Also, please sign up to be notified of updates (I won't spam you). A disclosing party might regard an expiration date for confidentiality obligations as acceptable, depending largely on: In that situation, the disclosing party might be willing to have the receiving party's confidentiality obligations expire in three or four years. (a) Specimens of Confidential Information need not be returned or destroyed to the extent that they are not reasonably capable of being readily located and segregated without undue burden or expense — for example, Confidential Information contained in email correspondence or electronic back-up systems.
[THIS SECTION IS BEING EXTENSIVELY "REMODELED" so that all the drafts are similar in format to the short-form confidentiality agreement. That would provide the receiving party with a bright-line sunset date as well as providing the disclosing party with a year or two of safety margin. (b) For the avoidance of doubt, any Specimen of Confidential Information not returned or destroyed remains subject to the Confidentiality Obligations.
Companies sometimes want to negotiate pricing and other terms & conditions on behalf of their affiliates; that can help to reduce the transaction costs that would attend negotiation of individual contracts between each affiliate and the same counterparty. This was suggested in a Linked In comment (group membership required) by attorney Michael Little. (3) If so requested by the Disclosing Party, the Receiving Party must provide reasonable cooperation with any efforts by the Disclosing Party to limit the disclosure, and/or to obtain legal protection for the information to be disclosed, in response to the Compulsory Legal Demand. There, the court held that Martin Marietta had breached a non-disclosure agreement by including Vulcan's confidential information in an SEC filing about Martin Marietta's proposed takeover of Vulcan. S.] National Labor Relations Act or other labor- or employment law; nor (2) as requiring the Receiving Party to obtain the prior consent of the Disclosing Party to make such reports or disclosures; nor (3) as requiring the Receiving Party to notify the Disclosing Party that it has made such reports or disclosures.
Unless you say otherwise, I'll credit you in these materials for any suggestions that I incorporate. The receiving party likely would prefer instead to have a bright-line "sunset," after which the receiving party can do whatever it wants without having to incur the burden of analyzing the facts and circumstances. SUGGESTION: Consider requiring segregation of Confidential Information — or a Receiving Party could elect to segregate Confidential Information on its own initiative, even without a contractual requirement — for easier compliance with this section.] [NOTE: Don't rely on the drafts below as a substitute for legal advice about your specific situation. If the receiving party's confidentiality obligations are allowed to expire, the disclosing party might thereafter find it difficult — or, more likely, impossible — to convince a court to enforce any trade-secret rights in the relevant information. A receiving party might find it to be tremendously burdensome and expensive to try to return or destroy all copies of a disclosing party's confidential information, even those in emails, backup systems, etc.See the Cautions for more details.] The period (i) beginning on the effective date of the Agreement and (ii) continuing until the information question qualifies for at least one exclusion from Confidential Information status under CD 126.96.36.199. [CITATION NEEDED] The language, any other right or obligation under the Agreement, addresses the situation in which an agreement includes noncompetition or non-solicitation provisions in addition to confidentiality provisions — the language attempts to make it clear that the confidentiality obligations continue even if (for example) the non-competition covenant expires. Downer, Equitable Exceptions to the Rule Against Perpetual Contracts, Intellectual Property Litigation, Volume 21, No. Such an argument, though, would have to overcome the long-established rule that "[t]rade secret licenses may endure even where the trade secret itself is destroyed by general disclosure." Nova Chemicals, Inc. The requirement of disclosing-party consent to destruction has in mind the situation in which the disclosing party doesn't itself have a copy of Confidential Information to be destroyed.Instead, they likely will "order from the menu" of the INCOTERMS 2010 publication: By specifying a standardized three-letter abbreviation — DDP, EXW, or whatever — the parties can quickly signal which of that publication's pre-defined terms and conditions they wish to use. This provision uses a prudent-measures standard instead of an absolute obligation. Disclosing parties will normally be reluctant to agree to a fixed confidentiality period. (b) IF: The Disclosing Party makes a seasonable written request following any termination or expiration of the Agreement; THEN: except as provided in sections 188.8.131.52 and (if applicable) 6.2.22, the Receiving Party will promptly: (1) return Specimens of Confidential Information to (i) the Disclosing Party, or (ii) another individual or organization designated in writing by the Disclosing Party; and (2) subject to section 184.108.40.206 (if applicable), destroy any Specimens not returned.In the same vein, to save time, contract drafters (and reviewers) can consider incorporating selected Common Draft sections, or even entire contract drafts, by reference and specifying any desired variations or modifications — this could be thought of as "drafting by exception" or even as like INCOTERMS on steroids.* * For clarity: The Common Draft project is not sponsored, endorsed by, or otherwise associated with the International Chamber of Commerce, which produces the INCOTERMS® 2010 rules. That's because doing so can result in destruction of the disclosing party's trade-secret rights in its confidential information after the end of the confidentiality period. An obligation to return or destroy Confidential Information might not be practical if (for example) Confidential Information is embodied in a deliverable (for example, custom-developed computer software, or a physical object) that the receiving party will have the right to keep on using; this might be the case in a services agreement.