AMD accuses former top employees of stealing over 100,000 documents
AMD filed a complaint yesterday alleging that four of its former employees'one former vice-president and three former managers'transferred sensitive AMD documents before joining competing graphics chip maker NVIDIA and then violated a 'no-solicitation of employees' promise. The company alleges that Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, Nicolas Kociuk collectively downloaded over 100,000 files onto external hard drives in the six months before leaving the company. All three and another manager, Richard Hagen, were accused of recruiting AMD employees after leaving for NVIDIA.
The most senior person accused in AMD's complaint is Robert Feldstein, who was the vice president of strategic development at AMD until his departure for AMD's competitor. ZDnetnotes that Feldstein "helped broker major contracts to see AMD technology launch in the next-generation range of games consoles, including the Xbox, PlayStation, and the Wii U, before he left for NVIDIA.' In the complaint, AMD says that after Feldstein and Hagen left, they recruited Desai, who then recruited Kociuk 'and perhaps additional AMD employees to leave AMD for competitor NVIDIA.'
AMD says it forensically analyzed the former employees' computers and found additional evidence that 'Desai and Kociuk conspired with each other to misappropriate AMD's confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret information; and/or to intentionally access AMD's protected computers, without authorization and/or in a way that exceeded their authorized access.'
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