This policy summarizes Zuar employees’ responsibilities as they relate to confidentiality and inventions. The objective of the policy is to further the interests of Zuar and to permit Zuar to comply with its obligations, including obligations to its licensors and actual and prospective customers and others with whom Zuar may have similar obligations regarding confidentiality and inventions.
Ownership of Employee Inventions
By accepting employment, an employee agrees that Zuar will own any and all inventions that, in its opinion, are made on company time or with company assets, that relate to Zuar’s business, or that are required to meet its obligations, and that the employee will assist Zuar in perfecting and protecting its title to these inventions.
Protection of Confidential Company Information
During the course of their employment at Zuar, employees may have access to Zuar’s confidential, secret and proprietary information. Employees should maintain such information in confidence and use such information only in the interest of Zuar.
The employee may use or disclose information learned or acquired through his or her association with Zuar only for the performance of his or her job or as otherwise permitted by law. Particular care must be taken to keep confidential any information that is:
- Of possible value to competitors.
- Potentially damaging to customers and their competitors.
- Information received under an express or implied secrecy obligation.
- Information received from third parties outside Zuar.
Confidential company information is just for Zuar’s use and is not intended for distribution outside the company. Distribution of such information requires both a need to know and a right to know the information requested.
Information acquired by an employee in the course of his or her employment with Zuar must not be used for the employee’s individual benefit. Access to Zuar’s confidential information does not carry with it personal benefit or advantage to Zuar employees but imposes an obligation on every employee to keep such information confidential and to use it solely in the interest of Zuar.
When in doubt, the employee should treat information acquired in the course of employment at Zuar in the strictest confidence and consult the legal group or the CEO for clarification.