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Updated May 17, 2022

A Washington non-disclosure agreement is an agreement used to ensure that the Trade Secrets of the parties involved are not exposed to the general public or released to a competing company. This agreement can be Unilateral, meaning one party has sole ownership of the Confidential Information in question (employer-employee relationship).It can also be Mutual, in that neither party has sole ownership and therefore neither party has the ability to disclose the information at will (partnership). If Confidential Information is released, the party responsible will be held liable and the non-disclosure agreement will serve as proof that they were aware of the confidential nature of the information.

Laws §§ 19.108.010 – 19.108.930 (Uniform Trade Secrets Act)

“Trade Secret” Definition

“Trade secret” means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that:

(a) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and

(b) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.