Connecticut Non Disclosure Agreement
The Connecticut Non-Disclosure Agreement, also called a “Confidentiality Agreement.” is a contract used when an individual will be learning one or more trade secret(s) regarding another party, and the party disclosing the information wants to prevent the information from being shared with anyone else. Signing an NDA not only helps with ensuring secrets are not exposed—it also states what the other party is allowed to disclose. By clarifying precisely what may or may not be shared with other parties, this contract reduces confusion among both parties and ensures the contract holds itself in court. Below is an outline for Connecticut’s Trade Secret Law (Chapter 625) as well as a how-to for completing the agreement.
Trade Secret Law
Similar to most states, Connecticut’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) acts as a guide for its citizens in navigating the legal waters of NDAs. The state has slightly modified the provisions in the Act in comparison to the federal version, meaning that the state-specific version of the Act should be referred to instead of the standard version. Thus, prior to drafting and signing an NDA in the state of Connecticut, individuals should take the time to understand the state’s unique interpretation of the Act. To streamline this process, a summary of each section in the Act can be found below.
- § 35-50: The citation for Chapter 625
- § 35-51: Definitions of commonly used legal terms
- § 35-52: Situations in which Injunctive Relief will be ordered
- § 35-53: Discusses when damages can be recovered
- § 35-54: When attorneys fees may be covered by the court
- § 35-55: States the efforts that the courts do to ensure trade secret integrity
- § 35-56: Timeframe for bringing a case of misappropriation (statute of limitations)
- § 35-57: What chapter 625 supersedes
- § 35-58: Uniformity of the law with states enacting the UTSA