With continued rapid technological developments, employee mobility, and the introduction of social media and cloud computing, trade secret issues are growing exponentially in the United States. Companies need to be prepared for investigations and litigation involving trade secret across the world, but especially within the United States. In this presentation, we will talk about trade secrets, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements in the U.S., including recent trends in litigation and the recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act.

China has developed a complicated set of laws including civil, administrative and criminal ones to protect trade secrets. But enforcement of such laws is not straightforward. Compared with trademarks and patents, it is more difficult to protect trade secrets in China. Despite the difficulties, it is still possible to protect trade secrets. In this presentation, we will talk about the legal landscape, trade secrets and risks, non-compete agreements and some tips for protecting trade secrets in China.

Session Key Points:

  • The US Landscape
  • The US Legal System
  • Trade Secrets
  • Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements
  • Risks -Trade Secrets
  • How to Protect Your Trade Secrets in China
  • The Legal Landscape
  • Trade Secrets and Risks
  • Non-Compete Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Tips for Protecting Trade Secrets in China


1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Registration & Networking
2:15 PM - 5:15 PM
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Q&A and Networking


  • Kurt A. Kappes

    Kurt A. Kappes

    Kurt A. Kappes is a Managing Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and has extensive experience counseling national and international clients in the areas of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, covenants not to compete, and employee mobility. He lectures frequently in this area, and has contributed to many articles and alerts. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, King Hall School of Law, where he has taught a course for several years in trade secrets and employee mobility. He graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. The GT Trade Secret Practice is ranked among the top 20 firms nationally in the Legal 500 United States 2018 Guide. The Guide also recommends Kurt in the area of Trade Secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters).

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  • George Qi

    George Qi

    George Qi is the Co-Managing Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig's Shanghai office. He practices primarily in China-related commercial matters including employment, compliance and other general commercial matters. He also has wide- ranging experience advising both U.S. and non-U.S. companies relating to internal investigations of FCPA or other regulatory violations.

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To register for this event, please RSVP online. For more information, please contact Zoe Zhang at (+86 21) 6279-7119 ext. 5667 or email zoe.zhang@amcham-shanghai.org.

Interested in introducing your products or services to AmCham Shanghai members through Spotlight Session? Please contact Zoe Zhang at (+86 21) 6279-7119 ext. 5667 or email zoe.zhang@amcham-shanghai.org for detailed information.

What is a Spotlight Session? A Spotlight Session is a promotional platform for companies to introduce products and services to interested AmCham Shanghai members. The sessions are conveniently held at AmCham Shanghai's offices and attendance is FREE.


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Suite 568, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Road West
Shanghai, China

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