I have just added a new template for one-way Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) to the Intellectual Property Agreements / Templates page.
There are many free templates of NDAs that one can easily find on the web. Why would I offer mine as a paid download?
The free forms are usually overly simplistic and don’t cover half the issues that need to be covered.
Often, however, when I am asked to draft one to fit a particular client’s circumstances, the cost of the NDA can become too steep for a small business client.
Continuing the trend I started with the copyright agreements, this NDA is designed to help businesses bridge the gap between having a poorly written or no agreement at all and having to spend a fortune on a customized one.
As always, you can check out the preview and see for yourself that this template has more bases covered than any other free non-disclosure agreement template you can find on the web.
I hope this helps.
On April 18, 2013, I will deliver a free 2.5-hour workshop on intellectual property in plain English for business owners.
This workshop is organized by DigiBC, the Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia.
As an attendee, you will walk away not only with a ton of useful information about what different areas of intellectual property can do to and for your business, but also with several tangible tools that will allow you to start building the IP strategy for your business.
If you are running a business and don’t have a clear and viable IP strategy, this is a workshop that you can’t afford to miss!
To attend, you must register at http://mincovlaw2013.eventbrite.com/.
On February 13, 2013, I delivered a seminar on intellectual property at the New York Institute of Technology in Vancouver.
Great to see so many aspiring students with lit-up eyes who came to learn about IP.
I have recently attended a great seminar on business licensing.
Indeed, licensing can be a great way to grow a business and widen one’s streams of passive income.
Licensing has an obvious advantage over franchising in that it imposes substantially less mandatory requirements over the licensor.
It may appear that licensing is some kind of franchising-lite.
Whether or not it is so, it is very important to keep one thing in mind.
By definition, a license is a permission to do something that no one would have the right to do without such permission. A license is not a right, it’s a permission.
The corollary from this definition is that for there to be a valid license, the license should cover something that you can legally stop others from doing. Just like it would be very difficult to enforce a license that allows someone to breathe in exchange for a 10% royalty, it would be difficult to enforce a license pursuant to which a business is licensing something that is readily available to the public without any restrictions.
Aside from properly documenting your intellectual property in the form of copyright, trademarks and patents, you should also take great care in keeping your secrets secret. If you fail to secure your confidential information, you may one day find yourself in a courtroom with a judge who would have little sympathy to your attempts to force a competitor pay you for something that you neglected to protect. Unless your IP is properly protected, you cannot license it out. Let me rephrase that. You may be able to license it out, but it would be difficult for you to enforce the terms of such license.
Intellectual property is an important (and sometimes, the most important) asset of your business. Whether or not your strategy involves licensing your business systems to others, you should always keep in mind that your actions have consequences.
If building business assets is a part of your strategy (and it should be), then having a meaningful IP strategy is a must!
On December 4, 2012, I delivered an "Intellectual Property in Plain English" seminar to over 60 members of Vancouver Business Network.
Those who attended the seminar walked away with:
– 5 big ideas about intellectual property and the law in general that will answer 80% of all questions about IP;
– 5 reasons to register trademarks;
– 7 one-word shortcuts to instantly identify different types of intellectual property.
Below, you can watch highlights and testimonials from the seminar.
If you would like to see the whole seminar, please sign up in the form below.
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