Ex-AMD employees accused of leaking trade secrets to Nvidia

Lawsuit filed; Information could provide "unfair advantage"

Former AMD employees have been accused of stealing trade secrets and giving them to rival tech company Nvidia.


A lawsuit filed yesterday states that "thousands" of AMD documents have been taken from its facilities by employees leaving to work for its primary competitor in the graphics technology business, NVIDIA Corporation.

"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 continues.

"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."

According to the lawsuit over 100,000 files were transferred. It is alleged that Hagen and Feldstien recruited Desai, who in turn recruited Kociuk "and perhaps additional AMD employees to leave AMD for competitor NVIDIA."

The facts of the case state, on his last day, Feldstein moved "three highly confidential files - two licensing agreements with significant customers and a document outlining proposed strategies to AMD's strategic licensing" on to external storage devices.

In addition he also took e-mails which "almost certainly contain a wide array of confidential information" that "would provide an unfair advantage if improperly used for or disclosed to a competitor, like NVIDIA."

Desai, meanwhile, used an external storage device to transfer information. One of the folders on her desktop is described as "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."

AMD is seeking a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and, upon trial of the suit, a permanent injunction against the three defendants.

Last year, reports indicated the PlayStation 4 is based on AMD's A10 APU series.