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Sample Confidentiality Agreements

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UPDATED: July 31, 2013

Here are a couple sample confidentiality agreements for you to use. You may need to modify them to fit your unique circumstance, but these are good templates to follow.

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Simple Confidentiality Agreement – This agreement is very straight forward and simple. It was drafted primarily for use by an individual wishing to disclose information that needs to be kept secret to another individual.

Another Simple Confidentiality Agreement – This agreement is also very straight forward and simple. It was drafted primarily for use by an individual wishing to disclose information that needs to be kept secret to a business entity or group.

Standard Confidentiality Agreement – This agreement is a more traditional agreement that includes what companies normally would expect to see in a Confidentiality Agreement, and is more complete than either of the above Simple Agreements. It would be appropriate for use in the situation where the receiver of the confidential information is a savvy individual or established business entity or group.

Mutual Confidentiality Agreement – This agreement is a traditional agreement, including the most common provisions that most savvy individuals and established business would expect to see. It would be appropriate for use when both parties wish to exchange confidential information.

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Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
US Patent Attorney (Reg. No. 44,294)
Zies, Widerman & Malek

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
L.L.M. in Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center

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Gene is a US Patent Attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. Known by many as “The IPWatchdog.” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had millions of unique visitors.Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN Money and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.