1.    Purposes of the Plan.    The purposes of this 1997 Employee Stock Option Plan are to assist the Company in attracting and retaining high quality personnel, to provide additional incentive to Employees who are not Directors or Officers of the Company and to promote the success of the Company's business. Options granted under the Plan shall be Nonstatutory Stock Options. SARs granted under the Plan may be granted in connection with Options or independently of Options.

        2.    Definitions.    As used herein, the following definitions shall apply:


        3.    Stock Subject to the Plan.    


        4.    Administration of the Plan.    


        5.    Eligibility.    The Administrator may grant Options and SARs only to individuals who are Employees or who are consultants to the Company, or a Subsidiary or Affiliated Company. In no event may an Option or SAR be granted to any individual who, at the time of grant, is an Officer or Director. An Employee who has been granted an Option or SAR may, if he or she is otherwise eligible, be granted an additional Option or Options, SAR or SARs. Each Option shall be evidenced by a written Option agreement, which shall be in such form and contain such provisions as the Administrator shall from time to time deem appropriate. Without limiting the foregoing, the Administrator may, at any time, or from time to time, authorize the Company, with the consent of the respective recipients, to issue new Options or Options in exchange for the surrender and cancellation of any or all outstanding Options, other options, SARs or other stock appreciation rights.

        Neither the Plan nor any Option or SAR agreement shall confer upon any Optionee any right with respect to continuation of employment by the Company (or any Parent, Subsidiary or Affiliated Company), nor shall it interfere in any way with the Optionee's right or the right of the Company (or any Parent, Subsidiary or Affiliated Company) to terminate the Optionee's employment at any time or for any reason.

        If an Option or SAR is granted to an individual who is a consultant to the Company or any Subsidiary or Affiliate, all references in the Plan to "Employee" shall be deemed to include the term "consultant" and all references in the Plan to "employment," "Continuous Status as an Employee" and "termination of employment" shall be deemed to refer to the individualss consultancy or status as a consultant.

        6.    Term of Plan.    The Plan shall become effective upon its adoption by the Board. It shall continue in effect for a term of ten years unless sooner terminated under Section 14 of the Plan.

        7.    Term of Option.    The term of each Option shall be ten (10) years from the date of grant thereof or such shorter term as may be provided in the Option agreement.

        8.    Exercise Price and Consideration.    

        9.    Stock Appreciation Rights.    


        10.    Method of Exercise.    


        11.    Non-Transferability of Options.    Options and SARs may not be sold, pledged, assigned, hypothecated, transferred or disposed of in any manner other than by will or by the laws of descent or distribution or pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order as defined by the Code or Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or the rules thereunder; provided, however, that the Administrator may grant Nonstatutory Stock Options that are freely transferable. The designation of a


beneficiary by an Optionee or holder of an SAR does not constitute a transfer. An Option or an SAR may be exercised, during the lifetime of the Optionee or SAR holder, only by the Optionee or SAR holder or by a transferee permitted by this Section 11.

        12.    Adjustments Upon Changes in Capitalization or Merger.    


        13.    Time of Granting Options and SARs.    The date of grant of an Option or SAR shall, for all purposes, be the date on which the Administrator makes the determination granting such Option or SAR. Notice of the determination shall be given to each Employee to whom an Option or SAR is so granted within a reasonable time after the date of such grant.

        14.    Amendment and Termination of the Plan.    

        15.    Conditions Upon Issuance of Shares.    Shares shall not be issued with respect to an Option or SAR unless the exercise of such Option or SAR and the issuance and delivery of such Shares pursuant


thereto shall comply with all relevant provisions of law, including, without limitation, the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Exchange Act, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and the requirements of any stock exchange or quotation system upon which the Shares may then be listed or quoted, and shall be further subject to the approval of counsel for the Company with respect to such compliance.

        As a condition to the exercise of an Option or SAR or the issuance of Shares upon exercise of an Option or SAR, the Company may require the person exercising such Option or SAR to represent and warrant at the time of any such exercise that the Shares are being purchased only for investment and without any present intention to sell or distribute such Shares if, in the opinion of counsel for the Company, such a representation is required by any of the aforementioned relevant provisions of law.

        Inability of the Company to obtain authority from any regulatory body having jurisdiction, which authority is deemed by the Company's counsel to be necessary to the lawful issuance and sale of any Shares hereunder, shall relieve the Company of any liability in respect of the non-issuance or sale of such Shares as to which such requisite authority shall not have been obtained.

        16.    Reservation of Shares.    The Company, during the term of this Plan, will at all times reserve and keep available such number of Shares as shall be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Plan.

        17.    Non-U.S. Employees.    Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, with respect to any employee who is resident outside of the United States, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, amend the terms of the Plan in order to conform such terms with the requirements of local law or to meet the objectives of the Plan. The Committee may, where appropriate, establish one or more sub-plans for this purpose.


Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.