A Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) is a legal contract that protects protected information and requires parties to keep information confidential for a certain period of time. CDAs can be characterized as a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) or confidentiality agreement when received by an external institution. A CDA may be a bilateral agreement (CDA) that includes information disclosed by both parties or may cover disclosures by a single (unilateral CDA) of the parties. The CDA defines how the recipient uses the information, highlighting the treatment and protection of confidential information by the recipient. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) negotiates and processes, in collaboration with the Office of Counsel, all CCDAs for UAB in relation to statements regarding future work with UAB faculties, staff or resources. The faculty of the UAB and the staff are not listed as parties to a CDA. The UAB concludes this agreement on behalf of our employees. In California (and some other U.S. states), there are special circumstances regarding confidentiality agreements and non-compete clauses. California`s courts and legislatures have indicated that they value the mobility and entrepreneurship of a worker in general more than protectionist doctrines.   CDAs/NDAs are controlled by several University of Pittsburgh offices.
The content and purpose of these agreements will depend on the central that will verify the language and sign it on behalf of the university: from time to time, questions from friends and colleagues about the difference between a confidentiality agreement (also known by its acronym; « NOA ») and a confidentiality agreement (also known as its longer name; Confidential Disclosure Agreement or « CDA »). There are many other variants of names for this type of agreement, depending on the part of the world and in the industry you practice, such as the proprietary information agreement, the secrecy agreement (Europeans like this agreement) and the Pinky-Swear-You-Won`t-Tell-Anyone agreement (I often enter with the 8-year-old neighbour). As NDAs and CDAs are the most frequently used names, I stick to these names. So what is the difference between an NDA and a CDA and the others? As soon as SP receives a fully executed CDA, the agreement is processed and a copy of its files is sent to IP.