In brief: Tech titans suing former employees for apparently stealing trade secrets is certainly nothing new. The latest company to commencing legal action against an ex-worker is Intel, whose lawsuit refund claims an engineer took 3, nine hundred confidential documents with him if he left for Microsoft.
Dr . Varun Gupta worked for Intel over ten years before leaving the company to fuse Microsoft as “Principal for Organize Planning in Cloud and AI” in January 2020. The case alleges that he transferred 3, nine hundred documents onto two USB since on his last day at the company, looking for them later using his Microsoft-issued laptop.
The files in question are to do with Intel’s Xeon processors, including savings, strategies, and Intel’s manufacturing culinary level.
Intel’s marketing and engineering team started to suspicious Gupta might have stolen trade strategy while conducting business with his after he left for Ibm. Both companies worked together to research the matter.
As through The Oregonian , the complaint claims Gupta denied knowing where one of the drives was but later turned it over to Microsoft for analysis. He says he discarded the other thumb drive containing the Xeon secrets.
“In his new role at Microsoft, Gupta used the confidential information and trade secrets he misappropriated from Intel, deploying that information in head-to-head negotiations with Intel concerning customized product design and pricing for significant volumes of Xeon processors,” Intel alleged in the suit. Gupta refutes the claims.
Intel is seeking unspecified damages, attorney fees, and an injunction preventing Gupta from using or disclosing any documents on the USB drive.
“We place great faith and trust in our current and former employees, but we have an obligation to protect our intellectual property and other proprietary information, and we will not hesitate to act to prevent their misappropriation,” Intel wrote.