Profit Sharing Agreement Template
This Partnership Profit-Sharing Agreement Template is written in a manner so that it can apply to a situation whereby a company has hired someone to market a product for them and offered a share of the profits on the sale of the product.
This Profit Sharing Agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into as of [DATE] by and between [COMPANY NAME] having its principal place of business located at [COMPANY ADDRESS] (the “Company”) and [REPRESENTATIVE] having its principal place of business located at [REPRESENTATIVE ADDRESS] (the “Representative”), both of whom agree to be bound by this Agreement.
WHEREAS, the Company has developed [PRODUCT] (the “Product”) and holds ownership of all intellectual property rights in the Product;
PandaTip: This sentence is to establish that one party owns the intellectual property rights in the Product around which the activities will center, which will be important with regard to the aftermath of the termination of the relationship.
WHEREAS, the Company desires to hire the Representative to market the Product for sale; and
WHEREAS, the Company and the Representative desire to enter into an arrangement whereby [PARTNER 1] and [PARTNER 2] will share the profits realized from the sale of the Product due to the efforts of the Representative according to the terms and conditions herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises made by the parties hereto, the Company and the Representative (individually, each a “Party” and collectively, the “Parties”) covenant and agree as follows:
TERM. This Agreement shall last from the date of execution until terminated by thirty (30) days’ written notice by either party.
PandaTip: DDepending on your relationship with the business partners, there may be other ways to structure this. For instance, you may want to have a lengthier notice period to terminate the partnership agreement.
EFFECT OF TERMINATION. Upon termination according to section 1, the following shall occur:
The Representative shall continue to receive the profit share described herein from any continuing sales as a direct result of the Representative’s efforts;
The Representative shall direct all further inquiries regarding the Product back to the Company;
The Representative shall return or destroy any physical or digital copies of the Company’s proprietary information in its possession including (but not limited to) marketing material, business plans, customer lists, and pricing information.
This section is to govern the aftermath of ending this revenue-sharing agreement. This allows the Representative the right to continue to receive any payouts or residuals (if the circumstances dictate) while giving the Representative a responsibility to direct all further inquiries to the Company to ensure a seamless transition.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF REPRESENTATIVE. In consideration for the profit share granted herein, the Representative shall perform the following duties:
Performing research and other prospecting duties with regard to potential customers;
Completing paperwork as needed; and
Performing other such duties and services as may be assigned by the Company to accomplish the aims of this Agreement in the time, place, and manner deemed appropriate by the Representative.
PandaTip: There are a few basic duties listed here that the Company may want to add to the workflow depending on the actual circumstances of the relationship. The Company should seek legal advice from an attorney with regard to the duties to ensure the duties do not make the representative a de facto employee which could result in violations of employment law.
PROFIT SHARE. In consideration for the duties performed hereunder, the Representative shall be entitled to [PERCENT] of the profits earned for sales of the Product that are a direct result of the Representative’s efforts.
To be considered a “direct result” of the Representative’s efforts, substantially all of the contact with a customer that leads to a sale must have been made by the Representative. Although initial contact and contact at the sale point shall be factors to consider, they are not determinative of such sale being a “direct result” of the Representative’s efforts.
“Profits” are deemed to be calculated by the sale price less any expenses by the Company paid on behalf of the Representative in furtherance of the sale and the cost of goods sold.
PandaTip: Don’t sign just because you’re getting a typical profit-sharing percentage. Go into the fine print and ensure that the distribution of profits is fair and unambiguous.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. The Parties agree that the Parties shall be considered independent contractors and not agents or employees of the other Party. Neither Party shall have authority to make any statements, representations, or commitments of any kind, nor to take any action which shall be binding on the other Party, except as may be expressly provided for herein or authorized in writing.
PandaTip: Even with this clause, the instruction to consult with an attorney still applies as this is not determinative by itself. It always depends on the actual circumstances of the Parties and the nature of their business partnership.
CONFIDENTIALITY. The Representative shall not, in any fashion, form, or manner, either directly or indirectly:
Disclose or communicate to any party any information relating to the Company’s business or the Product including (but not limited to) customer lists, price points, or marketing plans (the “Confidential Information”);
Duplicate any Confidential information;
Use any Confidential Information other than solely for the benefit of the Company; or
Assist a third party in using any Confidential Information in any manner but solely for the benefit of the Company.
APPROVAL OF MARKETING MATERIAL. The Representative shall receive written confirmation from the Company in using any marketing materials related to the Product that was not directly provided by the Company.
PandaTip: This is important to maintain consistency in the message being delivered to the Company’s customers by the Representative.
EXPENSES. The Representative shall not be entitled to reimbursement for any expenses except those that have been previously approved in writing by the Company. Should the Company require travel by the Representative, the Company shall reimburse the Employee for such travel expenses, along with reasonable lodging and meal expenses upon presentation of receipts of such expenses.
PandaTip: This section can be tweaked to reflect a different arrangement but as it stands, the Representative is responsible for all expenses other than required travel unless receiving written confirmation from the Company.
INDEMNIFICATION. The Representative agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Company from and against any all third party claims (or other actions that could lead to losses by the Company) that are based upon the Representatives (a) violation of the governing law, (b) violation of this Agreement, or (c) violation of any third party’s rights.
PandaTip: This section of the Profit Sharing Agreement is to protect the Company from the Representative acting illegally or harmfully on its behalf. In other words, the Representative will have to cover all costs related to lawsuits that stem from the Representative’s bad acts.
NO MODIFICATION UNLESS IN WRITING. No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement represents the full understanding of the Parties and shall supersede all previous oral or written agreements regarding the subject matter herein.
APPLICABLE LAW. This Agreement and the interpretation of its terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of [STATE] and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in [COUNTY], [STATE].
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Parties has executed this Consulting Agreement, both Parties by its duly authorized officer, as of the day and year set forth below.
[NAME], [TITLE] DATE
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