Washington Non-Disclosure Agreement

The Washington Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is utilized to stop the unlawful spread of confidential information or Trade Secrets under the ownership of an individual or entity. For instance, a company that wishes to hire a new employee may necessitate that they sign an NDA before disclosing any confidential information. Doing so will help both parties clarify what exactly constitutes as confidential information which must not be shared.

The duration in which the party that owns the confidential information or Trade Secrets (the “Disclosing Party”) may require the party hearing of said information (the “Receiving Party”) to keep it to themselves is tied to the particular terms they set out in the contract. Some contracts state a particular length of time that must elapse, or a particular event that must occur before the confidential information is fair game to share.

Trade Secret Law

Washington’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (Title 19 Chapter 19.108) is the law that dictates how the state courts approach the misappropriation of Trade Secrets. It includes vital information including remedies, definitions, attorney’s fees, and other useful details.

In the event litigation is required due to a breach of contract, it will be advantageous for both the party revealing the secrets (the “Disclosing Party”) and the party they tell the secrets to (the “Receiving Party”) to be knowledgeable of what matters this Act covers. The section below acts as a table of contents for all ten (10) sections of Washington’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

  • § 19.108.010: Definitions of key terms seen commonly throughout the chapter.
  • § 19.108.020: States when the court will order an injunction to stop a trade secret from being abused⁠—one of the two remedies for cases of misappropriation.
  • § 19.108.030: Describes when the complainant can be awarded damages⁠—the other remedy available for cases of misappropriation.
  • § 19.108.040: States when the court will pay the winning party’s attorney’s fees.
  • § 19.108.050: What the court will do to ensure trade secrets and confidential information is kept from third parties.
  • § 19.108.060: Specifies how long a victim of misappropriation has to bring a case after discovering the misuse of their confidential information.
  • § 19.108.900: Describes how Chapter 19.108 affects other laws.
  • § 19.108.910: Conveys that the chapter was adopted by the general Uniform Trade Secrets Act and is envisioned to be in line with the other state’s Trade Secret laws.
  • § 19.108.920: The title of the chapter: the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
  • § 19.108.930: States that the chapter took effect on January 1st, 1982, and that the chapter only applies to cases of misappropriation that occurred after that date.

How to Write

Step 1 – Decide between one of two (1 of 2) formats to create the Washington Non-Disclosure Agreement—Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word—and subsequently download the NDA in the chosen format.

Step 2 – For this step, the Current Date must first of all be entered or written. Three (3) blank fields have been provided so that the day, month, and year can be recorded. Both parties are then obligated to offer their Name and Address in the blank fields relevant to their title (i.e., either in the spaces provided for the “Disclosing Party” or the “Receiving Party”).

Step 3 – Afterwards, the parties are obligated to offer their Printed NamesTitles, followed by their Signed and Dated names in the respective fields prompting for such information to be supplied. With these mandatory pieces of information recorded, the NDA will be deemed effective.