It is vital for any business that it can prevent the unauthorised use or disclosure of its confidential information. As such, the law of confidentiality plays an important, and often underrated part, in enabling businesses to stay ahead of the competition. Very often both intellectual property rights and rights of confidentiality have to be considered together in order to maximise protection.
We have significant experience in advising on all aspects of the law of confidentiality, both in the private and public sectors, ranging from standalone non-disclosure agreements, to detailed confidentiality undertakings contained in the contexts of key supply arrangements, technology evaluations and collaborations. We can also advise on the commercialisation of business or technical know-how, which in some sectors might typically be licensed in conjunction with intellectual property such as patents. Where immediate steps are required to prevent or minimise unauthorised disclosure we can also assist in obtaining injunctions or other kinds of interim relief.
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