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Posted on February 28, 2018

Nonprofits, like all organizations, collect and create information that is valuable to the organization and important to maintain in confidence. Examples include client information (including personal and medical information), donor information, personal information (about board members, volunteers, or employees), as well as other business and financial information that needs to be protected. This article outlines five steps organizations should consider in protecting their confidential information.

Posted on July 17, 2014

This is part six of an eight part webinar series that provides general legal information about operating a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Your nonprofit may have valuable “intellectual property” rights in your organization’s name, logo, program materials and other assets. This webinar will give an overview of intellectual property considerations, and how to best protect these assets.

Presenters: Rick McMurtry, Esq. and Carly Regan, Turner Broadcasting System

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Posted on April 19, 2013

Like for-profit businesses, some nonprofits may own confidential and/or proprietary information that warrants protection from use or disclosure by partners, vendors, former employees, and the general public.

During this webinar, we will discuss practical guidelines for using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the nonprofit context, including:

• when to use NDAs;
• common mistakes to avoid in using NDAs;
• practical measures to protect confidential or proprietary information in addition to NDAs; &
• recent developments in Georgia law regarding enforceability of NDAs.

Presenter: Dan Hart, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Posted on December 7, 2011

Have your organization invented a product or process? Are your name or original materials protected? Find out about patents, trademarks and copyright from the experts.

Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.

Posted on December 16, 2009

Nonprofits invest a lot of sweat equity into building their “brand” and developing their training or educational materials. As a result, many nonprofits want to protect their name and materials.

During this one hour webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:

  • What are federal and state trademarks and when they are useful
  • Issues associated with the use of name
  • What are copyrights and whether an application is necessary
  • The costs associated with trademarks and copyrights.

Presenter: Richard Rimer, Troutman Sanders

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