By Chen Changhui and Jiang Zhipei King & Wood Mallesons’ IP Legal  Group

For decades, more and more Chinese overseas students and experienced employees in foreign enterprises have been flocking to domestic enterprises. In some cases, these employees have successfully developed products, that had been monopolized by enterprises in western countries in the name of trade secrets. Thus, Chinese enterprises are highly vulnerable to allegations by transnational enterprises of trade secret infringement. For Chinese enterprises, how to avoid falling into the pitfall of trade secret infringement and relevant legal risks, is the more immediate issue.

A trade secret falls within the protective scope of intellectual property (“IP”) laws. It refers to technical or business information which is not generally known to the public, but which has utility and can bring economic benefits to the right holder; the right holder must also have taken security measures to keep the information secret.
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作者:陈长会 蒋志培 金杜律师事务所专利

近十年来,越来越多留学人员和外企职员涌向国内企业,并且凭借在外企积累的丰富经验成功开发出原被西方公司作为商业秘密加以垄断的产品。此时,一些跨国公司很容易将相关中国企业看成侵犯商业秘密的嫌犯;而这些国内企业如何防止落入侵犯商业秘密的陷阱和避开商业秘密的法律风险,更加突出地提到我们的面前。

 商业秘密是一种不为公众所知悉并难以获得、能为权利人带来经济利益、具有实用性并经权利人采取保密措施的技术信息或者商业信息,属于知识产权法保护的范围。商业秘密最大特点是其边界模糊性,即使是一个清晰配方或图纸,也往往是商业秘密和公知技术的混杂体。因此,商业秘密纠纷往往案情复杂,程序繁琐,判断困难,主观性强。
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作者:尤杨、蔺楷毅 金杜律师事务所公司组

本文分两部分刊登, 2011年9月5日金杜法律博客(Chinalawinsight)刊登的了本文的第一部分。文章第二部分将继续对《房地产信托产品的风险概要》进行解读。

二、各类房地产信托产品的固有风险

尽管房地产信托产品种类繁多,但是各类信托产品都有其固有风险,这些风险与该类信托产品的特性紧密结合,根植于该类信托产品之中。例如:

1、以特定资产收益权为投资对象的信托计划

这类信托常与结构化信托相结合,典型的结构化特定资产收益权信托的模型是:信托公司与交易对手达成协议后,信托公司向公众募集资金并赋予其优先级受益权,并以募集来的资金收购项目公司的特定房地产项目的收益权。同时,项目公司的母公司或实际控制人将项目公司的股权转让与信托公司,并获得次级受益权,借此将房地产开发商的利益与优先级受益权人的利益进行绑定。在信托计划到期后,信托公司首先向优先级受益人分配信托利益,之后再向次级受益人分配剩余信托利益。

Continue Reading 房地产信托产品的风险概要(2)