Your relationship with the receiving party is usually defined by the agreement that you are signing -- for example an employment, licensing or investment agreement. To an outsider, it may appear that you have a different relationship, such as a partnership or joint venture. It's possible that an unscrupulous business will try to capitalize on this appearance and make a third-party deal. That is, the receiving party may claim to be your partner to obtain a benefit from a distributor or sublicensee. To avoid liability for such a situation, most agreements include a provision like this one, disclaiming any relationship other than that defined in the agreement. We recommend that you include such a provision and take care to tailor it to the agreement. For example, if you are incorporating the NDA provision in an employment agreement, you would delete the reference to employees. If you are using it in a partnership agreement, take out the reference to partners, and so forth.
Posted by Mr. Q at 6:00 AM Thursday, December 15, 2011
NDAsforFree.com site, then the explanation should have been available to you by clicking on the hyperlink for "Relationships." If you were unable to access it, here's an explanation below. (Note that this clause is also sometimes referred to as a "No Joint Venture" clause, too.)