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This Agreement shall come into effect on the date of the last signature of this Agreement and shall continue in force for a period of [X] years, unless terminated in accordance with clause [X] below."


This clause sets out the duration that the NDA agreement is valid and enforceable:

- The NDA comes into effect once both parties have signed it.

- It then continues for a defined period of [X] years.

- The agreement will expire after this set term, unless terminated earlier per the termination clause [X].

In simple terms, this states when the NDA obligations start and how long they are binding on the parties.

It provides a definite term for the confidentiality requirements instead of indefinite or permanent restrictions.

History of the clause (for the geeks)

Early confidentiality agreements often lacked defined terms, implying perpetual confidentiality. As business dealings evolved, indefinite secrecy became impractical and overly restrictive.

Recipients resisted permanent constraints on information use after productive collaborations concluded.

Introducing set NDA terms with expiration dates allowed relationships to unwind. Defined durations aligned confidentiality with the intended period of interaction. Upon expiration, parties regained flexibility without breach of contract. This facilitated business while still protecting information when most vulnerable.

Standardizing term clauses provided certainty for all sides. Shorter terms grew common in rapidly advancing industries where information lifespans were brief. Longer terms protected more in-depth sharing like corporate transactions. Renewal options added flexibility.

Term clauses reduced legal risk of interminable NDAs. They also formally ended confidentiality obligations once collaborative goals were met, freeing parties to operate freely again. Drafting best practices emerged to avoid overextending restrictions while adequately protecting data.

Today, term clauses keyly balance business interests. They limit confidentiality to required periods, allowing reciprocal trust and cooperation.

Defined terms provide clarity while preventing obligations from persisting indefinitely beyond intended scope.