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Schaumburg, IL Non-Disclosure Agreements Attorneys

Guidance with Confidentiality and NDA Agreements in Arlington Heights and the Surrounding Areas

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Businesses of all kinds have confidential information that is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. Some examples of well-known industry trade secrets include the recipe for Coca-Cola's Coke Classic and the complex algorithm used by the Google search engine. Your company may not be as high profile as Coca-Cola or Google, but your confidential information is just as important for the viability of your business.

At A. Traub & Associates, we understand the need for small to medium sized businesses to safeguard their secrets. For over 15 years, our attorneys have provided the experienced guidance and representation businesses like yours need. We offer skilled in-house counsel and business counseling, and we can assist with a wide range of legal matters; including employee disputes, dealing with independent contractors, and reviewing/preparing contracts such as non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.

Warning: Not all Non-Disclosure Agreements are Enforceable

In Illinois, many companies routinely have their employees sign confidentiality agreements with the full expectation that the agreement will be valid if it ever needs to be enforced. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Recent court rulings have held that agreements that are too broad and cover information that is not truly confidential are not valid. For example, in nClosures Inc. v. Block & Co., Inc. (2014), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that non-disclosure agreements are unenforceable absent proof of reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the information covered in the NDA.

To ensure that non-disclosure agreements between your company and employees, contractors, and vendors are valid, it is highly recommended that you keep the agreement limited to only information that must be safeguarded. This may include client lists, proprietary software, unique formulas, patents, etc. Avoid generic NDAs that cover virtually all the information your employees and associates have access to as these types of agreements are most likely unenforceable if there is ever a breach.

Contact Our Skilled Business Law Attorneys

The attorneys at A. Traub & Associates have in-depth knowledge of non-disclosure agreements and what needs to be included to maintain their validity and protect your confidential information. In addition, we take the time to learn the specifics of your organization so we fully understand your needs and goals. This gives our clients the confidence that they will receive a holistic solution that effectively accounts for all relevant factors.

If you need help with confidentiality agreements or any other legal issue for your business, contact our office today for a personalized consultation with one of our experienced Arlington Heights business law attorneys. If you are not able to reach us immediately, we make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Call 847-749-4182 for our Arlington Heights office or 630-426-0196 for our Lombard location.

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