The Indiana non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a contract that employers will execute to prevent employees from misappropriating confidential business information. Employers will often ask employees to sign the contract as a means to establish a record showing that the signatory fully understands the severity of wrongfully disclosing trade secrets to a third party. Implementation of the agreement may be necessary if the employer wishes to protect their clients’ contact information, schematics, manufacturing processes, and other data that may hold economic value to outside parties.
Misappropriation (§ 24-2-3) – Misusing an employer’s trade secrets will leave the guilty party liable to pay for damages accumulated by the employer and, in some cases, reasonable attorney’s fees (§ 24-2-3-4 and § 24-2-3-5).
Trade Secret Definition (§ 24-2-3) – “Trade secret” means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that:
- (1) 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
- (2) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.