Why is this important?
Protection of non-public information is a standard feature of research agreements, particularly where such information may be the subject of future patent applications, or where such information of a party is not capable of registration but needs to remain secret.
What is UCL’s position?
Generally, UCL seeks to ensure that the results as whole are not regarded as confidential, in order to permit timely dissemination and to limit obligations of confidence to specific materials and information exchanged by the parties for the purpose of conducting the project. Additionally, UCL negotiates to ensure that the survival of such obligations is not indefinite or unduly lengthy in duration, in order to mitigate the logistical / financial burdens of such obligations.