Types of confidentiality agreements A confidentiality agreement may be „unilateral” or „reciprocal.” There is a unilateral confidentiality agreement when a single party discloses confidential information. When both parties exchange confidential information, there is a reciprocal confidentiality agreement. In order to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, companies should continue to innovate and work on new projects, products and services to minimize pressure against their competitors. This is the case in a wide range of activities, from technology to finance. A Confidentiality Agreement (NDA) is a legal document intended to contain this sensitive information mentioned above. In a legal document or a larger contract, they are called confidentiality clauses, confidentiality declarations or confidentiality agreements (CA). From a legal point of view, it is a legal contract between at least two parties that aims to explain the knowledge and/or confidential information that the parties wish to communicate only to each other and to restrict third party/party access to all access. In most commercial applications, this „information” is generally referred to as intellectual property, while the term may refer to other sensitive information in cases of bank client confidentiality, solicitor-client privilege, priestly penance privilege, and physician and patient confidentiality. It should be noted, however, that in all previous examples excluding commercial applications, the non-disclosure guarantee is generally not provided in the form of a written agreement between the parties. An agreement on the transfer of intellectual property is one of the tools you need to ensure that your start-up has fully and cleanly in writing all the intellectual property rights of the company. This will help your start-up avoid the costly problems that might arise, for example. B, patent disc claims or competing companies trying to copy your software or product offering. In addition, intellectual property divestment agreements are the key to maintaining ownership of your start-up in its intellectual property portfolio.