6. Shao Covenants. Shao agrees and acknowledges that to ensure that the Company retains its value and goodwill, he has a continuing obligation to not use any Confidential Information (as defined below), special knowledge of the Business, or the relationships of the Company or the Company Affiliates with their respective customers and employees, all of which Shao will continue to gain access to through Shaos employment with the Company, other than in the furtherance of Shaos legitimate job duties. Accordingly, Shao agrees to the following restrictive covenants.
(a) Confidential Information. Shao acknowledges that by reason of his employment by the the Company, or while being associated with the Company Affiliates, Shao has had and will continue to have access to and become informed of Confidential Information (defined below) that is a competitive asset of the Company or the Company Affiliates, and agrees that the Company and the Company Affiliates have a protectable interest in such Confidential Information. Therefore, Shao agrees that during the Employment Period and after his termination for any reason he shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose to any unauthorized person or use for his own purposes any such Confidential Information without the prior written consent of the Company unless and to the extent that such Confidential Information (i) becomes or is generally known to the public and available for use by the public and industry other than as a result of Shaos unauthorized acts or omissions in breach of this Agreement, or (ii) is required to be disclosed by judicial process, law or securities exchange on which the securities of the Company or any of the Company Affiliates are listed; provided, however, that Shao, to the extent not prohibited by such process, law or exchange, shall give the Company written notice of the Confidential Information to be so disclosed pursuant to clause (ii) of this sentence as far in advance of its disclosure as is reasonably practicable, shall cooperate with the Company in any efforts to protect the Confidential Information from disclosure (including efforts to secure a judicial order to such effect), and shall limit his disclosure of such Confidential Information to the minimum disclosure required by such process, law or exchange. Shao acknowledges that all documents and other property including or reflecting Confidential Information furnished to Shao by the Company or any Company Affiliate or otherwise acquired or developed by the Company or any Company Affiliate or acquired, developed or known by Shao by reason of the performance of his duties for, or his association with, the Company or any Company Affiliate shall at all times be the property of the Company. Shao shall take all reasonable steps to safeguard Confidential Information and protect it against disclosure, misuse, loss or theft. Confidential Information means (x) any and all trade secrets concerning the business and affairs of the Company or any Company Affiliate, any product specifications, data, know-how, formulae, compositions, processes, designs, sketches, photographs, graphs, drawings, samples, inventions and ideas, past, current and planned research and development, current and planned manufacturing and distribution methods and processes, customer lists, current and anticipated customer requirements, price lists, market studies, business plans, computer software and programs (including object code and source code), database technologies, systems, structures, architectures processes, improvements, devices, discoveries, concepts, methods, and information of the Company or any Company Affiliate; (y) any and all information concerning the business and affairs of the Company or any Company Affiliate (which includes financial statements, financial projections and budgets, historical and projected sales, capital spending budgets and plans, the names and backgrounds of key personnel, contractors, agents, suppliers and potential suppliers, personnel training and techniques and materials, and purchasing methods and techniques), however documented; and (z) any and all notes, analysis, compilations, studies, summaries and other material prepared by or for the Company or Company Affiliate containing or based, in whole or in part, upon any information included in the foregoing.