Free Connecticut Non-Disclosure Agreement

Sample Connecticut Non-Disclosure Agreement


THIS NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") dated this ____________________, _______


____________________ of ________________________________________________________________________________

(the "Employer")


- AND -

____________________ of ________________________________________________________________________________

(the "Employee")



  1. The Employee is currently or may be employed as an employee with the Employer for the position of: ____________________. In addition to this responsibility or position (the "Employment"), this Agreement also covers any position or responsibility now or later held with the Employer.
  2. The Employee will receive from the Employer, or develop on the behalf of the Employer, Confidential Information as a result of the Employment (the 'Permitted Purpose').

IN CONSIDERATION OF and as a condition of the Employer employing the Employee and the Employer providing the Confidential Information to the Employee in addition to other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the parties to this Agreement agree as follows:

    Confidential Information

  1. All written and oral information and materials disclosed or provided by the Employer to the Employee under this Agreement constitute Confidential Information regardless of whether such information was provided before or after the date of this Agreement or how it was provided to the Employee.
  2. The Employee acknowledges that in any position the Employee may hold, in and as a result of the Employee's Employment by the Employer, the Employee will, or may, be making use of, acquiring or adding to information about certain matters and things which are confidential to the Employer and which information is the exclusive property of the Employer.
  3. 'Confidential Information' means all data and information relating to the business and management of the Employer, including but not limited to, the following:
    1. Confidential Information will also include any information that has been disclosed by a third party to the Employer and is protected by a non-disclosure agreement entered into between the third party and the Employer.
  4. Confidential Information will not include the following information:
    1. Information that is generally known in the industry of the Employer;
    2. Information that is now or subsequently becomes generally available to the public through no wrongful act of the Employee;
    3. Information rightly in the possession of the Employee prior to receiving the Confidential Information from the Employer;
    4. Information that is independently created by the Employee without direct or indirect use of the Confidential Information; or
    5. Information that the Employee rightfully obtains from a third party who has the right to transfer or disclose it.
  5. Confidential Obligations

  6. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Employee must keep the Confidential Information confidential.
  7. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, the Confidential Information will remain the exclusive property of the Employer and will only be used by the Employee for the Permitted Purpose. The Employee will not use the Confidential Information for any purpose that might be directly or indirectly detrimental to the Employer or any associated affiliates or subsidiaries.
  8. The obligations to ensure and protect the confidentiality of the Confidential Information imposed on the Employee in this Agreement and any obligations to provide notice under this Agreement will survive the expiration or termination, as the case may be, of this Agreement and will be continuous from the date of this Agreement until ____________________, _______, except in the case of any Confidential Information which is a trade secret in which case those obligations will last indefinitely.
  9. The Employee may disclose any of the Confidential Information:
    1. to such employees, agents, representatives and advisors of the Employee that have a need to know for the Permitted Purpose provided that:
      1. the Employee has informed such personnel of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information;
      2. such personnel agree to be legally bound to the same burdens of confidentiality and non-use as the Employee;
      3. the Employee agrees to take all necessary steps to ensure that the terms of this Agreement are not violated by such personnel; and
      4. the Employee agrees to be responsible for and indemnify the Employer for any breach of this Agreement by their personnel.
    2. to a third party where the Employer has consented in writing to such disclosure; and
    3. to the extent required by law or by the request or requirement of any judicial, legislative, administrative or other governmental body.
  10. Avoiding Conflict of Opportunities

  11. It is understood and agreed that any business opportunity relating to or similar to the Employer's current or anticipated business opportunities coming to the attention of the Employee during the Employee's Employment is an opportunity belonging to the Employer. Accordingly, the Employee will advise the Employer of the opportunity and cannot pursue the opportunity, directly or indirectly, without the written consent of the Employer.
  12. Without the written consent of the Employer, the Employee further agrees not to:
    1. solely or jointly with others undertake or join any planning for or organization of any business activity competitive with the current or anticipated business activities of the Employer; and
    2. directly or indirectly, engage or participate in any other business activities which the Employer, in their reasonable discretion, determines to be in conflict with the best interests of the Employer.
  13. Non-Solicitation

  14. Any attempt on the part of the Employee to induce others to leave the Employer's employ, or any effort by the Employee to interfere with the Employer's relationship with their other employees and contractors would be harmful and damaging to the Employer. The Employee agrees that from the date of this Agreement until ____________________, _______, the Employee will not in any way, directly or indirectly:
    1. induce or attempt to induce any employee or contractor of the Employer to quit their employment or retainer with the Employer;
    2. otherwise interfere with or disrupt the Employer's relationship with their employees and contractors;
    3. discuss employment opportunities or provide information about competitive employment to any of the Employer's employees or contractors; or
    4. solicit, entice, or hire away any employee or contractor of the Employer.

    This obligation will be limited in scope to those persons that were employees or contractors of the Employer at the same time that the Employee was employed by the Employer.

  15. Non-Competition

  16. Other than through employment with a bona-fide independent party, or with the express written consent of the Employer, which will not be unreasonably withheld, the Employee will not, from the date of this Agreement until ____________________, _______, be directly or indirectly involved with a business which is in direct competition with the particular business line of the Employer that the Employee was working during any time in the last year of Employment with the Employer.
  17. From the date of this Agreement until ____________________, _______, the Employee will not divert or attempt to divert from the Employer any business the Employer had enjoyed, solicited, or attempted to solicit, from their customers, prior to termination or expiration, as the case may be, of the Employment.
  18. Ownership and Title

  19. The Employee acknowledges and agrees that all rights, title and interest in any Confidential Information will remain the exclusive property of the Employer. Accordingly, the Employee specifically agrees and acknowledges that the Employee will have no interest in the Confidential Information, including, without limitation, no interest in know-how, copyright, trademarks or trade names, notwithstanding the fact that the Employee may have created or contributed to the creation of that Confidential Information.
  20. The Employee does hereby waive any moral rights that the Employee may have with respect to the Confidential Information.
  21. The Confidential Information will not include anything developed or produced by the Employee during the term of this Agreement, including but not limited to intellectual property, process, design, development, creation, research, invention, know-how, trade name, trademarks or copyright that:
    1. was developed without the use of any equipment, supplies, facility or Confidential Information of the Employer;
    2. was developed entirely on the Employee's own time;
    3. does not relate to the actual business or reasonably anticipated business of the Employer;
    4. does not relate to the actual or demonstrably anticipated processes, research or development of the Employer; and
    5. does not result from any work performed by the Employee for the Employer.
  22. The Employee agrees to immediately disclose to the Employer all Confidential Information developed in whole or in part by the Employee during the term of the Employment and to assign to the Employer any right, title or interest the Employee may have in the Confidential Information. The Employee agrees to execute any instruments and to do all other things reasonably requested by the Employer (both during and after the term of the Employment) in order to vest more fully in the Employer all ownership rights in those items transferred by the Employee to the Employer.
  23. Remedies

  24. The Employee agrees and acknowledges that the Confidential Information is of a proprietary and confidential nature and that any failure to maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information in breach of this Agreement cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated for in money damages and would cause irreparable injury to the Employer. Accordingly, the Employee agrees that the Employer is entitled to, in addition to all other rights and remedies available to them at law or in equity, an injunction restraining the Employee and any agents of the Employee, from directly or indirectly committing or engaging in any act restricted by this Agreement in relation to the Confidential Information.
  25. Return of Confidential Information

  26. The Employee agrees that, upon request of the Employer, or in the event that the Employee ceases to require use of the Confidential Information, or upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, or the expiration or termination of the Employment, the Employee will turn over to the Employer all documents, disks or other computer media, or other material in the possession or control of the Employee that:
    1. may contain or be derived from ideas, concepts, creations, or trade secrets and other proprietary and Confidential Information as defined in this Agreement; or
    2. is connected with or derived from the Employee's services to the Employer.
  27. Notices

  28. In the event that the Employee is required in a civil, criminal or regulatory proceeding to disclose any part of the Confidential Information, the Employee will give to the Employer prompt written notice of such request so the Employer may seek an appropriate remedy or alternatively to waive the Employee's compliance with the provisions of this Agreement in regards to the request.
  29. If the Employee loses or fails to maintain the confidentiality of any of the Confidential Information in breach of this Agreement, the Employee will immediately notify the Employer and take all reasonable steps necessary to retrieve the lost or improperly disclosed Confidential Information.
  30. Any notices or delivery required in this Agreement will be deemed completed when hand-delivered, delivered by agent, or seven (7) days after being placed in the post, postage prepaid, to the parties at the addresses contained in this Agreement or as the parties may later designate in writing.
  31. The addresses for any notice to be delivered to any of the parties to this Agreement are as follows:
    1. ____________________
    2. ____________________
  32. Representations

  33. In providing the Confidential Information, the Employer makes no representations, either expressly or impliedly as to its adequacy, sufficiency, completeness, correctness or its lack of defect of any kind, including any patent or trademark infringement that may result from the use of such information.
  34. Termination

  35. This Agreement will automatically terminate on the date that the Employee's Employment with the Employer terminates or expires, as the case may be. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, all rights and obligations under this Agreement will terminate at that time.
  36. Assignment

  37. Except where a party has changed its corporate name or merged with another corporation, this Agreement may not be assigned or otherwise transferred by either party in whole or part without the prior written consent of the other party to this Agreement.
  38. Amendments

  39. This Agreement may only be amended or modified by a written instrument executed by both the Employer and the Employee.
  40. Governing Law

  41. This Agreement will be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut.
  42. General Provisions

  43. Time is of the essence in this Agreement.
  44. This Agreement may be executed in counterpart.
  45. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Agreement. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  46. The clauses, paragraphs, and subparagraphs contained in this Agreement are intended to be read and construed independently of each other. If any part of this Agreement is held to be invalid, this invalidity will not affect the operation of any other part of this Agreement.
  47. The Employee is liable for all costs, expenses and expenditures including, and without limitation, the complete legal costs incurred by the Employer in enforcing this Agreement as a result of any default of this Agreement by the Employee.
  48. The Employer and the Employee acknowledge that this Agreement is reasonable, valid and enforceable. However, if a court of competent jurisdiction finds any of the provisions of this Agreement to be too broad to be enforceable, it is the intention of the Employer and the Employee that such provision be reduced in scope by the court only to the extent deemed necessary by that court to render the provision reasonable and enforceable, bearing in mind that it is the intention of the Employee to give the Employer the broadest possible protection to maintain the confidentiality of the Confidential Information.
  49. No failure or delay by the Employer in exercising any power, right or privilege provided in this Agreement will operate as a waiver, nor will any single or partial exercise of such rights, powers or privileges preclude any further exercise of them or the exercise of any other right, power or privilege provided in this Agreement.
  50. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of the Employer and the Employee.
  51. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and there are no further items or provisions, either oral or otherwise.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF ____________________ and ____________________ have duly affixed their signatures under hand and seal on this ____________________, _______.





Witness Name: ____________________________







Witness Name: ____________________________



Using Confidentiality and The Non-Disclosure Agreement in Connecticut

Wouldn’t you like to keep your trade secrets or business interests under wraps from your competitors or employees who would want to use the information they know about your business operations for their good? But, do you have the right tools to protect that information?

While asking that the information shared between your partners or top-performing employees ‘does not leave the room,’ we all know that humans are little sneaky creatures of habit. And even if you take them to court after finding out that they divulged the information to third parties, ’he said she said’ kind of argument will not hold and you will lose. The next best option – make all involved parties sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) or any other form of confidentiality document or contract.

You’ve probably heard about non-disclosures but what exactly is this document?

A non-disclosure agreement refers to a legally binding contract that requires a company or an individual, the recipient, to keep under wraps confidential information. The recipient should not, under any circumstances, release the information to third parties or make the information public.

If after signing the NDA the recipient divulges the information, he or she will be held accountable legally, and they could be prosecuted, especially if they are in contravention of all the other clauses in the contract. The breach of the signed contract could also make the recipient liable for damages because you get to sue that person and for a lot of money.

NDAs are common in the workplace, especially when the company fears that the employee might share trade secrets or work for their competitor after they leave the company.

Types of NDAs

There are several types of NDA including business plan NDAs, business sale, employee, financial/ confidentiality NDA, HIPAA, Independent contractor, mutual, landlord-tenant, patent/ inventor, real estate buyer, software development, trade secret, volunteer, violation, as well as web designer NDAs.

These NDA fall into two main categories: the unilateral and the bilateral/ mutual NDAs. You have to define the type of NDA in your free Connecticut non-disclosure agreement form.

Unilateral NDAs refer to the contract that involves one party as the only party responsible for keeping the proprietary/ confidential information a secret from third parties. However, the party the party that discloses the information can divulge the secret to third parties, and he or she will not be held liable for violating the terms of the contract.

Bilateral NDAs, on the other hand, presents a situation where both parties are held liable to one another should either party divulge the information they are supposed to keep a secret from a third party. This NDA is commonly used when two people go into business, and they wish to keep the details of the technology or the software a secret from the public domain.

Breach of the NDA

As mentioned above, the party or the individual who violates the terms of the NDA by divulging the information that should not to third parties will be held accountable and punished as per the applicable state and federal laws. If a party is affected, they may seek monetary damages based on the value of the information release, as well as the amount of damage that is brought up against them.

Note that you will have to issue a Cease and Desist letter via the certified mail to stop the guilty party/ releasor from further spreading the information about your company to the public.

Creating NDAs

The creation of NDAs is as simple or as complicated as the information you wish to shelf for the protection of your business. So, once you have your non-disclosure form, you must establish the information you consider confidential. The free non-disclosure form in Connecticut must have the time-period which the information will remain confidential and then, you have to call in all the parties to the NDA and have them sign the document together. If the matters of the NDA are deemed too serious, then you might want to sign the document in the presence of the notary public. By signing the document at the notary public, the notary guarantees the authorization and authentication of the document.

Keep in mind that you could also use the NDA to protect your intellectual property.

Ensure that the document you use as an NDA is fully compliant with Chapter 625 of Connecticut's Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Confidentiality Agreements (CA)

Other than NDAs, you may have to prepare a confidentiality agreement in Connecticut if you want to create a document that binds you and another person from sharing or profiting from some confidential agreement. It is a legally binding document usually issued to an employee or even a contract as a guarantee that proprietary information or trade secrets of the company will remain private.

In other realms, the CA is called a confidentiality clause, a confidentiality statement, a secrecy statement, or a proprietary agreement.

It is, in many ways, another form of a non-disclosure document.

Confidentiality/ Non-disclosures Vs. Non-Competes

With an NDA, employees cannot reveal any trade secrets to third parties although he or she can work for the related employer of the competitor. However, a non-compete document takes this a notch higher: the employee cannot reveal the trade secrets, and they cannot work for the competition or even the related employer.

Non-compete agreements also called the covenants against competition, and in other cases, restrictive covenants refer to the employment contracts that are used by employers to limit the ability of an employee to compete with the employer by trading business secrets or stealing customers.

They are effective against competition as well as forms of solicitation and employees may also have to sign non-solicitation agreements. For their effectiveness, the document should strike a balance between the protection of the employer's legal business interests from unfair competition with the rights of the employee to work in the field he or she is trained in.

  • Since its main goal is to curb competition by keeping the unique features and the secrets of the business successful, there are cases when the signed contracts will not be taken seriously or enforced by the courts. It means, therefore, that when preparing the non-compete, there are things you must take into account.

    • How reasonable the contract is: The document will only be permitted if there is a business that is being purchased or sold, if there is need to protect the trade secrets/ NDAs or if you need to recover the training expenses for employees who have been in the company for a minimum of 2 years. Also, the non-compete is reasonable when it involves executive or management-level employees or their professional staff.

    • The information you are trying to protect matters as well.

    • You also have to consider the risks involved - will there be a potential loss of clients, could the employee divulge confidential information, what did that employee have access to, and was the confidential information returned if there was an exit interview?

    • There's also the issue of time and the geographic scope of the information considered confidential. This must be reasonable for the court to enforce the contract. In this case, the court finds the following conditions to be reasonable:

A year-long worldwide restriction to a salesperson selling 'interconnect products' in indirect or direct competition with a former employer or a 100-mile radius restriction on a recruiter in the insurance industry.

What happens in the event of breaches of the non-compete covenant?

In case of a breach, damages include injunctive relief, disgorgement of profits, actual losses, punitive/ multiple damages, and attorney fees.

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