Terms and conditions

Corporate terms and conditions for sales, delivery, payment and support

Incorporation reference is 331 951 939 RCS Grenoble with Social Capital of € 1,344,520.

The present terms and conditions apply to the four types of deliverables provided by the company, namely:

  1. Virtual components,
  2. Material components,
  3. Software solutions,
  4. Services including delegation of people for which a specific set of terms and conditions is available.

The present terms and conditions may be overruled, all or some of them, by alternate terms and conditions agreed upon in writing within a custom commercial agreement.
Intellectual property rights associated with deliverables may benefit from an extra protection by either a “Non-Disclosure Agreement” or a specific Sales Agreement.
Such an agreement may be respectively a Virtual Component License Agreement, a System-on-Chip Development Agreement, a Software deal or else a Service or Support Agreement.
All products are protected by copyrights and other protections of Intellectual Property Rights.
Make sure you read carefully the Terms and Conditions as quoted, before gaining access to the product data as deliverables.
By opening or remotely loading any delivery package, the customer is accepting such Terms and Conditions. In case some changes are requested, the delivery package must be returned unopened or the files must not be downloaded.
The acknowledgement of Purchase Order referring to a Quote prevails over any other statement of terms and conditions.

  1. Delivery and Payment terms
  2. Material Component Purchase Order terms
  3. Warranty
  4. Acceptance for Quality Assurance
  5. Engineering Support and ASAP releases
  6. Price discount
  7. Payment terms
  8. Pre-payment practice
  9. Technical Training
  10. One-shot Deals and Access-code Renewals
  11. Innovation Plans
  12. Retention of title
  13. Ownership and protection
  14. Exclusivity
  15. Due diligences
  16. Fair practices
  17. Confidentiality and data-security
  18. Liability and Indemnity

1. Delivery and Payment terms

Shipments are performed Ex Works per Incoterm EXW convention.
Delivery is by regular mail within two weeks of order acceptance (exceptionally two extra weeks for delivery might be required as explicitly announced for specific situations). Some products may benefit from a custom delivery schedule according to the Terms and Conditions quoted. E.g. faster shipments (by express mail) shall be performed as ordered.
The most convenient form is payment with order. It is mandatory for training, yearly support and low-price options on the basis of Pro Forma Invoices.

2. Material Component Purchase Order terms

Each part purchase order is submitted to a minimum quantity and to a tolerance on the number of parts delivered (depending on the manufacturing yield).

3. Warranty

At the time of delivery of some deliverable, custom or standard product, subject to transfer of ownership, our customers are invited to perform an immediate delivery-check or acceptance-test prior to payment, while they benefit from the three-month warranty granted for any workmanship defect or transportation damage, with respect to the Bill of Lading. Additional costs would possibly be incurred later for reasons of planning disturbance, archive retrieval or media obsolescence, etc.

4. Acceptance for Quality Assurance

Customers are invited to return a registration card or an acknowledgement of due installation.
It is advisable to heed notice to the major cost associated with the acquisition of our products. It is not their purchase price, but the involvement in using them, because of their strategic significance in many a product design plan. Consequently, our customers are strongly invited to perform thorough controls in a timely fashion on the deliverables in accordance with the specification. This means as soon as possible and as professionally as possible (possibly with our advice or guidance), so as to not be victimized by bugs or failures not caught as early as possible.
DOLPHIN is ISO-9001:2008 certified.

5. Engineering Support and ASAP releases

Based on an all too common experience, user guides or technical manuals are known not to be possibly exhaustive. The user will be confronted to situations that are not described, as it is impossible to specify all cases that can be encountered.
Customers are invited to document in writing and rigorously any situation where they believe some bug or failure may cause harm, or where they encounter some difficulty in operating the deliverable with their own requirements and configurations.
If ever a bug is actually uncovered by a user in a current product with a real need for an urgent by-pass requiring an intermediate release, the DOLPHIN Solution is an ASAP release or a workaround with our apologies and thanks… in lieu of maintenance fees for patches! Also the fix is usually made available on the Web for other customers if applicable.
Engineering Support enables the user to resort to a skilled and experienced engineer at Dolphin who will help him in real time and answer his questions.
More specific commitments are expressed in our “Trust Commitment”, which may also be extended beyond the Warranty period, through some specific Commercial Agreement like a Virtual Component License Agreement.
Our Hot-fax/Hot-Email practice guarantees, for a contractual duration, a question-response cycle within one working day. It serves well to lift any doubt as to possible courses of action.
Even suggestions for feature improvements are welcome.
Several levels of support can be offered and the cost depends on the support level and Terms and Conditions of each sale.

6. Price discount

Prices offered with the exceptional benefit from promotional conditions are valid over a limited period, eventually on a territory or with a set of clauses, and the list prices are applicable beyond them.

7. Payment terms

Thirty days are allowed per professional practice from the date of due Transfer of Ownership for the Bill of Materials, or the Licensing Rights.
Payment beyond that date entitles us to invoicing for financial fees at the rate of one per cent (1 %) per month. Advance payments entitle our customers to an equivalent rebate.
Any payment delay for intermediate deliveries, within some staggered deliverable schedule, entitles us to postponing similarly the following deliveries with an updated schedule.
Income taxation for implicit income associated with financial fees for payment delays are on customer’s behalf or at customer’s expense. Cash Advances are supposed to be just that, i.e. no Letters of Credit with any delay.

8. Pre-payment practice

The pre-payment is executable as soon as the specified bank has received it irreversibly.

9. Technical Training

The DOLPHIN “difference” with respect to customer support consists in striving to make the end-user autonomous and to make hot interventions irrelevant:

  • high-quality beta-testing at experienced and demanding user-sites are the rule,
  • prospects’ and customers’ training sessions are customized and offered regularly in local languages to ensure comfortable user autonomy
  • explanatory business models or “Cooperative Design Flows” are available for details (ranging from involvement in design reviews to consulting for yield improvement...) To this end DOLPHIN strives to comply with the VSIA standards for Virtual Components.

10. One-shot Deals and Access-code Renewals

The one-shot deal, or mere license purchase for a solution in object-code form, frequent for shrink-wrapped software packages, is only one among several modes of operation for DOLPHIN Solutions. Perpetual sale of a license concerns a solution on one specific host (hardware and software).
The yearly opportunity for issuance of a renewed access code allows a free change of host-ID for the same hardware and software types. When porting to a different type of host, rehosting is at cost.

11. Innovation Plans

As an alternate approach to one-shot deals, the Innovation Contract ensures regular updates with two releases per year improving the already available functions and implementing new ones. Updates are both consequent to in-house innovations but also take into account suggestions for improvements which are both expected and encouraged in the frame of the Innovation Contract to provide effective productivity gains in the users Design Chains.
Since most customers do not condone an excessive frequency of updates, as it would be upsetting end-users training, habits and plans, a six-month revision period seems to be optimal for the time being. It is in effect as an alternance of Spring releases and Autumn releases. Customers may however subscribe for any twelve-month period.
Differently from common Electronic Design Automation (EDA) vendors, Dolphin’s philosophy is to deliver freely what is generally called maintenance. Indeed, we do not want our users to pay for what is mandatory and inherent to our Electronic Design Automation solutions. In that way, our users benefit, for free, from our technical support for one year including ASAP corrections of all detected bugs.

12. Retention of title

Transfer of Ownership at the time of delivery is only assumed, but it is actually retained until actual full payment has been performed by the customer or on his behalf. Until that date, the deliverables may neither be exchanged, bartered, or sold to any third party.
They may neither be used for or within the design of products for production and sale.

13. Ownership and protection

Our deliverables range from customer-specific, through multi-user Intellectual Property licensing (with associated Right Protection issues), to strict product sales. Whatever the type of deliverable, no transfer of ownership may be assumed, concerning ways and means used in the development of deliverables. Such means may be cell or model libraries and software routines, as well as design processes and patents used by us.
Our cells or models and software routines may contain special patterns of data for ascertaining their origin. Our customers are not authorized to remove them without our prior and written approval.
Product Licenses are to the exclusive benefit of the customer, excluding any other company, and under the sole terms and conditions as explicitly quoted. No other right is implicitly granted.

14. Exclusivity

While all possible care is taken daily to prevent any unconscious or unwilling transfer of knowledge through DOLPHIN between third parties, implicit or explicit, we do not condone any doubt or ambiguity about the rightfulness of our productivity improvements, which may result from our involvement in diverse codevelopment projects, and shall benefit to all our customers. We acknowledge that they may normally be in competition with each other.
This in no way contradicts the rule of exclusivity for ownership associated with customer-specific developments. The product specification among any deliverable item may or may not be customer’s property once deliverables are paid, but no subset may be considered non-reusable, lest it would be tantamount to making us captive of any customer.
Even in the absence of some Non-Disclosure Agreement, we however commit to not reusing, on our own, product specifications which would have been created by one of our customers, on his own, and would not be openly available from different sources.

15. Due diligences

The microelectronics industry and the data-processing industry have an abundantly documented practice in favor of compatible second-sourcing, not attempting to anyone’s rights as long as patent and copyrights are duly respected.
We strive to organize at best for being in a position to help our customers defend their rights against any undue claims.
We invite our customers to keep us updated on their patents and copyrights.

16. Fair practices

We also commit not to imposing upon our partners either the risk of meeting with each other inadvertently on our premises, or the fear of having us giving higher priority to anyone else’s new product schedule.
To these ends, we do not accept to have the same team working simultaneously on competing custom products for distinct partners without prior consent from both concerned parties.

17. Confidentiality and data security

Further than any commitment within any Non-Disclosure Agreement, and in order to address the protection of our partners’ rights in cases where the stamp of confidentiality may not be affixed to some data, we do not allow any physical networking between public Wide Area Network, Internet, or Local Area Network on the one hand, and our internal networks (Ethernet...) on the other, unless a secure firewall is in place internally.

18. Liability and Indemnity

In the absence of any specific licence agreement such as a Virtual Component License Agreement, neither liability protection nor indemnity are implicitly granted.

Last update: December 6th, 2011