They are called Confidentiality Agreement (CDA), Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), Secrecy Agreement, sometimes even Evaluation Agreements.
…whatever their name is, their aim is to allow an exchange of information “in confidence”. Insights: A NDA (or CDA) states that information (to be defined!) may be communicated by one party (the Provider) to another party (the Recipient). The Recipient is then bound by obligations to:
- not use the confidential information except for a specific “purpose” (which usually is to evaluate the feasibility of the collaboration)
- not disclose the confidential information to anyone who does not need it for such “purpose”
- keep the information confidential for a certain amount of time (usually 5 years)
For example, a presentation of an invention to third parties prior to filing a patent application can be made only if an NDA has been signed before the discussion.
For a future discussion with a potential collaboration partner who will probably ask you to sign an NDA, PACTT provides template NDA agreements for UNIL and CHUV. You may propose to your future partner to use our templates to accelerate the approval process by PACTT.
The templates must be completed using all the fields and send to the other party for signature.
UNIL NDAs have to be signed by the collaborator in the name of UNIL.
CHUV NDA’s have to be signed the the collaborator and his immediate superior in the name of CHUV (new rules as of June 2015!)
Thank you for forwarding a copy of the signed agreements to us at email@example.com.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
– if you need a different template from the ones provided hereafter
– for every request for modification of our templates by the other party
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information!
N.B.: Please be very careful before sharing unpublished information with third parties. PACTT can offer you advice if you are hesitating to initiate collaboration with a third party.