A Tennessee non-disclosure agreement is used to prevent contractors or employees from giving out business or trade secrets to the public or to competitors. A Tennessee non-disclosure agreement may be a legally binding contract. If someone signs and then violates the agreement, a court may impose penalties for doing so.
Tennessee adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Tenn. Code. Ann. §§ 47-25-1701 through 47-25-1709, to govern non-disclosure agreements and to define what sort of information is considered to be a “trade secret.”
A Tennessee non-disclosure agreement is a contract that is meant to protect the trade secrets of a business. Tennessee’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act defines a “trade secret” as information that doesn’t have a definite form. It can include, but also is not specifically limited to, data of a technical, non-technical, or financial nature; a formula; a pattern; a compilation’ a program; a device; a method; a technique; a process; or a plan that has its own economic value. This value may be actual or potential. The reason why the information is valuable is because it gives the business a competitive edge since it’s not something that the public knows or something so easy to determine that another business could somehow figure out on their own during their normal business practices. Any information that a business seeks to protect through a Tennessee non-disclosure agreement must have its privacy protected using reasonable means.
The law also explains how a business may preserve the secrecy of the information they wish to protect.
To provide the best possible protection of business secrets, businesses should use this document along with a Tennessee noncompete agreement.