"AMD accuses former staff of giving 100,000 secret documents to NVIDIA"
"AMD is suing four ex-employees for allegedly taking thousands of confidential documents with them when they left the company and went to work for NVIDIA. A complaint filed to the District Court of Massachusetts reveals that AMD's former VP of Strategic Development Robert Feldstein, who was instrumental in designing graphics chips for early Xbox 360 consoles and the Wii, is among the defendants. He's accused of playing a role in the electronic transfer over 100,000 files containing "trade secret materials relating to developing technology." AMD claims it has "forensically-recovered data" to show that external storage devices were used in the days prior Feldstein's departure, and also that he and another senior exec, Richard Hagen, actively recruited the two other defendants to join them at NVIDIA, in violation of agreements they had signed. Of course, this is just AMD's side of the story. The company told us in a statement that it intends to "aggressively protect" its trade secrets through this litigation, so the rest will just have to play out in court."
If true then who did they give them to at Nvidia?
The story ain't going away. It stinks.
It's been five (5) days since The Corporate Espionage News of the Year broke.
Any new news in the Secretgate scandal?
Like where AMD's 100,000 secret documents are?
Or where the alleged perps are?
Or if the Nvidia Board has a decent succession plan ready to go?
So many many questions here.
Everybody seems to be focused on Where are the Documents.
But I think the focus should be on Where are the People.
The alleged perps in the Secretgate scandal.
Bob Feldstein, AMD's former VP of Strategic Development, and Manoo Desai,
Richard Hagen and Nicolas Kociuk -- the three former AMD manager types.
Are they incarcerated in jail somewhere?
Or freely walking the streets?
Like for example, the corridors of LAX, with a one way ticket to Bogotá.
Maybe pulling a Very Heavy roll-a-board too.
Like so many folks fleeing to Bogotá do.
I think the focus should be on Where are the People.
Just my opinion, of course.
"Look at what AMD was doing yesterday -- down more 10%."
"Further proof, your Honor, of the Irreparable Damage the felonious
theft of 100,000 AMD trade secrets has caused to my client, AMD."
"Irreparable Damage, your Honor."
"Accordingly, we request in settlement, access to ALL of nvidia's
current and future patents and trade secrets -- for free."
"You know, like the deal Intel got."
"But for free."
So boys, da two remaining questiions here are:
1. Who ordered the hit?
2. And where are the goods?
Clearly "somebody" put in an order here.
'Cause four AMD guys just don't independently, and on a lark of their own,
back up four trucks and empty AMD's warehouse of gaming console secrets.
It's just not believable.
There's gotta be more to this Secretgate story.
MUCH more, boys.
Like who's the Don here?
Former AMD employees accused of stealing vital documents for Nvidia
VG24/7 | Wed, Jan 16, 2013 | 11:23 GMT
A group of former AMD employees have been accused of stealing information and passing it onto rival company Nvidia.
Bob Feldstein, the man who holds great influence when trying to put AMD tech into next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles, is amongst the accused. He is joined by Manoo Desai, Richard Hagen and Nicolas Kociuk.
As reported by Ars Technica, the lawsuit suggests “AMD has uncovered evidence that three of the four defendants – Feldstein, Desai and Kociuk – transferred to external storage devices trade secrets and information in the days prior to their leaving AMD to work for Nvidia.”
It is thought the group gathered over 100,000 documents between them.
“The names of identified and transferred files match identically or very closely to the names of files on their AMD systems that include obviously confidential, proprietary and/or trade secret materials relating to developing and/or highly confidential business strategy.”
Feldstein apparently connected two external storage devices to his machine during his final day with AMD.
“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,” the lawsuit declares.
Manoo Desai was said to be engaging in similar activity, connecting an external drive to her machine before leaving the company.
“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,” it is suggested.
The defendants are also accused of luring staff from AMD to Nvidia. All face charges of Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Breach of the Employee’s Duty of Loyalty, Breach of Contract and Conspiracy.
My my my.
So many many charges against the alleged purloiners.
1. Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
2. Unfair Competition
3. Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
4. Breach of the Employee’s Duty of Loyalty
5. Breach of Contract and Conspiracy.
Of course, after plea bargaining, and singing to the Judge
the full details of what Really went down, they might be
shielded from the charges.
Shielded -- get it?
Ha ha ha ha!
Will this whole secret documents caper become a movie?
You know, like that documentary/thriller movie about the Watergate break in.
"All the President's Men"
The plot is far better than anything Hollywood writers could make up.
They could call it "Desperado II"
Or maybe, "Outward Bound -- The Final Days"
It would be a gud movie for sure, Master.
"The plot is far better than anything Hollywood writers could make up."
There's ALWAYS room for cinematic improvement, boys.
That's why movie directors exist.
So for example, rather than a plain file box full of large, unmarked bills
being placed in the trunk of a ho-hum sedan -- it becomes gold bars.
Yes boys, Gold Bars.
Smuggled into Switzerland at night -- a Dark and Stormy night --
via a greenish submarine, accompanied by Puzzy Galore,
in a oh-so-tight diving suit.
Did I mention?
There's ALWAYS room for cinematic improvement, boys.
I wonder what nvidia's Code of Ethics -- "Our Code" -- says about this?
Ah, here it is.
"Respecting Intellectual Property."
"As a technology company, our lifeblood is intellectual property: patents, copyrights,
trade secrets, and trademarks.
If we want others to respect our intellectual property, we must do the same in return.
We respect the intellectual property of others.
When we use patents and copyrighted material belonging to others, we obtain the
proper licenses and permissions. When we cite the trademarks of others, we use
them in accordance with the guidelines provided by the owners.
We do not use NVIDIA networks, computers, or other resources to acquire, share,
or store copyrighted material that is not properly licensed."
"If we want others to respect our intellectual property, we must do the same in return.
We respect the intellectual property of others."