Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual)A Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual) allows you and another party to share confidential information while legally forbidding either party from disclosing that information to any other person or entity. Customisable and ready for use in under 5 minutes.
A Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual), is a two-way legal document that you can use to disclose confidential information to a receiving party, while legally forbidding either party from disclosing that information to any third parties, be a person or entity. This document is only enforceable if it is signed by you and the other party, therefore it is crucial that it is signed before either party shares any confidential information. If you are seeking to protect the information of one party, see our Non-Disclosure Agreement (One-Way).
Use this Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual) if:
- You would like to disclose confidential information in a negotiation and want it not be in the public domain (ie. competitors, successors);
- You would like to put restrictions on the use of confidential information;
- You would like to maintain secrecy of information when working with contractors or potential investors;
- You would access confidential information that belongs to someone else; and
- You would like to protect confidential information including intellectual property, financial projections, customer lists and trade secrets.
What does the Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual) cover?
- A description of the confidential information;
- Confidential rights and obligations of the parties;
- Protection of sensitive information;
- Return of confidential information at the end of the agreement;
- Obligations regarding proper use of the information; and
- Circumstances where disclosure is permitted.
What happens if a Non-Disclosure Agreement is breached?
When the time of disclosure is during the time period specified before the termination of this agreement. If both parties have expressed consent prior through signature, the NDA is a binding legal contract that outlines a confidential relationship between the vendor/suppliers and the other party. Therefore, when a breach or violation occurs, you are able to claim rights in dispute against the violating disclosing party. These rights are outlined in the provisions of this agreement - some specifications include; an injunction, damage for loss, court order. The most commonly found right is if an employee breaches an NDA with a business/business owner then the employee can be immediately terminated.
What type of information can be covered in a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
Subject matter in the entire agreement is broad and can be customised to your needs. Common information that can be covered is inclusive of but not exhaustive to; patents, copyrights, financial information, customer lists, trade secrets. You can use this Lawpath template as a base and then customise the document accordingly.
How long is a Non-Disclosure Agreement effective for?
It is not an essential element of a non-disclosure agreement to impose a specific time-frame. It is recommended that your document should not contain a time-frame and an obligation of confidentiality remain until the information is no longer classified as confidential and enters the public domain. In cases where the parties decide to agree on a time-limit, to ensure enforceability, the deadline must not go over what is reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of your business.
Will my Non-Disclosure Agreement be enforceable overseas?
Like many contracts, this document is only enforceable in the country or state specified in the agreement. Similarly, this document is governed by the law/s in the respective country or state it is executed in. If you intend to take legal action to enforce this Agreement or seek remedies for its breach, you will need to do so in the State or Territory Court the document was executed in.
Should I ask my employees and interns to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
One of the most common forms of non-disclosure agreements exists between an employer and employee. Confidentiality agreements are beneficial in the context of employment because they allow for a free-flow of confidential information within the workplace to maximise business productivity, while at the same time prohibiting employees from using or disclosing confidential information. Employment agreements also often include a binding confidentiality clause.
Who else should sign a Non-Disclosure?
When engaging with clients or potential clients, a business or entity may have the clients sign a non-disclosure agreement when sensitive information is disclosed.
A business that relies on third-party vendors who may have access their confidential information should get the vendor to sign a non-disclosure agreement during their business relationship to ensure their information is protected.
Having an independent contractor sign a non-disclosure agreement where they may have access to confidential information during their employment, would prevent the contractor from acting on the information and protect the contracting entity.
Investors may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement when commercially sensitive information is shared between the parties to ensure the information does not go public, and the information is protected.
What happens if the terms of my Non-Disclosure Agreement are broken?
A non-disclosure agreement sets out the rights of a party in the event of a breach by the other party. These rights may include:
Obtaining an injunction in the event of an anticipatory breach (to prevent information from being released).
Monetary compensation (damages) where a breach has already occurred.
Other names for Non-Disclosure Agreement include:
- Confidentiality Agreement;
- Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA);
- Proprietary Information Agreement (PIA);
- Secrecy Agreement (SA);
- Confidentiality Contract; and
- Gag Order.
Other documents you may need:
- Non-Disclosure Agreement (One-Way)
- Full Time Employment Agreement (Long Form)
- Confidentiality Policy
- Heads of Agreement
- Intellectual Property Agreement