Maryland Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

The Maryland Non-Disclosure Agreement (“Confidentiality Agreement”) is a contract used for securing two (2) or more parties under an agreement that ensures secretive information is not shared with third (3rd) party entities. Situations in which drafting and signing NDAs are common, include potential business mergers, the hiring of new employees, keeping patient’s health information secret, and for ensuring newly developed technology is kept out of competitor’s hands.

Trade Secret Law

Below is a breakdown of Maryland’s trade secret law (§§ 11-1201 through § 11-1209).  It covers commonly used terms regarding trade secrets, how plaintiffs can recover damages from misappropriation, and other important facets of trade secret law which is important to understand if signing an NDA in the state of Maryland. Note: some of the section titles below, such as “Injunctions,” are not the actual titles – however, the section numbers are accurate as of 2016 Maryland Code.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download the contract. Available formats: Adobe PDF (.pdf) and Microsoft Word (.docx)

Step 2 – To ensure the parties agree on all areas of the NDA, have both go through the document, adding, removing, or editing conditions as necessary. Once the contract is agreed upon, start by entering the current Date at the top of the first (1st) page. Then, have both the Disclosing Party and Receiving Party write their Full Names (if signing as an entity, write the company name) and their Addresses.

 

Step 3 – On the bottom of the second (2nd) page, starting with the Disclosing Party, have them enter their Printed NameTitle within their company, and the Date they are completing their portion of the contract. Then, have them Sign their name. Repeat this for the Receiving Party to put complete the contract and put it in full effect.