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Oklahoma State University
Technology Development Center

A unit in the Division of the Vice President for Research

Confidentiality Agreements

confidentiality agreement is a document designed to protect the confidentiality of ideas, inventions, notes, and any other technical or proprietary information that may be divulged in discussions with external parties; it requires the signers not to disclose any information specified as confidential. It should be signed by the researcher/inventor and anyone outside the University involved in a discussion regarding research that may generate specific intellectual property. If any individual or firm is reluctant to sign a confidentiality agreement, the researcher should not proceed. It is unusual for an organization to hesitate to sign such a document because it provides protection to all involved. 


Contact the Technology Development Center (744.5361; ) BEFORE talking with outside firms or any other entity.