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LAST UPDATED: October 27, 2011

Please read this Terms of Service agreement (the "Agreement") carefully.  Your use of the Site (as defined below) constitutes your agreement to this Agreement.

This Agreement is between you ("you") and PDF Solutions, Inc. ("PDF," "we," "us") concerning your use of the site currently located at http://www.pdf.com/ (together with any successor site(s) and all Services (as defined below), the "Site").

1.  Acceptance of Terms.  The Site is made available by PDF subject to this Agreement.  We reserve the right to update or make changes to this Agreement from time to time in our sole discretion, which changes we may provide to you by any reasonable means, including without limitation, by posting the revised version of this Agreement on the Site.  You can determine when this Agreement was last revised by referring to the "LAST UPDATED" legend at the top of this Agreement.  When using any Services (as defined below), you agree that you are subject to any additional posted guidelines, rules, terms and conditions applicable to such Services, which are hereby incorporated by reference into this Agreement.

We reserve the right, at any time and from time to time, temporarily or permanently, in whole or in part, to:  modify or discontinue the Site, with or without notice; charge fees in connection with the use of the Site; modify and/or waive any fees charged in connection with the Site; and/or offer opportunities to some or all users of the Site.  You agree that neither we nor any of our subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, "Affiliated Entities") shall be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Site, in whole or in part, or of any Service, content, feature or product offered through the Site.  Your continued use of the Site after such changes will indicate your acceptance of such changes.

2.  Jurisdictional Issues.  The Site is hosted by PDF from the United States, and is not intended to subject PDF to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States.  PDF does not represent or warrant that the Site or any part thereof is appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction other than the United States.  Those who choose to access the Site do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.  You are also subject to United States export and re-export controls and are responsible for any violations of such controls, including any United States embargoes or other federal rules and regulations restricting exports.  We may limit the Site's availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion.

3.  Description of the Services.  We provide users of the Site with access to certain content and services related to the PDF, which may include, without limitation papers, photographs, graphics, images, text, data, news, career information and other similar content (such content and services, collectively, the "Services").  

4. 
Information Submitted Through the Site.  Your submission of information through the Site is governed by PDF's Privacy Policy, which is located at http://www.pdf.com/privacy-policy (the "Privacy Policy").  This Agreement incorporates by reference the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy.  You represent and warrant that any information you provide in connection with your use of the Site is and shall remain true, accurate, and complete, and that you will maintain and update such information regularly.  You agree that if any information you provide is false, inaccurate, obsolete or incomplete, we may terminate your use of the Site and/or any of the Services.

5.  Rules of Conduct.  While using the Site you will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.  In addition, we expect users of the Site to respect the rights and dignity of others.  Your use of the Site is conditioned on your compliance with the rules of conduct set forth in this section; any failure to comply may also result in termination of your access to the Site pursuant to Section 13 below.  You agree that you will not:

  • Post, transmit, or otherwise make available, through or in connection with the Site:
    • Anything that is or may be (a) threatening, harassing, degrading, hateful or intimidating; (b)defamatory; (c) fraudulent or tortious; (d) obscene, indecent, pornographic or otherwise objectionable; or (e) protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right.
    • Any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability; that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense; or that encourages or provides instructional information about illegal activities or activities such as "hacking," "cracking," or "phreaking."
    • Any virus, worm, Trojan horse, Easter egg, time bomb, spyware, or other computer code, file, or program that is harmful or invasive or may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of, or to monitor the use of, any hardware, software or equipment.
    • Any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional material, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letter," "pyramid scheme" or investment opportunity, or any other form of solicitation.
    • Any material, non-public information about a company without the proper authorization to do so.
  • Use the Site for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose.
  • Use the Site to defame abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights of others, including without limitation others' privacy rights or rights of publicity, or harvest or collect personally identifiable information about other users of the Site.
  • Impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation any representative of PDF; falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity in connection with the Site; or express or imply that we endorse any statement you make.
  • Interfere with or disrupt the operation of the Site or the servers or networks used to make the Site available; or violate any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of such networks.
  • Restrict or inhibit any other person from using the Site (including without limitation by hacking or defacing any portion of the Site).
  • Use the Site to advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services without PDF's express prior written consent.
  • Reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of, use of, or access to the Site.
  • Modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Site.
  • Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice from the Site or materials originating from the Site.
  • Frame or mirror any part of the Site without PDF's express prior written consent.
  • Create a database by systematically downloading and storing Site content.
  • Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application or other manual or automatic device to retrieve, index, "scrape," "data mine" or in any way gather Site content or reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Site without PDF's express prior written consent.

Additionally, you acknowledge and agree that you (and not PDF) are responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telecommunications, broadband, and computer hardware, equipment, and services needed to access and use the Site, and paying all charges related thereto.

6.  Accuracy of Information.  We attempt to ensure that information on this Site is complete, accurate and current.  Despite our efforts, the information on this Site may occasionally be inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.  We make no representation as to the completeness, accuracy or currentness of any information on this Site.

7.  Registration; User Names and Passwords.  You may be required to register with PDF in order to access certain Services or areas of the Site (e.g., to register for technical support).  With respect to any such registration, we may refuse to grant you, and you may not use, a user name (or e-mail address) that is already being used by someone else; that may be construed as impersonating another person; that belongs to another person; that violates the intellectual property or other rights of any person; that is offensive; or that we reject for any other reason in our sole discretion.  

8.  PDF's Proprietary Rights.  The information and materials made available through the Site, including the Services, are and shall remain the property of PDF and its licensors and suppliers, and are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, and/or other proprietary rights and laws.  Subject to your compliance with this Agreement, and solely for so long as you are permitted by PDF to access and use the Site, you may view one (1) copy of any content on the Site to which we provide you access hereunder on any single computer solely for your personal, non-commercial home use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.  Except as expressly authorized in advance by PDF in writing, you agree not to reproduce, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, or create derivative works based (whether in whole or in part) on, all or any part of the Site or any materials made available through the Site.

Trade names, trademarks and service marks of PDF include without limitation, Characterization Vehicle®, Circuit Surfer®, CV®, dataPOWER®, dataPOWER® VSFTM, Design-to-Silicon-YieldTM, dP-bitMAPTM, dP-DefectTM, dP-MiningTM, dP-MonitorTM, dP-SSATM, dP-Variability AnalysisTM, dP-WorkFlowTM, mæstria®, ModelWare®, OptissimoTM, pdBRIXTM, pdCVTM,  pdFasTest®, pDfxTM, PDF Solutions®, the PDF Solutions logos, YA-FDCTM, Yield Ramp SimulatorTM, TemplateTM, exensioTM, and YRSTM, and any associated logos.  All trademarks and service marks on the Site not owned by PDF are the property of their respective owners.  The trade names, trademarks and service marks owned by PDF, whether registered or unregistered, may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not ours, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion.  Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any of PDF's trade names, trademarks or service marks without our express prior written consent. 

9.  Links.  The Site may provide links to other web sites and online resources.  Because PDF has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that PDF and the Affiliated Entities and their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, suppliers and service providers are not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and PDF and the Affiliated Entities and their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, suppliers and service providers neither endorse nor are responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available through such sites or resources.  Other web sites may provide links to the Site with or without our authorization.  You acknowledge and agree that PDF and the Affiliated Entities and their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, suppliers and service providers do not endorse such sites, and are not and shall not be responsible or liable for any links from those sites to the Site, any content, advertising, products or other materials available on or through such other sites, or any loss or damages incurred in connection therewith.

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIRD PARTY WEB SITES AND RESOURCES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, DATA, ADVERTISING, PRODUCTS, OR OTHER MATERIALS ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH SUCH WEB SITES AND RESOURCES, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE APPLICABLE TO SUCH SITES AND RESOURCES.

PDF shall have the right, at any time and in its sole discretion, to block links to the Site through technological or other means without prior notice.

10.  Disclaimer of Warranties.  THE SITE AND ANY GOODS OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE ARE PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. YOU AGREE THAT YOU MUST EVALUATE, AND THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH, THE USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY RELIANCE ON THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE. PDF AND THE AFFILIATED ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES) OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT, AND TITLE.

11.  Limitation of Liability.  PDF AND THE AFFILIATED ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA, LOSS OF OTHER INTANGIBLES, LOSS OF SECURITY OF INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE, OR UNAUTHORIZED INTERCEPTION OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION BY THIRD PARTIES, EVEN IF ADVISED IN ADVANCE OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES. IN PARTICULAR, AND WITHOUT LIMITATION, PDF AND THE AFFILIATED ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR FROM ANY CONTENT POSTED ON THE SITE BY PDF OR ANY THIRD PARTY. YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SITE IS TO STOP USING THE SITE. THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF PDF FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE THE TOTAL AMOUNT, IF ANY, PAID BY YOU TO PDF TO ACCESS AND USE THE SITE.

While we try to maintain the integrity and security of the Site and the servers from which the Site is operated, we do not guarantee that the Site will be or remain secure, complete or correct, or that access to the Site will be uninterrupted.  The Site may include inaccuracies, errors and materials that violate or conflict with this Agreement.  Additionally, third parties may make unauthorized alterations to the Site.  If you become aware of any unauthorized third party alteration to the Site, contact us at webmaster@pdf.com with a description of the material(s) at issue and the URL or location on the Site where such material(s) appear.

12.  Indemnity.  You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless PDF and the Affiliated Entities and their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, suppliers and service providers, from and against all claims, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of (a) your use of, or activities in connection with, the Site; or (b) any violation of this Agreement by you.

13.  Termination.  This Agreement is effective until terminated by us.  PDF, in its sole discretion, may terminate your access to or use of the Site, at any time and for any reason, including if PDF believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement.  Upon any such termination, your right to use the Site will immediately cease.  You agree that any termination of your access to or use of the Site may be effected without prior notice, and that PDF may immediately deactivate or delete your password and user name, and all related information and files associated with it, and/or bar any further access to such information or files.  You agree that PDF and the Affiliated Entities shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Site or to any such information or files, and shall not be required to make such information or files available to you after any such termination.  Sections 2, 8-14, 16, 18 and 19 shall survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement.

 14.  Binding Arbitration.  THIS SECTION PROVIDES FOR RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES THROUGH FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION BEFORE A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR INSTEAD OF IN A COURT BY A JUDGE OR JURY.  Before you take a dispute to arbitration, you must first contact us by e-mail at legal.department@pdf.com, and give us an opportunity to attempt to resolve the dispute through discussions with you.  Similarly, before we take a dispute to arbitration, we must first attempt to resolve it through discussions with you by contacting you at the most recent address that we have on file for you.  In the event that you and we cannot resolve a dispute within sixty (60) days of notification by either party, or in the event that we are unable to reach you, you do not respond to our efforts to contact you or you fail to engage in good-faith settlement discussions with us, then the following procedures shall apply.  Any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this Agreement to arbitrate, shall be determined by arbitration in Santa Clara County, California (USA), before one arbitrator. The arbitration shall be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or International Arbitration Rules, if you are not located in the United States. Judgment on the award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. To the extent that the arbitrator deems reasonable, the arbitrator shall conduct hearings, if any, by teleconference or videoconference, rather than by personal appearances.  Any in-person appearances requested by the arbitrator shall be held in Santa Clara County, California (USA).  The arbitrator's decision shall be based upon the substantive laws of the California (USA) without regard to its principles of conflicts of law.  Arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and shall be conducted in a manner that preserves confidentiality.  The arbitrator's decision shall follow the plain meaning of the relevant documents and shall be final and binding.  The arbitrator may, in the award, allocate all or part of the costs of the arbitration, including the fees of the arbitrator and the reasonable attorneys' fees of the prevailing party. The award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be confirmed and enforced in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, nothing herein shall preclude PDF from seeking any injunctive relief in U.S. state or federal courts for protection of its intellectual property rights (including the rights of its licensors), and you agree to exclusive jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in the California (USA), and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. 

15.  Contact Us.  If you have any questions regarding the meaning of application of this Agreement, please direct such questions to legal.department@pdf.com.  Please note that e-mail communications will not necessarily be secure; accordingly you should not include credit card information or other sensitive information in your e-mail correspondence with us.

16.  Filtering.  Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(d) as amended, we hereby notify you that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors.  Information identifying current providers of such protections is available on the two web sites GetNetWise (http://kids.getnetwise.org/) and OnGuard Online (http://onguardonline.gov/).  Please note that PDF does not endorse any of the products or services listed at such site.

17.  Notice for California Residents.  Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users are entitled to the following consumer rights notice: If you have a question or complaint regarding the Site, please send an e-mail to legal.department@pdf.com.  You may also contact us by writing to 333 W. San Carlos Street, Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 95110 (USA), or by calling us at (408) 280-7900.  California residents may reach the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by mail at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210. 

18.  Forward-Looking Statements.  Statements in any news release of PDF, contained on the Site or communicated orally or in writing that concern PDF or PDF's management and that are not historical facts are "Forward-Looking Statements."  Forward-Looking Statements include, without limitation, statements that (a) include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or words of similar importance or meaning with reference to PDF or PDF's management; (b) are specifically identified as forward-looking; (c) describe any of PDF's plans, objectives or goals for future operations and products; or (d) concern the characteristics and growth of PDF's markets or customers or PDF's expected liquidity and capital resources.  Forward-Looking Statements are only predictions involving important factors and risks that may cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any Forward-Looking Statement.  Those important factors and risks include, without limitation, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting PDF's operations, markets, products, services and prices.  Important factors and risks are described in the current PDF annual report filed with the SEC, and may be detailed from time to time in additional reports and other filings of PDF filed with the SEC.  Copies of the most recent reports and other filings of PDF can be accessed through the SEC EDGAR system located at http://www.sec.gov or may be obtained at no charge from PDF.  PDF expressly disclaims any obligation or responsibility to update or revise or supplement any Forward-Looking Statement in any news release or generally to any extent. 

19.  Miscellaneous.  This Agreement does not, and shall not be construed to, create any partnership, joint venture, employer-employee, agency or franchisor-franchisee relationship between you and PDF.  If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, that provision will be deemed severable from this Agreement and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provision.  You may not assign, transfer or sublicense any or all of your rights or obligations under this Agreement without our express prior written consent.  No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder will be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.  Any heading, caption or section title contained herein is inserted only as a matter of convenience, and in no way defines or explains any section or provision hereof.  This, together with all policies referred to herein, is the entire Agreement between you and PDF relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements or understandings between you and PDF relating to such subject matter.  Notices to you may be made via posting to the Site, by e-mail, or by regular mail, in PDF's discretion.  The Site may also provide notices of changes to this Agreement or other matters by displaying such notices or by providing links to such notices.  Without limitation, you agree that a printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.  PDF will not be responsible for failures to fulfill any obligations due to causes beyond its control. 

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