AMD: Former execs handed trade secrets to Nvidia

Corporate intrigue doesn't get much more exciting than this, folks. According to ZDNet, AMD has filed a lawsuit against four former staffers—one VP and three managers—who allegedly handed confidential documents to Nvidia.

...over 100,000 confidential documents.

Here are the Cliff's Notes, in ZDNet's words:

AMD said it had "uncovered evidence" that the four had "transferred to external storage devices trade secret files and information in the days prior to their leaving AMD to work for Nvidia."

"The volume of materials that these three defendants collectively transferred to storage devices, each of which is unaccounted for, as they left to work for AMD's competitor exceeds 100,000 electronic files." AMD also said in the filing that the files "include obviously confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret materials relating to developing technology and/or highly confidential business strategy."

Yikes. According to AMD, one of the employees even searched the web for ways to "copy and/or delete large numbers of documents." I'm guessing the searches were conducted from AMD's corporate network. The thief may not have been particularly stealthy.

Still, the damage may already be done. AMD's complaint states, "All of this confidential information would provide an unfair advantage if improperly used for or disclosed to a competitor, like NVIDIA, or if used by an NVIDIA employee in furtherance of NVIDIA's competitive interest." AMD adds that it "has suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm that cannot be adequately redressed at law."

You can read AMD's complaint in full here at Scribd.

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