Non Disclosure Agreement

A Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is also known as a Confidentiality Agreement and should be used when you are discussing your ideas with other parties and want to keep the ideas confidential. The UK Intellectual Property Office website has guidance on NDAs which we have reproduced below. Note that the PDF booklet contains an example NDA at the end for you to use or customise.

"It is important that you do not tell anyone about your invention before you apply to patent it, because this may make your patent invalid. However, you can tell qualified (registered) lawyers, solicitors and patent agents because anything you say to or show them is legally privileged. This means it is in confidence and they will not tell anyone else.

If you need to discuss your invention with someone before you apply for a patent, a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can help. NDAs are also known as confidentiality agreements and confidentiality-disclosure agreements (CDA).

No single NDA will work in every situation. This means that you must think carefully about what to include in your NDA. If possible, consult a qualified lawyer or patent agent if you are thinking about disclosing your invention to someone else and are considering using a non-disclosure agreement.

Our booklet, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) PDF document(317Kb) , gives information and guidance about what you need to consider when disclosing an invention, including example NDA templates."