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AMD lawsuit claims spying ring sold secrets to Nvidia
From: Erica Absetz <eabsetz () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:55:57 -0500


AMD is suing four former managers for intellectual property theft,
claiming that they set up a spying ring within the company before
jumping ship and joining its rival, Nvidia.

"This is an extraordinary case of trade secret
transfer/misappropriation and strategic employee solicitation," reads
AMD's court filing in Massachusetts district court on Monday.

"Thousands of AMD document or electronic files have been taken from
its facilities by employees leaving to work for a primary competitor
in the graphics business Nvidia Corporation."

The suit alleges that Robert Feldstein, an AMD manager who left the
firm in July 2012, used two external hard drives to download licensing
agreements and strategic plans from his work computer, as well as
copies of his Outlook email files.

He also recruited a colleague, Richard Hagen, to the plan, and
together they found two more employees willing to move and bring
secrets with them, the lawsuit claims.

AMD staffer Manoo Desal brought over a 200-file database of AMD's
technological work and development from its Perforce file management
system, and Nicolas Kociuk copied over 150,000 files in the two weeks
before his resignation, the chip designer's legal team claims. AMD is
still trying to determine if others were involved in the scheme.

AMD is no stranger to cases of this type, although last time the boot
was on the other foot. Former Intel employee Biswamohan Pani pleaded
guilty to taking Itanium roadmap documents with him when he joined the
competition at AMD, although the court found he did it without his new
employer's knowledge. ®
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