Office of Research, UC Riverside
Office of Technology Commercialization

Non-Disclosure Agreement

What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), also referred to as a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) or a Secrecy Agreement, is a contract between the university and one or more outside entities, (e.g., a company), to facilitate and govern the sharing of confidential and proprietary information.  Once a company expresses an interest in licensing a technology, the licensing officer will first usually negotiate and sign an NDA with the prospective licensee that allows the OTC to share confidential information with the company and introduce the company to the inventor. An NDA establishes a legal record for preserving intellectual property rights for UCR and is generally designed to protect the confidential information of both parties.  

The OTC strongly recommends that any faculty have a signed NDA in place prior to discussions regarding your research to any outside third party.  Please contact the OTC and we will help facilitate arranging for a NDA to be signed with the appropriate party.