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Intellectual property key terms: Confidentiality


A good idea should be protected by keeping it secret until it has been developed into drawings or plans (which can be copyright) or a product (which can be patented).

Confidentiality agreements

  • Can be used to prevent others stealing ideas while they are under consideration for development.
  • Allow people to discuss their ideas with others, for example manufacturers
  • such discussions will not count against them should they eventually decide to apply for a patent.

Confidentiality agreements and intellectual property – page on this site that has information confidentiality agreements and the intellectual property rights of students when working on Technology projects


Developed for the Technology Online site from a study by Susan Corbett, Louise Starkey and Ann Bondy, Victoria University of Wellington

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