A unilateral NOA (sometimes called a unilateral NOA) consists of two parts for which only one party (i.e. the unveiling party) discloses certain information to the other party (i.e. the recipient party) and requires that, for whatever reason, the information be protected from further disclosure (e.g. B the secrecy required for the fulfilment of the patent right or the legal protection of trade secrets , to limit the disclosure of information prior to the publication of a press release for a notice of great importance or to ensure that a receiving party does not use or disclose information without compensating the public party). First, all UT Arlington employees have agreed to be bound to the confidentiality requirements of any agreement or, as agreed by the university as a Texas authority, as can be found here under university procedure 13-34. Ut Arlington employees are related, whether they sign or not. Please make sure that all confidential UTA information you provide to the other party is identified as confidential! This can be done by adding a header or footnote to the document with the word “confidential” on each page. obtaining a “confidential” stamp and the stamp of each page of the information; or adding a “confidential” watermark to a document. And if you orally pass on confidential information to the other party, be sure to create a “confidential” document on each page containing the confidential information you have disclosed orally, and pass it on to third parties shortly after disclosure. These are the requirements of our standard NDAs. Use an NDA to protect intellectual property.
By using an NDA, you still have the ability to apply for patent protection in any country. All countries, with the exception of the United States, require “absolute novelty” for a claimed invention. This means that if the claimed invention is described in a printed publication or passed on to someone without insisting on confidentiality obligations, it will not be possible to obtain a patent on the object disclosed in that country. In the United States, it is possible to apply for patented coverage for topics that the inventor publicly announced up to one year after disclosure. However, patent laws relating to the definition of the state of the art (including the object revealed by an inventor) have changed significantly over the past year and it is not clear how these laws will be interpreted in the future. It is preferable (a) to ensure that an interim patent application is filed in the United States prior to any disclosure of UTA inventions, whether or not it relates to a confidentiality agreement; or b) to ensure that an NDA exists with third parties with whom you are talking about an invention.