Non-competition agreement – A contract in which a person or company undertakes not to compete with the activities of another company for a certain period of time. An NOA is a contract between two or more parties that deals with the exchange and manipulation of sensitive and non-public information. All reference websites were last accessed between October 1 and October 10, 2007. You cannot prohibit the receiving party from disclosing information that is known to the public, that was legally acquired from another source or developed by the receiving party before they meet you. Similarly, it is not illegal for the receiving party to reveal your secret with your permission. These legal exceptions exist with or without agreement, but they are usually contained in a contract in order to make everyone understand that this information is not considered a trade secret. We recommend that you search as long as possible, preferably without limit. But you recognize that some companies want a fixed period and some courts, if the NDAs interpret, require that the period is appropriate. Determining adequacy is subjective and depends on the confidential material and the nature of the industry. For example, some trade secrets may be short-lived within the software or internet industry. Other trade secrets. For example, the Coca-Cola formula has been kept a secret for more than a century.
For example, if others are likely to stumble on the same secret or innovation or cancel within a few years, you are unlikely to be damaged by a two- or three-year period. Remember that once the period is over, the revealing part is free to reveal your secrets. Client List – Example 2: Former employees have taken over the list of clients of a temporary work agency. The former employees argued that the list could not be a trade secret because the information could be obtained in another way. A court contradicted and prevented ex-employees from using the list because it could not be displayed using public information indicating which companies were likely to employ temporary workers and because the list also contained information such as the client`s business volume, specific customer requirements, important contacts and billing rates. Courtesy Temporary Serv. Inc. v. Camacho, 222 Cal. App.3d 1278 (1990). Non-rights.
In some confidentiality agreements, the disclosure party will state that there is no confusion as to the intent to disclose confidential information. The objective is to prevent the receiving party from later claiming that the party who disclosed the confidential information has granted additional rights or licences to the receiving party.