Business Negotiation Nondisclosure Agreement
Business Negotiation Nondisclosure Agreement
|One Party Discloses||This Nondisclosure Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into by and between , ("Disclosing Party"), and , ("Receiving Party"), for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information as defined below. The parties agree to enter into a confidential relationship with respect to the disclosure of certain proprietary and confidential information ("Confidential Information").|
|Both Parties Disclose||
This Nondisclosure Agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into by and between , and , collectively referred to as the "parties," for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information as defined below. The parties agree to enter into a confidential relationship with respect to the disclosure by one or each (the "Disclosing Party") to the other (the "Receiving Party") of certain proprietary and confidential information (the "Confidential Information").
Definition of Confidential Information
The following information constitutes confidential proprietary trade secret information ("Confidential Information") belonging to Disclosing Party:
Disclosing Party's confidential proprietary trade secret information ("Confidential Information") consists of information and materials that are valuable and not generally known by Disclosing Party's competitors. Confidential Information includes:
If Confidential Information is in written form, the Disclosing Party shall label or stamp the materials with the word "Confidential" or some similar warning. If Confidential Information is transmitted orally, the Disclosing Party shall promptly provide a writing indicating that such oral communication constituted Confidential Information.
|Negotiations are secret||
In addition, without prior written consent of Disclosing Party, Receiving Party shall not disclose to any person either the fact that discussions or negotiations are taking place concerning a possible transaction or the status of such discussions or negotiations.
Exclusions From Confidential Information
Receiving Party's obligations under this Agreement do not extend to information that is: (a) publicly known at the time of disclosure or subsequently becomes publicly known through no fault of the Receiving Party; (b) discovered or created by the Receiving Party before disclosure by Disclosing Party; (c) learned by the Receiving Party through legitimate means other than from the Disclosing Party or Disclosing Party's representatives; or (d) is disclosed by Receiving Party with Disclosing Party's prior written approval.
Obligations of Receiving Party
Receiving Party shall hold and maintain the Confidential Information in strictest confidence for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Disclosing Party. Receiving Party shall carefully restrict access to Confidential Information to employees, contractors, and third parties as is reasonably required and shall require those persons to sign nondisclosure restrictions at least as protective as those in this Agreement. Receiving Party shall not, without prior written approval of Disclosing Party, use for Receiving Party's own benefit, publish, copy, or otherwise disclose to others, or permit the use by others for their benefit or to the detriment of Disclosing Party, any Confidential Information. Receiving Party shall return to Disclosing Party any and all records, notes, and other written, printed, or tangible materials in its possession pertaining to Confidential Information immediately if Disclosing Party requests it in writing.
|Unlimited||The nondisclosure provisions of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and Receiving Party's duty to hold Confidential Information in confidence shall remain in effect until the Confidential Information no longer qualifies as a trade secret or until Disclosing Party sends Receiving Party written notice releasing Receiving Party from this Agreement, whichever occurs first.|
This Agreement and Receiving Party's duty to hold Confidential Information in confidence shall remain in effect until or until whichever of the following occurs first:
Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed to constitute either party a partner, joint venturer, or employee of the other party for any purpose.
This is the entire agreement between the parties. It replaces and supersedes any and all oral agreements between the parties, as well as any prior writings. This Agreement may not be amended except in a writing signed by both parties.
Successors and Assignees
This agreement binds and benefits the heirs, successors, and assignees of the parties.
The failure to exercise any right provided in this Agreement shall not be a waiver of prior or subsequent rights.
This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of .
If any court determines that any provision of this agreement is invalid or unenforceable, any invalidity or unenforceability will affect only that provision and will not make any other provision of this agreement invalid or unenforceable and shall be modified, amended, or limited only to the extent necessary to render it valid and enforceable.
This Agreement and each party's obligations shall be binding on the representatives, assigns, and successors of such party. Each party has signed this Agreement through its authorized representative.
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Negotiate with confidence by protecting your trade secrets with a nondisclosure agreement
You're entering into a business negotiation, but you want to make sure that anything you disclose will be kept in the strictest confidence. Anytime your trade secrets could be vulnerable, it's important that you're prepared to protect them. Nolo's Business Negotiation Nondisclosure Agreement form gives you the tools you need to keep your confidential information safe so you can focus on the negotiations at hand.
This legal form comes with detailed instructions for filling it out, including:
- how to modify the standard "one-way" (unilateral) agreement to make it a "mutual" (bilateral) agreement
- what qualifies as a trade secret and what doesn't
- what to do when your secret can't be identified - for example, if the material doesn't exist yet
- how to modify the terms of the agreement so that the negotiations themselves are kept secret
- plain-English explanations of each component of the agreement
Whether you're disclosing a business idea, selling or merging a business, hiring a consultant, providing a confidential business plan, preparing a marketing campaign, or engaging in any other type of business negotiation, you'll want to keep your trade secrets safe using this form.