AMD Accuses Former Employees of Industrial Espionage, Headhunting Employees

Ars Technica is reporting that AMD has filed a lawsuit alleging that four former employees who went to work for NVIDIA engaged in industrial espionage and violated no-solicitation of employees agreement.

AMD claims that former vice president of strategic development Robert Feldstein, and two other managers – Manoo Desai and Nicolas Kociuk collectively downloaded over 100,000 files onto external hard drives six months before leaving the company and then shared those files with NVIDIA. All three and another manager named Richard Hagen were also accused of trying to recruit AMD employees after leaving for NVIDIA.

Robert Feldstein was responsible for negotiating major contracts to use AMD technology in various game consoles including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.

In its complaint AMD claims that Feldstein Hagen recruited Desai after they left the company, who in turn recruited Kociuk and other employees. AMD said that it conducted a forensic analysis of former employees' computers and found evidence that "Desai and Kociuk conspired with each other to misappropriate AMD's confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret information; and/or to intentionally access AMD's protected computers, without authorization and/or in a way that exceeded their authorized access."

AMD asked for injunctive relief, recovery of the allegedly stolen documents, and a restraining order against the four employees. The order was granted and requires Feldstein, Desai, and Kociuk to retain all of their AMD property and preserve all computers in their ownership for forensic evaluation. Hagen was only ordered to refrain from recruiting anymore AMD employees.

Source: Ars Technica


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