Confidential Disclosure Agreements

A Confidential Disclosure Agreement or CDA (also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement or NDA) is a legal contract which protects the confidential information generated at UM and/or that of our outside collaborators. This includes information which is confidential in nature (i.e. patentable ideas) given at internal or external seminars, in discussions with visitors to the University, and in conversations with colleagues during professional meetings.

One of the most important reasons for a Confidential Disclosure Agreement is relevance for patent protection. Disclosure of a patentable idea without proper confidentiality agreements can negate patent filing rights.

Dr. Alice Clark, Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, is the University's signatory agent for research related agreements. If a UM employee signs a CDA on his/her own with a third party, that individual employee becomes personally liable.

In order ensure awareness of the requirements and obligations under any agreement, UM personnel are required to acknowledge each agreement with their signature.

All CDAs for UM are negotiated through the ORSP Division of Technology Management. In order to request that our office initiate a CDA with another party, please complete the CDA Request form and return to our office by email at or send to 100 Barr Hall.