Non-disclosure Agreements

Non-disclosure Agreements

A nondisclosure agreement is a legally enforceable contract that creates a confidential relationship between a person who holds some kind of trade secret and a person to whom the secret will be disclosed. NDAs are fairly common in many business settings, as they offer one of the most sure-fire ways to protect trade secrets and other confidential information meant to be kept under wraps. However, the confidential relationship often will refer to information that is to be shared between the parties but should not be made available to the general public. Starters’ CFO can also help you with co-founders agreement.

Elements of Non Disclosure agreements

Basic elements of Non-Disclosure agreements are:

  • Definition of confidential information
  • Exclusions from confidential information
  • Obligations of receiving party
  • Time periods, and
  • Miscellaneous provisions

Functions of Non-Disclosure Agreements

  • NDAs protect sensitive information.
  • In the case of new product or concept development, a confidentiality agreement can help the inventor keep patent rights.
  • Confidentiality agreements and NDAs expressly outline what information is private and what’s fair game.

Confidential Information

Every nondisclosure agreement provides a list of the types or categories of confidential information to be protected in the agreement. The purpose is to establish the boundaries, or subject matter, of the disclosure, without actually disclosing the secrets.