2017 Global Premier Partner Awards: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. VALID IN BELOW LISTED COUNTRIES ONLY. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE RULES.

1. Participating Territories

The 2017 Global Premier Partner Awards (the “Contest”) is an awards programme for Premier Partners in the following countries only:

1.1 Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom (“EMEA Region”);

1.2 Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela (“LATAM Sub-Region”); and Canada and the United States (“North America Sub-Region”);

1.3 Australia and New Zealand (“Australasia Sub-Region”), China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (“Greater China Sub Region”), India (“India Sub-Region”), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam (“South East Asia Sub-Region”), Japan (“Japan Sub-Region”) and South Korea (“Korea Sub-Region”).

Each country is a “Participating Territory”. The Contest is governed by these rules (“Rules”).

2. Definitions

“Americas Region” means collectively all of the countries contained within the following Sub-Regions: LATAM Sub-Region and the North America Sub-Region.

“APAC Region” means collectively all of the countries contained within the following six Sub-Regions: (i) Australasia Sub-Region, (ii) Greater China Sub-Region, (iii) India Sub-Region, (iv) Japan Sub-Region, (v) Korea Sub-Region (vi) South East Asia Sub-Region;

“Independent Judging Panel” means, in each case, an independent judging panel comprising (i) three Director-level or senior Google employees and (ii) two external judging experts.

3. Binding Agreement

In order to enter the Contest, you (“You” or “Entrant”) must agree to these Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure You understand and agree.

If You are entering as part of a company or entity, or otherwise on behalf of a company or entity, You agree: (i) that these Rules are binding on such company/entity; (ii) that You are one of the following: either an employee, director, office holder, worker or authorised agent of such company/entity; (iii) that in entering into these Rules on behalf of such company/entity that You are acting within the scope of Your authority (iv) that such company/entity has full knowledge of Your actions and has consented thereto, including the potential receipt of a prize and attendance at an award event; (v) that Your actions do not violate such company’s/entity’s policies or procedures. Where You are entering on behalf of a company/entity, You have no right to claim any prize or a portion thereof; the Entrant in such a case is the company/entity.

All references to ‘You’ or ‘Entrant’ in these Rules includes either a reference to You acting on Your own behalf or the company/entity on whose behalf you are acting and that is entering the Contest, as the case may be.

You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest, and are not eligible to receive the awards described in these Rules, unless You agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between You and Google with respect to the Contest.

4. Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Contest: (i) You must be a legal resident of and physically located in, or in the case of a company/entity, have Your head office or principal place of business located in, a Participating Territory; (ii) You must be above the age of majority in the Participating Territory in which You reside at the time of entry; (iii) You must be a certified Google Premier Partner when entering the Contest; and (iv) You must remain a Premier Partner until at least 28 September 2017.

The Entrant must abide by any and all contractual obligations it owes to Google outside of these Rules during the Contest. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of Google, its subsidiaries, affiliates, partner companies used for judging purposes, and their respective directors, officers, employees, advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents (“Contest Entities”), and members of the Contest Entities’ and their immediate families (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where they live) and members of the households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Google reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. The sole determinant of the time for purposes of this Contest will be the official time-keeping device(s) used by Google.

5. Promoter

The promoter of the Contest is: (i) for all Participating Territories within the EMEA Region - Google Ireland Limited, whose principal place of business is at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, (ii) for all other Participating Territories - Google Inc., whose principal place of business is at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States.

6. Entry Period

The Contest opens for entry at 12pm Pacific Time (“PT”) on 24 April 2017 and closes at 5pm PT on 26 May 2017.

7. How to Enter

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ENTRY IS FREE. To enter, You must fill out an electronic entry form at https://premierpartnerawards.withgoogle.com/jp/apply (“Entry Form”). Only one Entry Form per Premier Partner per award.

Where a Premier Partner is active in more than one Participating Territory, the Premier Partner must nonetheless still only submit one Entry Form. The identity of a Premier Partner will be determined by reference to the AdWords Manager Account number listed on their Entry Form and matched to their Premier Partner profile.

As described in the Entry Form, You must submit a customer advertiser case study. You must obtain the customer advertiser’s consent for such via the case study release form, which can be accessed at https://premierpartnerawards.withgoogle.com/jp/forms (“Case Study Release Form”). The customer signed and completed Case Study Release Form should be uploaded as part of your submission. You will be responsible for Your failure to obtain and provide such consent and indemnify Google from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from Your failure to do so in accordance with Section 16 (Warranty and Indemnity) below.

8. Awards and Entry Requirements

Awards will be awarded across different regions in the following six categories:

  • Award 1: Search Innovation Award 2017
  • Award 2: Display Innovation Award 2017
  • Award 3: Mobile Innovation Award 2017
  • Award 4: Video Innovation Award 2017
  • Award 5: Shopping Innovation Award 2017
  • Award 6: Growing Businesses Online Award 2017

You can enter any number of the above Awards by choosing the correct option(s) on Your Entry Form. However, You must first ensure you are eligible to enter the Award by checking the qualifying criteria below. The following information also includes the judging criteria for each Award.

Awards will be provided for different geographical areas. For further details see Section 9 (Levels of Awards) and Section 10 (Judging) below.

Awards 1-5: The “Innovation Awards” (in Search, Display, Mobile, Video and Shopping) 2017

You must have a Specialisation in the applicable category or categories for which you are entering ( i.e. Search, Display, Mobile, Video and/or Shopping). You can enter for as many Innovation Awards as You like, provided you have the requisite Specialisation in each case.

As part of the Entry Form, You must submit between 300 and 1,000 words to describe why You should win the applicable Innovation Award, in each of the following areas: (i) an overall summary of why You deserve the Award (ii) a summary description of Your Culture, (iii) a summary description of Your Innovation, (iv) a summary description of Your Technology and (v) a summary description of Your People. NOTE: If You have applied for a similar Award with Google in a previous year requiring similar written submissions to the above (such as the 2016 Premier Partner Awards for EMEA), You should ensure that Your Entry Form is specifically tailored to this 2017 Contest. Whilst there may be similarities, Google does not expect your Entry Form to contain identical written submissions to any previous year.

As part of the Entry Form, You must also upload one customer advertiser campaign case study to the website that best demonstrates why You should win the applicable Innovation Award.

You must also answer the other questions on the Entry Form regarding Your sample customer advertising campaign(s).

The Entrant that is judged to have performed the best overall in all of the above areas (in the region relevant to the Award) will win a 2017 Innovation Award. As already stated, Innovation Awards will be provided for different geographical areas. For further details see Section 9 (Levels of Awards) and Section 10 (Judging) below.

*NOTE: Unfortunately due to the low number of partners eligible, Google will not be offering Shopping Innovation Awards in the China, Korea or South East Asia Sub-Regions; or Video Innovation Awards in the India or Japan Sub-Regions.

Award 6: Growing Businesses Online Award 2017

Background. This Award is aimed at Premier Partners who have acted as a digital champion for client businesses. You must have demonstrated an ability to help bring a business online and have made a significant impact to its digital marketing strategy. A powerful factor could be successfully demonstrating that a business would not have an online presence without Your help.

In light of the above background, You must submit on Your Entry Form between 300 and 1,000 words to describe why You should win the Growing Businesses Online Award, in each of the following areas: (i) an overall summary of why You deserve this Award (ii) a summary description of Your Culture, (iii) a summary description of Your Innovation, (iv) a summary description of Your Technology, (v) a summary description of Your People and (vi) a summary description of how Your company acquires, grows and retains business clients. If You have applied for a similar Award with Google in a previous year requiring similar written submissions to the above (such as the 2016 Premier Partner Awards for EMEA), You should ensure that Your Entry Form is specifically tailored to this 2017 global competition. Whilst there may be similarities, Google does not expect your Entry Form to contain identical written submissions to any previous year.

As part of the Entry Form, You must also upload one customer advertiser campaign case study to the website that best demonstrates why You should win the Growing Businesses Online Award 2017.

The Entrant that is judged to have performed the best overall in all of the above areas (in the region relevant to the Award) will be declared winner of a Growing Businesses Online Award 2017. This Award will be awarded for different geographical areas. For further details see Section 9 (Levels of Awards) and Section 10 (Judging) below.

9. Levels of Awards

Awards will be provided at each of the following levels:

  • Awards in each category for the EMEA Region;
  • Awards in each category* for all Sub-Regions within the APAC Region (see Section 1 for definition of APAC Region);
  • Awards in each category for all Sub-Regions within Americas Region (see Section 1 for definition of the Americas Region);
  • Awards in each category for the eventual global winners.

For further details see Section 10 (Judging) below.

*Unfortunately due to the low number of partners eligible, Google will not be offering Shopping Innovation Awards in the China, Korea or South East Asia Sub-Regions; or Video Innovation Awards in the India or Japan Sub-Regions.

10. Judging

The judging of the Contest will take place in the following phases.

10.1 Round One - 27th May to 5th June 2017

The first stage of judging will be carried out by Google. Google will evaluate all eligible entries according to the following equally-weighted criteria: (i) quality of Google campaigns; and (ii) performance of Google campaigns, in each case as measured in Google’s sole discretion and informed by the applicable Entry Form. All judging metrics will be measured in the period 30 September 2016 to 30 March 2017. NOTE: Your activity will be measured up to and including 26 May 2017 even if You submit Your Entry Form prior to that date. The highest-scoring entries for each Award, for each of the eight Sub-Regions and the EMEA Region will be selected as finalists in this round. Google will send such list of finalists for Round One to its external judging agency, Deloitte (a partnership based in Ireland).

10.2 Round Two - 5th June to 7th July 2017

Deloitte will review all the data and judge the finalists from round one on the following criteria weighted equally: (i) quality of Google campaign; (ii) innovation, (iii) use of technology, (iv) people management, and (v) company culture (the “Judging Criteria”), in Deloitte’s sole discretion, in each case based on the Entry Form and the Case Study. The highest-scoring entrants will be finalists for Round Two in each of the eight Sub-Regions and the EMEA Region (“Shortlisted Partners”), in approximately the following numbers:

  • Australasia Sub-Region - 30 best Entrants;
  • EMEA Region - 150 best Entrants;
  • Greater China Sub-Region - 25 best Entrants;
  • India Sub-Region - 25 best Entrants;
  • Japan Sub-Region - 25 best Entrants;
  • Korea Sub-Region - 25 best Entrants.
  • LATAM Sub-Region - 30 best Entrants;
  • North America Sub-Region - 30 best Entrants;
  • South East Asia Sub-Region - 25 best Entrants.

The Shortlisted Partners will be announced here: https://g.co/PremierPartnerAwards on 10th July 2017. Shortlisted Partners will also be notified by email and invited to share such information publicly, on their website and in the press. Google will provide guidance on how to do this, which Entrants must follow.

10.3 Round Three - 13th July 2017

The three highest-scoring Shortlisted Partners for each Award, for each of the eight Sub-Regions and the EMEA Region will be the finalists for this Round Three (the “Sub-Regional Top 3 List”).

10.4 Round Four - 14th July to 31st July 2017

An Independent Judging Panel will review and judge the Sub-Regional Top 3 List completed by Deloitte using the Judging Criteria. The Sub-Regional Judging Panel will decide on and provide a winner (based on highest score) of each Award in respect of each Sub-Region and the EMEA Region as follows:

  • Six Award winners for the EMEA Region (“EMEA Premier Partner Award Winners”);
  • Six Award winners for the Australasia Sub-Region;
  • Five* Award winners for the Greater China Sub-Region;
  • Five* Award winners for the India Sub-Region;
  • Five* Award winners for the Japan Sub-Region;
  • Five* Award winners for the Korea Sub-Region;
  • Five* Award winners for the South East Asia Sub-Region (collectively the “APAC Premier Partner Award Winners”)
  • Six Award winners for the LATAM Sub-Region;
  • Six Award winners for the North America Sub-Region; (collectively the “Americas Award Winners”).

*Unfortunately due to the low number of partners eligible, Google will not be offering Shopping Innovation Awards in the China, Korea or South East Asia Sub-Regions; or Video Innovation Awards in the India or Japan Sub-Regions.

10.5 Round Five (APAC) - 14th August to 18th August 2017

A second Independent Judging Panel will review and judge the APAC Premier Partner Award Winners to produce Six global finalists for the APAC Region based on highest score on the Judging Criteria (“APAC Premier Partner Global Finalists”). The APAC Premier Partner Global Finalists will be invited to attend the Global Google Partner Summit 2017 (see Section 11.3 below) on the 28th September 2017.

10.6 Round Six (Americas) - 14th August to 18th August 2017

A third Independent Judging Panel will review and judge the Americas Premier Partner Award Winners and produce Six global finalists for the Americas Region based on highest score on the Judging Criteria (“Americas Premier Partner Global Finalists”). The Americas Premier Partner Global Finalists will be invited to attend the Global Google Partner Summit 2017 (see Section 11.3 below) on the 28th September 2017.

10.7 Final Round (Global) - 21st August to 27th September 2017

A fourth Independent Judging Panel (“Global Judging Panel”) will finally review and judge the Six EMEA Premier Partner Award Winners, the Six Americas Premier Partner Global Finalists and the Six APAC Premier Partner Global Finalists. The Global Judging Panel will decide on a list Six overall global winners based on highest score on the Judging Criteria (the “Global Premier Partner Award Winners 2017”). The Global Premier Partner Award Winners 2017 will be announced at the Global Google Partner Summit (see Section 11.3 below) on the 28th September 2017.

11. Awards Events 2017

11.1 EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017

All of the Shortlisted Partners for the EMEA Region (see Section 10.2 above) will each be provided with two delegate invitations to attend the EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017. The following will be provided courtesy of Google, for both delegates, in each case:

  • a complimentary two night stay (for the nights of 6th and 7th September 2017) at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, Ireland;
  • complimentary meals at the event;
  • Transfers to and from the hotel from the airport. However flights and visas are not included and delegates will be expected to make their own flying and visa arrangements.

The EMEA Premier Partner Award Winners will be announced at the final dinner at the EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017.

For Shortlisted Partners based in France (if any): You undertake to comply with French law n° 93-122 dated 29 January 1993 in relation to your participation in the Contest and for transparency purposes, you undertake to inform your customer advertisers that You have been invited to attend the EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017 as part of Your participation to the Contest, within a reasonable time after 17th July 2017 but before the EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017. In doing so, You will comply with the guidance provided by Google on how to share publicly that You have been shortlisted, as per Section 10.2 of these Rules.

11.2 India, Japan and Korea Premier Partner Award Events 2017

All of the Shortlisted Partners (see Section 10.2) for these three Sub-Regions (India, Japan and Korea) will each be provided two delegate invitations to attend a Premier Partner Award Event 2017 in each of the three Sub-Regions. All three of these events will take place on or around 14th August 2017. The following will be provided courtesy of Google, for both delegates, in each case:

  • A complimentary two night stay at a four star hotel;
  • Complimentary meals throughout the events.
  • Flights and transfers to the the hotel, provided the delegate’s permanent residence is more than 100 miles from the award event location. Flights will be economy class and will be booked by Google on behalf of the delegate. Delegates will need to make their own visa arrangements and provide reasonable information and assistance to Google in a timely manner upon request (such as the provision of passport name, number, and expiry date). If the delegate lives more than 100 miles from the award location but it would be easier to travel by alternative transport (such as train or bus), Google will either book the ticket for the delegate or arrange for the reimbursement the delegate upon the provision of valid travel receipts. Delegates will need to make their own visa arrangements. Google will not book or re-book additional tickets to the extent such tickets are needed due to the failure of any delegate to make suitable visa arrangements and if the delegate cannot attend in those circumstances the delegate will be deemed to have forfeited their invitation.

The APAC Premier Partner Award Winners will be announced at the final dinner of each of these events in respect of each of these Sub-Regions.

10.3 Global Google Partner Summit 2017

The Six EMEA Premier Partner Award Winners, the Six Americas Premier Partner Global Finalists and the Six APAC Premier Partner Global Finalists will all be provided with two delegate invitations to attend the Global Google Partner Summit 2017 in New York. The Global Google Partner Summit will take place on September 28th and 29th during Advertising Week. The following will be provided courtesy of Google, for both delegates, in each case:

  • a complimentary two night stay at a four star hotel determined by Google;
  • complimentary meals at the event;
  • Flights to New York and transfers to the the hotel. Flights will be economy class, departing from a Participating Territory where the Entrant is based, and will be booked by Google on behalf of the delegate. Flights must be between 25th and 29th September 2017. Delegates will need to provide reasonable information and assistance to Google in a timely manner upon request (such as the provision of passport name, number, and expiry date) in order for Google to make the relevant bookings. Delegates will need to make their own visa arrangements. Google will not book or re-book additional tickets to the extent such tickets are needed due to the failure of any delegate to make suitable visa arrangements and if the delegate cannot attend in those circumstances the delegate will be deemed to have forfeited their invitation.

The Global Premier Partner Award Winners 2017 will be announced at the final event of the Global Google Partner Summit 2017 on September 28, 2017.

For EMEA Premier Partner Award Winners based in France (if any): You undertake to comply with French law n° 93-122 dated 29 january 1993 in relation to your participation in the Contest and for transparency purposes, you undertake to inform your customer advertisers that You have been invited to attend the Global Google Partner Summit 2017 in New York as part of Your participation to the Contest, within a reasonable time after the EMEA Premier Partner Award Event 2017 but before the Global Google Partner Summit 2017.

10.4 Australasia Sub-Region, Greater China Sub-Region and South East Asia Sub-Region

Unfortunately Google cannot support a Premier Partner awards event in the Australasia, Greater China and South East Asia Sub-Regions. The Shortlisted Partners will be announced here: https://g.co/PremierPartnerAwards on 17th July 2017. APAC Premier Partner Award Winners for these Sub-Regions will be announced on/before 14th August, 2017 on the site blog and by email. The winner of each Award will be provided with a trophy (see Section 12 below) and invited to promote its Award-winning status.

12. Award Winners and Trophies

The winner of each Award in each case will be presented with a trophy and invited to promote its Award-winning status, for the relevant geographical area in which it has won, in all sales and marketing collateral. This is subject to (i) Google’s brand usage guidelines which will be provided to them, and (ii) the exact usage being approved first by Google in writing. Winners will be permitted to issue a press release notifying the public of their receipt of the Award after receiving Google’s written consent to the exact wording and presentation. There will be no cash or other material prize offered to Award winners.

13. General Conditions

Google reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant from the Contest if, in Google’s sole discretion, the Entrant has failed to comply with these Rules, the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices, the Entrant annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other Entrants, Google or any of the judges, or the Entrant’s conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Contest.

14. Privacy

Entrants agree - and further warrant they will only allow delegates to attend an Awards events listed in Section 11 provided such delegate also agrees - that personal data including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. This data may also be used by Google to verify an Entrant’s identity, postal address and telephone number in the event an Entrant qualifies for any applicable award as well as to deliver the applicable award(s). All personal information that is collected from the Entrant is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy, located at https://www.google.com/intl/ja/policies/privacy.

If You are located in the EU, then pursuant to EU law pertaining to data collection and processing, You are informed that:

  • the data controller is Google Ireland Limited and the data recipients are Google Ireland Limited and its agents;
  • Your data is collected for purposes of administration of the Contest and for marketing purposes;
  • You have a right of access to, correction of and withdrawal of Your personal data. You also have a right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances.

15. Publicity and License

By accepting an Award, the Entrant agrees to Google and its agencies use of his/her name and/or likeness (including that of its delegates attending any of the Awards events listed in Section 11 above), business name, and website for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. As a condition of entry, Entrant grants Google, its subsidiaries, agents and partner companies, a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display all competition entries and any accompanying material: (1) for the purposes of allowing the Google and the judges to evaluate the entry for purposes of the Contest, and (2) as a demonstration of the winners’ experiences to be displayed online. The Entrant grants Google permission to utilise Entrant's shared online data and experiences in Google's marketing materials.

16. Warranty and Indemnity

To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Google at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Google from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (a) any misrepresentation made by the Entrant in connection with the Contest; (b) any non-compliance by the Entrant with these Rules; (c) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to the Entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (d) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest; (e) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry information; or (f) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners.

17. Elimination

Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entrant from the Contest.

18. Internet

Google is not responsible for any malfunction of the AdWords tools or functions or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed entries due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the AdWords site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit an Entrant’s ability to participate.

19. Right to Cancel, Modify or Disqualify

If for any reason the Contest (or a part of it) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Google reserves the right at its sole discretion, [subject in Quebec only to the approval of the Régie des alcools, courses et des jeux (the “Régie”)], to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Google further reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest. Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any relevant website, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Google reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law. Google reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant that it determines has violated the terms and conditions of its contract with Google as a badged Premier Partner Programme.

20. Not an Offer or Contract of Employment

Under no circumstances shall the submission of an Entry Form, the winning of an Award or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with Google. You acknowledge that You have participated in this Contest voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between You and Google or the Contest Entities and that no such relationship is established.

21. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

21.1 For all Entrants located in the EMEA Region (except the United Arab Emirates and Egypt)

To the fullest extent permitted by law, these Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with English law and You and Google submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to any dispute (contractual or non-contractual) concerning these Rules and the Contest. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

21.2 For all Entrants located in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt

To the fullest extent permitted by law, these Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with English law. You and Google agree to submit any dispute arising out of or in relation to these Rules or the Contest (contractual or non-contractual), including any question regarding their existence, validity or termination, to be determined and finally resolved by binding arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the DIFC – LCIA Arbitration Centre, which rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this Section. The number of arbitrators shall be one and shall be appointed by the parties by mutual agreement (and in the absence of agreement within 14 days of referral of the matter to arbitration, the arbitrator shall be selected by the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre). The seat, or legal place, of arbitration shall be the DIFC and the language used shall be English.

21.3 For all Entrants located in the Americas Region or the APAC

To the fullest extent permitted by law, these Rules and the Contest will be governed by and construed under the laws of the state of California without reference to its conflict of law principles. In the event of any conflicts between foreign law, rules, and regulations, and California law, rules, and regulations, California law, rules and regulations will prevail and govern. Save for Entrants from Quebec (see Section 21.4) Google and all Entrants under this Section 21.3 agrees to submit to the exclusive and personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Santa Clara County, California.

21.4 For Entrants located in Quebec only

Any litigation respecting the conduct or organisation of a publicity Contest may be submitted to the Régie for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of an Award may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

22. Language

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms of these English Rules and any related materials (including, but not limited to: the website, non-English translations of these Rules, point of sale, television, print or online advertising, any instructions or interpretations of these Rules given by an employee or other representative of Google) then the terms of these English Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.

23. Questions

For any questions relating to this Contest, please send an email to the following email address: premier-partner-awards@google.com. Google will endeavour to respond to all queries within two (2) business days.