Appendix A. Sample Proprietary Information Agreement (PIA)

Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement

[NAME OF COMPANY]

In consideration of my employment with ______________________ (the “Company”), the Company’s promise to disclose to me its confidential and proprietary information (as defined below), the compensation now and hereafter paid to me, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, I hereby agree with the Company as follows:

  1. Recognition of Company’s Rights; Nondisclosure. At all times during the term of my employment and thereafter, I will hold in strictest confidence and will not disclose, use, lecture upon, or publish any of the Company’s Proprietary Information (defined below), except as such disclosure, use, or publication may be required in connection with my work for the Company, or unless the President or the Board of Directors of the Company expressly authorizes such in writing. I hereby assign to the Company any rights I may have or acquire in such Proprietary Information and recognize that all Proprietary Information shall be the sole property of the Company and its assigns and that the Company and its assigns shall be the sole owner of all patent rights, copyrights, trade secret rights, and all other rights throughout the world (collectively, “Proprietary Rights”) in connection therewith.

    The term “Proprietary Information” shall mean trade secrets, confidential knowledge, data, or any ...

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