Would You Sign That NDA? Understanding Non-Disclosure Agreements And Legal Ethics

In today’s world, information is both valuable and powerful. This is why Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”) are now commonly used to protect sensitive information. These agreements are often seen in business deals and in discussions about intellectual property, but never between lawyers or patent attorneys and their clients. There is a reason why lawyers and patent attorneys do not sign NDAs: when NDAs and the ethical duties of lawyers meet, it creates a complex situation that needs careful handling.

The Tough Conflict Between Keeping Secrets and Professional Duties

Members of the legal profession have a core duty to keep their clients’ information private. This duty is vital for the trust and integrity in the lawyer-client relationship. But, what happens when this duty conflicts with a lawyer’s ethical and professional responsibilities? This article explores three situations that show the difficult choices lawyers have to make. They need to balance keeping information secret under NDAs with their ethical duties.

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