Should non-disclosure agreements be used with customers?

Minneapolis patent attorney Suneel Arora of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner explains the challenges of using a non-disclosure agreement with customers.

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So, it’s always a difficult question as to whether an NDA should be used with a customer. And part of that is affected by whether you have other NDAs in place with other parties – for example, people that you’re – parties that you’re collaborating with. The temptation with customers is always to skip the NDA. I mean you want to get a sale. You want to get a deal done. But I think you have to be careful of recognizing that if you’re interacting with your customer without an NDA, you may be defeating other NDAs that you have in place with other parties that you’re doing business with, so you have to be very careful and cautious not to skip that step or think about whether it’s appropriate to get an NDA in place with a customer.