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Non-Disclosure Agreements: Tools for One and for All (Even Celebrities!)

Non-Disclosure Agreements (or “NDAs”) are common in a vast array of business contracts; however, their use is not in any way reserved or confined to business contexts. Celebrities have used NDAs t...

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 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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Overview of Non-Disclosure Agreement/Confidentiality Agreement

Overview of Non-Disclosure Agreement/Confidentiality Agreement   What is this document?   An NDA is a non-disclosure agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement. The per...

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...

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...

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...

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 S...

The Scope of your Confidential Information: Too Broad, Too Narrow, or Just Right?

In our office, and no doubt in many others, the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is considered a stepping stone into the world of contracts because of their straightforwardness. The purpose of an NDA is...

NDA before Negotiations! Otherwise, Risk a Leak of Confidential Information

A party that allowed access to its confidential designs but took no action to protect themselves beyond signing a confidentiality agreement with the company, lost their dispute. This article discu...

Auto-Protecting Against Reverse Engineering Pirates

This article discusses protecting mobile apps from reverse engineering pirates. IBM contracted with Arxan Technologies to develop and implement software that would permit IBM to identify any attempts...

Follow Your NDA Procedures or Risk Losing Confidentiality

The NDA stated that to trigger either party’s obligations, the disclosed information must be either marked as confidential at the time of disclosure, or be unmarked and treated as confidential at t...

Survival Gear: Making the Confidentiality Clause a ‘Survivor’ of the Employment Contract

The Jungle For most of us, the toughest ‘jungle’ we will have to learn to survive in is the world of employment. Most of us will not win a $1 million prize by being crowned the Sole Survivor on...

Why Hire a Lawyer When I Can Download an Free NDA Draft from the Internet?

“You get what you pay for” is a common expression, but when it comes to downloading free contracts from the internet, the chances are good that a ‘free’ do-it-yourself contract could tur...

Confidential Information & Name For Your Product

Allowing a provision under Toxic Chemical Substances Act to remain intact, allows manufacturers to use a generic name when publicly disclosing an industrial chemical they produce rather than the scien...

Make Sure Your Actions are Consistent with your NDA, or Risk Waiving All Confidentiality

It would be prudent to clearly lay out in an NDA how confidential information will be protected and to abide by it. The article warns that care should be taken by an insured when disclosing privileged...

When a Confidentiality Agreement Isn’t Enough…

When determining how to protect specific confidential information, it is important to consider whether the terms of the confidentiality agreement offer at least the level of protection available under...

Is An NDA Always A Good Idea?

  Entrepreneurs often assume that using an NDA will provide the tightest security possible for their confidential information. This is not always true. The tightest security possible is...

How Soon is Too Soon to ask for the NDA?

I was recently asked the following question: “Dealing with investors is the most common situation for NDA questions for startups. From my experience it's seen as a rookie mistake to ask for an NDA p...

Advantages of an NDA

Looking to enter into business with someone but worried information you possess will be disclosed and no longer be your secret? Have no fear, an NDA is here! A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also...

Protection of Confidential Information

I am often asked to either draft or review non-disclosure agreements. Within a standard agreement I will typically come across or include a clause on the standard of care required for safeguarding con...
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