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Though arguably a distinct area of law in its own right, an understanding of the law relating to confidentiality and the protection of proprietary information is an essential tool for anyone involved in commercial activities in the technology or creative sectors.

Confidentiality clauses or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) can help to protect ideas that are outside the remit of copyright law.

For example, an application for a patent would involve the applicant demonstrating that the invention is not already in the public knowledge prior to the patent being applied for (even if it has previously been revealed by the innovator or inventor).


In a less specific context, the use of NDAs can provide reassurance that confidential discussions between developers, investors or business partners will not become public knowledge before a product or service has been launched.