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[Bloomberg] Advanced Micro Devices Sues Ex-Worker Over Trade Secrets

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AMD, based in Sunnyvale, California, accused ex-employees of taking sensitive company documents when they went to work for Nvidia. (NVDA) The former employees transferred more than 100,000 electronic files pertaining to AMD’s graphics-processor business in the days before their departure, AMD said in its complaint filed in January. The employees also allegedly recruited other AMD workers to leave the company.

“The circumstantial evidence presented by AMD is compelling,” Hillman said in his order. “They all made copies of confidential AMD information before leaving AMD, retained that information, and immediately began working at a significant competitor. AMD therefore has a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits with regard to its claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.”
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After all AMD has been through, they still have to deal with stuff like this..

Also before anyone starts anything:
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Nvidia, based in Santa Clara, California, isn’t a defendant in the suit.
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Still, there's some unanswered questions, what exactly did they take? and did Nvidia know about this in any way?
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Still, there's some unanswered questions, what exactly did they take? and did Nvidia know about this in any way?

you want AMD to divulge their secrets that has been stolen?
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Still, there's some unanswered questions, what exactly did they take? and did Nvidia know about this in any way?

If nVidia isn't a defendant in the case, its unlikely they knew anything about this. Just some guys trying to take advantage of their positions for personal gain. Doubt they would have gotten a job at nVidia had they known about this.
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didn't this happen a while back?
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If whatever confidential information was stolen was actually transferred and received by nVidia; obviously suing anyone is going to change anything at this point. nVidia has the documents now, think it's a bit too late now...
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No... if anything, Nvidia would say "We are calling the cops on you".

This has been done in the past and companies are not stupid enough to even handle stolen docs.
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No... if anything, Nvidia would say "We are calling the cops on you".

This has been done in the past and companies are not stupid enough to even handle stolen docs.

Hope this is true. Having unfair advantages like possibly critical info on your competitor just disgusts me.
     
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This kind of thing happens from time to time in competitive industries. Back in 2006 some Coke employee tried to sell trade secrets to Pepsi, so Pepsi called the cops on them.

It's just not worth the potential gains to buy stolen information on a competitor. Even if something of value was learned, the wronged company could always do an ad campaign saying that their stuff was so good that "Company X" tried to steal it...
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