General Terms and Conditions
Table of Contents
- Scope of Application
- Conclusion of the Contract
- Sale on Trial
- Right to Cancel
- Prices and Payment Conditions
- Shipment and Delivery Conditions
- Granting Rights of Use for Licence Keys
- Granting Rights of Use for Digital Content
- Contract Duration and Contract Termination Regarding Subscription Contracts
- Reservation of Proprietary Rights
- Special Conditions for the Processing of Goods According to Client’s Specification
- Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
- Applicable Law
- Place of Jurisdiction
- Code of conduct
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as “GTC”) of the company ASCEND GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “Seller”) shall apply to all contracts concluded between a consumer or a trader (hereinafter referred to as “Client”) and the Seller relating to all goods and/or services presented in the Seller’s online shop. The inclusion of the Client’s own conditions is herewith objected to, unless other terms have been stipulated.
1.2 These GTC apply accordingly to the supply of digital content, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.3 These GTC apply accordingly for the delivery of licence keys, unless expressly otherwise provided. In doing so, the Seller shall owe the provision of a licence key for the use of the software or content described by him as well as the granting of the contractually agreed rights for the use of the respective software or content. The Client does not acquire intellectual property rights to the software or content. The respective product description in the Seller’s online shop is decisive for the quality of the software or content.
1.4 A consumer pursuant to these GTC is any natural person concluding a legal transaction for a purpose attributed neither to a mainly commercial nor a self-employed occupational activity. A trader pursuant to these GTC is any natural or legal person or partnership with legal capacity acting in the performance of a commercial or self-employed occupational activity when concluding a legal transaction.
1.5 Digital content in the sense of these GTC is all data not on a tangible medium which are produced in digital form and are supplied by the Seller by granting certain usage rights precisely defined in these GTC.
1.6 According to the Seller’ product description, the object of the contract may be the supply of goods by way of a one-time delivery or the supply of goods by way of a stable delivery (hereinafter referred to as “subscription contract”). In case of a subscription contract, the Seller commits to supply the Client with the contractually owed goods for the duration of the agreed contract period and at the contractually agreed time intervals.
2) Conclusion of the Contract
2.1 The product descriptions in the Seller’s online shop do not constitute binding offers on the part of the Seller, but merely serve the purpose of submitting a binding offer by the Client.
2.2 The Client may submit the offer via the online order form integrated into the Seller’s online shop. In doing so, after having placed the selected goods and/or services in the virtual basket and passed through the ordering process, and by clicking the button finalizing the order process, the Client submits a legally binding offer of contract with regard to the goods and/or services contained in the shopping cart. The Client may also submit his offer to the Seller by telephone, fax, e-mail, postal service or per online contact form.
2.3 The Seller may accept the Client’s offer within five days,
- by transferring a written order confirmation or an order confirmation in written form (fax or e-mail); insofar receipt of order confirmation by the Client is decisive, or
- by delivering ordered goods to the Client; insofar receipt of goods by the Client is decisive, or
- by requesting the Client to pay after he placed his order.
Provided that several of the aforementioned alternatives apply, the contract shall be concluded at the time when one of the aforementioned alternatives firstly occurs. Should the Seller not accept the Client’s offer within the aforementioned period of time, this shall be deemed as rejecting the offer with the effect that the Client is no longer bound by his statement of intent.
2.4 When submitting an offer via the Seller’s online order form, the text of the contract is stored by the Seller after the contract has been concluded and transmitted to the Client in text form (e.g. e-mail, fax or letter) after the order has been sent. The Seller shall not make the contract text accessible beyond this. If the Client has set up a user account in the Seller’s online shop prior to sending his order, the order data shall be stored on the Seller’s website and can be accessed by the Client free of charge via his password-protected user account by specifying the corresponding login data.
2.5 Prior to submitting a binding order via the Seller’s online order form, the Client may recognize input errors by reading attentively the information displayed on the screen. The enlargement function of the browser to enlarge the display on the screen may be an effective method for better recognizing input errors.
The Client can correct all the data entered via the usual keyboard and mouse function during the electronic ordering process, until he clicks the button finalizing the ordering process.
2.6 The German and the English language are exclusively available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.7 Order processing and contacting usually takes place via e-mail and automated order processing. It is the Client’s responsibility to ensure that the e-mail address he provides for the order processing is accurate so that e-mails sent by the Seller can be received at this address. In particular, it is the Client`s responsibility, if SPAM filters are used, to ensure that all e-mails sent by the Seller or by third parties commissioned by the Seller with the order processing can be delivered.
3) Sale on Trial
3.1 When choosing the option “order on approval” (sale on trial), the contract will be concluded subject to the condition that the Client agrees with the ordered goods by explicit declaration made to the Seller (for example by post, fax, or e-mail) within a period of fourteen days or that the Client does not reject the goods already delivered by explicit declaration made to the Seller (for example by post, fax, or e-mail) within a period of fourteen days. The approval period begins on the day following the day the Client has received the goods.
3.2 During the approval period, the Client is entitled to check the delivered goods regarding quality, characteristics and functionality and to keep them for this purpose. In this case, he must handle the goods carefully with regard to a possible obligation to return them. If the Client uses the goods in a manner not required for checking the quality, characteristics and functionality, he shall be liable for a possible diminished value of the goods.
3.3 If the Client declares approval of the goods within the approval period or if he does not reject the goods within the approval period, the Client shall be obliged to pay the agreed purchase price. In this case the buyer has to immediately transfer the agreed purchase price to the Seller’s account and at the latest within a period of seven days, unless otherwise agreed. The payment period starts on the day following the Client’s declaration of approval or, if an explicit approval was not declared, on the day following the expiry of the approval period. The timely transfer of payment to the Seller’s account shall be decisive for meeting the deadline.
3.4 If the Client declares the refusal of the goods within the period of approval, he has to return those goods to the Seller within a period of seven days at his own expense, unless agreed otherwise. The timely dispatch shall be sufficient to observe the deadline. The Client has to use a suitable packaging in order to prevent damages during transportation.
3.5 If the Client culpably violates his duty to exercise proper care and/or his obligation to return the goods, he is obliged to compensate the Seller for the resulting harm.
3.6 The statutory right to cancel will not be affected by the above-mentioned provisions.
4) Right to Cancel
4.1 Consumers are entitled to the right to cancel.
4.2 Detailed information about the right to cancel are provided in the Seller’s instruction on cancellation.
5) Prices and Payment Conditions
5.1 Unless otherwise stated in the Seller’s product description, prices indicated are total prices including the statutory sales tax. Delivery costs, where appropriate, will be indicated separately in the respective product description
5.2 Payment can be made using one of the methods mentioned in the Seller’s online shop.
5.3 If prepayment by bank transfer has been agreed upon, payment is due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have arranged a later maturity date
5.4 If the payment method “purchase on account” is selected, the purchase price is due after the goods have been delivered and invoiced. In this case, the purchase price is to be paid within 14 (fourteen) days from receipt of the invoice without deduction, unless otherwise agreed. The Seller reserves the right to offer the payment method “purchase on account” only up to a certain order volume, and he may refuse this payment method if the specified order volume is exceeded. In this case, the Seller will inform the Client in his payment information displayed in the online shop of a corresponding payment restriction.
5.5 If the payment method “purchase on account” is selected, the purchase price is due after the goods have been delivered and invoiced. In this case, the purchase price is to be paid within 14 (fourteen) days from receipt of the invoice without deduction, unless otherwise agreed. The Seller reserves the right to offer the payment method “purchase on account” only up to a certain order volume, and he may refuse this payment method if the specified order volume is exceeded. In this case, the Seller will inform the Client in his payment information displayed in the online shop of a corresponding payment restriction. The Seller also reserves the right to carry out a creditworthiness check when the payment method “purchase on account” is selected, and he may reject this payment method in the event of a negative creditworthiness check.
In case the client has no PayPal account, the conditions applicable for payments without PayPal account will be effective. They can be viewed at: https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacywax-full
6) Shipment and Delivery Conditions
6.1 Goods are generally delivered on dispatch route and to the delivery address indicated by the Client, unless agreed otherwise. During the processing of the transaction, the delivery address indicated in the Seller’s order processing is decisive.
6.2 Should the assigned transport company return the goods to the Seller, because delivery to the Client was not possible, the Client bears the costs for the unsuccessful dispatch. This shall not apply, if the Client exercises his right to cancel effectively, if the delivery cannot be made due to circumstances beyond the Client’s control or if he has been temporarily impeded to receive the offered service, unless the Seller has notified the Client about the service for a reasonable time in advance.
6.3 Should the Client collect the goods himself, the Seller informs the Client by e-mail that the goods are available for collection. After receiving the e-mail, the Client may collect the goods in consultation with the Seller at the Seller’s place of business. In this case shipment costs will not be charged.
6.4 Digital content will be provided to the Client exclusively in electronic form as follows:
– by e-mail
6.5 Licence keys will be provided to the Client as follows:
– by e-mail
7) Granting Rights of Use for Licence Keys
7.1 The license key provided entitles the Client to use the software or content as described in the respective product description.
7.2 The granting of rights shall become effective only when the Client has fully paid the owed remuneration.
8) Granting Rights of Use for Digital Content
8.1 Unless otherwise stipulated in the description of contents displayed in the Seller’s online shop, the Seller grants the client the non- exclusive right, unlimited in relation to place and time, to use the contents supplied for private and professional purposes.
8.2 The transmission of content to third parties or the production of copies to third parties in a way not covered by the GTC is prohibited, unless the Seller has consented to the transfer of the contractual license to third parties.
8.3 The granting of rights pursuant to section 158 (1) German Civil Law Code will only become effective, if the Client has paid the contractually stipulated compensation in full. The Seller may allow the use of the contractual contents temporarily prior to this date. A transfer of rights does not take place via such a provisional permission.
9) Contract Duration and Contract Termination Regarding Subscription Contracts
9.1 Subscription contracts are concluded for an unlimited period of time, but at least for the minimum term as indicated in the respective product description in the Seller’s online shop. The subscription contract may be terminated at any time during the minimum term at the end of this term and after expiry of the minimum term with a 14-day period of notice.
9.2 The right to immediate termination for important reasons remains unaffected.
An important reason is considered, when the continuation of the contract is no more reasonable until the end of the agreed contractual period or until expiry of the notice period for termination, taking into account all circumstances of the particular case and with balanced judgement of mutual interests
9.3 Notices of termination must be made in writing or in text form (for example by e-mail). .
10) Reservation of Proprietary Rights
If the Seller provides advance deliveries, he retains title of ownership to the delivered goods, until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
11.1 Should the object of purchase be deficient, statutory provisions shall apply.
11.2 Deviating hereof regarding used goods: Claims for defects are excluded if the defect does not occur until one year after delivery of the goods. Defects that occur within one year of delivery of the goods can be asserted within the statutory limitation period.
The shortening of the limitation period does not apply,
- for a product, which was not used, in accordance with its usual application, for building construction and which was the cause of the building’s defectiveness,
- for claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses on the part of the Client, and
- if the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect.
11.3 The Client is asked to notify any obvious transport damages to the forwarding agent and to inform the Seller accordingly. Should the Client fail to comply therewith, this shall not affect his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
12) Special Conditions for the Processing of Goods According to Client’s Specification
12.1 If, according to the terms of the contract, the Seller owes the delivery of the goods as well as the processing of the goods according to certain specifications of the Client, the Client shall make available to the operator all contents required for processing such as texts, images or graphics in the file formats, formatting, image and file sizes specified by the operator and shall grant the operator the necessary rights of use. The Client is solely responsible for the procurement and acquisition of rights for such content. The Client declares and assumes responsibility that he has the right to use the content provided to the Seller. In particular, he shall ensure that no third-party rights are infringed thereby, in particular copyrights, trademark rights and personal rights.
12.2 The Client shall indemnify the Seller from claims of third parties asserted against the Seller in connection with a violation of their rights by the Seller’s contractual use of the Client’s content. The Client shall also bear the reasonable costs required for the necessary legal defense, including all court and lawyer’s fees according to the statutory rate. This shall not apply if the Client is not responsible for the infringement. In the event of claims by third parties, the Client shall be obliged to provide the Seller promptly, truthfully, and completely with all information that is necessary for the verification of the claims asserted for a corresponding defense.
12.3 The Seller reserves the right to refuse processing orders, if the content provided by the Client for this purpose violates legal or official prohibitions or morality. This shall apply in particular to the provision of content that is anti-constitutional, racist, xenophobic, discriminatory, offensive, or youth-endangering, and/or if it glorifies violence.
13) Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
If, according to the contents of the contract, the Seller owes, in addition to the delivery of the goods, the assembly or installation of the goods at the Client’s premises as well as any appropriate preparatory measures (e.g. measurement), the following shall apply:
13.1 The Seller shall perform his services at his discretion either himself or by qualified personnel selected by him. The Seller may also make use of the services of third parties (subcontractors) acting on the Seller’s behalf. Unless otherwise stated in the Seller’s description of services, the Client shall not be entitled to the selection of a specific person to perform the desired service.
13.2 The Client shall provide the Seller with the complete and truthful information required for the provision of the service owed, provided that the procurement of such information does not fall within the Seller’s obligations under the terms of the contract.
13.3 The Seller shall contact the Client after conclusion of the contract in order to arrange a date with the Client for the performance owed. The Client shall ensure that the Seller or the personnel commissioned by the Seller have access to the Client’s facilities at the agreed time .
13.4 The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall not pass to the Client until the assembly work has been completed and the goods have been handed over to the Client.
14) Applicable Law
14.1 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply to all legal relationships between the parties under exclusion of the laws governing the international purchase of movable goods. For consumers, this choice of law only applies to the extent that the granted protection is not withdrawn by mandatory provisions of the law of the country, in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
14.2 With regard to the statutory right of cancellation, this choice of law does not apply to consumers who do not belong to a member state of the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract.
15) Place of Jurisdiction
If the Client is a businessman, a legal entity of public law or a separate estate under public law with its seat in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract.. If the Client is domiciled outside the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract provided that the contract or claims from the contract can be assigned to the Client’s professional or commercial activities. In any event however, regarding the aforementioned cases the Seller is entitled to call the court responsible for the seat of the Client.
16) Code of conduct
The Seller has agreed to the conditions of participation for the e-commerce initiative “Fairness in Commerce”, which can be viewed on the Internet at https://www.fairness-im-handel.de/teilnahmebedingungen/.
17) Alternative dispute resolution
17.1 The EU Commission provides on its website the following link to the ODR platform: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
This platform shall be a point of entry for out-of-court resolutions of disputes arising from online sales and service contracts concluded between consumers and traders.
17.2 The Seller is neither obliged nor prepared to attend a dispute settlement procedure before an alternative dispute resolution entity.