A Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) is a contract between a party who is disclosing confidential information and another party who is receiving that information. Sometimes, a CDA agreement may be a two-way agreement, covering information disclosed by both parties. The CDA specifies how the receiving party/parties will protect and use the information. CDAs are sometimes referred to as nondisclosure or secrecy agreements, emphasizing the recipient's handling of the confidential information.
What are confidentiality agreements for?
A CDA serves three purposes:
Alerts the receiving party to the confidentiality of the information to be received.
Specifies the responsibilities required of the receiving party.
Can be used as evidence in subsequent patent processing - e.g., to defeat an allegation that the invention is not novel because the inventor treated it as public information. This kind of allegation arises frequently from those contesting a potentially lucrative patent, so a CDA is more than a "mere formality."
How do I execute a confidentiality (Non-Disclosure) agreements (CDAs/NDAs)?
Beginning July 1, 2017, all new MTA, CDA, and NDA requests will be routed through the Clinical Research Administration Office (CRAO) via a web-based portal. Once in the portal, you can indicate which form you are filling out.
Requirements for MTA and CDA Review:
Please go to the following web-based portal and complete the intake process: https://forms.ucdenver.edu/secure/rss_ra_ogc_ra
In order to expedite processing, review, and negotiation of your agreement, please answer all questions.
If there is additional information that could expedite the review of your agreement, please utilize the comment boxes.
Please upload all pertinent documents. Your agreement will not be assigned for review until this step is complete.
Based on the answers in the web-based portal, the MTA or CDA/NDA will be routed and processed accordingly. Negotiations will be handled by the CRAO Contracts Team.
For amendments to existing MTAs or CDAs/NDAs, please send the associated documents and information to the following email address: CRAO_Contracts@ucdenver.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact: CRAO_Contracts@ucdenver.edu