IT Lawyers Brisbane can assist you by:
- identifying the confidential information you want to protect;
- expressing the purpose for which the information can be used;
- drafting your agreement;
- reviewing a Confidentiality Agreement which you have been provided with; and
- assist by importing the obligations of confidence into your broader commercial contracts if you seek to further the business relationship.
The agreement may be:
- Unilateral agreements are between two parties. However, only one person has the obligation to keep the information confidential. Unilateral agreements may be of limited purpose because the party receiving the information may not want to provide the discloser with any subsequent information until they are afforded the same protections. Also referred to as a one-way Confidentiality Agreement’
- Bilateral agreements are probably the most common. They create an obligation of confidence between both parties and allows each to share information. Also referred to as a two-way or mutual Confidentiality Agreement, these are typically used during business negotiations.
- Multilateral agreements are like Bilateral Confidentiality Agreements, they just have more than two parties.
- Copyright does not protect the idea, it only protects the written expression of the idea. Someone can read what you have written and use the idea you expressed, they just can’t copy your text.
- Patents protect your inventions, however, if your product is short-lived it may be impractical to go through the process of registering the patent. Furthermore, you may want to keep your idea a secret rather than express if as a patent specification.
- software developer;
- public relations or marketing firm;
- potential investors; or
- employees and contractors.