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The last day Mr. Feldstein used his AMD computer before leaving for Nvidia, two external storage devices were connected to his computer.”….

….”Onto those storage devices, three highly confidential files – two licensing agreements with significant customers, and a document outlining proposed strategies to AMD’s Strategic licensing- were transferred.
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Given the level of detail that AMD has, they seem to have done their homework before filing the paperwork. The size of the bond that AMD was made to post once again indicates that the court sees things in the same way. Since the alleged offences are substantial, as are the injunctions AMD asked for, so a low bond indicates a pretty strong case.

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Link to the court case

Looks like AMD know exactly what was taken and from where. These ex employees are in a lot of trouble.
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Oops, misread this as AMD's last documents
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Ouch.

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Lot's of info against Feldstein etc.
I would thought that Law firm would write AMD's name correctly though (says Adanced Micro Devices at the end).
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Link to the court case

Looks like AMD know exactly what was taken and from where. These ex employees are in a lot of trouble.

I'm reading the court case now, you'd think they would've blacked out the defendant's addresses before posting these docs to the web.

Anyway, looks like AMD has a STRONG case against these 4 individuals. But more importantly for AMD with this trial is to find out NVIDIA's involvement, and whether they did in fact receive any of these files.


III. FACTS

9. All four defendants used to work for AMD but now work for--or, in the case of Defendant Kociuk, will soon be working for-NVIDIA.

10. NVIDIA and AMD are direct competitors.

11. All four defendants had access to AMD's trade secrets and confidential information.

12. All four defendants signed agreements promising to protect such information and to return such information to AMD at the end of their employment. 1

13. AMD goes to great lengths to protect its confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information.

14. The last day Mr. Feldstein used his AMD computer before leaving for NVIDIA, two external storage devices were connected to his computer.

15. Onto those storage devices, three highly confidential tiles-two licensing agreements with significant customers, and a document outlining proposed strategies to AMD's strategic licensing-were transferred.

16. Mr. Feldstein's Outlook emails, which almost certainly contain a wide array of confidential information, were also, apparently, transferred to one of the storage devices.

17. 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.

18. After Defendant Desai decided to work for NVIDIA, she and Defendant Kociuk e- mailed about how Ms. Desai could manipulate and eliminate certain data on her AMD computer.

19. The day before Ms. Desai's last day at AMD, an external storage device was attached to her AMD computer.

20. A folder called "Perforce"-which is the name of an AMD internal database containing the confidential technological work and development of AMD process and product- was created on the external device.

21. AMD has confirmed that a folder on Ms. Desai's desktop, also called "Perforce," contains more than 200 files, many of which bear confidentiality designations on their face.

22. A review of documents in this folder confirm that they contain highly confidential technical information relating to the latest generation of product and process being developed by AMD, information that would provide an unfair advantage if disclosed to competitors.

23. In the days leading to Ms. Desai's departure, and the following week, Defendant Kociuk ran several internet searches about how to copy and/or delete large numbers of documents.

24. Approximately two weeks before Mr. Kociuk turned in his resignation to AMD, more than 150,000 files-believed to be full copies of AMD laptop and desktop computers­ were transferred from his AMD computer to an external hard drive.

25. Given the nature of Mr. Kociuk's work for AMD, his computer necessarily contains AMD confidential information that would provide an unfair advantage if disclosed to a competitor, or used by a competitor's employee in furtherance of that competitor's interests.

26. The conduct of Defendants Feldstein, Desai, and Kociuk, described above, violates their contractual, common-law, and statutory obligations to AMD.

27. All four defendants also signed agreements promising not to solicit AMD employees during their employment and for a limited time thereafter.

28. In addition to misappropriating AMD's confidential information, Defendants Feldstein and Desai also violated these non-solicitation agreements, Mr. Feldstein by soliciting Ms. Desai, and Ms. Desai by soliciting Mr. Kociuk (and potentially others).

29. Defendant Hagen violated his non-solicitation agreement as well by soliciting Ms. Desai.

30. The loss of talent-enabled by Defendants Feldstein's, Desai's, and Hagen's violations of their non-solicitation agreements-has harmed and will continue to harm AMD in ways that are both intangible and difficult to quantify, as well as tangible.
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post #6 of 88
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Originally Posted by Tempey View Post

Looks like AMD know exactly what was taken and from where. These ex employees are in a lot of trouble.

As much Charlie loves FUD and personal opinion on SA, he knows when to get his stuff right. These guys are indeed with the crap up their necks.

Now to see if nVIDIA actually got them...

Or if they actually used them. Which seems unlikely considering their less than fortunate timings launching their last lineup of products. But that's not the point.
   
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It's pretty obvious at this point that those 4 are screwed.

BUT..

The biggest question, and the elephant in the room here, is did Nvidia play any role in this?

Did they:

- Persuade any of these people to do it
- Receive any of the data
- Use any of the data

I haven't seen any comments between the two or against the two. Nor has Nvidia said anything. Of course I'm not suggesting or even hoping Nvidia did anything unethical, but there was a point of taking the documents and the idea started somewhere.

Very interested in how this plays out between the two companies.
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The either 1) stole the documents and never gave them to nVIDIA (because they would be fired if nVIDIA acted legitimately), or 2) stole them, gave them to nVIDIA, and secrecy was applied, and the guys kept working.
   
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post #9 of 88
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It's pretty obvious at this point that those 4 are screwed.

BUT..

The biggest question, and the elephant in the room here, is did Nvidia play any role in this?

Did they:

- Persuade any of these people to do it
- Receive any of the data
- Use any of the data

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Very interested in how this plays out between the two companies.

I think that's the whole point of taking this to court, to find out NVIDIA's involvement if any.
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it really surprises me that these four individuals (they work for a highly technological giant) were foolish enough to think they could get away with this... everything on a computer is recorded in some way, especially if it does over the network (e-mail or downloading off of a server)

edit: oh and I hope they get their behinds nailed to the wall. I also hope nvidia wasn't foolish enough to accept these document/encourage their behavior because then they better get ready to pay a hefty fine!
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