A confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), sometimes called a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), is a legal document for the protection of proprietary information. Such a document is necessary before any transfer of proprietary information is made from one party (such as a university researcher) to another (such as a corporate representative). Otherwise, the transfer of proprietary information, even in a casual conversation, could legally be considered a public disclosure. In the worst case, such a disclosure could allow the individual or company to whom this information was disclosed to use or transmit to others your confidential information, thus placing the invention in the public domain. This would preclude the possibility of obtaining intellectual property protection. It is important to contact the UW Center for Commercialization before disclosing any confidential proprietary information to another party. For a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) please contact the Technology Manager at the UW Center for Commercialization who is working with you or email the UW Center for Commercialization to talk to a Technology Manager.