Massachusetts Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Template

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A Massachusetts non-disclosure agreement is designed to protect Trade Secrets. In the event that two (2) parties enter into business together, this contract expresses in no unclear terms the intent to keep Confidential Information out of the hands of a third-party. If the agreement is Unilateral, the information is owned by the first party and the second is legally bound to protecting it to the best of their ability. The non-disclosure agreement allows for the recuperation of damages should the misappropriation of Trade Secrets take place. If the contract is mutual, both parties will be obligated to hold and maintain the secrecy of the organization’s information.

Definition of “Trade Secret” –  Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 266, § 30(4)

Laws – Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 266, § 30(4), Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 93, § 42

Non-Compete Agreement – A non-compete agreement is used to protect employers as it inhibits the recipient of the agreement, often an employee, from using the company’s Trade Secrets to compete in the same field.

(Video) How to Make an NDA in Massachusetts

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt).

Step 2 – In the first paragraph, supply the date that the agreement is being completed. Next, enter the name of the first individual entering into the contract (hereinafter known as the 1st party) followed by the second (hereinafter known as the 2nd party).

Step 3 – As described above, if the information is owned by the 1st party, check the “Unilateral” box. If the information is owned by both parties, check the “Mutual” box. Below this you can enter the relationship of the parties to each other (e.g., employer and employee).

Step 4 – Any and all materials must be returned to a requesting party in the timeframe outlined in this contract. Enter the number of days in the applicable space of the below paragraph to continue.

Step 5 – To complete the contract, both parties must provide their signatures, the day’s date, and their printed names.