ParkerVision, Inc.
PARKERVISION INC (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 05/22/2017 16:02:39)

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PARKERVISION, INC.

7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400

Jacksonville, Florida 32256

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD   JULY 11 , 2017

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Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of ParkerVision, Inc. (the Company ), will be held on July 11 , 2017 at 10 :00 a.m. Eastern Time For your convenience, you may attend the Annual Meeting online   at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PRKR 2017   or in person at 7915 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, Florida , 32256 .  



To participate in the Annual Meeting, you will need your 16-digit control number included with the notice of I nternet a vailability of proxy materials or proxy card.  Instructions on how to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting online can be found   at   www.proxyvote.com or at   www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PRKR 2017 .  You will be able to vote you r shares while attending the Annual Meeting by following the instructions on the website.    



A t this meeting, the Company's share holders will vote on the following proposals:  



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To elect four nominees as directors to the Board of Directors, and ;

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t o approve an amendment to the articles of incorporation of the Company to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock;

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to approve, on an advisory basis, the Company’s named executive officer compensation;

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to approve an amendment to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance under the ParkerVision 2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan ;

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to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered certified public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 201 7 ;   and

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t o transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual M eeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.



The transfer books will not be closed for the Annual Meeting. The b oard of d irectors has fixed the close   of business on May 15, 2017   as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting, and any adjournments thereof.



You are urged to read the attached proxy statement, which contains information relevant to the actions to be taken at the Annual Meeting. In order to assure the presence of a quorum, whether or not you expect to attend the Annual M eeting either online or in person , please vote your shares by proxy as promptly as possible. You may revoke your proxy if you so desire at any time before it is voted. For directions to be able to attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person, please contact the Company’s Corporate Secretary at (904) 732-6100.

 


 





Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting to B e   H eld on July 11 , 2017 : The Company’s proxy statement and annual report to security holders are available at https://www.proxyvote.com .





By Order of the Board of Directors



/s/ Cynthia Poehlman

Cynthia Poehlman

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary



Jacksonville, Florida

May 26 , 201 7



 


 

PARKERVISION, INC .

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PROXY STATEMENT

FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JULY 11 , 2017

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Table of Contents





 

 INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING

 PROPOSAL I:  ELECT ION OF DIRECTORS  

 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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 PROPOSAL II: APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AUTHORIZED SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

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 EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION  

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 PROPOSAL III:  ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION  

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 PROPOSAL IV: AMENDMENT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SHARES RESERVED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE PARKERVISION 2011 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE EQUITY PLAN

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 AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

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 PROPOSAL V:  RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS, LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

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 STOCK OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

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 CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

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 SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS AND NOMINATIONS

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 DISCRETIONARY VOTING OF PROXIES ON OTHER MATTERS

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INFOR MATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING



General



This proxy statement and the accompanying proxy materials are being furnished to our shareholders in connection with the solicitation of proxies by our b oard of d irectors (our “Board”) for use at our annual meeting of s hareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held Tuesday, July 11 , 2017 at 10 :00 a.m. Eastern Time for the following purposes:



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to elect three Class III members of the Board to hold office until the third ensuing annual meeting and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified and to elect one Class II member of the Board to serve until the 2018 annual meeting and until his respective successor is duly elected and qualified ;

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to approve an amendment to the articles of incorporation of the Company, as amended, to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock from 20 ,000,000 shares to 30 ,000,000 shares;

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to approve, on an advisory basis, the Company’s named executive officer compensation (“Say-on-Pay”);

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to approve an amendment to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance under the ParkerVision 2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan (the “2011 Plan”) ;  

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to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered certified public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 201 7 ; and  

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to transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.



The Annual Meeting will be held at via live webcast at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PRKR2017 and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.  We encourage you to access the meeting prior to the start time.  Online check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. Eastern Time, and you should allow ample time for the check-in procedures.  You may also choose to attend the meeting in person at 7915 Baymeadows Way, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256.  T his proxy statement and the accompanying proxy materials will be sent or made available to shareholders on or about May 26 , 2017 .



Record Date and Voting Securities



Our Board has fixed the close of business on May 15 , 2017   as the record date for determination of shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting .     As of   May 15 , 201 7 , we had issued and outstanding 17, 697,899 shares of common stock, par value $.01 per share, our only class of voting securities outstanding .       Each of our shareholders is entitled to one vote for each share of common stock registered in his or her name on the record date.    





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Voting



There are several different methods shareholders can use to vote their shares:



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By I nternet:  You can submit a proxy over the Internet to vote your shares by following the instructions provided either in the notice of Internet availability of proxy materials or on the proxy card or voting instruction form you received if you requested a full set of the proxy materials by mail or email ;



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By telephone:  If you requested a full set of proxy materials by mail or email, you can submit a proxy over the telephone by following the instructions provided on the proxy card or voting instruction form accompanying the proxy materials you received.  If you received a notice of Internet availability of proxy materials only, you can submit a proxy over the telephone to vote your shares by following the instructions at the Internet web address referred to in the notice ;



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By mail:  If you requested and received a full set of the proxy materials by mail or email, you can submit a proxy by mail to vote your shares by completing, signing, and returning the proxy card or voting instruction form accompanying the proxy materials you received ; or



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During the meeting:  Y ou may vote virtually via the Internet during the Annual Meeting. If you desire to vote during the meeting, please follow the instructions for attending and voting during the Annual Meeting posted at   www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PRKR2017 .  Alternatively, y ou may vote in person at the Annual Meeting by submitting the ballot that will be provided to you at the meeting .



Shareholders of Record and Sharehold er s Who H old Shares in “Street N ame”



If your shares of stock are registered in your name on the books and records of our transfer agent, you are the share holder of record. If your shares of stock are held for you in the name of your broker, bank or other nominee, your shares are held in “street name .”



If you are a share holder of record and you sign and return a proxy card without giving specific voting instructions or you indicate when voting on the Internet or by telephone that you wish to vote as recommended by the Board, then the proxy holders will vote your shares in the manner recommended by the Board on all matters presented in this proxy statement and as the proxy holders may determine in their discretion with respect to any other matters properly presented for a vote at the Annual Meeting.     If you hold your shares in street name ” through a bank, broker or other holder of record , please refer to the materials provided to you by your bank, broker or other holder of record for information on communicating your voting instructions.



If you hold your shares in street name, your bank, broker or other holder of record will not be permitted to vote on your behalf on certain matters, including with respect to   the election of our directors , the amendment to our articles of incorporation increasing the number of authorized shares of common stock ,   the approval, on an advisory basis, of our named executive officer compensation, and the amendment to our 2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan ,   unless it receives voting instructions from you. To ensure that your vote is counted, please (i) communicate your voting instructions to your broker, bank, or other holder of record before the Annual M eeting, (ii) o btain a legal proxy and vote online using the instructions posted on the Internet, (iii) or obtain a legal proxy and arrange to attend the Annual Meeting in person .



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Proxies and Revocation of Proxies  



Your proxy is being solicited by our Board for use at the Annual Meeting .   By giving your proxy, you are appointing as your proxies the persons that have been designated by our Board .   Any proxy given pursuant to this solicitation and received in time for the Annual Meeting will be voted in accordance with your instructions .   If no instructions are given, proxies given by a shareholder will be voted “FOR” the election of each of the director nominees ,   “FOR” the amendment to our articles of incorporation   increasing the number of authorized shares of common stock, “FOR” the approval of our named executive officer compensation, “FOR” the amendment to our 2011 Plan , and “FOR” ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC as our independent registered certified public accounting firm .   With respect to any other proposal that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, the persons appointed as proxies will vote as recommended by our Board or, if no recommendation is given, in their own discretion, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and regulations.



Any proxy may be revoked by (i) submitting a written notice of revocation that is received by our Corporate Secretary at any time prior to the voting at the Annual Meeting , (ii) submitting a subsequent proxy prior to the voting at the Annual Meeting or (iii) attending the Annual Meeting and voting online or in person .   Attendance by a shareholder at the Annual Meeting does not alone serve to revoke his or her proxy .   Shareholders may send written notice of revocation to the Corporate Secretary, ParkerVision, Inc., 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.



Quorum and Required Vote



The presence, in person , including online attendance, or by proxy, of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast at the Annual Meeting will constitute a quorum at the meeting .   A proxy submitted by a shareholder may indicate that all or a portion of the shares represented by his or her proxy are not being voted (“shareholder withholding”) with respect to a particular matter. Similarly, a broker may not be permitted to vote stock held in street name on a particular matter in the absence of instructions from the beneficial owner of the stock (“broker non-vote”) .   The shares subject to a proxy which are not being voted on a particular matter because of either shareholder withholding or a   broker non-vote will not be considered shares present and entitled to vote on the matter .   These shares, however, may be considered present and entitled to vote on other matters and will count for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum, unless the proxy indicates that the shares are not being voted on any matter at the Annual Meeting , in which case the shares will not be counted for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum.



Director Election .   The directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting .   “Plurality” means that the nominees who receive the highest number of votes in their favor will be elected as our directors .   Consequently, any shares not voted “FOR” a particular nominee, because of either shareholder withholding or broker non-vote, will not be counted in the nominee’s favor .   Shareholders do not have cumulative voting rights for directors.



Amendment to Articles of Incorporation, Say on Pay, Amendment to the 2011 Plan, and Appointment of Independent Registered Certified Public Accounting Firm   The approva l of the amendment to our articles of incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock, Say-on-Pay, the amendment to our 2011 Plan ,   and the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC as our independent registered certified public accounting firm each require the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting.  Abstentions are counted as “votes cast” with respect to the proposals and, therefore have the same effect as a vote against the proposals.  Shares deemed present at the Annual Meeting but not entitled to vote, either because of shareholder withholding or broker non-vote, are not deemed “votes cast” with respect to the proposals, and therefore will have no effect on the vote.

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Other Matters .   All other matters that may be brought before the shareholders must be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting ,   unless the governing corporate law, our articles of incorporation or our bylaws require otherwise .   Abstentions from voting are counted as “votes cast” with respect to the proposal and, therefore have the same effect as a vote against the proposal .   Shares deemed present at the Annual Meeting but not entitled to vote , either because of shareholder withholding or broker non-vote , are not deemed “votes cast” with respect to the proposal, and therefore will have no effect on the vote.



Appraisal Rights



No appraisal rights are available under Florida law, our articles of incorporation or our bylaws if you dissent from or vote against any of the proposals to be presented at the Annual Meeting .



Solici t ation of Proxies



Your proxy is being solicited by our Board for use at the Annual Meeting We have retained Advantage Proxy to act as a proxy solicitor in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.  We have agreed to pay Advantage Proxy a fee of $5,500, plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.  If you are a shareholder and have questions about the proposals including the procedures for voting your shares, please contact Advantage Proxy toll free at 1-877-870-8565 or by email at ksmith@advantageproxy.com Our officers and other employees, without additional remuneration, may also assist in the solicitation of proxies in the ordinary course of their employment. In addition to the use of the mail and the Internet, solicitations may be made personally or by email or telephone, as well as by public announcement. We will bear the cost of this proxy solicitation .   We may also request brokers, dealers, banks and their nominees to solicit proxies from their clients where appropriate, and may reimburse them for reasonable expenses related thereto.



Our Annual Report on Form 10-K   for the fiscal year ended December 31, 20 1 6 (“Annual Report”), which contains our audited financial statements, is being sent or made available to our shareholders along with this proxy statement .   We will provide to you exhibits to the Annual Report upon payment of a fee of $.25 per page, plus $5.00 postage and handling charge, if a request is sent in writing to the Corporate Secretary, ParkerVision, Inc., 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 .

 

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PROPO SAL I :  ELECTION OF DIRECTORS



General



Our Board is divided into three classes with only one class of directors typically being elected in each year and each class serving a three-year term.  The term of office of our Class III directors expires at this year’s Annual Meeting.  Our Board has nominated M essrs. John Metcalf and Robert Sterne for re-election, both of whom are current Class III directors of ours.



As previously announced in December 2016, the Board increased its size from seven to nine and appointed Messrs . Frank Newman and Paul Rosenbaum to fill the vacancies created by such increase until the next annual meeting.  Pursuant to our bylaws, any director appointed by the Board to fill a vacancy serves only until our next annual meeting of shareholders.  Accordingly, the Board has also nominated M r . Paul Rosenbaum to serve as a Class III director and Mr. Frank Newman to serve as a Class II director.  If elected by the shareholders, Mr. Rosenbaum will serve a three-year term concurrent with Messrs. Metcalf and Sterne.     Mr. Frank Newman , if elected, will continue to serve as a Class II director until the end of the Class II term at the 2018 annual meeting.  The term of office of our Class I directors will expire at our Annual Meeting in 2019. 



Each of the nominees has agreed to be named in this proxy statement and to serve as a d irector if elected.  Unless otherwise specified by you when you give your proxy, the shares subject to your proxy will be voted “FOR” the election of these nominees.  In case any of these nominees becomes unavailable for election to the Board, an event which is not anticipated, the persons appointed as proxies, or their substitutes, shall have full discretion and authority to vote or refrain from voting your shares for any other person in accordance with their judgment.



Director s and Director Nominees



Papken der Torossian, 78 , Class II Director



Papken der Torossian has been a director of ours since June 2003.  Mr. der Torossian has extensive experience as chairman and chief executive of a number of semiconductor and technology-based companies.  Mr. der Torossian was chief executive officer of Silicon Valley Group, Inc. (“SVGI”) from 1986 until 2001 when it was acquired by ASML.  Prior to his joining SVGI, from 1981 until 1986, he was president and chief executive officer of ECS Microsystems, a communications and personal computer company that was acquired by Ampex Corporation where he stayed on as a manager for a year. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. der Torossian was president of the Santa Cruz Division of Plantronics where he also served as vice president of the Telephone Products Group. Previous to that, he spent four years at Spectra-Physics, Inc. and 12 years with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of management positions. 



From August 2007 until its acquisition in 2016, Mr. der Torossian has served as a director and a member of the compensation committee and nominating and governance committees of Atmel Corporation, a publicly traded company. Among other qualifications, Mr. der Torossian has over two decades of experience in engineering and has demonstrated accomplishments as chief executive officer and chairman of several high technology public and private companies.  Mr. der Torossian also has a relevant network in the technology community as well as relevant operating experience with small, high growth companies.  



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William Hig htower, 73 , Class I Director



William Hightower has been a director of ours since March 1999.  Mr. Hightower has extensive experience as an executive officer and operating officer for both public and private companies in a number of industries, including telecommunications. From September 2003 to his retirement in November 2004, Mr. Hightower served as our president. Mr. Hightower was the president and chief operating officer and a director of SVGI, from August 1997 until May 2001. SVGI was a publicly held company which designed and built semiconductor capital equipment tools for chip manufacturers. From January 1996 to August 1997, Mr. Hightower served as chairman and chief executive officer of CADNET Corporation, a developer of network software solutions for the architectural industry. From August 1989 to January 1996, Mr. Hightower was the president and chief executive officer of Telematics International, Inc. Among other qualifications, Mr. Hightower’s longevity on our Board provides him with a historical perspective and a relevant understanding of both our target markets and our industry as a whole.



John Me tcalf , 6 6 , Class III Director Nominee



John Metcalf has been a director of ours since June 2004.  From November 2002 until his retirement in July 2010, Mr. Metcalf was a chief financial officer (“CFO”) partner with Tatum LLC, the largest executive services and consulting firm in the U.S . Mr. Metcalf has 18 years’ experience as a CFO.  From July 2006 to September 2007, Mr. Metcalf served as CFO for Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a provider of high-technology manufacturing equipment to the global electronics market. From June 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Metcalf served as CFO for Siltronic AG.  



From August 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Metcalf served on the board of directors and was chairman of the audit, compensation, and nominating committees of Trellis Earth Products, Inc, a privately held company.  From June 2007 until July 2011, Mr. Metcalf served on the board of directors and was chairman of the audit committee of EnergyConnect Group, Inc. (formerly Microfield Group, Inc.), a publicly traded company that was acquired by Johnson Controls, Inc. in July 2011.  Among other qualifications, Mr. Metcalf has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, an in-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles, financial statements and SEC reporting requirements, and satisfies the audit committee requirement for financial expertise.



Frank Newman, 75 , Class II Director Nominee



Frank Newman was appointed as a director of ours in December 2016 to fill a vacancy created by the expansion of our Board from seven to nine directors.  Mr. Newman has served since 2011 as chairman of Promontory Financial Group China Ltd., an advisory group for financial institutions and corporations in China.  From 2005 to 2010, he served as chairman and chief executive of Shenzhen Development Bank, a national bank in China.  Prior to 2005, Mr. Newman served as chairman, president, and chief executive of Bankers Trust and CFO of Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. 



Mr. Newman served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1994 to 1995 and as Under Secretary of Domestic Finance from 1993 to 1994.  He has authored two books and several articles on economic matters, published in the U.S., mainland China, and Hong Kong. 



Mr. Newman has served as a director for major public companies in the U.S., United Kingdom, and China, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall. He earned his BA, magna cum laude in economics, at Harvard.  Mr. Newman brings a substantial knowledge of international banking and business relationships to the Board.  His contacts, particularly in China, including Hong Kong, could prove valuable to the Company’s international strategies.  In addition, his financial background adds an important expertise to the Board with regard to financing future business opportunities.    

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Jeffrey Parker, 60 , Class I Director



Jeffrey Parker has been the chairman of our Board and our chief executive officer since our inception in August 1989 and was our president from April 1993 to June 1998. From March 1983 to August 1989, Mr. Parker served as executive vice president for Parker Electronics, Inc., a joint venture partner with Carrier Corporation performing research, development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. Mr. Parker holds 31 U.S. patents. Among other qualifications, as chief executive officer, Mr. Parker has relevant insight into our operations, our industry, and related risks as well as experience bringing disruptive technologies to market.



Paul A. Rosenbaum,   74 , Class III Director Nominee



Paul A. Rosenbaum was appointed as a director of ours in December 2016 to fill a vacancy created by the expansion of our Board from seven to nine directors.  Mr. Rosenbaum has extensive experience as a director and executive officer for both public and private companies in a number of industries.  Since 1994, Mr. Rosenbaum has served as chief executive of SWR Corporation, a privately-held corporation that designs, sells, and markets specialty industrial chemicals.  Since 2009, Mr. Rosenbaum has been a member of the Providence St . Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees, and previously served as president of the Council.  In addition, from September 2000 until June 2009, Mr. Rosenbaum served as chairman and chief executive of Rentrak Corporation (“Rentrak”), a NASDAQ publicly traded company that provides transactional media measurement and analytical services to the entertainment and media industry.   From June 2009 until July 2011, Mr. Rosenbaum served in a non-executive capacity as chairman of Rentrack.  From 2007 until 2016, Mr. Rosenbaum served on the Board of Commissioners for the Port of Portland, including as vice chairman from 2012 to 2016.



Mr. Rosenbaum was chief partner in the Rosenbaum Law Center from 1978 to 2000 and served in the Michigan Legislature from 1972 to 1978, during which time he chaired the House Judiciary Committee, was legal counsel to the Speaker of the House and wrote and sponsored the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act. Additionally, Mr. Rosenbaum served on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as vice chairman of the Criminal Justice and Consumer Affairs Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and on a committee of the Michigan Supreme Court responsible for reviewing local court rules.



David Sorrells , 58 , Class II Director



David Sorrells has been our chief technical officer since September 1996 and has been a director of ours since January 1997.  Mr. Sorrells is one of the leading inventors of our core technologies. From June 1990 to September 1996, Mr. Sorrells served as our engineering manager. He holds 1 90   U.S. patents and a number of corresponding foreign patents. Among other qualifications, Mr. Sorrells has an in-depth understanding of our technologies and their relevance to target markets.



Robert Sterne, 6 5 , Class III Director Nominee



Robert Sterne   has been a director of ours since September 2006 and also served as a director of ours from February 2000 to June 2003 . Since 1978, Mr. Sterne has been a partner of the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, specializing in patent and other intellectual property law. Mr. Sterne provides legal services to us as one of our patent and intellectual property attorneys.



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Mr. Sterne has co-authored numerous publications related to patent litigation strategies.  He has received multiple awards for contributions to intellectual property law including Law 360’s 2016 Top 25 Icons of IP and the Financial Times 2015 Top 10 Legal Innovators in North America.  Among other qualifications, Mr. Sterne has an in-depth knowledge of our intellectual property portfolio and patent strategies and is considered a leader in best practices and board responsibilities concerning intellectual property.



Nam Suh, 81 , Class I Director



Nam Suh has been a director of ours since December 2003. Dr. Suh served as the president of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from July 2006 to February 2013.  He is a member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia and a member of a number of advisory organizations, including the International Advisory Board of King Fahd University of Science and Technology and the Research Advisory Board of Arcelik of Istanbul, Turkey. 



Dr. Suh is currently the Cross Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) where he had been a member of the faculty since 1970.  At MIT, Dr. Suh held many positions including director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, head of the department of Mechanical Engineering, director of the MIT Manufacturing Institute, and director of the Park Center for Complex Systems.  In 1984, Mr. Suh was appointed the assistant director for Engineering of the National Science Foundation by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 



Dr. Suh served on the board of directors of OLEV Corporation, a venture company founded in 2016 to commercialize innovative wireless charging technology for heavy-duty electric vehicles.  From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Suh served on the board of directors of Integrated Device Technology, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that develops mixed signal semiconductor solutions, and, from 2004 to 2007, he served on the board of directors of Therma-Wave, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that manufactures process control metrology systems for use in semiconductor manufacturing.



Dr. Suh has significant experience with technology innovation and the process of new product introduction, including an invention selected as one of the 10 Emerging Technologies of the world by the 2013 World Economic Forum of Davos and 50 most promising new inventions of 2010 by TIME magazine.  Dr. Suh is a widely published author of approximately 300 articles and ten books on topics related to tribology, manufacturing, plastics, design, and large systems.  Dr. Suh has approximately 100 patents, some of which relate to electric vehicles, polymers, tribology, and design. He has received many national and international honors and awards, including the NSF Distinguished Service Award, 2009 ASME Medal, and nine honorary doctorates from various universities on four continents.  Dr. Suh has a relevant professional network in the Korean community as well as relevant experience with Korean culture and commerce .

 

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” EACH OF THE CLASS II AND CLASS III DIRECTOR NOMINEES.



 

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COR PORATE GOVERNANCE



We maintain corporate governance policies and practices that reflect what the Board believes are “best practices.” A copy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines is available upon request to our Secretary, or may be viewed or downloaded from our website at http://www.parkervision.com .



Leadership Structure



The decision as to who should serve as Chairman of the Board, who should serve as Chief Executive Officer, and whether those offices should be combined or separate, is the responsibility of our Board. The members of our Board possess considerable experiences and unique knowledge of the challenges and opportunities we face, and are in the best position to evaluate our needs and how best to organize the capabilities of the directors and senior officers to meet those needs. Our Board does not believe that our size or the complexity of our operations warrants a separation of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer functions. Furthermore, our Board believes that combining the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board promotes leadership and direction for the Board and for executive management, as well as allowing for a single, clear focus for the chain of command.



Accordingly, the Board believes that the most effective leadership structure for us at this time is for Mr. Parker to serve as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parker is one of our founders and has been our Chairman of the Board and our Chief Executive Officer since our inception in August 1989. The Board believes that he is uniquely qualified through his experience and expertise to be the person who generally sets the agenda for, and leads discussions of, issues relating to the implementation of our strategic plan. Mr. Parker’s leadership, in both his Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer roles, continues to ensure that we remain dedicated to and focused on both our short and long-term objectives. While the Board does not have a lead independent director, the independent directors meet in executive session regularly without the presence of management.



Independence of Directors



Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market of The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC (“NASDAQ”), and we follow the rules of NASDAQ in determining if a director is independent. The Board consults with our counsel to ensure that the Board’s determinations regarding the independence of directors are consistent with the rules of NASDAQ and all relevant securities laws and regulations.  Consistent with these considerations, the Board affirmatively has determined that Messrs. D er Torossian , Hightower, Metcalf, Newman, Rosenbaum, Sterne, and Suh   are our independent directors. Messrs. Parker and Sorrells are not considered independent due to their current employment by us.



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Risk Management and Board Oversight  



The Board as a whole works with our management team to promote and cultivate a corporate environment that incorporates enterprise-wide risk management into strategy and operations. Management periodically reports to the Board about the identification, assessment and management of critical risks and management’s risk mitigation strategies. Each committee of the Board is responsible for the evaluation of elements of risk management based on the committee’s expertise and applicable regulatory requirements. In evaluating risk, the Board and its committees consider whether our programs adequately identify material risks in a timely manner and implement appropriately responsive risk management strategies throughout the organization. The audit committee focuses on assessing and mitigating financial risk, including risk related to internal controls, and receives at least quarterly reports from management on identified risk areas. In setting compensation, the compensation committee strives to create incentives that encourage behavior consistent with our business strategy, without encouraging undue risk-taking. The nominating and corporate governance committee considers areas of potential risk within corporate governance and compliance, such as management succession. Each of the committees reports regularly to the Board as a whole as to their findings with respect to the risks they are charged with assessing.



Board Meetings and Committees



During the fiscal year ended December 31, 201 6 , our Board met nine times and acted by unanimous consent five times. All of our directors attended 75% or more of the aggregate number of meetings of the Board and committees on which they served, with the exception of Mr. Sorrells and Mr. Sterne .   Mr. Sterne was absent with notice from two Board meetings and our 2016 annual shareholders’ meeting in August 2016 due to extenuating circumstances.  The directors are strongly encouraged to attend meetings of shareholders. All of our directors attended our 2016 annual meeting of shareholders except Mr. Sterne and Mr. Parker.



The Board has three separately standing committees: the audit committee, the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. Each committee is composed entirely of independent directors as determined in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ for directors generally, and where applicable, with the rules of NASDAQ for such committee. In addition, each committee has a written charter, a copy of which is available free of charge at http://www.parkervision.com.



Audit Committee



Messrs. Metcalf (Chair), Hightower and Der Torossian are the current members of our audit committee.  During the fiscal year ended December 31, 201 6 , the audit committee met five times.  The functions of the audit committee include oversight of the integrity of our financial statements, our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and the performance, qualifications and independence of our independent auditors. The audit committee also reviews and recommends to the Board whether or not to approve transactions between us and an officer ,   director , or other related party . The purpose and responsibilities of our audit committee are set forth in full in the committee’s charter. The report of the audit committee is included on page 34 of this proxy statement.



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Audit Committee Financial Expert



The Board has determined that John Metcalf is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and is independent as determined in accordance with the rules of NASDAQ for audit committee members. In addition, we must certify to NASDAQ that the audit committee has, and will continue to have, at least one member who has past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite professional certification in accounting, or other comparable experience or background that results in the individual’s “financial sophistication.”  Our Board has determined that Mr. Metcalf’s qualifications also satisfy NASDAQ’s definition of financial sophistication.



Compensation Committee



Messrs. D er Torossian (Chair), Metcalf and Suh are the current members of our compensation committee.   During the fiscal year ended December 31, 201 6 , the compensation committee met six times and acted by unanimous consent one time . The functions of the compensation committee include oversight of the development, implementation and effectiveness of our compensation philosophy, policies and strategies and oversight of the regulatory compliance and reporting requirements with respect to compensation and related matters. Our compensation committee has overall responsibility for evaluating and approving our executive officer incentive compensation, benefit, severance, equity-based and other compensation plans, policies and programs. When applicable, t he compensation committee also is responsible for discussing and reviewing with management the compensation discussion and analysis that we include in our filings with the SEC. The purpo se and responsibilities of our compensation committee are set forth in full in the committee’s charter.



Compensation Committee Policies and Procedures



The compensation committee typically reviews the elements of compensation for our e xecutive officer s annually and, subject to any existing employment agreements, sets each element of compensation for the chief executive officer and the other e xecutive officer s, including annual base salary, annual incentive bonus, equity compensation. The compensation committee also periodically reviews the terms of employment agreements with our e xecutive officer s, including in connection with any new hire or the expiration of any existing employment agreements.  The compensation committee also makes recommendations to the Board with respect to compensation plans, policies and programs, administers our equity incentive plans and e xecutive officer s performance bonus plans, and prepares the compensation committee report for our annual proxy statement.

 

Our chief executive officer occasionally attends the compensation committee’s meetings, at the request of the compensation committee.  To assist the compensation committee in making its compensation determinations, our chief executive officer evaluates the performance of the other e xecutive officer s and key employees and makes recommendations regarding their compensation to the committee for its consideration and determination. In addition the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and human resource management personnel make recommendations to the committee with regard to overall pay strategy including program designs, annual incentive plan design, and long-term incentive plan design for all employees. Human resource management provides the compensation committee with market information and relevant data analysis as requested. E xecutive officer s do not determine any element or component of their own pay package or total compensation amount. The chief executive officer is not present for any discussions of his own compensation.

 

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The compensation committee retains sole authority to engage compensation consultants including determining the nature and scope of services, approving the amount of compensation for those services, and receiving the analyses resulting from those services.   The compensation committee assesses the independence of any consultants pursuant to SEC and NASDAQ rules.  Although our compensation committee has, from time to time, engaged a compensation consultant to assist in various compensation matters, no consultants were engaged in 201 6 .  



Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee



Messrs. Hightower (Chair), Sterne and Suh are the current members of our nominating and corporate governance committee.  During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the nominating and corporate governance committee met five times. The functions of the nominating and corporate governance committee include identification and recommendation of director nominees qualified to serve on the Board and recommendation to the Board of corporate governance guidelines for our company. The purpose and responsibilities of our nominating and corporate governance committee are set forth in full in the committee’s charter.



Director Nomination Process



The nominating and corporate governance committee considers persons identified by its members, management, shareholders, potential investors, investment bankers and others with the objective of having a Board with diverse perspectives and skills. The committee does not distinguish among nominees recommended by shareholders and other persons. Each individual is evaluated in the context of the Board as a whole, with the objective of recommending a group of persons that can best implement our business plan, perpetuate our busin ess and represent shareholder interests.



The nominating and corporate governance committee is responsible for assessing the appropriate balance of skills and characteristics required of Board members. Nominees for director are selected on the basis of, among other things, experience, integrity, ability to make independent analytical inquiries, understanding of our business environment and willingness and ability to devote adequate time to Board duties. Nominees for director are assessed based on the needs of the Board at that point in time and with an objective of ensuring diversity in background, experience and viewpoints of Board members. Though the committee does not have specific guidelines on diversity, it is one of many criteria considered by the Board when evaluating candidates.



Shareholders and others wishing to suggest candidates to the nominating committee for consideration as directors must submit written notice to the Corporate Secretary, ParkerVision, Inc., 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, who will provide it to the nominating committee. We also have a method by which shareholders may nominate persons as directors, which is described in the section “Shareholder Proposals and Nominations” on page 40 of this proxy statement. We did not receive any recommendations or nominations from shareholders for this Annual Meeting.



Code of Ethics



The Board has adopted a code of ethics that is designed to deter wrongdoing and to promote ethical conduct and full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable reports that we file or submit to the SEC and others. A copy of the code of ethics may be found on our website at http://www.parkervision.com.



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Shareholder Communications



Shareholders may contact the Board or individual members of the Board by writing to them in care of the Corporate Secretary, ParkerVision, Inc., 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. The Corporate Secretary will forward all correspondence received to the Board or the applicable director from time to time. This procedure was approved by our independent directors.



Compensation of Outside Directors



Director Compensation Arrangements



Our standard non-employee director compensation program provides for cash retainers for service on the Board and Board committees.   Committee fees are structured in such a way as to provide distinction between compensation for committee members and chairpersons and between the responsibilities of the various committees.   We provide the following cash compensation to non-employee directors:



·

each non-employee director receives an annual cash retainer of $37,500;



·

each non-employee director who serves as a member of our audit committee receives an annual cash retainer of $7,500; each non-employee director who serves as a member of our compensation committee receives an annual cash retainer of $5,000; and each non-employee director who serves as a member of our nominating and corporate governance committee receives an annual cash retainer of $2,500; and



·

each non-employee director who serves as the chair of our audit committee receives an annual cash retainer of $15,000; each non-employee director who serves as the chair of our compensation committee receives an annual cash retainer of $10,000; and each non-employee director who serves as the chair of our nominating and corporate governance committee receives an annual cash retainer of $5,000.



Our standard compensation program includes equity-based compensation to our non-employee directors.  Historically, e ach non-employee director received , following our annual shareholders’ meeting, equity awards with an aggregate grant-date fair value of $125,000.  The annual equity awards include d restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and nonqualified stock options, each with a grant-date fair value of approximately $62,500.  These equity awards vest ed on the one-year anniversary of the grant date and were forfeited if the director resign ed or was r emoved from the Board for cause prior to the vesting date.  The non-employee directors voluntarily waived receipt of their standard equity compensation package following the 2015 annual meeting .  In August 2016, as compensation for 2015 and 2016, our non-employee directors each received a one-time grant of 40,000 RSUs, one-half of which vested immediately and the balance of which will vest in August 2017.  



Our two director nominees who were appointed in December 2016 to fill vacancies created by our expansion of the Board size from seven to nine each received 50,000 share options and 50,000 RSUs.  Twenty percent of the awards vested immediately upon grant and the remaining portion of each award will vest in eight equal quarterly increments through December 2018.  The director nominees waived all cash fees for director and committee service through December 2018.



We reimburse our non-employee directors for their reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings and we encourage participation in relevant educational programs for which we reimburse all or a portion of the costs incurred for these purposes.



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Directors who are also our employees are not compensated for serving on our Board.  Information regarding compensation otherwise received by our directors who are also named executive officers is provided under “Executive Compensation.”



The following table summarizes the compensation of our non-employee directors for the year ended December 31, 201 6 .  







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Cash Fees

Earned

($) 1

 

Stock

Awards($) 2

 

Option

Awards($) 2

 

Total
($)

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(d)

 

(e)

Papken der Torossian

 

$

55,000 

 

$

245,200 

3

$

 —

3

$

300,200 

William Hightower

 

 

50,000 

 

 

245,200 

3

 

 —

3

$

295,200 

John Metcalf

 

 

57,500 

 

 

245,200 

4

 

 —

4

$

302,700 

Frank Newman

 

 

 —

 

 

106,000 

5

 

86,892 

5

$

192,892 

Paul Rosenbaum

 

 

 —

 

 

106,000 

5

 

89,862 

5

$

195,862 

Robert Sterne

 

 

40,000 

 

 

245,200 

3

 

 —

3

$

285,200 

Nam Suh

 

 

45,000 

 

 

245,200 

6

 

 —

6

$

290,200 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



1    A mount represents fees earned for 2016 annual board and committee retainers.  The directors voluntarily deferred payment of their cash fees in 2016, with the exception of John Metcalf who deferred $35,938 of his 2016 fees.

2     The amounts represented in columns (c) and (d) represent the full grant date fair value of stock awards in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 718 (“ ASC 718 ”).  Refer to Note 10 of the financial statements included in Item 8 of our Annual Report for the assumptions made in the valuation of stock awards .  

3     At December 31, 2016, Messrs. der Torossian, Hightower, and Sterne each have 20,000 unvested RSUs and 31,621 exercisable share options outstanding .  

4     At December 31, 2016, Mr. Metcalf has 20,000 unvested RSUs and 29,311 exercisable share options outstanding .

5     At December 31, 2016, Messrs. Newman and Rosenbaum each have 40,000 unvested RSUs, 10,000 exercisable share options, and 40,000 unexercisable share options outstandin g .

6     At December 31, 2016, Mr. Suh has 20,000 unvested RSUs, 250 RSUs that are vested and for which he deferred distribution until his retirement from the Board, and 31,621 exercisable share options outstanding .

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PROPOSAL II: APP ROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AUTHORIZED SHARES OF COMMON STOCK



On April 18, 2017 , th e Board unanimously adopted a resolution proposing to amend our   articles of incorporation (“Articles”) to i ncrease the number of authorized shares of common stock, $0.01 par value, from 20,000,000 shares   to   30 ,000,000 s hares, and recommending the proposed amendment (the “Amendment”) to our shareholders for approval. The form of Amendment is attached as Annex A to this proxy statement.



As of May 15 , 2017 , the record date for the Annual Meeting,   17,697,899   shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding. In addition, as of such date,   977 ,696   shares of common stock were subject to outstanding options and unvested restricted stock units ,   420,000   shares of common stock were subject to outstanding warrants, and   5 89 ,027 shares of common stock were reserved for issuance under our equity compensation plans. The Articles also authorize us to issue 15 ,000,000 shares of preferred stock, $1.00 par value, none of which were issued and outstanding as of the record date.



The Board believes approval of the Amendment is in the best interests of the C ompany and its shareholders. The authorization of additional shares of common stock will enable us to meet our obligations under our equity compensation plans and outstanding options and warrants, while retaining flexibility to respond to future business needs and opportunities. For example, the additional shares may be used for financing our business, for acquiring other businesses, for forming strategic partnerships and alliances, for granting equity compensation to our employees.



If the Amendment is approved, the Board will be authorized to issue the additional shares of common stock for which authorization is sought , in its discretion , without furth er approval of the shareholders, and the Board does not intend to seek shareholder approval prior to any issuance of the shares of common stock, unless shareholder approval is required by applicable law or securities exchange rules. Although we review from time to time various transactions that could result in the issuance of common stock, we have no current plan, agreement, commitment, understanding or arrangement to issue additional shares of our common stock, except for issuances upon the exercise of our outstanding options and warrants.



The additional shares of common stock for which authorization is sought would be identical to the shares of common stock we are presently authorized to issue. Holders of our common stock do not have preemptive rights to subscribe to additional securities which may be issued by us. The holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote for each share held of record on all matters to be voted on by shareholders. There is no cumulative voting with respect to the election of directors, with the result that the holders of more than 50% of the shares of our common stock voted in an election of directors can elect all of our directors. The holders of our common stock are entitled to receive dividends when, as, and if declared by the Board out of funds legally available therefor. We have never paid dividends on our shares of common stock. In the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding up, the holders of our common stock are entitled to share ratably in all assets remaining available for distribution after payment of liabilities and after provision has been made for each class of stock, if any, having preference over the common stock. There are no redemption or sinking fund provisions applicable to the common stock.



The issuance of additional shares of common stock for which authorization is sought may have a dilutive effect on earnings per share and on the equity and voting power of existing security holders of our capital stock. It may also adversely affect the market price of the common stock. However, if the issuance of additional shares of common stock allows us to pursue our business plan and grow our business, the market price of our common stock may increase.



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While not intended as an anti-takeover provision, the additional shares of common stock for which authorization is sought could also be used by us to oppose a hostile takeover attempt or to delay or prevent changes in control or management of the company. For example, without further shareholder approval, the Board could strategically sell shares of common stock to purchasers who would oppose a takeover or favor the current Board. Although the Amendment has been prompted by business and financial considerations and not by the threat of any hostile takeover attempt (nor is the Board currently aware of any such attempts directed at the company), approval of the proposal could facilitate future efforts by us to deter or prevent changes in control of the company, including transactions in which the share holders might otherwise receive a premium for their shares over then current market prices.



The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting is required to approve the Amendment. Abstentions from voting are counted as “votes cast” with respect to the proposals and, therefore have the same effect as a vote against the proposals.  Shares deemed present at the Annual M eeting but not entitled to vote because of either shareholder withholding or broker non-vote are not deemed “votes cast” with respect to the proposals, and therefore will have no effect on the vote.  Neither Florida law, nor the Articles, nor our bylaws provides for appraisal or other similar rights for dissenting shareholders in connection with the Amendment. Accordingly, shareholders will have no right to dissent and obtain payment for their shares.



If the proposal to amend the Articles is approved, the Amendment will be filed with Department of State of the State of Florida promptly after the Annual Meeting and will be effective on the date of filing.



THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" APPROVAL OF AN   AMENDMENT   TO THE ARTICLES TO INCREASE THE AUTHORIZED NUMBER OF SHARES OF COMMON STOCK



 

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EXECUT IVE COMPENSATION



Executive Officers







 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position with the Company

Jeffrey Parker

 

60

 

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

David Sorrells

 

58

 

Chief Technical Officer and Director

Cynthia Poehlman

 

50

 

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

John Stuckey

 

46

 

Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development



 

 

 

 



Jeffrey Parker has served as our chairman and chief executive officer since our inception in August 1989 and was our president from April 1993 to June 1998. Refer to Mr. Parker’s biography set forth above in the section entitled “Proposal 1 – Election of Directors.” 



David Sorrells has been our chief technical officer since September 1996. Refer to Mr. Sorrells’ biography set forth above in the section entitled “Proposal 1 – Election of Directors.”



Cynthia Poehlman has been our chief financial officer since June 2004 and our corporate secretary since August 2007. From March 1994 to June 2004, Ms. Poehlman was our controller and our chief accounting officer. Ms. Poehlman has been a certified public accountant in the state of Florida since 1989.



John Stuckey joined our company in July 2004 as the vice-president of corporate strategy and business development and was promoted to executive vice-president of corporate strategy and business development in June 2008. Prior to July 2004, Mr. Stuckey spent five years at Thomson, Inc. where he most recently served as director of business development.



Summary Compensation Table



The following table summarizes the total compensation of each of our “named executive officers” as   defined in Item 401(m) of Regulation S-K (the “Executives”) for the fiscal years ended December 31, 201 6 and 201 5 . Given the complexity of disclosure requirements concerning executive compensation, and in particular with respect to the standards of financial accounting and reporting related to equity compensation, there is a difference between the compensation that is reported in this table versus that which is actually paid to and received by the Executives. The amounts in the Summary Compensation Table that reflect the full grant date fair value of an equity award, do not necessarily correspond to the actual value that has been realized or will be realized in the future with respect to these awards.

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(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(d)

 

(e)

 

 

(f)

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary
($)

 

Stock Awards
($) (1)

 

All Other
($)

 

Total
($)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Parker, Chief Executive Officer

 

2016

 

325,000 

 

490,400 

 

24,000 

2

$

839,400 



 

2015

 

325,000 

 

 —

 

26,000 

2,3

 

351,000 

Cynthia Poehlman, Chief Financial Officer

 

2016

 

225,000 

 

306,500 

 

750 

4

 

532,250 



 

2015

 

225,000 

 

 —

 

2,750 

3,4

 

227,750 

David Sorrells, Chief Technology Officer

 

2016

 

275,625 

 

306,500 

 

2,535 

4

 

584,660 



 

2015

 

275,625 

 

 —

 

2,100 

4

 

277,725 

John Stuckey, Executive Vice President

 

2016

 

250,000 

 

 —

 

1,263 

4

 

251,263 



 

2015

 

250,000 

 

 —

 

3,263 

3,4

 

253,263 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



1     Th e amounts r epresented in column (b ) represents the full grant date fair value of stock awards in accordance with ASC 718 .  Refer to Note 10 of the financial statements included in Item 8 of our Annual Report for the assumptions made in the valuation of stock awards .

2     Includes an automobile allowance in the amount of $24,000.

3     Includes a $2,000 employer matching contribution on our 401(K) plan paid in 2015 based on 2014 contributions.

4     Includes the dollar value of premiums paid by us for life insurance for the benefit of the executive.



Employment and Other Agreements



In June 201 6 ,   the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) extended, for a one-year period, Executive Employment Agreements ( the “Agreements”) with Jeffrey Parker, our Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Poehlman, our Chief Financial Officer and David Sorrells, our Chief Technology Officer (the “Covered Executives”).   The original agreements, dated June 2012, were for a three-year period of time and were automatically renewed in June 2015 for one additional year.  The Agreements were extended in June 2016 with no change in terms and expire on May 31, 2017.



The Agreements provide each of our Covered Executives with a base salary commensurate with his or her position in the organization, a potential annual achievement bonus based on performance as determined by the compensation committee, and long-term equity incentive awards at the discretion of the committee. In addition, the Agreement for our chief executive officer provides for an annual automobile allowance.  The Agreements also provide that the Covered Executives will comply with any law, SEC rule, or listing standard for the exchange on which our shares are listed that require us to recover from the Covered Executive any portion of incentive-based compensation received from us.



Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End



In August 2016, the Committee awarded RSUs to each of the Covered Executives under the 2011 Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the “2011 Plan”).  In granting these awards, the Committee analyzed equity practices for an industry peer group and also considered the lack of any equity awards to its executives since 2012.  Mr. Jeffrey Parker, our Chief Executive Officer, was awarded 80,000 RSUs.  Ms. Cynthia Poehlman, our Chief Financial Officer and Mr. David Sorrells, our Chief Technology Officer, were each awarded 50,000 RSUs.  Each RSU entitles the holder to one share of our common stock upon vesting and

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the RSUs vest in four equal quarterly increments beginning September 1, 2016.  Upon vesting, the shares are distributed to the Covered Executives net of shares withheld by us for the payment of payroll taxes on the value of the vested award.



The following table summarizes information concerning the outstanding equity awards, including unexercised options, unvested stock and equity incentive awards, as of December 31, 201 6 for each of our Executives:







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Option Awards

Stock Awards



 

Number of
securities
underlying
unexercised
options
(#)
exercisable

 

Option
Exercise
Price
($)

 

Option
Expiration
Date

 

Number of
shares or units
of stock that
have not vested
(#)

 

Market Value of

shares or units of

stock that have

not vested ($)(1)

Name

 

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(d)

 

(e)

Jeffrey Parker

 

100,000 

 

$

8.90 

 

10/15/2018

 

40,000 

2

$

73,600 



 

60,000 

 

$

28.30 

 

7/16/2019

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Poehlman

 

24,000 

 

$

8.90 

 

10/15/2018

 

25,000 

2

 

46,000 



 

12,500 

 

$

28.30 

 

7/16/2019

 

 

 

 

 

David Sorrells

 

46,500 

 

$

8.90 

 

10/15/2018

 

25,000 

2

 

46,000 



 

30,000 

 

$

28.30 

 

7/16/2019

 

 

 

 

 

John Stuckey

 

23,150 

 

$

8.90 

 

10/15/2018

 

 

 



 

12,500 

 

$

28.30 

 

7/16/2019

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



1     The market value of the award is based on the December 30, 2016 closing pri ce of $1.84.

2     Awards vest in two equal increments on March 1, 2017 and June 1, 2017.



Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control



The Agreements with our Covered Executives contain provisions for the protection of our intellectual property and for severance benefits and non-compete restrictions in the event of termination of the Covered Executive’s employment.  The Agreements provide for payments upon termination for various events including, with or without cause termination by us, termination due to death or disability of the Covered Executive, termination due to a change in control event, and termination by the Covered Executive for “Good Reason” as defined in the Agreements. 



Upon the termination of a Covered Executive, we may enforce non-compete provisions over a restriction period not to exceed three years provided that we compensate the Covered Executive at his or her ending base salary on a monthly basis over the restriction period (“Non-Compete Compensation”).  The non-compete provisions of  the Agreements impose restrictions on (i) employment or consultation with competing companies or customers, (ii) recruiting or hiring employees for a competing company and (iii) soliciting or accepting business from our customers. We also have non-compete arrangements in place with all of our other employees that are similar to the non-compete restrictions for our Covered Executives.  Certain severance payments and other amounts may be applied as credits toward our Non-Compete Compensation obligation. 



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Payments Made Upon Termination – When an Executive’s employment is terminated for any reason other than for cause, he or she is entitled to receive his or her base salary through the date of termination, and any earned but unused vacation pay. When an Executive’s employment is terminated for cause, he or she is only entitled to his or her base salary through the date of termination. Furthermore, in the event a Covered Executive’s employmen t is terminated for cause or a Covered Executive resigns without “Good Reason”, all gains realized from the Covered Executive’s sale of our common shares from vested restricted stock units (“RSUs”) or stock options during the twelve months immediately preceding the termination date shall be credited towards Non-Compete Compensation. In addition, the total value of equity instruments provided to the Covered Executive during the entire term of his or her employment with us that are vested and outstanding at the termination date shall be credited towards the Non-Compete Compensation. The value of outstanding equity awards shall be determined using the closing market price of our common stock on the termination date.



Payments Made Upon Termination Due to a Change in Control – In the event a Covered Executive’s employment is terminated without cause or a Covered Executive resigns with “Good Reason” within two years of a change in control event, in addition to the benefits listed under “Payments Made Upon Termination” above, he or she is entitled to receive a multiple of his or her base salary, an amount in lieu of annual bonus or incentive compensation, continuation of group health benefits and acceleration of certain unvested and outstanding equity awards. The base salary multiple varies by individual and ranges from 150% to 300%. The amount in lieu of annual bonus or incentive compensation is determined based on the greater of the bonus or annual incentive compensation earned in the year prior to the change in control, the average of the prior three year’s bonus or annual incentive compensation, or a prorated amount of the current year’s bonus or annual incentive compensation. The severance pay in excess of twelve months’ base salary is applied as a credit toward the Non-Compete Compensation.



In accordance with the terms of the Executive’s individual equity agreements, the Executive would also be eligible for accelerated vesting of certain equity awards in the event of a change in control. Any unvested stock options or unvested time-based RSUs will automatically vest upon a change in control. If the change in control occurrence is approved by our Board, the Board may, at its option, accelerate the vesting of any unvested time-based RSUs and repurchase them for a cash value as defined in the equity plan.



Payments Made Upon Termination Without Cause – In the event a Covered Executive’s employment is terminated without cause and the Covered Executive executes a release agreement with us, he or she is entitled to a severance package. The severance package includes continuation of base salary for a one-year period following the termination date, continuation of group health benefits and payment of any annual achievement bonus on a prorated basis. In the event a Covered Executive resigns for “Good Reason,” as defined in the Agreement, and executes a release agreement with us, he or she is entitled to the same severance benefits as if he or she was terminated without cause. Good Reason is defined in the Agreement as a material diminution in the Covered Executive’s authority, duties or responsibilities, a material diminution in the Covered Executive’s base compensation and benefits, except for reductions applicable to all Executives, a material relocation of the Covered Executive’s primary office or a material breach of the Agreement by us.



Payments Made Upon Termination Due to Disability – In the event an Executive’s employment is terminated within six months of becoming disabled, as defined in the Agreement, he or she will be entitled to the benefits listed under “Payments Made upon Termination” and , in the case of a Covered Executive, the severance package listed under “Payments Made upon Termination without Cause” above. If, however, the Covered Executive’s employment is terminated after six months of becoming disabled, he or she becomes eligible for payments under a company-paid long-term disability plan with a third-party carrier in which case, the severance package is limited to the continuation of health benefits.

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In addition, if an Executive’s employment is terminated due to disability, he or she receives an automatic acceleration of fifty percent of any unvested options or RSUs in accordance with the terms of the individual equity agreements.



Payments Made Upon Death – Upon the death of an Executive, the Executive’s beneficiaries shall receive the proceeds from company-paid life insurance policies purchased for the benefit of the Executive. In addition, the Executive’s beneficiaries shall receive an acceleration of fifty percent of any unvested options or RSUs in accordance with the terms of the individual equity agreements.



The following tables reflect the estimated amount of compensation due to each of our Executives in the event of termination of their employment. Actual amounts to be paid out could only be determined at the time of an Executive’s actual separation. For purposes of this disclosure, we assume the triggering event for termination occurred on December 31, 201 6 .  The intrinsic value of equity awards upon termination is calculated based on the December 31, 201 6   closing   price of our common stock of $1.84.  



Jeffrey Parker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit and Payments
Upon Separation

 

Change in

Control

(Not Board

Approved)

 

Change in

Control

(Board

Approved)

 

Without
Cause or
for "Good
Reason"

 

Disability

 

Death

 

Salary

 

$

975,000 

1

$

975,000 

1

$

325,000 

 

$

325,000 

2

$

 —

 

Long-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSUs (Time-based)

 

 

73,600 

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

36,800 

 

 

36,800 

 

Short-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

 —

3

 

 —

3

 

 —

 

 

 —

2

 

 —

 

Benefits & Perquisites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

 —

 

Life Insurance Proceeds

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Accrued Vacation Pay

 

 

12,500 

 

 

12,500 

 

 

12,500 

 

 

12,500 

 

 

12,500 

 

Total

 

$

1,097,226 

 

$

1,023,626 

 

$

373,626 

 

$

410,426 

 

$

49,300 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1     U nder the Agreement, Mr. Parker is entitled to three times his regular annual base salary.

2     Assumes termination occurs within first six months of Executive becoming disabled. Following a six month period, Executive is not entitled to salary cont inuation or short-term incentive compensation payments.

3     Under the Agreement, Executive is entitled the greater of (i) an amount equal to his bonus or annual incentive compensation earned in the year prior to the change in control, (ii) the average of bonus and annual incentive compensation for the three full fiscal years prior to the change in control, or (iii) a prorated amount of the current year’s bonus or annual incentive compensation. Amount included is based on the three year average bonus and incentive compensation.



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Cynthia Poehlman, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit and Payments
Upon Separation

 

Change in

Control

(Not Board

Approved)

 

Change in

Control

(Board

Approved)

 

Without
Cause or
for "Good
Reason"

 

Disability
(4)

 

Death

 

Salary

 

$

450,000 

1

$

450,000 

1

$

225,000 

 

$

225,000 

2

$

 —

 

Long-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSUs (Time-based)

 

 

46,000 

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

23,000 

 

 

23,000 

 

Short-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

 —

3

 

 —

3

 

 —

 

 

 —

2

 

 —

 

Benefits & Perquisites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

 —

 

Life Insurance Proceeds

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,000,000 

4

Accrued Vacation Pay

 

 

16,942 

 

 

16,942 

 

 

16,942 

 

 

16,942 

 

 

16,942 

 

Total

 

$

549,068 

 

$

503,068 

 

$

278,068 

 

$

301,068 

 

$

1,039,942 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1     Un der the Agreement, Ms. Poehlman is entitled to two times her regular annual base salary.

2     Assumes termination occurs within first six months of Executive becoming disabled. Following a six-month period, Executive is not entitled to salary continuati on or short-term incentive compensation payments.

3     Under the Agreement, Executive is entitled the greater of (i) an amount equal to her bonus or annual incentive compensation earned in the year prior to the change in control, (ii) the average of bonus and annual incentive compensation for the three full fiscal years prior to the change in control, or (iii) a prorated amount of the current year’s bonus or annual incentive compensation. Amount included is based on the three year average bonus and incentive compensation.

4     Represents proceeds payable by a third-party insurance carrier on a company-paid life insurance policy for the benefit of the Executive.

David Sorrells, Chief Technology Officer







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit and Payments
Upon Separation

 

Change in

Control

(Not Board

Approved)

 

Change in

Control

(Board

Approved)

 

Without
Cause or
for "Good
Reason"

 

Disability
(5)

 

Death

 

Salary

 

$

826,875 

1

$

826,875 

1

$

275,625 

2

$

275,625 

2

$

 —

 

Long-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSUs (Time-based)

 

 

46,000 

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

23,000 

 

 

23,000 

 

Short-term Incentive Compensation

 

 

1,667 

3

 

1,667 

3

 

 —

 

 

 —

2

 

 —

 

Benefits & Perquisites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

36,126 

 

 

 —

 

Life Insurance Proceeds

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,000,000 

4

Accrued Vacation Pay

 

 

23,139 

 

 

23,139 

 

 

23,139 

 

 

23,139 

 

 

23,139 

 

Total

 

$

933,807 

 

$

887,807 

 

$

334,890 

 

$

357,890 

 

$

1,046,139 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



1     Under the Agreement, Mr. Sorrells is entitled to three times his regular annual base salary.

2     Assu mes termination occurs within first six months of Executive becoming disabled. Following a six month period, Executive is not entitled to salary continuation or short-term incentive compensation payments.

3     Under the Agreement, Executive is entitled the greater of (i) an amount equal to his bonus or annual incentive compensation earned in the year prior to the change in control, (ii) the average of bonus and annual incentive compensation for the three full fiscal years prior to the change in control, or (iii) a prorated amount of the current year’s bonus or annual incentive compensation. Amount included is based on the three year average bonus and incentive compensation.

4     Represents proceeds payable by a third-party insurance carrier on a company-paid life insurance policy for the benefit of the Executive.

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PROPOSAL I II : ADVIS ORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION



This proxy statement includes disclosure regarding the compensation of our E xecutive s in the section “Executive Compensation” beginning on page 1 8 above.  S ection 14A of the Ex c hange Act, as enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July 2010, requires us to submit to a separate advisory vote of our shareholders at this Annual Meeting a proposal to approve the compensation of the named executive officers disclosed in this proxy statement (Say-on-Pay). Accordingly, shareholders are being asked to vote on the following resolution:



RESOLVED, that the shareholders of ParkerVision, Inc. hereby approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of ParkerVision, Inc.’s named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to the Item 402 of Regulation S-K , including the compensation tables and narrative discussion.



Our compensation program is designed and administered by the compensation committee of the Board, which is composed entirely of independent directors and carefully considers many different factors in order to provide appropriate compensation for our E xecutives .   The compensation package for our   E xecutive s is designed to support our objectives o f attracting and motivating employees who possess the required technical and entrepreneurial skills and talent required to achieve our corporate objectives and increase shareholder value.



The principal elements of our executive compensation program include: (a) base pay; (b) annual performance incentives; and (c) long-term incentives .   We believe our compensation program is strongly aligned with the interests of our shareholders and sound corporate governance principles. We urge you to read the Executive Compensation, compensation tables , and narrative discussion in this proxy statement for additional details on our executive compensation.



The vote on this proposal is not intended to address any specific element of compensation; rather, the vote relates to the compensation of our Executive s , as described in this proxy statement in accordance with the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC. The vote on this proposal is advisory, and therefore not binding on us, the compensation committee, or our Board.  As a matter of policy, the compensation committee has decided to include the results of this vote when making compensation decisions and reviewing its compensation policies and practices.  To the extent there is any significant vote against our Executive compensation as disclosed in this proxy statement both the compensation committee and the full Board will evaluate whether any actions are necessary to address the concerns of shareholders.



THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE "FOR" THE RESOLUTION TO APPROVE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION.

 

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PROPOSAL IV :  AME NDMENT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SHARES OF COMMON STOCK RESERVED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE PARKERVISION 2011 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE EQUITY PLAN



At the Annual Meeting, our shareholders will be asked to approve an amendment to our 2011 Plan to increase the aggregate number of shares authorized for issuance under the 2011 Plan by 1,050,000 shares from 1, 950,000 to 3,000 ,000 shares.  This amendment to our 2011 Plan was adopted by our Board on April 18, 2017 , subject to shareholder approval of this proposal and approval of our amendment to the articles of incorporation of the Company to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock ( Proposal II ).  



In 2016, our Board granted 180,000 RSUs to our Executives.  This was the first equity award granted to our Executives since 2012.  Our Board also granted 120,000 RSUs to non-executive employees during 2016.  In addition, during 2016, five of our non-employee directors were granted an aggregate of 200,000 RSUs representing their equity compensation for 2015 and 2016, and two new directors were granted an aggregate of 100,000 RSUs and 100,000 share options, representing their entire director compensation package through 2018.



A s of May 15 , 2017 , there were 567 ,885 shares available for future issuance under the 2011 Plan.  If the amendment to the 2011 Plan is approved, there will be 1,6 17 ,885 shares available for future issuance under the 2011 Plan for use as broad-based equity compensation for our employees, including our Executives, as well as our directors.  We believe that employees who have a stake in the future success of our business become highly motivated to achieve our long-term business goals. Offering a broad-based equity compensation program is vital to attract and retain the most highly skilled people in our industry. The 2011 Plan is designed to assist in recruiting, motivating and retaining talented employees and outside directors who help us achieve our business goals.  Our Board believes the amendments will further these objectives by allowing us to continue to grant awards under the 2011 Plan.

   

We have a 2008 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2008 Plan”) in addition to the 2011 plan.  The 2008 Plan may not be used for awards to our Executives.  There was an aggregate of 50,000 shares authorized for issuance under our 2008 Plan and as of Ma y   15 , 2017 , there were 21,142 shares available for future grant under the 2008 Plan.  



We believe the 2011 Plan contains provisions consistent with current best practices and that the amendment to the 2011 Plan is essential for our continued growth and therefore in the best interest of our shareholders.  The amendment to our 2011 Plan has been approved by our Board and will take effect upon approval by the shareholders at the Annual Meeting.



Key Equity Metrics



In evaluating the amendment to the 2011 Plan, our Board considered a number of factors including share usage, burn rates, and overhang.



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In the past three years, we have used an average of 288,025 shares during the course of each year from shareholder approved equity plans.  In addition, we have used an average of 16 ,000 shares during the course of each of the past three years for awards to consultants outside of shareholder approved equity plans.  Including shares awarded both under and outside of our equity plans, our one-year and three-year average burn rates, which we define as the number of shares awarded in a fiscal year divided by the weighted average common shares outstanding for that fiscal year, were approximately 8.17 % and 4.02%, respectively.  The calculated burn rates reflect a multiplier of 1.5 to 1 for our RSU awards, which is based on the volatility of the price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market.    



As of Ma y   15 , 2017 , we have 707 ,696 shares subject to outstandin g stock options with a weighted average exercise price of $ 14. 7 4 per share and weighted average remaining contractual term of approximately 3 years.  In addition, as of Ma y   15 , 2017, we have 2 70 ,000 unvested RSUs, the majority of which are expected to vest by August 2017.  At Ma y   15 , 2017 , we have an aggregate of 589 ,027 shares available for future grant under our 2008 and 2011 Plans.  Subject to approval of the amendments to the 2011 Plan by our shareholders, we will have an aggregate of 1,6 39 ,027 shares available for future grant under our two existing equity plans.  Based on our historical and forecasted future grant practices, we anticipate that the requested share increase will be sufficient to help us achieve our goals of recruiting, motivating and retaining talented personnel for the next three years, although a change in business conditions or our strategy could alter this projection.  



Summary of the 2011 Plan



The following is a summary of the principal features of the 2011 Plan, including a description of the amendment to the 2011 Plan if shareholders approve this Proposal III .  The summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the 2011 Plan itself set forth in Annex B .



Background .  The purpose of the 2011 Plan is to enable us to offer our employees, officers, directors and consultants whose past, present and/or potential contributions to us have been, are, or will be important to our success, an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in us. The various types of incentive awards that may be provided under the plan are intended to enable us to respond to changes in compensation practices, tax laws, accounting regulations and the size and diversity of our business.



All employees, officers, directors and consultants of ours will be eligible to be granted awards under the 2011 Plan. An incentive stock option may be granted under the plan only to a person who, at the time of the grant, is an employee of ours.  All awards will be subject to the recommendations of a committee designated by our board of directors and approval by such committee.



Administration.  The 2011 Plan is administered by a committee of our board of directors comprised of at least two directors, all of whom are “outside directors,” as defined in the regulations issued under Section 162(m) of the IRC, and “non-employee” directors, as defined in Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Subject to the provisions of the plan, the committee determines, among other things, the persons to whom from time to time awards may be granted, the specific type of awards to be granted, the number of shares subject to each award, share prices, any restrictions or limitations on the awards, and any vesting, exchange, surrender, cancellation, acceleration, termination, exercise or forfeiture provisions related to the awards.



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Stock Subject to the Plan.  Assuming our shareholders approve this proposal III, the board of directors has reserved 3,000,000 shares of our common stock for issuance under the 2011 Plan.  Shares of stock subject to other awards that are forfeited or terminated will be available for future award grants under the 2011 Plan. If a holder pays the exercise price of a stock option by surrendering any previously owned shares of common stock or arranges to have the appropriate number of shares otherwise issuable upon exercise withheld to cover the withholding tax liability associated with the stock option exercise, the shares surrendered by the holder or withheld by the company will not be available for future award grants under the plan.  



Under the plan, in the event of a change in the number of shares of our common stock as a result of a dividend on shares of common stock payable in shares of common stock, common stock forward split or reverse split or other extraordinary or unusual event that results in a change in the shares of common stock as a whole, the committee shall determine whether such change equitably requires an adjustment in the terms of any award in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits available under the plan or the aggregate number of shares reserved for issuance under the plan.



Eligibility.  We may grant awards under the 2011 Plan to employees, officers, directors, and consultants who are deemed to have rendered, or to be able to render, significant services to us and who are deemed to have contributed, or to have the potential to contribute, to our success.



Types of Awards. 



Options. The 2011 Plan provides both for “incentive” stock options as defined in Section 422 of the IRC, and for options not qualifying as incentive options, both of which may be granted with any other stock based award under the plan. The committee determines the exercise price per share of common stock purchasable under an incentive or non-qualified stock option, which may not be less than 100% of the fair market value on the day of the grant or, if greater, the par value of a share of common stock. However, the exercise price of an incentive stock option granted to a person possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock may not be less than 110% of the fair market value on the date of grant. The aggregate fair market value of all shares of common stock with respect to which incentive stock options are exercisable by a participant for the first time during any calendar year (under all of our plans), measured at the date of the grant, may not exceed $100,000.



An incentive stock option may only be granted within a ten-year period commencing with shareholder approval of the 2011 Plan and may only be exercised within ten years from the date of the grant, or within five years in the case of an incentive stock option granted to a person who, at the time of the grant, owns common stock possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock.



Subject to any limitations or conditions the committee may impose, stock options may be exercised, in whole or in part, at any time during the term of the stock option by giving written notice of exercise to us specifying the number of shares of common stock to be purchased. The notice must be accompanied by payment in full of the purchase price, either in cash or, if provided in the agreement, in our securities or in combination of the two.



Generally, stock options granted under the plan may not be transferred other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution and all stock options are exercisable, during the holder’s lifetime, only by the holder, or in the event of legal incapacity or incompetency, the holder’s guardian or legal representative. However, a holder, with the approval of the committee, may transfer a non-qualified stock option by gift to a family member of the holder, by domestic relations order to a family member of the holder or by transfer to an entity in which more than 50% of the voting interests are owned by family members of the holder or the holder, in exchange for an interest in that entity.

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Generally, if the holder is an employee, no stock options granted under the plan may be exercised by the holder unless he or she is employed by us or a subsidiary of ours at the time of the exercise and has been so employed continuously from the time the stock options were granted. However, in the event the holder’s employment is terminated due to disability or normal retirement, the holder may still exercise his or her vested stock options for a period of 12 months, or such other greater or lesser period as the committee may determine, from the date of termination or until the expiration of the stated term of the stock option, whichever period is shorter.  Similarly, should a holder die while employed by us or a subsidiary, his or her legal representative or legatee under his or her will may exercise the decedent holder’s vested stock options for a period of 12 months from the date of his or her death, or such other greater or lesser period as the board or committee may determine, or until the expiration of the stated term of the stock option, whichever period is shorter.  If the holder’s employment is terminated for any reason other than death, disability or normal retirement, the stock option will automatically terminate, except that if the holder’s employment is terminated by us without cause, then the portion of any stock option that is vested on the date of termination may be exercised for the lesser of three months after termination of employment, or such other greater or lesser period as the committee may determine but not beyond the balance of the stock option’s term.



Stock Appreciation Rights. Under the 2011 Plan, we may grant stock appreciation rights to participants who have been, or are being, granted stock options under the plan as a means of allowing the participants to exercise their stock options without the need to pay the exercise price in cash, or we may grant them alone and unrelated to an option. In conjunction with non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights may be granted either at or after the time of the grant of the non-qualified stock options. In conjunction with incentive stock options, stock appreciation rights may be granted only at the time of the grant of the incentive stock options. A stock appreciation right entitles the holder to receive a number of shares of common stock having a fair market value equal to the excess fair market value of one share of common stock over the exercise price of the related stock option, multiplied by the number of shares subject to the stock appreciation rights. The granting of a stock appreciation right in tandem with a stock option will not affect the number of shares of common stock available for awards under the plan. In such event, the number of shares available for awards under the plan will, however, be reduced by the number of shares of common stock acquirable upon exercise of the stock option to which the stock appreciation right relates.



Restricted Stock. Under the 2011 Plan, we may award shares of restricted stock either alone or in addition to other awards granted under the plan. The committee determines the persons to whom grants of restricted stock are made, the number of shares to be awarded, the price (if any) to be paid for the restricted stock by the person receiving the stock from us, the time or times within which awards of restricted stock may be subject to forfeiture, the vesting schedule and rights to acceleration thereof, and all other terms and conditions of the restricted stock awards.



The 2011 plan requires that all shares of restricted stock awarded to the holder remain in our physical custody until the restrictions have terminated and all vesting requirements with respect to the restricted stock have been fulfilled. We will retain custody of all dividends and distributions made or declared with respect to the restricted stock during the restriction period. A breach of any restriction regarding the restricted stock will cause a forfeiture of the restricted stock and any retained dividends and distributions. Except for the foregoing restrictions, the holder will, even during the restriction period, have all of the rights of a shareholder, including the right to vote the shares.



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Other Stock-Based Awards. Under the 2011 Plan, we may grant other stock-based awards, subject to limitations under applicable law that are denominated or payable in, valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise based on, or related to, shares of common stock, as deemed consistent with the purposes of the plan. These other stock-based awards may be in the form of purchase rights, shares of common stock awarded that are not subject to any restrictions or conditions, convertible or exchangeable debentures or other rights convertible into shares of common stock and awards valued by reference to the value of securities of, or the performance of, one of our subsidiaries. These other stock-based awards may include performance shares or options, whose award is tied to specific performance criteria. These other stock-based awards may be awarded either alone, in addition to, or in tandem with any other awards under the 2011 plan or any of our other plans.



Accelerated Vesting and Exercisability. If any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires the ownership of stock of the company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or combined voting power of the stock of the company, and the company’s board of directors does not authorize or otherwise approve such acquisition, then the vesting periods of any and all stock options and other awards granted and outstanding under the 2011 Plan shall be accelerated and all such stock options and awards will immediately and entirely vest, and the respective holders thereof will have the immediate right to purchase and/or receive any and all common stock subject to such stock options and awards on the terms set forth in the plan and the respective agreements respecting such stock options and awards. An increase in the percentage of stock owned by any one person, or persons acting as a group, as a result of a transaction in which the company acquires its stock in exchange for property is not treated as an acquisition of stock.



The committee may, in the event of an acquisition by any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, together with acquisitions during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons, of assets from the company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of the company immediately before such acquisition or acquisitions, or if any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires the ownership of stock of the company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or combined voting power of the stock of the company, which has been approved by the company’s board of directors, (i) accelerate the vesting of any and all stock options and other awards granted and outstanding under the 2011 Plan, or (ii) require a holder of any award granted under the plan to relinquish such award to the company upon the tender by the company to the holder of cash in an amount equal to the repurchase value of such award. For this purpose, gross fair market value means the value of the assets of the company, or the value of the assets being disposed of, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets.



Notwithstanding any provisions of the 2011 Plan or any award granted thereunder to the contrary, no acceleration shall occur with respect to any award to the extent such acceleration would cause the plan or an award granted thereunder to fail to comply with Section 409A of the IRC.



Award Limitation.   No participant may be granted awards for more t han 150,000 shares in any calendar year.



Other Limitations. The committee may not modify or amend any outstanding option or stock appreciation right to reduce the exercise price of such option or stock appreciation right, as applicable, below the exercise price as of the date of grant of such option or stock appreciation right. No payment of cash or other property having a value greater than fair market value, as defined in the 2011 Plan, may be made, and no option or stock appreciation right with a lower exercise price may be granted in exchange for, or in connection with, the cancellation or surrender of an option or stock appreciation right.

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Withholding Taxes .  When an award is first included in the gross income of the holder for federal income tax purposes, the holder will be required to make arrangements regarding the payment of all federal, state and local withholding tax requirements, including by settlement of such amount in shares of our common stock.  The obligations of the company under the 2011 Plan are contingent on such arrangements being made. 



Term and Amendments.  Unless terminated by the board, the 2011 Plan shall continue to remain effective until no further awards may be granted and all awards granted under the plan are no longer outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, grants of incentive stock options may be made only until ten years from the effective date of the plan. The board may at any time, and from time to time, amend the plan, provided that no amendment will be made that would impair the rights of a holder under any agreement entered into pursuant to the plan without the holder’s consent.



Federal Income Tax Consequences.  The following discussion of the federal income tax consequences of participation in the 2011 Plan is only a summary of the general rules applicable to the grant and exercise of stock options and other awards and does not give specific details or cover, among other things, state, local and foreign tax treatment of participation in the plan. The information contained in this section is based on present law and regulations, which are subject to being changed prospectively or retroactively.



Incentive Stock Options. Participants will recognize no taxable income upon the grant of an incentive stock option. The participant generally will realize no taxable income when the incentive stock option is exercised. The excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise of an incentive stock option over the exercise price will be treated as an item of adjustment for a participant’s taxable year in which the exercise occurs and may result in an alternative minimum tax liability for the participant. We will not qualify for any deduction in connection with the grant or exercise of incentive stock options. Upon a disposition of the shares after the later of two years from the date of grant or one year after the transfer of the shares to a participant, the participant will recognize the difference, if any, between the amount realized and the exercise price as long-term capital gain or long-term capital loss, as the case may be, if the shares are capital assets.



If common stock acquired upon the exercise of an incentive stock option is disposed of prior to the expiration of the holding periods described above, the participant will recognize ordinary compensation income in the taxable year of disposition in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise over the exercise price paid for the shares; and we will qualify for a deduction equal to any amount recognized, subject to the limitation that the compensation be reasonable.



Non-Qualified Stock Options. With respect to non-qualified stock options:



·

upon grant of the stock option, the participant will recognize no income provided that the exercise price was not less than the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant;



·

upon exercise of the stock option, if the shares of common stock are not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, the participant will recognize ordinary compensation income in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise over the exercise price, and we will qualify for a deduction in the same amount, subject to the requirement that the compensation be reasonable; and



·

we will be required to comply with applicable federal income tax withholding requirements with respect to the amount of ordinary compensation income recognized by the participant.



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On a disposition of the shares, the participant will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized and the sum of the exercise price and the ordinary compensation income recognized. The gain or loss will be treated as capital gain or loss if the shares are capital assets and as short-term or long-term capital gain or loss, depending upon the length of time that the participant held the shares.



If the shares acquired upon exercise of a non-qualified stock option are subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, the participant will recognize ordinary income at the time when the substantial risk of forfeiture is removed, unless the participant timely files under Section 83(b) of the IRC to elect to be taxed on the receipt of shares, and we will qualify for a corresponding deduction at that time. The amount of ordinary income will be equal to the excess of the fair market value of the shares at the time the income is recognized over the amount, if any, paid for the shares.



Stock Appreciation Rights. Upon the grant of a stock appreciation right, the participant recognizes no taxable income and we receive no deduction. The participant recognizes ordinary income and we receive a deduction at the time of exercise equal to the cash and fair market value of common stock payable upon the exercise.



Restricted Stock. A participant who receives restricted stock will recognize no income on the grant of the restricted stock and we will not qualify for any deduction. At the time the restricted stock is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, a participant will recognize ordinary compensation income in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value of the restricted stock at the time the restriction lapses over the consideration paid for the restricted stock. A participant’s shares are treated as being subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture so long as his or her sale of the shares at a profit could subject him or her to a suit under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act. The holding period to determine whether the participant has long-term or short-term capital gain or loss begins when the restriction period expires, and the tax basis for the shares will generally be the fair market value of the shares on this date.



A participant may elect under Section 83(b) of the IRC, within 30 days of the transfer of the restricted stock, to recognize ordinary compensation income on the date of transfer in an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the fair market value on the date of transfer of the shares of restricted stock, as determined without regard to the restrictions, over the consideration paid for the restricted stock. If a participant makes an election and thereafter forfeits the shares, no ordinary loss deduction will be allowed. The forfeiture will be treated as a sale or exchange upon which there is realized loss equal to the excess, if any, of the consideration paid for the shares over the amount realized on such forfeiture. The loss will be a capital loss if the shares are capital assets. If a participant makes an election under Section 83(b), the holding period will commence on the day after the date of transfer and the tax basis will equal the fair market value of shares, as determined without regard to the restrictions, on the date of transfer.



On a disposition of the shares, a participant will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized and the tax basis for the shares.



Whether or not the participant makes an election under Section 83(b), we generally will qualify for a deduction, subject to the reasonableness of compensation limitation, equal to the amount that is taxable as ordinary income to the participant, in the taxable year in which the income is included in the participant’s gross income. The income recognized by the participant will be subject to applicable withholding tax requirements.



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Dividends paid on restricted stock that is subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture generally will be treated as compensation that is taxable as ordinary compensation income to the participant and will be deductible by us subject to the reasonableness limitation. If, however, the participant makes a Section 83(b) election, the dividends will be treated as dividends and taxable as ordinary income to the participant, but will not be deductible by us.



Other Stock-Based Awards. The federal income tax treatment of other stock-based awards will depend on the nature and restrictions applicable to the award.



Section 162(m) Limits . Section 162(m) of the IRC places a limit of $1,000,000 on the amount of compensation that a publicly traded company may deduct in any one year with respect to each of its chief executive officer and four most highly paid executive officers. Certain performance-based compensation approved by shareholders is not subject to the deduction limit. The 2011 Plan is qualified such that awards under the plan may constitute performance-based compensation not subject to Section 162(m) of the IRC.  One of the requirements for equity compensation plans is that there must be a limit to the number of shares granted to any one individual under the plan. Accordingly, the plan provides that the maximum number of shares for which awards may be made to any employee in any calendar year is 150,000 .  The maximum amount payable pursuant to that portion of a cash award granted under the plan for any fiscal year to any employee that is intended to satisfy the requirements for “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m) of the IRC may not exceed $500,000.



Certain Awards Deferring or Accelerating the Receipt of Compensation. Section 409A of the IRC, enacted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, imposes certain new requirements applicable to “nonqualified deferred compensation plans.” If a nonqualified deferred compensation plan subject to Section 409A fails to meet, or is not operated in accordance with, these new requirements, then all compensation deferred under the plan may become immediately taxable. Stock appreciation rights and deferred stock awards that may be granted under the 2011 Plan may constitute deferred compensation subject to the Section 409A requirements.  It is our intention that any award agreement governing awards subject to Section 409A will comply with these rules.



New Plan Benefits



The benefits that will be awarded or paid under the 2011 Plan are not currently determinable. Awards granted under the 2011 Plan are within the discretion of the Compensation Committee, and the Compensation Committee has not determined future awards or who might receive them.



As of May 15 ,   2017, the fair market value of a share of the Company’s common stock was $ 2.13 .



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Existing Plan Benefits



The following table sets forth information with respect to stock options and other awards previously granted under the 2011 Plan as of Ma y   15 , 2017 .







 

 



 

 



 

Number of Shares

Name

 

Covered by Awards



 

 

Jeffrey Parker , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

270,000 

David Sorrells , Chief Technology Officer

 

150,000 

Cynthia Poehlman , Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

 

95,000 

John Stuckey , Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development

 

45,000 

All current executive officers as a group

 

560,000 



 

 

John Metcalf, Director Nominee

 

56,564 

Frank Newman, Director Nominee

 

100,000 

Paul Rosenbaum, Director Nominee

 

100,000 

Robert Sterne, Director Nominee

 

56,564 

All current directors, excluding executive officers and director nominees

 

169,692 

All current directors and director nominees, excluding executive officers, as a group

 

482,820 



 

 

All consultants and employees, including all current officers who are not executive officers, as a group

 

339,295 



 

 



Required Vote



Affirmative votes constituting a majority of the shares present or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on this proposal will be required to approve this proposal.  Abstentions will have the same effect as a negative vote, while broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this vote.



THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE "FOR" THE APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE PARKERVISION 2011 INCENTIVE EQUITY PLAN TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SHARES OF COMMON STOCK TO BE RESERVED FOR ISSUANCE THEREUNDER BY 1,050,000 SHARES.



 

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AUDIT AND ACCOUNTING RELATED FEES



The firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acts as our principal accountants. The following is a summary of fees paid to the principal accountants for services rendered.



Audit Fees.  For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016 , the aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered for the audit of our annual financial statements, the review of our financial statements included in our quarterly reports, and services provided in connection with regulat ory filings were approximately   $379,000 and $445,000 ,   respectively. 



Audit Related Fees.  For the years ended December 31, 201 5 and 201 6 , there were no fees billed for professional services by our principal accountants for assurance and related services.



Tax Fees.  For the years ended December 31 , 2015 and 201 6 , there were no fees billed for professional services rendered by our principal accountants for tax compliance, tax advice or tax planning.



All Other Fees.  For the years ended December 31, 201 5 and 201 6 , t here were no fees billed for other professional services by our principal accountants.



All the services discussed above were approved by our audit committee. The audit committee pre-approves the services to be provided by our principal accountants, including the scope of the annual audit and non-audit services to be performed by the principal accountants and the principal accountants’ audit and non-audit fees. 

 

AUD IT COMMITTEE REPORT



Pursuant to the charter of the audit committee originally adopted on April 25, 2003, as amended on July 31, 2006, March 5, 2012, and December 3, 2012 the audit committee’s responsibilities include, among other things:



·

annually reviewing and reassessing the adequacy of the audit committee’s formal charter;



·

reviewing and discussing our annual audited financial statements, our interim financial statements, and the adequacy of our internal controls and procedures with our management and our independent auditors;



·

reviewing the quality of our accounting principles, including significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of our financial statements;



·

appointing the independent auditor, which firm will report directly to the audit committee;



·

reviewing the independence of the independent auditors; and



·

reviewing and approving all related party transactions on an ongoing basis.



The audit committee also pre-approves the services to be provided by our independent auditors. During the period March 15, 201 6 through March 30 , 201 7 , the committee reviewed in advance the scope of the annual audit and non-audit services to be performed by the independent auditors and the independent auditors’ audit and non-audit fees and approved them.



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The audit committee reviewed and discussed our audited financial statements for 201 6 with management, as well as with our independent auditors. During 201 6 and thereafter, the audit committee met privately at regularly scheduled meetings and held discussions with management, including the chief financial officer and our independent auditors. Management represented to the audit committee that our financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The audit committee also discussed and reviewed with management and the independent auditors the internal controls and procedures of the audit functions and the objectivity of the process of reporting on the financial statements. The committee discussed with management financial risk exposures relating to our company and the processes in place to monitor and control the resulting exposure, if any.



The audit committee discussed with the independent auditors the matters required to be discussed by the statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended, as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) in Rule 3200T, as well as various accounting issues relating to presentation of certain items in our financial statements and compliance with Section 10A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The committee received the written disclosures and letter from the independent auditors required by the applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the independent auditors’ communications with the committee concerning independence, and the committee discussed with the independent auditors the independent auditors’ independence.



Based upon the review and discussions referred to above, the audi t committee recommended to the B oard that our audited consolidated financial statements be included in our Annual Report on Form 10 ‑K for the year ended December 31, 201 6 for filing with the SEC. The committee evaluated the performance of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and recommended to the B oard their re-appointment as the independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 201 7 .



Submitted by the Audit Committee:

John Metcalf (Chair)

William Hightower

Papken der Torossian

 

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PROPOSAL V : RATIFI CATION OF THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM



The audit committee has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered certified public accounting firm to audit our financial statements for the year ending December 31, 201 7 . The Board recommends ratification of the audit committee’s selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.



The selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered certified public accounting firm is not required to be submitted to a vote of our shareholders for ratification; however, we are submitting the selection to our shareholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice and in order to provide a method by which shareholders may communicate their opinion to the audit committee. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires that the audit committee be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of our independent registered certified public accounting firm. While the audit committee is not required to take any action as a result of the outcome of the vote on this proposal, i f our shareholders do not ratify the appointment, t he audit committee will reconsider whether to retain PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and may retain that firm or another firm without re-submitting the matter to our shareholders. Even if our shareholders ratify the appointment, the audit committee may, in its discretion, direct the appointment of a different independent registered certified public accounting firm at any time if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders.



PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was also our independent registered certified public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 201 6 . A representative of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is expected to be present at the Annual Meeting with an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and is expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.



THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” RATIFICATION OF THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT REGISTERED CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM.



 

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STOC K OWNERSHIP INFORMATION



Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Holders  



The following table sets forth certain information as of Ma y   15 , 2017 outstanding with respect to the stock ownership of (i) those persons or groups who beneficially own more than 5% of our common stock, (ii) each of our directors and director nominees, (iii) each of our executive officers, and (iv) all of our directors, director nominees and executive officers as a group (based upon information furnished by those persons).



As of Ma y   15 , 2017 , 17,697,899 shares of our common stock were issued and outstanding.







 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Name of Beneficial Owner

 

Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership

 

Percent
of Class 1

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Parker 10

 

432,552 

2

2.42% 

Cynthia Poehlman 10

 

79,226 

3

0.45% 

David Sorrells 10

 

132,175 

4

0.74% 

John Stuckey 10

 

43,002 

5

0.24% 

Papken der Torossi an   10

 

95,478 

6

0.54% 

William Hight owe r   10

 

42,036 

6

0.24% 

John Metcalf   10

 

56,226 

7

0.32% 

Frank Newman 10

 

42,500 

8

0.24% 

Paul Rosenbaum   10

 

300,510 

8

1.70% 

Robert Ster ne 10

 

59,886 

6

0.34% 

Nam Suh 10

 

47,686 

6

0.27% 

All directors, director nominees and executive officers as a group (11 persons)

 

1,331,277 

9

7.29% 

5% SHAREHOLDERS

 

 

 

 

BTCity Manager, LLC

 

923,540 

11

5.22% 



 

 

 

 



1     Percentage is calculated based on all outstanding shares of common stock plus, for each person or group, any shares of common stock that the person or the group has the right to acquire within 60 days pursuant to options, warrants, conversion privileges or other rights.  Unless otherwise indicated, each person or group has sole voting and dispositive power over all such shares of common stock.

2     Includes 160,00 0 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options, 20,000 RSUs subject to vest within 60 days, 53,60 4 shares held by Mr. Parker directly, 192,25 9 shares held by Jeffrey Parker and Deborah Parker Joint Tenants in Common, over which Mr. Parker has shared voting and dispositive power, and 6,687 shares owned of record by Mr. Parker’s child over which he disclaims ownership .  E xcludes 20,000 unvested RSUs .  

3     Includes 36,50 0 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options and 12,500 RSUs subject to vest within 60 days

4     Includes 76,50 0 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options and 12,500 RSUs subject to vest within 60 days .

5     Includes 35,65 0 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options. 

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6     Includes 31,621 shares of common stock issuable upo n currently exercisable options and excludes 20,000 unvested RSUs.

7     Includes 29, 3 11 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options and excludes 20,000 unvested RSUs .

8     Includes 20 ,000 shares of common stock issuable upon currently exercisable options and options subject to exercise within 60 days, includes 5,000 RSUs subject to vest within 60 days, and excludes 3 0 ,000 unvested RSUs and 3 0 ,000 shares of common stock issuable upon options that may become exercisable in the future.

9     Includes 50 4,445 shares of common stock issuable upon options currently exercisable or subject to exercise within 60 days held by directors and officers , includes 55,000 RSUs subject to vest within 60 days, and excludes 160 ,000 unvested RSUs and 6 0 ,000 shares of common stock issuable upon options that may become exercisable in the future (see notes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 above).

1 0   T he person’s address is 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

1 1    As reported on Amendment No. 1 to Form G filed February 1, 2017.  BTCity Manager, LLC; Tara Louisiana Group, Inc. (“TLG”), which as manager of BTCity Manager, LLC holds voting and investment power over the securities; and Leslie. L. Alexander, who, as President of TLG, is deemed to hold voting and investment power of the securities.  The principal business address of each of BTCity Manager, LLC, TLG, Inc. and Mr. Alexander is 1200 N. Federal Highway, Suite 411, Boca Raton, Florida, 33432



Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance



S ection 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of a registered class of our equity securities to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC and NASDAQ .   Officers, directors and ten percent shareholders are charged by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.



Based solely upon our review of the copies of such forms received by us and written representations from certain reporting persons that no Forms 5 were required for those persons, we believe that, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 201 6 ,   our executive officers, directors and ten percent shareholders filed all reports required by Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act on a timely basis ,   except for one report filed by Mr. Jeffrey Parker on May 10, 2017 which reported the inadvertent sale of shares of our common stock in connection with distributions from the Mr. Parker ’s 401(k) account.  Mr. Parker reported the sale of an aggregate of 7,351 shares in connection with five 401(k) distribution transactions between September 1, 2015 and May 2, 2017.   



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Equity Compensation Plan Information



The following table gives information as of Ma y   15 , 2017 about shares of our common stock authorized for issuance under all of our equity compensation plans.







 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Plan Category

Number of securities to
be issued upon exercise
of outstanding options,
warrants and rights

Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights

Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under
equity compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in column (a))



(a)

(b)

(c)

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders 1

701,696 

$

14.69  589,027 

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders 2

6,000 

$

20.10 

Total

707,696 

 

 

589,027 



 

 

 

 



1     Includes the 2000 Plan, the 2008 Plan and the 2011 Plan. The type of awards that may be issued under each of these plans i s discussed more fully in Note 10 to our financial statements included in Item 8 of our Annual Report.

2     Includes options granted to third parties in 2012 for the purchase of an aggregate of 6,000 shares at an exercise price of $20.10 per share. These options expire June 30, 2017.

 

CE RTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS



We paid approximately $412,000 and $428,000 in 2016 and 2015, respectively, for patent-related legal services to the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC (“SKGF”), of which Robert Sterne, is a partner .  In February 2016, we entered into an agreement with SKGF to convert $825,000 in outstanding unpaid fees to an unsecured note payable.  We pay interest on the balance of the note monthly at a rate of 8% per annum and the note matures on December 31, 2017.  We paid SKGF $60,500 in interest in 2016 in conjunction with the note payable.



On December 23, 2015, Mr. Papken Der Torossian, one of our directors since June 2003, purchased 20,833 shares of our common stock in an unregistered sale of equity securities , as part of a private offering, at a purchase price of $2.40 per share .  



Wellington Management Group, LLP (“Wellington”) it its capacity as investment advisor, under the rules of NASDAQ, was deemed to be the beneficial owner of 214,850 shares of our common stock purchased by accredited investors on December 23, 2015 at a price of $1.90 per share.  Wellington was deemed to be beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding stock at the time of the transactions.



In February 2017, Mr. Paul Rosenbaum, one of our directors since December 2016, purchased 80,510 shares of our common stock in an unregistered sale of equity securities at a purchase price of $2.11 per share.





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Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons



Our audit committee, pursuant to its written charter, is responsible for reviewing and approving rela ted-party transactions to the extent we enter into such transactions .   In certain instanc es, the full B oard may review and approve a transaction .   The audit committee will consider all relevant factors when determining whether to approve a related party transaction, including whether the transaction is on terms no less favorable than terms generally available to an unaffiliated third party under the same or similar circumstances and the extent of the related party’s interest in the transaction .   We require each of our directors and executive officers to complete a questionnaire that elicits information about related party transactions .   These procedures are intended to determine whether any such related party transaction impairs the independence of a director or presents a conflict of interest on the part of a director, officer or employee.



SHAREH OLDER PROPOSALS AND NOMINATIONS



Proposals of shareholders intended to be presented at the 201 8 annual meeting must be received at our offices by January 26 , 2018 for inclusion in the proxy materials relating to that meeting.



Our by-laws contain provisions intended to promote the efficient functioning of our shareholder meetings .   Some of the provisions describe our right to determine the time, place and conduct of shareholder meetings and to require advance notice by mail or delivery to us of shareholder proposals or director nominations for shareholder meetings.   Under our by-laws, in order to properly bring business before a shareholder meeting or nominate a person for election as a director, a shareholder must provide us with written notice, at least 120 days prior to the first anniversary of the mailing of this proxy statement, of any such business the shareholder proposes for consideration, even if the shareholder does not intend to include such proposal in our proxy materials, or any such person the shareholder intends to nominate for election as a   director .   This notice must be received for the annual meeting in the year 201 8 no later than January 26 , 2018 .   A notice of a s hareholder proposal or nomination must include the information set forth in our bylaws .



Shareholder proposals and nominations should be addressed to Corporate Secretary, ParkerVision, Inc., 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

 

DISC RETIONARY VOTING OF PROXIES ON OTHER MATTERS



We do not now intend to bring before the Annual Meeting any matters other than those specified in the Notice of the Annual Meeting, and we do not know of any business which persons other than the B oard intend to present at the Annual Meeting .   Should any business requiring a vote of the shareholders, which is not specified in the notice, properly come before the Annual Meeting , the persons named in the accompanying proxy intend to vote the shares represented by them in acco rdance with their best judgment.

 

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Annex A

ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT

TO

AMENDED AND RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

OF

PARKERVISION, INC.

__________________________________



Pursuant to Section 607.1006 of the

Florida 1989 Business Corporation Law

__________________________________



FIRST:  The name of the Corporation is ParkerVision, Inc.



SECOND:  This amendment to the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation was approved and adopted, as prescribed by Section 607.1003 of the Florida 1989 Business Corporation Act, by the Board of Directors at a meeting held April 18 , 2017 and by the holders of the common stock of the Corporation at a meeting held on July 11 , 2017 . The number of votes cast for the amendment by the shareholders was sufficient for approval. Only the holders of common stock were entitled to vote on the amendment.



THIRD:  This amendment is to be effective immediately upon filing.



FOURTH:  Article IV of the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation is further amended by deleting the first paragraph of Article IV, Section 4.1, and in its place substituting the following:



Section 4.1   Authorized Capital.  The number of shares of stock which this corporation is authorized to issue shall be 45,000,000 shares, of which 3 0,000,000 shares shall be voting Common Stock having a par value of $0.01 and 15,000,000 shares shall be Preferred Stock having a par value of $1.00 per share.



IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have executed this amendment to the Articles of Incorporation, as amended, t his ____day of ___________, 2017 .







 

 

 



PARKERVISION,   INC.

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



By:

/s/ 

 



 

Jeffrey   L.   Parker

 



 

Chairman of the Board

 



 

 

 



By:

/s/  

 



 

Cynthia   Poehlman

 



 

Secretary

 



 

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Annex B

PARKERVISION, INC.

2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan

(As Amended and Restated)

Section 1. Purpose; Definitions.

1.1. Purpose . The purpose of the Parkervision, Inc. 2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan (“Plan”) is to enable the Company to offer to its employees, officers, directors and consultants whose past, present and/or potential contributions to the Company and its Subsidiaries have been, are or will be important to the success of the Company, an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in the Company. The various types of long-term incentive awards that may be provided under the Plan will enable the Company to respond to changes in compensation practices, tax laws, accounting regulations and the size and diversity of its businesses. 

1.2. Definitions . For purposes of the Plan, the following terms shall be defined as set forth below:

(a) “Agreement” means the agreement between the Company and the Holder, or such other document as may be determined by the Committee, setting forth the terms and conditions of an award under the Plan.

(b) “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

(c) “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

(d) “Committee” means the committee of the Board designated to administer the Plan as provided in Section 2.1.

(e) “Common Stock” means the Common Stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share.

(f) “Company” means Parkervision, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida.

(g) “Disability” means physical or mental impairment as determined under procedures established by the Committee for purposes of the Plan.

(h) “Effective Date” means the date determined pursuant to Section 11.1.

(i) “Fair Market Value,” unless otherwise required by any applicable provision of the Code or any regulations issued thereunder, means, as of any given date: (i) if the Common Stock is listed on a national securities exchange or The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC (“Nasdaq”), the last sale price of the Common Stock in the principal trading market for the Common Stock on such date, as reported by the exchange or Nasdaq, as the case may be; (ii) if the Common Stock is not listed on a national securities exchange or Nasdaq, but is traded in the over-the-counter market, the closing bid price for the Common Stock on such date, as reported by the OTC Bulletin Board or Pink Sheets, LLC or similar publisher of such quotations; and (iii) if the fair market value of the Common Stock cannot be determined pursuant to clause (i) or (ii) above, such price as the Committee shall determine, in good faith.

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(j) “Holder” means a person who has received an award under the Plan.

(k) “Incentive Stock Option” means any Stock Option intended to be and designated as an “incentive stock option” within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code.

(l) “Non-qualified Stock Option” means any Stock Option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.

(m) “Normal Retirement” means retirement from active employment with the Company or any Subsidiary on or after such age which may be designated by the Committee as “retirement age” for any particular Holder. If no age is designated, it shall be 65.

(n) “Other Stock-Based Award” means an award under Section 8 that is valued in whole or in part by reference to, or is otherwise based upon, Common Stock.

(o) “Parent” means any present or future “parent corporation” of the Company, as such term is defined in Section 424(e) of the Code.

(p) “Plan” means the Parkervision, Inc. 2011 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan, as hereinafter amended from time to time.

(q) “Repurchase Value” shall mean the Fair Market Value if the award to be settled under Section 2.2(e) or repurchased under Section 5.2(k) or 9.2 is comprised of shares of Common Stock and the difference between Fair Market Value and the Exercise Price (if lower than Fair Market Value) if the award is a Stock Option or Stock Appreciation Right; in each case, multiplied by the number of shares subject to the award.

(r) “Restricted Stock” means Common Stock received under an award made pursuant to Section 7 that is subject to restrictions under Section 7.

(s) “SAR Value” means the excess of the Fair Market Value (on the exercise date) over (a) the exercise price that the participant would have otherwise had to pay to exercise the related Stock Option or (b) if a Stock Appreciation Right is granted unrelated to a Stock Option, the Fair Market Value of a share of Common Stock on the date of grant of the Stock Appreciation Right, in either case, multiplied by the number of shares for which the Stock Appreciation Right is exercised.

(t) “Stock Appreciation Right” means the right to receive from the Company, without a cash payment to the Company, a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the SAR Value divided by the Fair Market Value (on the exercise date).

(u) “Stock Option” or “Option” means any option to purchase shares of Common Stock which is granted pursuant to the Plan.

(v) “Subsidiary” means any present or future “subsidiary corporation” of the Company, as such term is defined in Section 424(f) of the Code.

(w) “Vest” means to become exercisable or to otherwise obtain ownership rights in an award.

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Section 2. Administration.

2.1. Committee Membership . The Plan shall be administered by a Committee of the Board of at least two directors, all of whom are “outside directors” within the meaning of the regulations issued under Section 162(m) of the Code and “non-employee” directors within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Committee members shall serve for such term as the Board may in each case determine and shall be subject to removal at any time by the Board.

2.2. Powers of Committee . The Committee shall have full authority to award, pursuant to the terms of the Plan: (i) Stock Options, (ii) Stock Appreciation Rights, (iii) Restricted Stock, and/or (iv) Other Stock-Based Awards. For purposes of illustration and not of limitation, the Committee shall have the authority (subject to the express provisions of this Plan):

(a) to select the officers, employees, directors and consultants of the Company or any Subsidiary to whom Stock Options, Stock Appreciation Rights, Restricted Stock and/or Other Stock-Based Awards may from time to time be awarded hereunder;

(b) to determine the terms and conditions, not inconsistent with the terms of the Plan, of any award granted hereunder (including, but not limited to, number of shares, share exercise price or types of consideration paid upon exercise of such options, such as other securities of the Company or other property, any restrictions or limitations, and any vesting, exchange, surrender, cancellation, acceleration, termination, exercise or forfeiture provisions, as the Committee shall determine);

(c) to determine any specified performance goals or such other factors or criteria which need to be attained for the vesting of an award granted hereunder;

(d) to determine the terms and conditions under which awards granted hereunder are to operate on a tandem basis and/or in conjunction with or apart from other equity awarded under this Plan and cash and non-cash awards made by the Company or any Subsidiary outside of this Plan; and

(e) to make payments and distributions with respect to awards ( i.e ., to “settle” awards) through cash payments in an amount equal to the Repurchase Value.

The Committee may not modify or amend any outstanding Option or Stock Appreciation Right to reduce the exercise price of such Option or Stock Appreciation Right, as applicable, below the exercise price as of the date of grant of such Option or Stock Appreciation Right.  In addition, no payment of cash or other property having a value greater than the Repurchase Value may be made, and no Option or Stock Appreciation Right with a lower exercise price may be granted, in exchange for, or in connection with, the cancellation or surrender of an Option or Stock Appreciation Right.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the Committee shall not grant to any one Holder in any one calendar year awards for more than 150,000 shares in the aggregate.

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2.3. Interpretation of Plan .

(a) Committee Authority . Subject to Section 10, the Committee shall have the authority to adopt, alter and repeal such administrative rules, guidelines and practices governing the Plan as it shall from time to time deem advisable to interpret the terms and provisions of the Plan and any award issued under the Plan (and to determine the form and substance of all agreements relating thereto), and to otherwise supervise the administration of the Plan. Subject to Section 10, all decisions made by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of the Plan shall be made in the Committee’s sole discretion and shall be final and binding upon all persons, including the Company, its Subsidiaries and Holders.

(b) Incentive Stock Options . Anything in the Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, no term or provision of the Plan relating to Incentive Stock Options (including but not limited to Stock Appreciation rights granted in conjunction with an Incentive Stock Option) or any Agreement providing for Incentive Stock Options shall be interpreted, amended or altered, nor shall any discretion or authority granted under the Plan be so exercised, so as to disqualify the Plan under Section 422 of the Code or, without the consent of the Holder(s) affected, to disqualify any Incentive Stock Option under such Section 422.

Section 3. Stock Subject to Plan.

3.1. Number of Shares . Subject to Section 7.1(d), the total number of shares of Common Stock reserved and available for issuance under the Plan shall be 1, 950 ,000   shares. Shares of Common Stock under the Plan (“Shares”) may consist, in whole or in part, of authorized and unissued shares or treasury shares. If any shares of Common Stock that have been granted pursuant to a Stock Option cease to be subject to a Stock Option, or if any shares of Common Stock that are subject to any Stock Appreciation Right, Restricted Stock award or Other Stock-Based Award granted hereunder are forfeited, or any such award otherwise terminates without a payment being made to the Holder in the form of Common Stock, such shares shall again be available for distribution in connection with future grants and awards under the Plan. Shares of Common Stock that are surrendered by a Holder or withheld by the Company as full or partial payment in connection with any award under the Plan, as well as any shares of Common Stock surrendered by a Holder or withheld by the Company or one of its Subsidiaries to satisfy the tax withholding obligations related to any award under the Plan, shall not be available for subsequent awards under the Plan.

3.2.   Adjustment Upon Changes in Capitalization, Etc. In the event of any common stock dividend payable on shares of Common Stock, Common Stock split or reverse split, combination or exchange of shares of Common Stock, or other extraordinary or unusual event which results in a change in the shares of Common Stock of the Company as a whole, the Committee shall determine, in its sole discretion, whether such change equitably requires an adjustment in the terms of any award in order to prevent dilution or enlargement of the benefits available under the Plan (including number of shares subject to the award and the exercise price) or the aggregate number of shares reserved for issuance under the Plan. Any such adjustments will be made by the Committee, whose determination will be final, binding and conclusive.

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Section 4. Eligibility.

Awards may be made or granted to employees, officers, directors and consultants who are deemed to have rendered or to be able to render significant services to the Company or its Subsidiaries and who are deemed to have contributed or to have the potential to contribute to the success of the Company and which recipients are qualified to receive options under the regulations governing Form S-8 registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”). No Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to any person who is not an employee of the Company or an employee of a Subsidiary at the time of grant or so qualified as set forth in the immediately preceding sentence. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an award may also be made or granted to a person in connection with his hiring or retention, or at any time on or after the date he reaches an agreement (oral or written) with the Company with respect to such hiring or retention, even though it may be prior to the date the person first performs services for the Company or its Subsidiaries; provided, however, that no portion of any such award shall vest prior to the date the person first performs such services and the date of grant shall be deemed to be the date hiring or retention commences.

Section 5. Stock Options.

5.1. Grant and Exercise . Stock Options granted under the Plan may be of two types: (i) Incentive Stock Options and (ii) Non-qualified Stock Options. Any Stock Option granted under the Plan shall contain such terms, not inconsistent with this Plan, or with respect to Incentive Stock Options, not inconsistent with the Plan and the Code, as the Committee may from time to time approve. The Committee shall have the authority to grant Incentive Stock Options or Non-qualified Stock Options, or both types of Stock Options which may be granted alone or in addition to other awards granted under the Plan. To the extent that any Stock Option intended to qualify as an Incentive Stock Option does not so qualify, it shall constitute a separate Non-qualified Stock Option.

5.2. Terms and Conditions . Stock Options granted under the Plan shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(a) Option Term . The term of each Stock Option shall be fixed by the Committee; provided, however, that an Incentive Stock Option may be granted only within the ten-year period commencing from the Effective Date and may only be exercised within ten years of the date of grant (or five years in the case of an Incentive Stock Option granted to an optionee who, at the time of grant, owns Common Stock possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of voting stock of the Company (“10% Shareholder”)).

(b) Exercise Price . The exercise price per share of Common Stock purchasable under a Stock Option shall be determined by the Committee at the time of grant and may not be less than 100% of the Fair Market Value on the date of grant (or, if greater, the par value of a share of Common Stock); provided, however, that the exercise price of an Incentive Stock Option granted to a 10% Shareholder will not be less than 110% of the Fair Market Value on the date of grant.

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(c) Exercisability . Stock Options shall be exercisable at such time or times and subject to such terms and conditions as shall be determined by the Committee. The Committee intends generally to provide that Stock Options be exercisable only in installments, i.e., that they vest over time, typically over a three-year period.  The Committee may waive such installment exercise provisions at any time at or after the time of grant in whole or in part, based upon such factors as the Committee determines.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of an Incentive Stock Option, the aggregate Fair Market Value (on the date of grant of the Option) with respect to which Incentive Stock Options become exercisable for the first time by a Holder during any calendar year (under all such plans of the Company and its Parent and Subsidiaries) shall not exceed $100,000.

(d) Method of Exercise . Subject to whatever installment, exercise and waiting period provisions are applicable in a particular case, Stock Options may be exercised in whole or in part at any time during the term of the Option by giving written notice of exercise to the Company specifying the number of shares of Common Stock to be purchased. Such notice shall be accompanied by payment in full of the purchase price, which shall be in cash or, if provided in the Agreement, either in shares of Common Stock (including Restricted Stock and other contingent awards under this Plan) or partly in cash and partly in such Common Stock, or such other means which the Committee determines are consistent with the Plan’s purpose and applicable law. Cash payments shall be made by wire transfer, certified or bank check or personal check, in each case payable to the order of the Company; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to deliver certificates for shares of Common Stock with respect to which an Option is exercised until the Company has confirmed the receipt of good and available funds in payment of the purchase price thereof (except that, in the case of an exercise arrangement approved by the Committee and described in the last sentence of this paragraph, payment may be made as soon as practicable after the exercise).  The Committee may permit a Holder to elect to pay the Exercise Price upon the exercise of a Stock Option by irrevocably authorizing a third party to sell shares of Common Stock (or a sufficient portion of the shares) acquired upon exercise of the Stock Option and remit to the Company a sufficient portion of the sale proceeds to pay the entire Exercise Price and any tax withholding resulting from such exercise.

(e) Stock Payments . Payments in the form of Common Stock shall be valued at the Fair Market Value on the date of exercise. Such payments shall be made by delivery of stock certificates in negotiable form that are effective to transfer good and valid title thereto to the Company, free of any liens or encumbrances.

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(f) Transferability . Except as may be set forth in the next sentence of this Section or in the Agreement, no Stock Option shall be transferable by the Holder other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, and all Stock Options shall be exercisable, during the Holder’s lifetime, only by the Holder (or, to the extent of legal incapacity or incompetency, the Holder’s guardian or legal representative). Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Holder, with the approval of the Committee, may transfer a Non-Qualified Stock Option (i) (A) by gift, for no consideration, or (B) pursuant to a domestic relations order, in either case, to or for the benefit of the Holder’s “Immediate Family” (as defined below), or (ii) to an entity in which the Holder and/or members of Holder’s Immediate Family own more than fifty percent of the voting interest, in exchange for an interest in that entity, subject to such limits as the Committee may establish and the execution of such documents as the Committee may require, and the transferee shall remain subject to all the terms and conditions applicable to the Non-Qualified Stock Option prior to such transfer. The term “Immediate Family” shall mean any child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, former spouse, sibling, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, including adoptive relationships, any person sharing the Holder’s household (other than a tenant or employee), a trust in which these persons have more than fifty percent beneficial interest, and a foundation in which these persons (or the Holder) control the management of the assets.  The Committee may, in its sole discretion, permit transfer of an Incentive Stock Option in a manner consistent with applicable tax and securities law upon the Holder’s request.

(g) Termination by Reason of Death . If a Holder’s employment by, or association with, the Company or a Subsidiary terminates by reason of death, any Stock Option held by such Holder, unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement, shall thereupon automatically terminate, except that the portion of such Stock Option that has vested on the date of death may thereafter be exercised by the legal representative of the estate or by the legatee of the Holder under the will of the Holder, for a period of one year (or such other greater or lesser period as the Committee may specify in the Agreement) from the date of such death or until the expiration of the stated term of such Stock Option, whichever period is shorter.

(h) Termination by Reason of Disability . If a Holder’s employment by, or association with, the Company or any Subsidiary terminates by reason of Disability, any Stock Option held by such Holder, unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement, shall thereupon automatically terminate, except that the portion of such Stock Option that has vested on the date of termination may thereafter be exercised by the Holder for a period of one year (or such other greater or lesser period as the Committee may specify in the Agreement) from the date of such termination or until the expiration of the stated term of such Stock Option, whichever period is shorter.

(i) Termination by Reason of Normal Retirement . Subject to the provisions of Section 12.3, if such Holder’s employment by, or association with, the Company or any Subsidiary terminates due to Normal Retirement, any Stock Option held by such Holder, unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement, shall thereupon automatically terminate, except that the portion of such Stock Option that has vested on the date of termination may thereafter be exercised by the Holder for a period of one year (or such other greater or lesser period as the Committee may specify in the Agreement) from the date of such termination or until the expiration of the stated term of such Stock Option, whichever period is shorter.

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(j) Other Termination . Subject to the provisions of Section 12.3, if such Holder’s employment by, or association with, the Company or any Subsidiary terminates for any reason other than death, Disability or Normal Retirement, any Stock Option held by such Holder, unless otherwise determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement, shall thereupon automatically terminate, except that, if the Holder’s employment is terminated by the Company or a Subsidiary without cause, the portion of such Stock Option that has vested on the date of termination may thereafter be exercised by the Holder for a period of three months (or such other greater or lesser period as the Committee may specify in the Agreement) from the date of such termination or until the expiration of the stated term of such Stock Option, whichever period is shorter.

(k) Buyout and Settlement Provisions . The Committee may at any time, in its sole discretion, offer to repurchase a Stock Option previously granted, at a purchase price not to exceed the Repurchase Value, based upon such terms and conditions as the Committee shall establish and communicate to the Holder at the time that such offer is made.

(l) Rights as Shareholder .  A Holder shall have none of the rights of a Shareholder with respect to the shares subject to the Option until such shares shall be transferred to the Holder upon the exercise of the Option.

Section 6. Stock Appreciation Rights.

6.1. Grant and Exercise . Subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, the Committee may grant Stock Appreciation Rights in tandem with an Option or alone and unrelated to an Option. The Committee may grant Stock Appreciation Rights to participants who have been or are being granted Stock Options under the Plan as a means of allowing such participants to exercise their Stock Options without the need to pay the exercise price in cash. In the case of a Non-qualified Stock Option, a Stock Appreciation Right may be granted either at or after the time of the grant of such Non-qualified Stock Option. In the case of an Incentive Stock Option, a Stock Appreciation Right may be granted only at the time of the grant of such Incentive Stock Option.

6.2. Terms and Conditions . Stock Appreciation Rights shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(a) Exercisability . Stock Appreciation Rights shall be exercisable as shall be determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement, subject, for Stock Appreciation Rights granted in tandem with an Incentive Stock Option, to the limitations, if any, imposed by the Code with respect to related Incentive Stock Options.

(b) Termination . All or a portion of a Stock Appreciation Right granted in tandem with a Stock Option shall terminate and shall no longer be exercisable upon the termination or after the exercise of the applicable portion of the related Stock Option.

(c) Method of Exercise . Stock Appreciation Rights shall be exercisable upon such terms and conditions as shall be determined by the Committee and set forth in the Agreement and, for Stock Appreciation Rights granted in tandem with a Stock Option, by surrendering the applicable portion of the related Stock Option. Upon exercise of all or a portion of a Stock Appreciation Right and, if applicable, surrender of the applicable portion of the related Stock Option, the Holder shall be entitled to receive a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the SAR Value divided by the Fair Market Value on the date the Stock Appreciation Right is exercised.

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(d) Shares Available Under Plan .  The granting of a Stock Appreciation Right in tandem with a Stock Option shall not affect the number of shares of Common Stock available for awards under the Plan. The number of shares available for awards under the Plan will, however, be reduced by the number of shares of Common Stock acquirable upon exercise of the Stock Option to which such Stock Appreciation Right relates.

Section 7. Restricted Stock.

7.1. Grant . Shares of Restricted Stock may be awarded either alone or in addition to other awards granted under the Plan. The Committee shall determine the eligible persons to whom, and the time or times at which, grants of Restricted Stock will be awarded, the number of shares to be awarded, the price (if any) to be paid by the Holder, the time or times within which such awards may be subject to forfeiture (“Restriction Period”), the vesting schedule and rights to acceleration thereof and all other terms and conditions of the awards.

7.2. Terms and Conditions . Each Restricted Stock award shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(a) Certificates . Restricted Stock, when issued, will be represented by a stock certificate or certificates registered in the name of the Holder to whom such Restricted Stock shall have been awarded. During the Restriction Period, certificates representing the Restricted Stock and any securities constituting Retained Distributions (as defined below) shall bear a legend to the effect that ownership of the Restricted Stock (and such Retained Distributions) and the enjoyment of all rights appurtenant thereto are subject to the restrictions, terms and conditions provided in the Plan and the Agreement. Such certificates shall be deposited by the Holder with the Company, together with stock powers or other instruments of assignment, each endorsed in blank, which will permit transfer to the Company of all or any portion of the Restricted Stock and any securities constituting Retained Distributions that shall be forfeited or that shall not become vested in accordance with the Plan and the Agreement.

(b) Rights of Holder . Restricted Stock shall constitute issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock for all corporate purposes. The Holder will have the right to vote such Restricted Stock and to exercise all other rights, powers and privileges of a holder of Common Stock with respect to such Restricted Stock, with the exceptions that (i) the Holder will not be entitled to delivery of the stock certificate or certificates representing such Restricted Stock until the Restriction Period shall have expired and unless all other vesting requirements with respect thereto shall have been fulfilled; (ii) the Company will retain custody of the stock certificate or certificates representing the Restricted Stock during the Restriction Period; (iii) the Company will retain custody of all dividends and distributions (“Retained Distributions”) made, paid or declared with respect to the Restricted Stock (and such Retained Distributions will be subject to the same restrictions, terms and conditions as are applicable to the Restricted Stock) until such time, if ever, as the Restricted Stock with respect to which such Retained Distributions shall have been made, paid or declared shall have become vested and with respect to which the Restriction Period shall have expired; (iv) a breach of any of the restrictions, terms or conditions contained in this Plan or the Agreement or otherwise established by the Committee with respect to any Restricted Stock or Retained Distributions will cause a forfeiture of such Restricted Stock and any Retained Distributions with respect thereto.

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(c) Vesting; Forfeiture . Upon the expiration of the Restriction Period with respect to each award of Restricted Stock and the satisfaction of any other applicable restrictions, terms and conditions (i) all or part of such Restricted Stock shall become vested in accordance with the terms of the Agreement, and (ii) any Retained Distributions with respect to such Restricted Stock shall become vested to the extent that the Restricted Stock related thereto shall have become vested. Any such Restricted Stock and Retained Distributions that do not vest shall be forfeited to the Company and the Holder shall not thereafter have any rights with respect to such Restricted Stock and Retained Distributions that shall have been so forfeited.

Section 8. Other Stock-Based Awards.

Other Stock-Based Awards may be awarded, subject to limitations under applicable law, that are denominated or payable in, valued in whole or in part by reference to, or otherwise based on or related to, shares of Common Stock, as deemed by the Committee to be consistent with the purposes of the Plan, including, without limitation, purchase rights, shares of Common Stock awarded which are not subject to any restrictions or conditions, convertible or exchangeable debentures, or other rights convertible into shares of Common Stock and awards valued by reference to the value of securities of or the performance of specified Subsidiaries. These other stock-based awards may include performance shares or options, whose award is tied to specific performance criteria. Other Stock-Based Awards may be awarded either alone or in addition to or in tandem with any other awards under this Plan or any other plan of the Company. Each other Stock-Based Award shall be subject to such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Committee.

Section 9. Accelerated Vesting and Exercisability.

9.1. Non-Approved Transactions . If any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires the ownership of stock of the Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or combined voting power of the stock of the Company, and the Board does not authorize or otherwise approve such acquisition, then the vesting periods of any and all Stock Options and other awards granted and outstanding under the Plan shall be accelerated and all such Stock Options and awards will immediately and entirely vest, and the respective holders thereof will have the immediate right to purchase and/or receive any and all Common Stock subject to such Stock Options and awards on the terms set forth in this Plan and the respective Agreements respecting such Stock Options and awards. An increase in the percentage of stock owned by any one person, or persons acting as a group, as a result of a transaction in which the Company acquires its stock in exchange for property is not treated as an acquisition of stock for purposes of this Section 9.1.

9.2. Approved Transactions . The Committee may, in the event of an acquisition by any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, together with acquisitions during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons, of assets from the Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of the Company immediately before such acquisition or acquisitions, or if any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires the ownership of stock of the Company that, together with the stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value or combined voting power of the stock of the Company, which has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors, (i) accelerate the vesting of any and all Stock Options and other awards granted and outstanding under the Plan, or (ii) require a Holder of any award granted under this Plan to relinquish such award to the Company upon the tender by the Company to Holder of cash in an amount equal to the Repurchase Value of such award. For this purpose, gross fair market value means the value of the assets of the Company, or the value of the assets being disposed of, determined without regard to any liabilities associated with such assets.  

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9.3. Code Section 409A . Notwithstanding any provisions of this Plan or any award granted hereunder to the contrary, no acceleration shall occur with respect to any award to the extent such acceleration would cause the Plan or an award granted hereunder to fail to comply with Code Section 409A.

Section 10. Amendment and Termination.

The Board may at any time, and from time to time, amend alter, suspend or discontinue any of the provisions of the Plan, but no amendment, alteration, suspension or discontinuance shall be made that would impair the rights of a Holder under any Agreement theretofore entered into hereunder, without the Holder’s consent, except as set forth in this Plan.

Section 11. Term of Plan.

11.1. Effective Date . The Plan shall be effective as of September 28, 2011, subject to the approval of the Plan by the Company’s shareholders within one year after the Effective Date.  Any awards granted under the Plan prior to such approval shall be effective when made (unless otherwise specified by the Committee at the time of grant), but shall be conditioned upon, and subject to, such approval of the Plan by the Company’s shareholders and no awards shall vest or otherwise become free of restrictions prior to such approval.

11.2. Termination Date . Unless terminated by the Board, this Plan shall continue to remain effective until such time as no further awards may be granted and all awards granted under the Plan are no longer outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, grants of Incentive Stock Options may be made only during the ten-year period beginning on the Effective Date.

Section 12. General Provisions.

12.1. Written Agreements . Each award granted under the Plan shall be confirmed by, and shall be subject to the terms of, the Agreement executed by the Company and the Holder, or such other document as may be determined by the Committee. The Committee may terminate any award made under the Plan if the Agreement relating thereto is not executed and returned to the Company within 10 days after the Agreement has been delivered to the Holder for his or her execution.

12.2. Unfunded Status of Plan . The Plan is intended to constitute an “unfunded” plan for incentive and deferred compensation. With respect to any payments not yet made to a Holder by the Company, nothing contained herein shall give any such Holder any rights that are greater than those of a general creditor of the Company.

12.3. Employees .

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(a) Engaging in Competition With the Company; Solicitation of Customers and Employees; Disclosure of Confidential Information . If a Holder’s employment with the Company or a Subsidiary is terminated for any reason whatsoever, and within 12 months after the date thereof such Holder either (i) accepts employment with any competitor of, or otherwise engages in competition with, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) solicits any customers or employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to do business with or render services to the Holder or any business with which the Holder becomes affiliated or to which the Holder renders services or (iii) uses or discloses to anyone outside the Company any confidential information or material of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in violation of the Company’s policies or any agreement between the Holder and the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may require such Holder to return to the Company the economic value of any award that was realized or obtained by such Holder at any time during the period beginning on the date that is six months prior to the date such Holder’s employment with the Company is terminated. In such event, Holder agrees to remit to the Company, in cash, an amount equal to the difference between the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the date of termination (or the sales price of such Shares if the Shares were sold during such six month period) and the price the Holder paid the Company for such Shares.

(b) Termination for Cause . If a Holder’s employment with the Company or a Subsidiary is terminated for cause, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, require such Holder to return to the Company the economic value of any award that was realized or obtained by such Holder at any time during the period beginning on that date that is six months prior to the date such Holder’s employment with the Company is terminated. In such event, Holder agrees to remit to the Company, in cash, an amount equal to the difference between the Fair Market Value of the Shares on the date of termination (or the sales price of such Shares if the Shares were sold during such six month period) and the price the Holder paid the Company for such Shares.

(c) No Right of Employment . Nothing contained in the Plan or in any award hereunder shall be deemed to confer upon any Holder who is an employee of the Company or any Subsidiary any right to continued employment with the Company or any Subsidiary, nor shall it interfere in any way with the right of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate the employment of any Holder who is an employee at any time.

12.4. Investment Representations; Company Policy . The Committee may require each person acquiring shares of Common Stock pursuant to a Stock Option or other award under the Plan to represent to and agree with the Company in writing that the Holder is acquiring the shares for investment without a view to distribution thereof. Each person acquiring shares of Common Stock pursuant to a Stock Option or other award under the Plan shall be required to abide by all policies of the Company in effect at the time of such acquisition and thereafter with respect to the ownership and trading of the Company’s securities.

12.5. Additional Incentive Arrangements . Nothing contained in the Plan shall prevent the Board from adopting such other or additional incentive arrangements as it may deem desirable, including, but not limited to, the granting of Stock Options and the awarding of Common Stock and cash otherwise than under the Plan; and such arrangements may be either generally applicable or applicable only in specific cases.

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12.6. Withholding Taxes . Not later than the date as of which an amount must first be included in the gross income of the Holder for Federal income tax purposes with respect to any Stock Option or other award under the Plan, the Holder shall pay to the Company, or make arrangements satisfactory to the Committee regarding the payment of, any Federal, state and local taxes of any kind required by law to be withheld or paid with respect to such amount. If permitted by the Committee, tax withholding or payment obligations may be settled with Common Stock, including Common Stock that is part of the award that gives rise to the withholding requirement. The obligations of the Company under the Plan shall be conditioned upon such payment or arrangements and the Company or the Holder’s employer (if not the Company) shall, to the extent permitted by law, have the right to deduct any such taxes from any payment of any kind otherwise due to the Holder from the Company or any Subsidiary.

12.7. Governing Law . The Plan and all awards made and actions taken thereunder shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Florida (without regard to choice of law provisions).

12.8. Other Benefit Plans . Any award granted under the Plan shall not be deemed compensation for purposes of computing benefits under any retirement plan of the Company or any Subsidiary and shall not affect any benefits under any other benefit plan now or subsequently in effect under which the availability or amount of benefits is related to the level of compensation (unless required by specific reference in any such other plan to awards under this Plan).

12.9. Non-Transferability . Except as otherwise expressly provided in the Plan or the Agreement, no right or benefit under the Plan may be alienated, sold, assigned, hypothecated, pledged, exchanged, transferred, encumbranced or charged, and any attempt to alienate, sell, assign, hypothecate, pledge, exchange, transfer, encumber or charge the same shall be void.

12.10. Applicable Laws . The obligations of the Company with respect to all Stock Options and awards under the Plan shall be subject to (i) all applicable laws, rules and regulations and such approvals by any governmental agencies as may be required, including, without limitation, the Securities Act, and (ii) the rules and regulations of any securities exchange on which the Common Stock may be listed.

12.11. Conflicts . If any of the terms or provisions of the Plan or an Agreement conflict with the requirements of Section 422 of the Code, then such terms or provisions shall be deemed inoperative to the extent they so conflict with such requirements. Additionally, if this Plan or any Agreement does not contain any provision required to be included herein under Section 422 of the Code, such provision shall be deemed to be incorporated herein and therein with the same force and effect as if such provision had been set out at length herein and therein. If any of the terms or provisions of any Agreement conflict with any terms or provisions of the Plan, then such terms or provisions shall be deemed inoperative to the extent they so conflict with the requirements of the Plan. Additionally, if any Agreement does not contain any provision required to be included therein under the Plan, such provision shall be deemed to be incorporated therein with the same force and effect as if such provision had been set out at length therein.

12.12. Certain Awards Deferring or Accelerating the Receipt of Compensation . To the extent applicable, all awards granted, and all Agreements entered into, under the Plan are intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code, which was added by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and relates to deferred compensation under nonqualified deferred compensation plans. The Committee, in administering the Plan, intends, and the parties entering into any Agreement intend, to restrict provisions of any awards that may constitute deferred receipt of compensation subject to Code Section 409A requirements to those consistent with this Section. The Board may amend the Plan to comply with Code Section 409A in the future.

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12.13. Non-Registered Stock . The shares of Common Stock to be distributed under this Plan have not been, as of the Effective Date, registered under the Securities Act or any applicable state or foreign securities laws and the Company has no obligation to any Holder to register the Common Stock or to assist the Holder in obtaining an exemption from the various registration requirements, or to list the Common Stock on a national securities exchange or any other trading or quotation system, including Nasdaq.



 



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