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Don’t be a jerk October 2, 2013

Posted by Brian Schar in General.
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NDAs are common IP-oriented documents that we all handle.  Invariably a few items get negotiated between the parties, especially for unusual situations.  For that reason, it’s not helpful to send the other side a PDF or a locked Word document of your NDA.  When I get one of those, I have a variety of creative measures I use to extract the text and paste it (unformatted) into an unlocked Word document.  Worst case, I will redline the hell out of it with actual red pen, scan it, and send it back.  A party that thinks they can force the other party into a take-it-or-leave-it situation with their form NDA is just wrong.  Sending locked/scanned documents as if that prevents editing is acting like a jerk.  It just makes the other party mad and generates ill will, making it harder to get the document signed and hurting your client.  So, don’t be a jerk! 

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