[BRAND] in the future.
By accepting below, you agree that:
– The [BRAND] technology products, services or improvements that you will be evaluating are confidential and proprietary to [BRAND].
– You will not disclose, sell, license, sublicense, transfer, or otherwise convey to any third party any confidential information or materials disclosed to you by [BRAND] in connection with the survey.
– You will keep confidential, and not disclose to any third party, the [BRAND] survey or the fact of your participation in this survey.
– You will not copy, print, store, forward or attempt to do any of these acts with respect to any images or pages presented to you in any format or manner during the survey.
– You will keep confidential, and not disclose to any third party, all suggestions for changes or improvements to, or any other feedback about, the [BRAND] products, services or improvements that you or any other participant in the survey may make.
– [BRAND] shall own and shall be free to use, without any acknowledgment or compensation to you, any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any suggestion or feedback you may make for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, improving, manufacturing, and marketing products, services or improvements incorporating your suggestions or feedback.
– Neither you nor any member of your immediate family work for competitor of [BRAND] (if you are not sure who [BRAND] competitors are, please contact a member of the [BRAND] team conducting the survey).
– This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and [BRAND] with respect to your participation in this survey. This Agreement shall be effective on the date you ACCEPT below, and shall remain in effect for two (2) years afterward. This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York.
Agreeing to non-disclosure for two years … for a survey? I wouldn’t agree to anything more than one year for a paying client.
I’m sorry, but this is not worth my time, effort or the worry about legal action.
The key take away for business owners is simple: respect the people you are inviting to help you, but don’t muddy the message with a bunch of legalese. If it’s so important, than move those people to some form of confidential advisory panel with an actual incentive. Otherwise there is no value for them to participate, especially with the threat of legal action.
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