NVIDIA Employees Stole 100,000 Confidential Documents Claims AMD

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | January 16, 2013 - 10:10 AM |
Tagged: stolen, nvidia, legal, Lawsuit, console, amd

Things might get interesting for a little while between AMD and NVIDIA again as a complaint has been filed by AMD accusing recently converted NVIDIA employee's of downloading and stealing 100,000 documents on the way out AMD's door. 

The company alleges that Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, and 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.

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The most senior of these employees is Robert Feldstein who was acting as the VP of Strategic Development at AMD before leaving for NVIDIA and was responsible for getting AMD inside the Nintendo Wii U as well as the upcoming Xbox and Playstation consoles due out this year.  To say that "stealing" Feldstein was a big win for NVIDIA would seem like a bad pun now with the accusations on the table, but there, we said it. 

After looking at the former employees computers AMD found 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."  And since Feldstein and Hagan were responsible for the recruitment of those former AMD employees, they were breaking the "no-solicitation of employees" agreement made before departure.

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Obviously AMD hasn't come out with exactly what is in those 100,000 documents they accuse of being stolen, but the company is hoping that the US District Court in Massachusetts will help them recover the incriminating documents with a restraining order for all four current employees of NVIDIA forcing them to retain all current AMD-related documents. 

The unfortunate part of this for AMD is that if the document leak is true, the damage has likely already been done and they will have to sue for damages down the road.  NVIDA could be in for a world of hurt if the court finds that they were actively requesting those documents from the the four named in the complaint.

If you want to read all the legal source for this complaint, you can find it right here

 

Source: Arstechnica
January 16, 2013 | 10:20 AM - Posted by TheBoss (not verified)

This could be HUGE. Or it could be a buncha nothing. As a Law Major and fan of Business Law I will be pouring over this document over the next few hours.

Bad news is, either way the buck will be passed to us no doubt.

January 16, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh, AMD, just hurry up and go bankrupt.

"You got nothing! Nothing!" - Robert Deniro.

January 16, 2013 | 11:34 AM - Posted by mAxius

amd is not going bankrupt any tine soon they are releasing 28nm product across all cpu lines this year as well as a gpu upgrade and ATIC wont allow amd to go bankrupt as its globalfoundries primary customer. also It helps amd that ATIC is a lender of last resort that has oil money to toss at them when they need it.

January 16, 2013 | 11:36 AM - Posted by mAxius

i really hope nv is ready for the assrape by amd. 1 person stealing from amd before they left is defensible... 4 and they where working together is outright theft compelled by nv. this should be worth about half nv's market cap

January 16, 2013 | 11:39 AM - Posted by jstnomega (not verified)

"Hello! Nvidia? Intel calling!"

January 16, 2013 | 11:43 AM - Posted by mAxius

not going to happen the man at the top of nv would never step down as ceo its the reason nv and amd never tied the knot is Jen-Hsun Huang the same reason intel and nv will never tie the knot

January 16, 2013 | 11:56 AM - Posted by markt (not verified)

This is very interesting , fyi also 8950 was leaked, google it!

January 16, 2013 | 12:51 PM - Posted by nabokovfan87

Read the source document. There is no way AMD cannot pull a massive payout on this one. They:

Copied entire computer, database, emails, and personal files day before leaving or day of 2 weeks notice to external drive and searched on google for how to cover their tracks.

January 16, 2013 | 01:00 PM - Posted by arbiter

AMD has to prove Nvidia had a hand in it, which will be massively hard to prove they knew of, encourged, even used the documents.

January 16, 2013 | 01:34 PM - Posted by deowll (not verified)

Now that would depend what those text messages found on those hard drives say wouldn't it. If they say the wrong things it might not be difficult at all.

January 16, 2013 | 01:59 PM - Posted by billgatez (not verified)

Good luck proving Nvidia has this information. You also have to prove that these people have the info. And some easily faked evidence that they copyed files off wont hold up.

AMD just needs some extra cash to hold them until the new consoles.

January 16, 2013 | 04:17 PM - Posted by mAxius

some of these four where still working for amd actively tried to get others to leave for nvidia saying nvidia did not have a hand to play in this is laughable. the four people are linked in this conspiracy and they tried to cover their tracks amd has a pay day incoming.

January 16, 2013 | 06:06 PM - Posted by arbiter

quote Denzel Washington from the movie "Training Day": "Its not what you know, its what you can prove."

January 16, 2013 | 07:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Robert Feldstein is the ring leader of this group. When he left he said that he was not appreciated. I hope he spend a few years in prison.

Does anyone still remember Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard?

January 16, 2013 | 10:09 PM - Posted by ezjohny

This is a sad case,wow! who wants to be number 1.

January 19, 2013 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

if you cant beat them.........

sue them

May 31, 2013 | 10:18 AM - Posted by chad (not verified)

It's just about the only option in this situation..
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