Introduction to Confidentiality and Disclosure

Confidentiality and Disclosure: Introduction


In developing a novel or improved product, service or process, much information may be generated which is of a confidential nature or is otherwise valuable to your business. There may be circumstances which require you to disclose some or all of this information to another person. If so, the law can be useful in its protection against disclosure or misuse by the recipient.

Maintenance of confidentiality is particularly critical if you later intend to apply for a patent or registered design. Disclosure of the invention or design to anyone who does not owe you an obligation of confidentiality can fatally damage your chance of registration.