Non-disclosure agreements

It’s important to control the information flow around ideas that have commercial potential.

Discussing your innovations with people from other organisations, giving talks or publishing information online or in journals can jeopardise the chances of protecting and commercialising them.

Before you speak to a third party (such as a contractor, consultant or a potential licensee or collaborator) about your idea, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) – sometimes called a confidentiality disclosure agreement (CDA) – should be in place. This enables discussions with a third party to take place but prevents them from disclosing the content of those discussions to anyone else.

UCLB is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL, so you don’t need an NDA to discuss your innovations with us. We will always keep your disclosure confidential.

Get in touch with your business manager for further guidance.