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What is the difference between a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?

A number of agreements can contain the same clauses to protect certain information but still have different agreement names. For example, a software development agreement can also be known as a ...

How can a contract dispute be resolved?

When you're involved in a contractual dispute, the process for resolving the dispute should be set out in the contract itself. If the contract is silent on the point and you can’t reso...

How Enforceable is a Non-Competition Clause in an NDA?

You just landed a new job and received a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to sign. Before you dot the i’s and cross the t’s, do you know exactly what you’re agreeing to? Often, there ...

What is a “permanent” full time position?

In today’s job market, finding semi-regular employment can be challenge, and finding permanent employment can be nearly impossible. But what exactly is a “permanent” employment positio...

Is my employment contract void if I’m reclassified as a contractor?

If you are being reclassified as an independent contractor after working as an employee, your employment agreement may be void – but not entirely. The employment agreement can provide...

Why do I need to sign an NDA with my business partners?

Entrepreneurs may wonder whether they should sign a non-disclosure agreement with their co-founders. After all, they’re on the path to a common goal and wouldn’t want to jeopardize the...

How to Properly Sign a Contract – e-Signatures

Except for few specific circumstances, it is almost considered ancient to have parties to a contract physically meet up to a sign a contract in a boardroom. With the fast-paced lifestyles ...

What should I look for in a commercial lease?

While most commercial leases are standard, you should still be careful about what you sign. The fine print matters, and every clause is important! For example, you may find yourself locked i...

What voting rights do non-voting shareholders have?

A common question that entrepreneurs/inventors have when incorporating is how to structure the business. The options for structuring a business can be overwhelming, especially when it come...

What rights can you not sign away in a contract?

The power to contract is extremely broad, but that doesn’t mean the power is limitless. You can’t contract to perform illegal activities and you certainly can’t contract away constit...

As an Inventor, Should I Sign an Invention Assignment Agreement?

An Invention Assignment Agreement, often known as an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Transfer Agreement, is an agreement where one party assigns its intellectual property rights to the ot...

Is it legal for a company to ask an employee to sign an NDA after the employee has started working?

Today’s job market is tough, so when an employment opportunity presents itself, many jump at the chance and take the job. You might notice that the offer letter you accepted in lieu of a...

Can I Exclude a Loss of Profits in My Limitation of Liability Clause?

Landing a huge contract is exciting - and risky! The stakes are high when a large proportion of your business’ resources are dedicated to an important project - especially if the contrac...

Should I ask potential investors to sign an NDA before pitching my idea?

A startup, like any new business, is inherently risky, and you’ll want the venture to be as financially and legally secure as possible. But more than that, it’s kind of your baby. It’s...

What if I Can’t Deliver on my Contract?

When you sign a contract, one of the most worrisome questions is “What if I simply can’t deliver? What happens if I physically cannot perform my contractual obligations through no faul...

Are All Arbitration Provisions in an Employment Agreement Enforceable?

Whether a particular arbitration clause will be enforceable depends on the way in which the clause is drafted. Generally speaking, if (i) the clause is clear, (ii) arbitration is made ma...

What legal rights do I have where an employer promised shares but did not deliver?

Trust is a big part of any deal, and  a situation where you’ve been hired and promised shares but never received any is a major breach of that trust. But does that trust translate into so...

What legal documents are required to connect an inventor with an investor?

Startups depend upon funding, so preparing the right documents can help you obtain the funding you need. Due Diligence No matter what stage or type of funding is at hand, the biggest thing...

How Do I Legally Protect My Mobile App?

Everyone is looking to offer that next top-selling app, but it’s not as easy as it looks. First, you have to come up with an idea that is innovative and hopefully not already taken. On...

Can a Founder Legally Promise Equity in a Company that Doesn’t Yet Exist?

Serial entrepreneurs are constantly coming up with the ‘next big idea’. During the excitement of starting the process of building a business, incorporating might not be the first thing o...

How Can I Prevent Employees from Posting Material on Behalf of my Company?

During World War II there was an expression designed to keep people from sharing seemingly unimportant information with others, especially in public places: “Loose lips sink ships.” Today that pub...

What legal steps do you need to go through in order to start a business?

  A while ago Forbes published an article titled, “10 Big Legal Mistakes Made By Startups.” It’s quite informative about what you need to do to start a business, but also q...

Emailgate: How an NDA is Affecting the Presidential Election

About a week ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it would not be pressing charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal email during her tenure as Secretary of State. T...

What is the maximum term of an NDA if it is not mentioned in the contract?

Casey Marshall / Flickr  When signing a non-disclosure agreement, the benefits of including a term clause (i.e., end of the contractual obligations) depend on whether you are more likely to be...

What legal agreements should be signed before giving a project to a software developer?

You had a brilliant idea, set up your company, and now it’s finally time to make your dreams a reality and bring your product to life! When hiring a developer to help build your softwa...
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