Guarantee that employees protect your company's confidential information and proprietary rights by drafting a confidentiality agreement. Have employees sign the agreement as a condition of employment. Mail the agreements to potential hires before a formal interview or include it among the new hire's welcome package.
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Start a blank document using a word processing computer program. Entitle the first page, "Confidentiality Agreement." Write an introductory paragraph that identifies the parties to the agreement and the signing date.
Add a first section entitled, "Duties." Explain the employee's anticipated duties at the company. Stipulate that the employee must not participate in any other business activity requiring his attention during normal business hours.
Insert a second section entitled, "Disclosure." State that the employee must disclose to the company any information that the employee discovers that benefits the company.
Begin a third section called, "Proprietary Rights." Stipulate that the employees must transfer to the company rights to inventions the employee develops during employment.
Include a section for, "Nondisclosure to Unauthorized Persons." Have the employee agree not to divulge confidential information to third parties. State that employees acknowledge all confidential information remains the exclusive property of the company should the employee leave the company.
Continue the agreement by adding a "No Guaranty" clause. Clarify that the confidentiality agreement does not constitute a binding offer of employment to the employee.
Finalize the contract with miscellaneous clauses required by the legal jurisdiction in which the company resides. Specify that neither party to the agreement can assign the document to any third party. Provide space for both parties to sign and date the agreement.