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NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT is an important aspect while entering a contract for software development with an international company.

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This Non-Disclosure Agreement is entered into on this ____day of ___________ at  S.A.S Nagar by and between;

XYZ IT Services


 _________________________________________ (hereby known as the “Receiving Party”) for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information as defined below.

WHEREAS, the Receiving Party has indicated an interest in exploring a potential business relationship (the “Assignment/ Project/ Transaction”).  In connection with its respective evaluation of the Transaction, each party, their respective affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents or advisors(collectively, “Representatives”) may provide or gain access to certain confidential and proprietary information. During these discussions, Disclosing Party may share certain proprietary information with the Receiving Party.  Therefore, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants contained in this Agreement, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:

  1. Confidential Information

(1.a)    For the purposes of this Agreement, “Confidential Information” means any data or information that is proprietary to the Disclosing Party and not generally known to the public, whether in tangible or intangible form, in whatever medium provided, whether unmodified or modified by Receiving Party or its Representatives (as defined herein), whenever and however disclosed, including, but not limited to:

(i) any marketing strategies, plans, financial information, or projections, operations, sales estimates, business plans and performance results relating to the past, present or future business activities of such party, its affiliates, subsidiaries and affiliated companies;

(ii) plans for products or services, and customer or supplier lists;

iii) any scientific or technical information, invention, design, process, procedure, formula, improvement, technology or method;

(iv) any concepts, reports, data, know-how, works-in-progress, designs, development tools, specifications, computer software, source code, object code, flow charts, databases, inventions, information and trade secrets;

(v) any other information that should reasonably be recognized as confidential information of the Disclosing Party; and lastly

(vi) any information generated by the Receiving Party or by its Representatives that contains, reflects, or is derived from any of the foregoingConfidential Information need not be novel, unique, patentable, copyrightable or constitute a trade secret in order to be designated Confidential Information.  The Receiving Party acknowledges that the Confidential Information is proprietary to the Disclosing Party, has been developed and obtained through great efforts by the Disclosing Party and that Disclosing Party regards all of its Confidential Information as trade secrets.

(1b) Not withstanding anything in the foregoing to the contrary, Confidential Information shall not include information which:

(i) was lawfully possessed, as evidenced by the Receiving Party’s records, by the Receiving Party prior to receiving the Confidential Information from the Disclosing Party;

(ii) becomes rightfully known by the Receiving Party from a third-party source not under an obligation to Disclosing Party to maintain confidentiality;

(iii) is generally known by the public through no fault of or failure to act by the Receiving Party inconsistent with its obligations under this Agreement;

(iv) is required to be disclosed in a judicial or administrative proceeding, or is otherwise requested or required to be disclosed by law or regulation, and (e) is or has been independently developed by employees, consultants or agents of the Receiving Party without violation of the terms of this Agreement, as evidenced by the Receiving Party’s records, and without reference or access to any Confidential Information.


  1. Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information

From time to time, the Disclosing Party may disclose Confidential Information to the Receiving Party. The Receiving Party shall; 

  1. a) limit disclosure of any Confidential Information to its directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives (collectively “Representatives”) who have a need to know such Confidential Information in connection with the current or contemplated business relationship between the parties to which this Agreement relates, and only for that purpose;

(b) advise its Representatives of the proprietary nature of the Confidential Information and of the obligations set forth in this Agreement, require such Representatives to be bound by written confidentiality restrictions on less stringent than those contained herein, and assume full liability for acts or omissions by its Representatives that are inconsistent with its obligations under this Agreement;

(c) keep all Confidential Information strictly confidential by using a reasonable degree of care, but not less than the degree of care used by it in safeguarding its own confidential information; and

(d) not to disclose any Confidential Information received by it to any third parties (except as otherwise provided for herein).

  1. Use of Confidential Information

The Receiving Party agrees to use the Confidential Information solely in connection with the current or contemplated business relationship between the parties and not for any purpose other than as authorized by this Agreement without the prior written consent of an authorized representative of the Disclosing Party.  No other right or license, whether expressed or implied, in the Confidential Information is granted to the Receiving Party hereunder.  Title to the Confidential Information will remain solely with  the Disclosing Party.  All use of Confidential Information by the Receiving Party shall be for the benefit of the Disclosing Party and any modifications and improvements thereof by the Receiving Party shall be the sole property of the Disclosing Party.

  1. Compelled Disclosure of Confidential Information

Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing to the contrary, the Receiving Party may disclose Confidential Information pursuant to any governmental, judicial, or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, regulatory request or similar method, provided that the Receiving Party promptly notifies, to the extent practicable, the Disclosing Party in writing of such demand for disclosure so that the Disclosing Party, at its sole expense, may seek to make such disclosure subject to a protective order or other appropriate remedy to preserve the confidentiality of the Confidential Information;

Provided that the Receiving Party will disclose only that portion of the requested Confidential Information that, in the written opinion of its legal counsel, it is required to disclose.  The Receiving Party agrees that it shall not oppose and shall cooperate with efforts by, to the extent practicable, the Disclosing Party with respect to any such request for a protective order or other relief.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Disclosing Party is unable to obtain or does not seek a protective order and the Receiving Party is legally requested or required to disclose such Confidential Information, disclosure of such Confidential Information may be made without liability.

  1. Term

This Agreement shall remain in effect for a two-year term (subject to one year extension if the parties are still discussing and considering the Assignment Transaction at the end of the second year).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Receiving Party’s duty to hold in confidence, Confidential Information that was disclosed during term shall remain in effect indefinitely.

  1. Remedies   

Both parties acknowledge that the Confidential Information to be disclosed hereunder is of a unique and valuable character and that the unauthorized dissemination of the Confidential Information would destroy or diminish the value of such information.  The damages to Disclosing Party that would result from the unauthorized dissemination of the Confidential Information would be impossible to calculate.  Therefore, both parties hereby agree that the Disclosing Party shall be entitled to injunctive relief preventing the dissemination of any Confidential Information in violation of the terms hereof.  Such injunctive relief shall be in addition to any other remedies available hereunder, whether at law or in equity.  Disclosing Party shall be entitled to recover in addition to damages claimed, its costs and fees, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in obtaining any such relief.  Further, in the event of litigation relating to this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses.

  1. Return of Confidential Information

Receiving Party shall immediately return and redeliver to Disclosing Party all tangible material embodying any Confidential Information provided hereunder and all notes, summaries, memoranda, drawings, manuals, records, excerpts or derivative information deriving there from, and all other documents or materials (“Notes”) (and all copies of any of the foregoing, including “copies” that have been converted to computerized media in the form of image, data, word processing, or other types of files either manually or by image capture) based on or including any Confidential Information, in whatever form of storage or retrieval, upon the earlier of (i) the completion of the dealings between the parties contemplated hereunder; (ii) the termination of this Agreement or (iii) at such time as the Disclosing Party may so request, provided however that the Receiving Party may retain such of its documents as is necessary to enable it to comply with its reasonable document retention policies.  Alternatively, the Receiving Party, with the written consent of the Disclosing Party may (or in the case of Notes, at the Receiving Party’s option) immediately destroy any of the foregoing embodying Confidential Information (or the reasonably non recoverable data erasure of computerized data) and, upon request, certify in writing such destruction by an authorized officer of the Receiving Party supervising the destruction.

  1. Notice of Breach

    Receiving Party shall notify the Disclosing Party immediately upon discovery of or suspicion of (1) any unauthorized use or disclosure of Confidential Information  by Receiving Party or its Representatives or (2) any actions by Receiving Party or its Representatives inconsistent with their respective obligations under this Agreement, Receiving Party shall cooperate with any and all efforts of the Disclosing Party to help the Disclosing Party regain possession of Confidential Information and prevent its further unauthorized use.


  1. No Binding Agreement for other Transaction

The parties agree that neither party will be under any legal obligation of any kind whatsoever with respect to other transaction, which are not covered by virtue of this Agreement, except for the matters specifically agreed for a particular Assignment/secret project/ mentioned hereunder;







  1. Warranty

NO WARRANTIES ARE MADE BY EITHER PARTY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WHATSOEVER.  The parties acknowledge that although they shall each endeavor to include in the Confidential Information all information that they each believe relevant for the purpose of the evaluation of a Transaction, the parties understand that no representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the Confidential Information is being made by the Disclosing Party.  Further, neither party is under any obligation under this Agreement to disclose any Confidential Information it chooses not to disclose. The Disclosing Party shall have no liability to the relieving party (or any other company, person or entity) resulting from the use of Disclosing Party’s Confidential information or any reliance on the accuracy or completeness thereof.

  1. Miscellaneous

    (a)  This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous understandings and agreements, whether oral or written, between the parties, with respect to the subject matter herein.  This Agreement can only be modified by a written amendment signed by the party against whom enforcement of such modification is sought.

(b) The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of S.A.S NAGAR, PUNJAB & INDIAN CONTRACT ACT applicable to contracts made and to be wholly performed within such state, without giving effect to any conflict of law’s provisions thereof.  The S.A.S. Nagar Mohali Courts shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising under, or in any way connected with or related to, the terms of this Agreement.

(c) Any failure by either party to enforce the other party’s strict performance of any provision of this Agreement, will not constitute a waiver of its right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.

(d) Although the restrictions contained in this Agreement are considered by the parties to be reasonable for the purpose of protecting the Confidential Information, if any such restriction is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, such provision will be modified, rewritten or interpreted to include as much of its nature and scope as will render it enforceable.  If it cannot be so modified, rewritten or interpreted to be enforceable in any respect, it will not be given effect, and the remainder of the Agreement will be enforced as if such provision was not included.

(e) Any notices or communications required or permitted to be given hereunder may be delivered by hand, deposited with a nationally recognized overnight carrier, electronic-mail, or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, in each case, to the address of the other party first indicated above (or such other addressee as may be furnished by a party from time to time in writing).  All such notices or communications shall be deemed to have been served and received (a) in the case of personal delivery or electronic-mail, on the date of such delivery, (b) in the case of delivery by a nationally recognized overnight carrier, on the third business day following dispatch.

(f) This Agreement is personal in nature, and neither party may directly or indirectly assign or transfer it by operation of law or otherwise without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld.  All obligations contained in this Agreement shall extend to and be binding upon the parties to this Agreement and their respective successors, assigns and designees.

(g) The receipt of Confidential Information pursuant to this Agreement will not prevent or in any way limit Disclosing party from developing, making or marketing products or services that are or may be competitive with the products or services of the other.

(h) Paragraph headings used in this Agreement are for reference only and shall not be used or relied upon in the interpretation of this Agreement.

(i) The Disclosing Party has right to terminate the contract on breach of any of the clause of this agreement by the Receiving Party and the Disclosing Party shall have right to recover damages of Rs. ______________ under order XXXVII Rule 1 & 2 of CPC and also reserves its right to initiate criminal proceedings against the receiving party.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date mentioned above.

Disclosing Party                               Receiving Party   

In the presence of the witnesses;


2. Counsel of the Disclosing Company

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