When determining what information may be confidential to the university, it is important to distinguish between information provided by the other party or party and information from university research. The university`s policy requires that the results of research conducted at the university be published in full at the discretion of the researcher, subject to limited and consensual publication delays. Secrecy is the most effective way to protect confidential information, sensitive issues and new ideas. However, if some disclosure is required, the use of confidentiality agreements or confidentiality agreements (NDA) is now on the agenda and the university`s policy is to use ARs to regulate and control the disclosure of confidential information. This is important to protect the university from risks and reduce all commitments, it is also the first link in the chain of evidence when it comes to future collaborative and/or commercial activities with outside parties or the exploitation of intellectual property. The university`s IP consultants maintain a number of NOA materials. These are generally prepared and negotiated through specialized IP consultants (who also maintain a database and registration of all NDAs for future references) or if the NOA relates to a major transaction or a sensitive issue for which other contractual documents are required or may be required, you can get additional support from the legal department (internal access only) or Matthew Jackson (university lawyer) and Melissa Rose (University Legal Officer). In order to avoid any doubt, staff and students are not allowed to enter or sign NDAs with third parties on behalf of the university. This guide does not apply to information exchanged by a university researcher as part of an independent advisory agreement.
In such cases, the researcher acts as an individual and signs the NDA in his own name. A university researcher who receives export-controlled information under an independent advisory agreement should not bring information to the campus or use it in a “random” manner with university ownership. The university does not verify or provide any guidance in relation to the guidance agreements. A university researcher working as an independent consultant could seek legal advice when considering an NDA from a third party.