or indirectly, or to an attorney, and is solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of the law, (2) under seal in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, or (3) to Executives attorney in connection with a lawsuit for retaliation for reporting a suspected violation of law (and the trade secret may be used in the court proceedings for such lawsuit) as long as any document containing the trade secret is filed under seal and the trade secret is not disclosed except pursuant to court order.
Moreover, Executive acknowledges and agrees that Executive shall not at any time, directly or indirectly, take any action, or encourage others to take any action, to denigrate, ridicule, criticize or disparage the Company or any of its affiliates, or any of their respective current or former officers, directors, employees, joint venture partners, products, services or customers to any third party (whether through non-public communication with any person, social media or in any public communication to the media). In addition, Executive agrees that Executive will not improperly use, disclose or induce the Company or any other member of the Company Group to use any confidential or proprietary information or trade secrets of any former or concurrent employer or other person or entity, nor will Executive bring onto the premises of the Company or any other member of the Company Group any confidential or proprietary information or trade secrets belonging to any such employer, person or entity unless consented to in writing by both the Company and such employer, person or entity. Nothing contained in this Section 10(a) shall preclude Executive from enforcing his rights under this Agreement or truthfully testifying in response to legal process or a governmental inquiry, or providing confidential performance reviews in the ordinary course of his services hereunder.
(b) Non-Competition. While Executive is employed by, or providing services to, the Company or another member of the Company Group, and for the one-year period following the date on which Executive is no longer employed by, or providing services to, the Company or another member of the Company Group, Executive will not, directly or indirectly, without the prior written consent of the Company:
(i) render any services to, or manage, operate, control, associate with or act in any capacity (whether as a principal, partner, director, officer, member, agent, employee, consultant, owner, independent contractor or otherwise and whether or not for compensation) for, any person or entity that is a Competitive Entity; or
(ii) acquire, on a prospective basis, a 3% or greater equity, voting or profit participation interest in any Competitive Entity (except as provided in the following sentence), including, without limitation, as an owner, holder or beneficiary of any stock, stock options (whether or not exercisable) or other equity interest.
Nothing herein shall prohibit Executive from acquiring solely as a passive investment and through market purchases (i) securities of any Competitive Entity that are registered under Section 12(b) or 12(g) of the Exchange Act and that are publicly traded, so long as Executive or any entity under Executives control are not part of any control group of such Competitive Entity and such securities, including converted or convertible securities, do not constitute more than 1% of the outstanding voting power of that entity and (ii) securities of any Competitive Entity that are not registered under Section 12(b) or 12(g) of the Exchange Act and are not publicly traded, so long as Executive or any entity under Executives control is not part of any control group of such Competitive Entity and such securities, including converted securities, do not constitute more than 3% of the outstanding voting power of that entity; provided, that in each case Executive has no active participation in the business of such entity except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.