Joint Ventures

Confidentiality Agreement

Innovation requires development and design strategies, and time and space to explore opportunities.

Innovation is the life-blood of any development strategy; development is the legacy that ensures a company's survival in a competitive business environment. Whereas innovation is the application of better solutions to meet new requirements, creativity is the generation of new ideas and concepts to solve potential problems and create a new business opportunity. However, unlike innovation, the generation of new ideas carries an inherent business risk of failure, the ability to off-load this risk and share the opportunity can greatly increase the success rate of the creative process.

To build these collaborative relationships we operate a procurement based approach to supplier selection, loosely based around the ideals of obtaining the highest quality products and services at a cost that represents the best possible value, while maintaining our ethical standards, and taking our social and environmental responsibilities seriously.


Our vision is to understand the chemical complexities of the natural world and to apply this information to the benefit of all life. To meet these ideals and achieve our goals we recognise that we cannot do this alone; the nature and complexity of the problems requires creative and innovative thinking from a wide range of industrial, educational & governmental organisations across a broad spectrum of disciplines.


We welcome all potential Innovation centres such as universities, technical colleges and centres of excellence who wish to share their development risk and greatly increase their success rate. To be considered as an innovation partner the project must meet our development strategy; if you are interested in becoming an innovation partner please complete the Innovation Registration form.

The purpose of this form is to register your consent to a mutual non-disclosure agreement.

This form is designed to 'fast-track' the innovation process by protecting all parties with a standard non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

The Parties

Each of the parties listed below intend to enter into a mutual non-disclosure agreement as set out in The Agreement.

Whose registered address is at:


and Waterfall & O’Brien, a company registered in England under company number 06341748 whose registered office is at 138 Forest Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3SN

The Agreement
  1. Each of the parties to this Agreement intends to disclose information (the Confidential Information) to the other party for the purpose of discussing the possibility of the parties entering into a joint venture (the Purpose).
  2. Each party to this Agreement is referred to as ‘the Recipient’ when it receives or uses the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party.
  3. The Recipient undertakes not to use the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party for any purpose except the Purpose, without first obtaining the written agreement of the other party.
  4. The Recipient undertakes to keep the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party secure and not to disclose it to any third party except to its employees and professional advisers who need to know the same for the Purpose, who know they owe a duty of confidence to the other party and who are bound by obligations equivalent to those in clause 3 above and this clause 4.
  5. The undertakings in clauses 3 and 4 above apply to all of the information disclosed by each of the parties to the other, regardless of the way or form in which it is disclosed or recorded but they do not apply to:
    1. any information which is or in future comes into the public domain (unless as a result of the breach of this Agreement); or
    2. any information which is already known to the Recipient and which was not subject to any obligation of confidence before it was disclosed to the Recipient by the other party.
  6. Nothing in this Agreement will prevent the Recipient from making any disclosure of the Confidential Information required by law or by any competent authority.
  7. The Recipient will, on request from the other party, return all copies and records of the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party to the Recipient and will not retain any copies or records of the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party.
  8. Neither this Agreement nor the supply of any information grants the Recipient any licence, interest or right in respect of any intellectual property rights of the other party except the right to copy the Confidential Information disclosed by the other party solely for the Purpose.
  9. The undertakings in clauses 3 and 4 will continue in force for 10 years from the date of this Agreement.
  10. This Agreement is governed by, and is to be construed in accordance with, English law. The English Courts will have non-exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any dispute which has arisen or may arise out of, or in connection with, this Agreement.

Signed on behalf of Waterfall & O'Brien Ltd by its duly authorised representative.

Paul Hanson

Managing Director

Signed on behalf of the first party by its duly authorised representative:

If you prefer the traditional approach or a custom NDA, our mailing address is:

  • Waterfall & O'Brien Ltd.
  • 138 Forest Road
  • Fishponds
  • Bristol
  • BS16 3SN
  • United Kingdom

By pressing the Submit button you acknowledge that you have signed this agreement and that all parties listed in this agreement can enter into a discussion about your products, services and ideas secure in the knowledge that any confidential information disclosed by either party will be protected from disclosure by this agreement.

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