As some of the research work carried our at Argonne National Laboratory is not yet published or is in the process of being protected through patents and copyrights, often a nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) is put in place when researchers or TDC staff want to discuss future commercialization possibilities for a particular technology with interested parties. These individuals may be from the private or public sector. A Non-disclosure agreement enables disclosure of information without creating a patenting bar and also puts the parties on notice that they should not freely distribute the information.
Argonne uses three main types of NDA:
|One-way into Argonne
Used when a company wishes to discuss its propriety information with Argonne researches.
|One-way out of Argonne
||Used when Argonne researchers wish to discuss their unpublished results with industry.
||Used when both parties want to discuss propriety/unpublished information
Non disclosure agreements are usually requested by the Argonne researcher who is interested in working with a company or directly from TDC due to requests for information on a technology developed at Argonne. The Argonne Legal Department is responsible for generating and executing the NDA.
To see what information is requested for inclusion in a typical NDA click here