Confidentiality agreements cover the exchange of proprietary, confidential information between two or more parties. They allow researchers and companies to protect their intellectual and proprietary property by placing a responsibility on the recipient of the information to keep it confidential and to not use the information in an unauthorized manner.
If confidential information is released to the public prior to the researcher applying for patent protection, it could become a bar to patenting.
U of T members are often asked to sign confidentiality agreements with various parties in advance of meetings and discussions. The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) should be notified prior to such visits as IPO reviews all confidentiality agreements to ensure they comply with U of T policies and coordinates signatures on behalf of U of T.
All agreements must be reviewed by the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) to make sure they comply with U of T policies, before they are sent to the third party.
The fastest way to get a confidentiality agreement signed by U of T is to use the standard university template, found below. This will help to reduce negotiation times. To request a confidentiality agreement:
Following the execution of the research agreement, all project participants will be expected to complete a Confidential Information & Intellectual Property (“CIIP”) Agreement.