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Seven Basic Steps to Getting Started

  • Ryan W. O’Donnell
  • John J. O’Malley
  • Randolph J. Huis
  • Gerald B. HaltJr
Chapter

This chapter will review the actions that a company should consider in order to protect its intellectual property assets. The following example will be used throughout this chapter to discuss the implementation of basic intellectual property practices.

Confidential Disclosure or Non-Disclosure Agreements

Confidential Disclosure Agreements, which are also referred to as Non-Disclosure Agreements or NDAs, refer to a contract that protects confidential or trade secret information (“Confidential Information”) from disclosure to third parties. NDAs are commonly included as a part of an employment contract, and are also included in, or form, a separate agreement with vendors, contractors, and sometimes customers.

An NDA should include the following provisions:
  1. (a)

    A clear definition of the information that is to be held in confidence, as well as a provision defining how the information should be marked or identified, for example with a “Confidential” stamp or label. Employment agreements...

Keywords

Intellectual Property Patent Application Employment Agreement Confidential Information Trade Secret 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan W. O’Donnell
    • 1
  • John J. O’Malley
    • 1
  • Randolph J. Huis
    • 1
  • Gerald B. HaltJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Volpe and Koenig, P.CPhiladelphiaUSA

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