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Updated September, 2013
Sample One-Sided Confidentiality Agreement
For an explanation of this agreement see Information File Overview of Confidentiality Agreement.
This Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into as of this _____ day of ___________, 20___, by and between ________________________ [Company Name] (“Company”) and __________________________ ("Contact").
WHEREAS, Contact and Company will be having discussions concerning Company’s current and past business activities (the "Business") so that Contact may assess [described purpose] (hereinafter referred to as the "Authorized Purpose"), which discussions will require Company to disclose information to Contact that Company deems proprietary and conﬁdential; and
WHEREAS, Company wishes to protect its Conﬁdential Information, as deﬁned below, against any unauthorized use and any unauthorized or uncontrolled disclosure.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufﬁciency of which is acknowledged, Company and Contact agree as follows:
A. As used throughout this Agreement, the term "Conﬁdential Information" means information not generally known to third parties and which is proprietary to Company including information about Company’s Business that includes information relating to ﬁnancing strategies, organizational strategies, trade secret information, ﬁnancial information, pricing policies, operational methods, marketing information including without limitation strategy, sales, ﬁnance and business systems and techniques, and other business affairs of Company relating to the Business. All information, oral or written, of Company that is disclosed to Contact or to which Contact obtains access, whether originated by Contact or by the discloser or others, shall be presumed to be Conﬁdential Information.
B. It is understood that unauthorized disclosure or use, whether intentional or unintentional, of any of the Conﬁdential Information would be detrimental to Company. Accordingly, Contact agrees:
- Not to use any of the Conﬁdential Information for any purpose other than for or in connection with the Authorized Purpose.
- To maintain all of the Conﬁdential Information in conﬁdence and not to disclose any portion of the Conﬁdential Information to any person or entity not authorized hereunder without the prior written consent of Company.
- That any dissemination of Conﬁdential Information shall be only in connection with the Authorized Purpose, and shall be only to the employees, agents or afﬁliates of Contact who have a need to know said Conﬁdential Information in order for Contact to carry out proper purposes and responsibilities related to Contact’s discussions with Company and the Authorized Purpose and who have been advised of the conﬁdential nature of such information. Further, that Contact shall cause such employees, agents and afﬁliates who have access to the Conﬁdential Information to comply with the terms and provisions of this Agreement in the same manner as each party is bound hereby, with Contact remaining responsible for the actions and disclosures of such representatives.
- That, upon Company’s request, all records, any compositions, articles, documents and other items which contain, disclose and/or embody any Conﬁdential Information (including, without limitation, all copies, reproductions, summaries and notes of the contents thereof), regardless of the person causing the same to be in such form, shall be returned to Company or destroyed by Contact, and Contact will certify that the provisions of this paragraph have been complied with.
C. The obligations pursuant to Section B above shall not apply to information which:
- Is or becomes a part of the public domain through no act or omission of Contact;
- Can be shown to be already possessed by Contact as of the date of disclosure;
- Shall be made available to Contact on a non-conﬁdential basis by a third party having a right to do so;
- Is disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or
- Company authorizes, in writing, for release.
D. In the event that Contact or its representatives receives a request to disclose all or any part of the Conﬁdential Information under the terms of a valid and effective subpoena or order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by a governmental body, the receiving party agrees to:
- Immediately notify Company of the existence, terms and circumstances surrounding such a request, so that Company may seek an appropriate protective order and/or waive Contact’s compliance with the provisions of this Agreement; and
- If disclosure of the Conﬁdential Information is required in the opinion of Contact’s counsel, to the extent possible cooperate with Company in obtaining reliable assurances that conﬁdential treatment will be accorded to the disclosed Conﬁdential Information.
E. The parties acknowledge that the Conﬁdential Information is the property of Company, and the disclosure of the Conﬁdential Information to Contact does not convey any right, title or license in the Conﬁdential Information to Contact. Contact shall not appropriate the Conﬁdential Information to Contact’s own use or to the use of any third party and shall only use the Conﬁdential Information for the exclusive beneﬁt of Company except to the extent otherwise authorized in writing by Company.
F. It is further understood and agreed that no failure or delay by Company in exercising any right, power or privilege under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver, nor shall any single or partial exercise preclude any other or further exercise or the exercise of any right, power or privilege under this Agreement.
G. The termination of the discussions or relationship between the parties shall not relieve Contact or its employees, agents or afﬁliates of the obligations of nonuse or nondisclosure under this Agreement or the obligation to return or destroy certain materials.
H. The parties agree that money damages would not be sufﬁcient remedy for any breach of this Agreement, and the non-breaching party shall be entitled to enforce this Agreement by injunctive and other available relief, including without limitation speciﬁc performance.
I. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of [governing law]. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision hereof shall be prohibited by or invalid under applicable law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or the remaining provisions of this Agreement. All obligations of the receiving party and rights of the disclosing party expressed in this Agreement shall be in addition to, and not in limitation of, those provided by applicable law. This Agreement may be modiﬁed or waived only by a separate writing by Contact and Company expressly so modifying or waiving such. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original, but all of which together shall constitute one instrument. References to Company and Contact shall be deemed to include each of their afﬁliates, if any. Any disputes arising out of this Agreement shall be venued in federal or state district court in the State of [governing law], and each party hereby consents to the jurisdiction of such court. This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties and their successors and assigns.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties acknowledge their agreement to the foregoing as of the date ﬁrst set forth above by execution of the Agreement by their respective authorized representatives.
Joe R. Thompson, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP 225 S. 6th Street, Suite 2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 612-367-8736