Some companies will not sign NOAs, either to you or to them. You should not do anything in such circumstances, as not all the information you disclose is protected. If you appreciate your intellectual property and your proposed ideas, then you should really only proceed under an appropriate NOA. Of course, intellectual property is often the subject of these agreements. After all, their intellectual property is their most valuable asset for most successful companies. And assets need to be protected. These other provisions (often referred to as “boiler plates”) are often grouped together at the end of an agreement. The business plan confidentiality agreement is intended for the common use of a business plan with consultants, investors, contractors, potential employees and all other companies that evaluate your business. Regardless of the size or complexity of your plan, it will probably contain confidential information that I hope will give you an advantage over your competitors. Such information may include your marketing plan, revenue forecasts and investments.

If you use an NDA with your business plan with one person, you should use NDAs for anyone who reads it, and you should mark the plan as “confidential.” The parties to the disclosure want this period to be as long as possible in order to limit the risk of disclosure of sensitive data and commercial damage. The parties who receive it want it to be weaker in order to reduce the length of time a duty of confidentiality is imposed on them. NDAs usually last 2-3 years, but it can also be longer. It is also common to see NDAs without duration. It is important that the NDA explain how long it will remain in force, otherwise it can be interpreted that the agreement will last indefinitely. If there is no longer a fixed duration for the NDA, this must be negotiated and agreed between the parties. On the other hand, a reciprocal confidentiality agreement is usually implemented between companies participating in a joint venture that exchanges proprietary information. If a chip maker knows that top secret technology is entering a new phone, it may keep the design a secret.

In the same agreement, the phone manufacturer may be forced to keep the new technology secret in the chip. The duration of an NDA is mutually determined by the parties. You can structure the agreement so that it ends in connection with the business relationship, or if the relationship continues, it can last for an agreed period of time. In general, however, an NDA lasts between two and five years, but the term may vary depending on the type of ideas disclosed. For example, the term for trade secrets may be indeterminate and protect information until it is no longer secret. On the other hand, an NDA covering information that will be made public in the future, such as information processed in a patent application, would have a more limited duration.