voluntarily waive their rights to have their dispute tried and adjudicated by a judge and jury except as expressly provided herein.
(c) Nothing in this Section 20.3 will prevent a Party from resorting to judicial proceedings if: (i) interim relief from a court is necessary to prevent serious and irreparable injury to such Party; or (ii) litigation is required to be filed prior to the running of the applicable statute of limitations. The use of any alternative dispute resolution procedure will not be construed under the doctrine of latches, waiver or estoppel to affect adversely the rights of either Party.
20.4 Headings. All headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
20.5 Exhibits. All exhibits or appendices referred to herein form an integral part of this Agreement and are incorporated into this Agreement by such reference.
20.6 Security Procedures. All PROTEON personnel visiting or having access to the LONZA Facility shall agree in writing to abide by LONZA standard policies, operating procedures and security procedures as established by LONZA and communicated to PROTEON.
20.7 Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of the Parties and the name of a Party appearing herein shall be deemed to include the names of its successors and assigns. Neither Party may assign its rights or delegate its duties under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other Party; provided that either party may assign. this Agreement without the consent of the other party to (i) an Affiliate or (ii) in connection with the sale or transfer or other assignment of all or substantially all of the assets of such Party or the line of business or Product to which this Agreement relates, or (iii) in connection with a merger, consolidation, acquisition or other form of business combination; provided, further, that in each instance the assignee expressly assumes all obligations imposed on the assigning Party by this Agreement in writing and the other Party is notified in advance of such assignment. Any purported assignment without a required consent shall be void. No assignment shall relieve any Party of responsibility for the performance of any obligation that accrued prior to the effective date of such assignment.
20.8 Severability. If any part of this Agreement shall be found to be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law in any jurisdiction, such part shall be ineffective only to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability in such jurisdiction, without in any way affecting the remaining parts of this Agreement in that jurisdiction or the validity or enforceability of the Agreement as a whole in any other jurisdiction. In addition, the part that is ineffective shall be reformed in a mutually agreeable manner so as to as nearly approximate the intent of the Parties as possible.
20.9 Independent Contractors. Each of the Parties is an independent contractor and nothing herein contained shall be deemed to constitute the relationship of partners, joint venturers, nor of principal and agent between the Parties. Neither Party shall at any time enter
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