APEX projects frequently involve company-provided information that a client requires to be kept confidential to protect its competitive position. In these instances, clients may require each team member to sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition for working on their project. The APEX Non-Disclosure Agreement obliges the students to observe due diligence in protecting the confidentiality of company-provided information.
On rare occasions, a project may involve the creation of intellectual property that would be used by the client. In this situation, the right to use this intellectual property can be transferred to the client through the Penn State Special Intellectual Property Agreement Form for Students.
Due to the very large number of student projects done at Penn State, we are not able to modify the terms of these agreements or to use other non-disclosure or IP transfer agreements.