Confidentiality agreements involving the dissemination of information about the university`s intellectual property in connection with a planned business relationship with industry are managed by INVO. Confidentiality agreements are binding contracts. They may be unilateral when restrictions on use or disclosure are imposed on only one of the parties, or vice versa, when restrictions on use or disclosure are imposed on all parties. Northwestern`s unilateral CDA agreement is the preferred agreement between the university and its partners when the InVO (Innovation and New Ventures Office) discloses information about Northwestern`s intellectual property and should, to the extent possible, be used. However, mutual agreement is approved for use in cases where each party transmits proprietary information to the other. It is important that you do not sign the confidentiality agreement yourself, since ROO is an authorized signatory of the university that must sign the agreement on your behalf. All necessary verifications, negotiations and subsequent approvals of the proposed agreement will be carried out by the ROO. Please note that individuals cannot sign for CDAs on behalf of Northwestern if they are research conducted at Northwestern. These must be signed by the official signatory of the INVO.
The employee or investigator for whom the CDA is authentic is signed as „read and understood“. Any CDA signed by a staff member, but not approved by a university official, puts the employee at risk if the agreement is breached. A guide to understanding Stanford`s policies, procedures, and resources for confidentiality and confidentiality agreements. Work done under a consulting agreement is not the sole responsibility of Stanford. The guidelines on this page do not apply to consultative agreements. Because of the significant risk involved, a person who has agreed to receive export-controlled information under an advisory contract should either bring that export-controlled information to campus or use it in a „fortuitous“ manner with Stanford`s property. Confidentiality obligations can also be included in different institutional agreements between the university and the industrial partner, such as. B sponsored research contracts, device loans, software purchases, technology licenses, data use agreements and hardware transfer agreements. Verification of NSAs and agreements like this is carried out by the relevant academic office, usually by the Office of Industry Engagement (OIE), the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) or the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC).
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