SAN FRANCISCO—Chip vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has filed a lawsuit against four former employees, accusing them of taking documents containing AMD trade secrets when they went to work for rival Nvidia Corp., according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
According to the report, which cites a Jan. 14 court filing, AMD alleges that the four employees transferred more than 100,000 electronic files containing information about AMD's graphics chip business in the days before they left the company. The suit also alleges that the four employees recruited other AMD employees to leave the company for Nvidia, according to the report.
According to the report, AMD also claimed that the documents included confidential information such as licensing agreements, strategic proposals and technical information on chips.
All of the former AMD employees involved in the suit worked at an AMD office in Boxborough, Mass., according to the report. The suit seeks monetary damages and a restraining order, according to the report.
I normally side with the employee, but in this case, their actions definately indicate a high level of premeditated criminal activity.
If it were just taking information that you personnally developed, I could see some leeway, but this is an excessive act.
I think those involved at AMD and the people at NVIDIA that aided and abetted this IP theft should be punished.
Just my opinion.
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