability of Stock Awards.  Except as determined by the Administrator, no Stock Award shall be assignable or otherwise transferable by the Awardee except by will or by the laws of descent and distribution (including without limitation Section 17).  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Stock Awards may be transferred and exercised in accordance with a Domestic Relations Order.

 

8.5                                 Substitute Stock Award.  The Board may cause the Company to grant Substitute Stock Awards in connection with the acquisition by the Company or an Affiliate of equity securities of any entity (including by merger, tender offer, or other similar transaction) or of all or a portion of the assets of any entity.  Any such substitution shall be effective on the effective date of the acquisition.  Unless and to the extent specified otherwise by the Board, Substitute Stock Awards shall have the same terms and conditions as the stock awards they replace, except that (subject to the provisions of Section 10) Substitute Stock Awards shall be Stock Awards to purchase Shares rather than equity securities of the granting entity and shall have a Purchase Price that, as determined by the Board in its sole and absolute discretion, properly reflects the substitution.

 

8.6                                 Maximum Number of Stock Awards.  The maximum aggregate number of Shares that may be issued pursuant to Stock Awards under this Plan shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the number of Shares that may be issued pursuant to this Plan under Section 3.1.

 

9.                                       Exercise of Awards

 

9.1                                 In General.  An Award shall be exercisable in accordance with this Plan and the Award Agreement under which it is granted.

 

9.2                                 Time of Exercise.  Options and Stock Awards shall be considered exercised when the Company receives: (a) written notice of exercise from the person entitled to exercise the Option or Stock Award, (b) full payment, or provision for payment, in a form and method approved by the Administrator, for the Shares for which the Option or Stock Award is being

 

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exercised, and (c) with respect to Nonstatutory Options, payment, or provision for payment, in a form approved by the Administrator, of all applicable withholding taxes due upon exercise.  An Award may not be exercised for a fraction of a Share.

 

9.3                                 Issuance of Award Shares.  The Company shall issue Award Shares in the name of the person properly exercising the Award.  If the Awardee is that person and so requests, the Award Shares shall be issued in the name of the Awardee and the Awardee’s spouse.  The Company shall endeavor to issue Award Shares promptly after an Award is exercised.  Until Award Shares are actually issued, as evidenced by the appropriate entry on the stock register of the Company or its transfer agent, the Awardee will not have the rights of a shareholder with respect to those Award Shares, even though the Awardee has completed all the steps necessary to exercise the Award.  No adjustment shall be made for any dividend, distribution, or other right for which the record date precedes the date the Award Shares are issued, except as provided in Section 10.

 

9.4                                 Termination.

 

(a)                                  In General.  Except as provided in an Award Agreement or in writing by the Administrator, and as otherwise provided in Sections 9.4(b), (c), (d) and (e) after an Awardee’s Termination, the Awardee’s Awards shall be exercisable to the extent (but only to the extent) they are vested on the date of that Termination and only during the three months after the Termination, but in no event after the Expiration Date.  To the extent the Awardee does not exercise an Award within the time specified for exercise, the Award shall automatically terminate.

 

(b)                                 Leaves of Absence.  Unless otherwise provided in the Award Agreement or in writing by the Administrator, no Award may be exercised more than three months after the beginning of a leave of absence, other than a personal or medical leave approved by an authorized representative of the Company with employment guaranteed upon return.  Awards shall not continue to vest during a leave of absence, unless otherwise determined in writing by the Administrator with respect to an approved personal or medical leave with employment guaranteed upon return.

 

(c)                                  Death or Disability.  Unless otherwise provided in the Award Agreement or in writing by the Administrator, if an Awardee’s Termination is due to death or disability (as determined by the Administrator with respect to all Awards other than Incentive Stock Options and as defined by Section 22(e) of the Code with respect to Incentive Stock Options), all Awards of that Awardee to the extent exercisable at the date of that Termination may be exercised for one year after that Termination, but in no event after the Expiration Date.  In the case of Termination due to death, an Award may be exercised as provided in Section 17.  In the case of Termination due to disability, if a guardian or conservator has been appointed to act for the Awardee and been granted this authority as part of that appointment, that guardian or conservator may exercise the Award on behalf of the Awardee.  Death or disability occurring after an Awardee’s Termination shall not cause the Termination to be treated as having occurred due to death or disability.  To the extent an Award is not so exercised within the time specified for its exercise, the Award shall automatically terminate.

 

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(d)                                 Divestiture.  If an Awardee’s Termination is due to a Divestiture, the Board may take any one or more of the actions described in Section 10.3 or 10.4 with respect to the Awardee’s Awards.

 

(e)                                  Termination for Cause.  In the discretion of the Administrator, which may be exercised on the date of grant, or at a date later in time, if an Awardee’s Termination is due to Cause, all of the Awardee’s Awards shall automatically terminate and cease to be exercisable at the time of Termination.  “Cause” means employment-related dishonesty, fraud, misconduct or disclosure or misuse of confidential information, or other employment-related conduct that is likely to cause significant injury to the Company, an Affiliate, or any of their respective employees, officers or directors (including, without limitation, commission of a felony or similar offense whether or not employment-related), in each case as determined by the Administrator.  “Cause” shall not require that a civil judgment or criminal conviction have been entered against or guilty plea shall have been made by the Awardee regarding any of the matters referred to in the previous sentence.  Accordingly, the Administrator shall be entitled to determine “Cause” based on the Administrator’s good faith belief.  If the Awardee is criminally charged with a felony or similar offense, that shall be a sufficient, but not a necessary, basis for such a belief.

 

(f)                                    Administrator Discretion.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 9.4 (a)-(e), the Administrator shall have complete discretion, exercisable either at the time an Award is granted or at any time while the Award remains outstanding, to:

 

(i)                                     Extend the period of time for which the Award is to remain exercisable, following the Awardee’s Termination, from the limited exercise period otherwise in effect for that Award to such greater period of time as the Administrator shall deem appropriate, but in no event beyond the Expiration Date; and/or

 

(ii)                                  Permit the Award to be exercised, during the applicable post-Termination exercise period, not only with respect to the number of vested Shares for which such Award may be exercisable at the time of the Awardee’s Termination but also with respect to one or more additional installments in which the Awardee would have vested had the Awardee not been subject to Termination.

 

(g)                                 Consulting or Employment Relationship. Nothing in this Plan or in any Award Agreement, and no Award or the fact that Award Shares remain subject to repurchase rights, shall:  (A) interfere with or limit the right of the Company or any Affiliate to terminate the employment or consultancy of any Awardee at any time, whether with or without cause or reason, and with or without the payment of severance or any other compensation or payment, (B) interfere with the application of any provision in any of the Company’s or any Affiliate’s charter documents or Applicable Law relating to the election, appointment, term of office, or removal of a Director or (C) interfere with the Company’s right to terminate any consultancy.

 

10.                                 Certain Transactions and Events

 

10.1                           In General.  Except as provided in this Section 10, no change in the capital structure of the Company, merger, sale or other disposition of assets or a subsidiary, change in

 

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control, issuance by the Company of shares of any class of securities or securities convertible into shares of any class of securities, exchange or conversion of securities, or other transaction or event shall require or be the occasion for any adjustments of the type described in this Section 10.  Additional provisions with respect to the foregoing transactions are set forth in Section 14.3.

 

10.2                           Changes in Capital Structure.  In the event of any stock split, reverse stock split, recapitalization, combination or reclassification of stock, stock dividend, spin-off, or similar change to the capital structure of the Company (not including a Fundamental Transaction or Change in Control), the Board shall make whatever adjustments it concludes are appropriate to: (a) the number and type of Awards that may be granted under this Plan, (b) the number and type of Options that may be granted to any participant under this Plan, (c) the Purchase Price and number and class of securities issuable under each outstanding Stock Award, (d) the Option Price and number and class of securities issuable under each outstanding Option, and (e) the repurchase price of any securities substituted for Award Shares that are subject to repurchase rights.  The specific adjustments shall be determined by the Board.  Unless the Board specifies otherwise, any securities issuable as a result of any such adjustment shall be rounded down to the next lower whole security.  The Board need not adopt the same rules for each Award or each Awardee.

 

10.3                           Fundamental Transactions.  Except for grants to Non-Employee Directors pursuant to Section 11, in the event of (a) a merger or consolidation in which the Company is not the surviving corporation (other than a merger or consolidation with a wholly-owned subsidiary, a reincorporation of the Company in a different jurisdiction, or other transaction in which there is no substantial change in the shareholders of the Company or their relative stock holdings and the Awards granted under this Plan are assumed, converted or replaced by the successor corporation, which assumption shall be binding on all participants under this Plan), (b) a merger in which the Company is the surviving corporation but after which the shareholders of the Company immediately prior to such merger (other than any shareholder that merges, or which owns or controls another corporation that merges, with the Company in such merger) cease to own their shares or other equity interest in the Company, (c) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or (d) the acquisition, sale, or transfer of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of the Company by tender offer or similar transaction (each, a “Fundamental Transaction”), any or all outstanding Awards may be assumed, converted or replaced by the successor corporation (if any), which assumption, conversion or replacement shall be binding on all participants under this Plan.  In the alternative, the successor corporation may substitute equivalent Awards or provide substantially similar consideration to participants as was provided to the Company’s shareholders (after taking into account the existing provisions of the Awards).  The successor corporation may also issue, in place of outstanding Shares held by participants, substantially similar shares or other property subject to repurchase restrictions no less favorable to the participants. In the event such successor corporation (if any) does not assume or substitute Awards, as provided above, pursuant to a transaction described in this Section 10.3, the vesting with respect to such Awards shall fully and immediately accelerate or the repurchase rights of the Company shall fully and immediately terminate, as the case may be, so that the Awards may be exercised or the repurchase rights shall terminate before, or otherwise in connection with the closing or completion of the Fundamental Transaction or event, but then terminate.  Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, the Board may, in its sole discretion,

 

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provide that the vesting of any or all Award Shares subject to vesting or a right of repurchase shall accelerate or lapse, as the case may be, upon a transaction described in this Section 10.3. If the Board exercises such discretion with respect to Options, such Options shall become exercisable in full prior to the consummation of such event at such time and on such conditions as the Board determines, and if such Options are not exercised prior to the consummation of the Fundamental Transaction, they shall terminate at such time as determined by the Board.  The Board need not adopt the same rules for each Award or each Awardee.  Subject to any greater rights granted to participants under the foregoing provisions of this Section 10.3, in the event of the occurrence of any Fundamental Transaction, any outstanding Awards shall be treated as provided in the applicable agreement or plan of merger, consolidation, dissolution, liquidation, or sale of assets.

 

10.4                           Changes in Control.  The Board may also, but need not, specify that other transactions or events constitute a “Change in Control”.  The Board may do that either before or after the transaction or event occurs.  Examples of transactions or events that the Board may treat as Changes in Control are: (a) any person or entity, including a “group” as contemplated by Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act, acquires securities holding 50% or more of the total combined voting power or value of the Company, or (b) as a result of or in connection with a contested election of Company Directors, the persons who were Company Directors immediately before the election cease to constitute a majority of the Board.  In connection with a Change in Control, notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, the Board may, but need not, take any one or more of the actions described in Section 10.3.  In addition, the Board may extend the date for the exercise of Awards (but not beyond their original Expiration Date).  The Board need not adopt the same rules for each Award or each Awardee.

 

10.5                           Divestiture.  If the Company or an Affiliate sells or otherwise transfers equity securities of an Affiliate to a person or entity other than the Company or an Affiliate, or leases, exchanges or transfers all or any portion of its assets to such a person or entity, then the Board may specify that such transaction or event constitutes a “Divestiture”.  In connection with a Divestiture, notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, the Board may, but need not, take one or more of the actions described in Section 10.3 or 10.4 with respect to Awards or Award Shares held by, for example, Employees, Directors or Consultants for whom that transaction or event results in a Termination.  The Board need not adopt the same rules for each Award or each Awardee.

 

10.6                           Dissolution.  If the Company adopts a plan of dissolution, the Board may cause Awards to be fully vested and exercisable (but not after their Expiration Date) before the dissolution is completed but contingent on its completion and may cause the Company’s repurchase rights on Award Shares to lapse upon completion of the dissolution.  The Board need not adopt the same rules for each Award or each Awardee.  However, to the extent not exercised before the earlier of the completion of the dissolution, Awards shall terminate immediately prior to the dissolution.

 

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11.                                 Automatic Option Grants to Non-Employee Directors

 

11.1                           Automatic Option Grants to Non-Employee Directors.

 

(a)                                  Annual Grant.  On the date of the last regular meeting of directors during each calendar year each individual who is serving as a Non-Employee Director shall automatically be granted a Nonstatutory Option to purchase 10,000 Shares (the “Annual Grant”), provided, however, that such individual has served as a Non-Employee Director for at least six months.

 

(b)                                 Initial Grant.  Upon the first appointment or election of an individual as a Non-Employee Director, such individual shall automatically be granted a Nonstatutory Option to purchase 15,000 Shares (the “Initial Grant”).

 

(c)                                  Exercise Price.

 

(i)                                     The Option Price shall be equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the Option grant date.

 

(ii)                                  The Option Price shall be payable in one or more of the alternative forms authorized pursuant to Section 6.4.  Except to the extent the sale and remittance procedure specified thereunder is utilized, payment of the Option Price must be made on the date of exercise.

 

(d)                                 Option Term.  Each Option shall have a term of ten (10) years measured from the Option grant date.

 

(e)                                  Exercise and Vesting of Options.  The Shares underlying each Option issued pursuant to each Initial Grant shall vest and be exercisable in a series of forty-eight (48) successive equal monthly installments at the end of each full month from the date of grant, for so long as the Non-Employee Director continuously remains a Director. The Shares underlying each Option issued pursuant to each Annual Grant shall vest and be exercisable in a series of twelve (12) successive equal monthly installments at the end of each full month from the date of grant, for so long as the Non-Employee Director continuously remains a Director.

 

(f)                                    Termination of Board Service.  The following provisions shall govern the exercise of any Options held by the Awardee at the time the Awardee ceases to serve as a Non-Employee Director:

 

(i)                                     In General.  Except as otherwise provided in Section 11.3, after cessation of service as a Director (the “Cessation Date”), the Awardee’s Options shall be exercisable to the extent (but only to the extent) they are vested on the Cessation Date and only during the three months after such Cessation Date, but in no event after the Expiration Date.  To the extent the Awardee does not exercise an Option within the time specified for exercise, the Option shall automatically terminate.

 

(ii)                                  Death or Disability.  If an Awardee’s cessation of service on the Board is due to death or disability (as determined by the Board), all Non-Employee Director Options of that Awardee, whether or not exercisable upon such Cessation Date, may be exercised at any time on or prior to the Expiration Date.  In the case of a cessation of service due to death, an Option may be exercised as provided in Section 17.  In the case of a cessation of service due

 

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to disability, if a guardian or conservator has been appointed to act for the Awardee and been granted this authority as part of that appointment, that guardian or conservator may exercise the Option on behalf of the Awardee.  Death or disability occurring after an Awardee’s cessation of service shall not cause the cessation of service to be treated as having occurred due to death or disability.  To the extent an Option is not so exercised within the time specified for its exercise, the Option shall automatically terminate.

 

11.2                           Certain Transactions and Events.

 

(a)                                  In the event of a Fundamental Transaction while the Awardee remains a Non-Employee Director, the Shares at the time subject to each outstanding Option held by such Awardee pursuant to Section 11, but not otherwise vested, shall automatically vest in full so that each such Option shall, immediately prior to the effective date of the Fundamental Transaction, become exercisable for all the Shares as fully vested Shares and may be exercised for any or all of those vested Shares. Immediately following the consummation of the Fundamental Transaction, each Option shall terminate and cease to be outstanding, except to the extent assumed by the successor corporation (or Affiliate thereof).

 

(b)                                 In the event of a Change in Control while the Awardee remains a Non-Employee Director, the Shares at the time subject to each outstanding Option held by such Awardee pursuant to Section 11, but not otherwise vested, shall automatically vest in full so that each such Option shall, immediately prior to the effective date of the Change in Control, become exercisable for all the Shares as fully vested Shares and may be exercised for any or all of those vested Shares. Each such Option shall remain exercisable for such fully vested Shares until the expiration or sooner termination of the Option term in connection with a Change in Control.

 

(c)                                  Each Option which is assumed in connection with a Fundamental Transaction shall be appropriately adjusted, immediately after such Fundamental Transaction, to apply to the number and class of securities which would have been issuable to the Awardee in consummation of such Fundamental Transaction had the Option been exercised immediately prior to such Fundamental Transaction. Appropriate adjustments shall also be made to the Option Price payable per share under each outstanding Option, provided the aggregate Option Price payable for such securities shall remain the same.

 

(d)                                 The grant of Options pursuant to Section 11 shall in no way affect the right of the Company to adjust, reclassify, reorganize or otherwise change its capital or business structure or to merge, consolidate, dissolve, liquidate or sell or transfer all or any part of its business or assets.

 

(e)                                  The remaining terms of each Option granted pursuant to Section 11 shall, as applicable, be the same as terms in effect for Awards granted under this Plan.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of Section 9.4 and Section 10 shall not apply to Options granted pursuant to Section 11.

 

11.3                           Limited Transferability of Options.  Each Option granted pursuant to Section 11 may be assigned in whole or in part during the Awardee’s lifetime to one or more members of the Awardee’s family or to a trust established exclusively for one or more such family members

 

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or to an entity in which the Awardee is majority owner or to the Awardee’s former spouse, to the extent such assignment is in connection with the Awardee’s estate or financial plan or pursuant to a Domestic Relations Order. The assigned portion may only be exercised by the person or persons who acquire a proprietary interest in the Option pursuant to the assignment. The terms applicable to the assigned portion shall be the same as those in effect for the Option immediately prior to such assignment and shall be set forth in such documents issued to the assignee as the Administrator may deem appropriate. The Awardee may also designate one or more persons as the beneficiary or beneficiaries of his or her outstanding Options under Section 11, and those Options shall, in accordance with such designation, automatically be transferred to such beneficiary or beneficiaries upon the Awardee’s death while holding those Options. Such beneficiary or beneficiaries shall take the transferred Options subject to all the terms and conditions of the applicable Award Agreement evidencing each such transferred Option, including without limitation, the limited time period during which the Option may be exercised following the Awardee’s death.

 

12.                                 Withholding and Tax Reporting

 

12.1                           Tax Withholding Alternatives.

 

(a)                                  General.  Whenever Award Shares are issued or become free of restrictions, the Company may require the Awardee to remit to the Company an amount sufficient to satisfy any applicable tax withholding requirement, whether the related tax is imposed on the Awardee or the Company.  The Company shall have no obligation to deliver Award Shares or release Award Shares from an escrow or permit a transfer of Award Shares until the Awardee has satisfied those tax withholding obligations.

 

(b)                                 Method of Payment.  The Awardee shall pay any required withholding using the forms of consideration described in Section 6.4(b), except that, in the discretion of the Administrator, the Company may also permit the Awardee to use any of the forms of payment described in Section 6.4(c).  The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may also permit Award Shares to be withheld to pay required withholding.  If the Administrator permits Award Shares to be withheld, the Fair Market Value of the Award Shares withheld, as determined as of the date of withholding, shall not exceed the amount determined by the applicable minimum statutory withholding rates.

 

12.2                           Reporting of Dispositions.  Any holder of Option Shares acquired under an Incentive Stock Option shall promptly notify the Administrator, following such procedures as the Administrator may require, of the sale or other disposition of any of those Option Shares if the disposition occurs during:  (a) the longer of two years after the Grant Date of the Incentive Stock Option and one year after the date the Incentive Stock Option was exercised, or (b) such other period as the Administrator has established.

 

13.                                 Compliance with Law

 

The grant of Awards and the issuance and subsequent transfer of Award Shares shall be subject to compliance with all Applicable Law, including all applicable securities laws.  Awards may not be exercised, and Award Shares may not be transferred, in violation of Applicable Law.

 

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Thus, for example, Awards may not be exercised unless:  (a) a registration statement under the Securities Act is then in effect with respect to the related Award Shares, or (b) in the opinion of legal counsel to the Company, those Award Shares may be issued in accordance with an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any other applicable securities laws.  The failure or inability of the Company to obtain from any regulatory body the authority considered by the Company’s legal counsel to be necessary or useful for the lawful issuance of any Award Shares or their subsequent transfer shall relieve the Company of any liability for failing to issue those Award Shares or permitting their transfer.  As a condition to the exercise of any Award or the transfer of any Award Shares, the Company may require the Awardee to satisfy any requirements or qualifications that may be necessary or appropriate to comply with or evidence compliance with any Applicable Law.

 

14.                                 Amendment or Termination of this Plan or Outstanding Awards

 

14.1                           Amendment and Termination.  Subject to Section 14.2 and 14.3, the Board may at any time amend, suspend, or terminate this Plan.

 

14.2                           Shareholder Approval.  The Company shall obtain the approval of the Company’s shareholders for any amendment to this Plan if shareholder approval is necessary or desirable to comply with any Applicable Law or with the requirements applicable to the grant of Awards intended to be Incentive Stock Options.  The Board may also, but need not, require that the Company’s shareholders approve any other amendments to this Plan.

 

14.3                           Effect.  No amendment, suspension, or termination of this Plan, and no modification of any Award even in the absence of an amendment, suspension, or termination of this Plan, shall impair any existing contractual rights of any Awardee unless the affected Awardee consents to the amendment, suspension, termination, or modification.  However, no such consent shall be required if the Board determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that the amendment, suspension, termination, or modification:  (a) is required or advisable in order for the Company, this Plan or the Award to satisfy Applicable Law, to meet the requirements of any accounting standard or to avoid any adverse accounting treatment, or (b) in connection with any transaction or event described in Section 10, is in the best interests of the Company or its shareholders.  The Board may, but need not, take the tax or accounting consequences to affected Awardees into consideration in acting under the preceding sentence.  Those decisions shall be final, binding and conclusive.  Termination of this Plan shall not affect the Administrator’s ability to exercise the powers granted to it under this Plan with respect to (i) Awards granted before the termination of this Plan or (ii) Award Shares issued under such Awards even if those Award Shares are issued after the termination of this Plan.

 

15.                                 Reserved Rights

 

15.1                           Nonexclusivity of this Plan.  This Plan shall not limit the power of the Company or any Affiliate to adopt other incentive arrangements including, for example, the grant or issuance of stock options, stock, or other equity-based rights under other plans.

 

15.2                           Unfunded Plan.  This Plan shall be unfunded.  Although bookkeeping accounts may be established with respect to Awardees, any such accounts will be used merely as a

 

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convenience.  The Company shall not be required to segregate any assets on account of this Plan, the grant of Awards, or the issuance of Award Shares.  The Company and the Administrator shall not be deemed to be a trustee of stock or cash to be awarded under this Plan.  Any obligations of the Company to any Awardee shall be based solely upon contracts entered into under this Plan, such as Award Agreements.  No such obligations shall be deemed to be secured by any pledge or other encumbrance on any assets of the Company.  Neither the Company nor the Administrator shall be required to give any security or bond for the performance of any such obligations.

 

16.                                 Special Arrangements Regarding Award Shares

 

16.1                           Escrow of Stock Certificates.  To enforce any restrictions on Award Shares, the Administrator may require their holder to deposit the certificates representing Award Shares, with stock powers or other transfer instruments approved by the Administrator endorsed in blank, with the Company or an agent of the Company to hold in escrow until the restrictions have lapsed or terminated.  The Administrator may also cause a legend or legends referencing the restrictions to be placed on the certificates.  Any Awardee who delivers a promissory note as partial or full consideration for the purchase of Award Shares will be required to pledge and deposit with the Company some or all of the Award Shares as collateral to secure the payment of the note.  However, the Administrator may require or accept other or additional forms of collateral to secure the note and, in any event, the Company will have full recourse against the maker of the note, notwithstanding any pledge or other collateral.

 

16.2                           Repurchase Rights.

 

(a)                                  General.  If an Option is subject to Reverse Vesting or a Stock Award is subject to vesting conditions, the Company shall have the right, during the seven months after the Awardee’s Termination, to repurchase any or all of the Award Shares that were unvested as of the date of that Termination.  If the Award Shares were purchased with a promissory note, the repurchase price shall be the lower of:  (a) the Purchase Price for the Award Shares (minus the amount of any cash dividends paid or payable with respect to the Award Shares for which the record date precedes the repurchase) and (b) the Fair Market Value at the date of Termination.  In all other cases, the repurchase price shall be determined by the Administrator in accordance with this Section 16.2 which shall be either (i) the Purchase Price for the Award Shares (minus the amount of any cash dividends paid or payable with respect to the Award Shares for which the record date precedes the repurchase) or (ii) the lower of (A) the Option Price or Purchase Price for the Award Shares or (B) the Fair Market Value of those Award Shares as of the date of the Termination.  The repurchase price shall be paid in cash or if the Award Shares were purchased in whole or in part with a promissory note, cancellation in whole or in part of indebtedness under that note, or a combination of those means.  The Company may assign this right of repurchase.

 

(b)                                 Procedure.  The Company or its assignee may choose to give the Awardee a written notice of exercise of its repurchase rights under this Section 16.2.  However, the Company’s failure to give such a notice shall not affect its rights to repurchase Award Shares.  The Company must, however, tender the repurchase price during the period specified in this Section 16.2 for exercising its repurchase rights in order to exercise such rights.

 

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16.3                           Market Standoff.  If requested by the Company or a representative of its underwriters in connection with a registration of any securities of the Company under the Securities Act, Awardees or certain Awardees shall be prohibited from selling some or all of their Award Shares during a period not to exceed 180 days after the effective date of the Company’s registration statement.  This restriction shall not apply to any registration statement on Form S-8, Form S-4 or an equivalent registration statement.

 

17.                                 Beneficiaries

 

An Awardee may file a written designation of one or more beneficiaries who are to receive the Awardee’s rights under the Awardee’s Awards after the Awardee’s death.  Such designation shall be accompanied by a signed acknowledgment from the Awardee’s spouse, if any, consenting to such designation.  An Awardee may change such a designation at any time by written notice.  If an Awardee designates a beneficiary, the beneficiary may exercise the Awardee’s Awards after the Awardee’s death.  If an Awardee dies when the Awardee has no living beneficiary designated under this Plan, the Company shall allow the executor or administrator of the Awardee’s estate to exercise the Award or, if there is none, the person entitled to exercise the Option under the Awardee’s will or the laws of descent and distribution.  In any case, no Award may be exercised after its Expiration Date.

 

18.                                 Miscellaneous

 

18.1                           Governing Law.  This Plan, the Award Agreements and all other agreements entered into under this Plan, and all actions taken under this Plan or in connection with Awards or Award Shares, shall be governed by the laws of the State of California.

 

18.2                           Determination of Value.  Fair Market Value shall be determined as follows:

 

(a)                                  Listed Stock.  If the Shares are traded on any established stock exchange or quoted on a national market system, Fair Market Value shall be the closing sales price for the Shares as quoted on that stock exchange or system for the date the value is to be determined (the “Value Date”) as reported by such stock exchange or national market system, or, if not reported by such stock exchange or national market system, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or a similar publication.  If no sales are reported as having occurred on the Value Date, Fair Market Value shall be that closing sales price for the last preceding trading day on which sales of Shares are reported as having occurred.  If no sales are reported as having occurred during the five trading days before the Value Date, Fair Market Value shall be the closing bid for Shares on the Value Date.  If Shares are listed on multiple exchanges or systems, Fair Market Value shall be based on sales or bid prices on the primary exchange or system on which Shares are traded or quoted.

 

(b)                                 Stock Quoted by Securities Dealer.  If Shares are regularly quoted by a recognized securities dealer but selling prices are not reported on any established stock exchange or quoted on a national market system, Fair Market Value shall be the mean between the high bid and low asked prices on the Value Date.  If no prices are quoted for the Value Date, Fair Market Value shall be the mean between the high bid and low asked prices on the last preceding trading day on which any bid and asked prices were quoted.

 

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(c)                                  No Established Market.  If Shares are not traded on any established stock exchange or quoted on a national market system and are not quoted by a recognized securities dealer, the Board or Committee will determine Fair Market Value in good faith.  The Board or Committee will consider the following factors, and any others it considers significant, in determining Fair Market Value: (i) the price at which other securities of the Company have been issued to purchasers other than Employees, Directors, or Consultants, (ii) the Company’s shareholder’s equity, prospective earning power, dividend-paying capacity, and non-operating assets, if any, and (iii) any other relevant factors, including the economic outlook for the Company and the Company’s industry, the Company’s position in that industry, the Company’s goodwill and other intellectual property, and the values of securities of other businesses in the same industry.

 

18.3                           Reservation of Shares.  During the term of this Plan, the Company shall at all times reserve and keep available such number of Shares as are still issuable under this Plan.

 

18.4                           Electronic Communications.  Any Award Agreement, notice of exercise of an Award, or other document required or permitted by this Plan may be delivered in writing or, to the extent determined by the Administrator, electronically.  Signatures may also be electronic if permitted by the Administrator.

 

18.5                           Notices.  Unless the Administrator specifies otherwise, any notice to the Company under any Award Agreement or with respect to any Awards or Award Shares shall be in writing (or, if so authorized by Section 18.4, communicated electronically), shall be addressed to the Company, and shall only be effective when received by the Company.

 

Adopted by the Board on:  March 19, 2004

 

Approved by the shareholders on:  May 27, 2004

 

Effective date of this Plan:  May 27, 2004

 

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