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AMD Accuses Former Managers of Stealing Secrets for Nvidia

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AMD was granted a temporary restraining order against four former employees on allegations of trade secret misappropriation and trade secret transfer as well as "strategic employee solicitation". All four individuals are now employed by Nvidia.

Robert Feldstein, since July 2012 vice president of Technology Licensing at Nvidia (previously vice president of strategic development at AMD), as well as managers Manoo Desai, Nicolas Kociuk and Richard Hagen are accused of having copied more than 150,000 confidential files from AMD's server to external storage media prior to their departure. Desai, now a senior manager for chip design at Nvidia, allegedly took more than 200 files containing product and chip manufacturing details, while Kociuk is accused to have taken all contents of his desktop and notebook PC with him - a total of about 150,000 files.

Feldstein and Hagen are also accused to have convinced Desai to leave AMD, while Desai convinced at least Kociuk to join Nvidia.

In an initial temporary restraining order, the defendants are ordered to surrender computers and storage devices for forensic evaluation, preserve the data on their devices, refrain from accessing the data and divulge confidential information, and refrain from hiring or soliciting other AMD employees. AMD was ordered to post $10,000 bond as security and cost of damages that may be incurred by possibly innocent defendants.

The case will proceed with a hearing on January 28.


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    xpeh , January 16, 2013 10:25 PM
    derekulloNvidia was trying to steal the secret formula of success that AMD has ... /sarcasm


    I consider AMD's video cards highly successful.

    merandosWhy would Nvidia do such a stupid obvious thing ? i don't get it, they got their own and a bit better reputation, why would they screw it up ?!! and i don't think that AMD has done something that Nvida can't do so Nvidia stole it ?!! dunno...


    You've gotta admit, AMD's new Catalyst drivers are pretty awesome compared to what Nvidia's offering. Maybe they wanted their driver technology. I also read that AMD's whole source code tree was stolen as well.
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    xpeh , January 16, 2013 9:52 PM
    Nvidia has been bribing everyone for a long time, so I'm not surprised. Plus, a bunch of Execs leaving within a month is quite suspicious.
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    esrever , January 16, 2013 10:24 PM
    merandosWhy would Nvidia do such a stupid obvious thing ? i don't get it, they got their own and a bit better reputation, why would they screw it up ?!! and i don't think that AMD has done something that Nvida can't do so Nvidia stole it ?!! dunno...

    nvidia's good reputation in itself is a funny joke.
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    kcorp2003 , January 16, 2013 9:51 PM
    this will be interesting. I would expect Nvidia to say, we didn't take anything.
  • 24 Hide
    xpeh , January 16, 2013 9:52 PM
    Nvidia has been bribing everyone for a long time, so I'm not surprised. Plus, a bunch of Execs leaving within a month is quite suspicious.
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    abbadon_34 , January 16, 2013 10:07 PM
    This could be quite interesting, let's see if something meaning happens or this just becomes a footnote should AMD fold
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    Shin-san , January 16, 2013 10:10 PM
    This is part of business: stealing your competition's best talent. Then again, I feel that it's just a better idea to make something new than to copy someone else's work.

    I'm not going to say which company is right here. If nVidia stole, then yes, they are bad guys. If they didn't, then AMD is falsely accusing
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    boju , January 16, 2013 10:14 PM
    nVadeon :) 



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    athulajp , January 16, 2013 10:23 PM
    bojunVadeon

    GeRadeon sounds better.
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    esrever , January 16, 2013 10:24 PM
    merandosWhy would Nvidia do such a stupid obvious thing ? i don't get it, they got their own and a bit better reputation, why would they screw it up ?!! and i don't think that AMD has done something that Nvida can't do so Nvidia stole it ?!! dunno...

    nvidia's good reputation in itself is a funny joke.
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    xpeh , January 16, 2013 10:25 PM
    derekulloNvidia was trying to steal the secret formula of success that AMD has ... /sarcasm


    I consider AMD's video cards highly successful.

    merandosWhy would Nvidia do such a stupid obvious thing ? i don't get it, they got their own and a bit better reputation, why would they screw it up ?!! and i don't think that AMD has done something that Nvida can't do so Nvidia stole it ?!! dunno...


    You've gotta admit, AMD's new Catalyst drivers are pretty awesome compared to what Nvidia's offering. Maybe they wanted their driver technology. I also read that AMD's whole source code tree was stolen as well.
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    JonnyDough , January 16, 2013 10:38 PM
    The chip industry is relatively new. Patents last 50 years. How is it that the technologies of all these mega corps share so much in common? Thievery I say!
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    A Bad Day , January 16, 2013 10:45 PM
    JonnyDoughThe chip industry is relatively new. Patents last 50 years. How is it that the technologies of all these mega corps share so much in common? Thievery I say!


    I dare you to copy Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and contract Global Foundries to build it.

    Let's see how you explain your actions.

    popatimIts quite obvious Nvidia didnt do anything. These were employees of AMD after all.


    They could've bribed the employees to leave AMD and join them.
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    nukemaster , January 16, 2013 10:52 PM
    The designs are just so different. I mean Nvidia has been going more slower cores(shaders) as of late(vs less cores/higher clock per core), but it is hard to argue with the results both companies are getting.
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    GabZDK , January 16, 2013 10:53 PM
    derekulloNvidia was trying to steal the secret formula of success that AMD has ... /sarcasm


    Good GPCPU performance??
    (I'm not a fanboy for any side, but the truth is, 7000 series GPCPU is impressive)
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    azgard , January 16, 2013 10:56 PM
    A Bad DayI dare you to copy Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and contract Global Foundries to build it.Let's see how you explain your actions.They could've bribed the employees to leave AMD and join them.


    You call it bribery they call it signing bonus.
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    chumly , January 16, 2013 11:18 PM
    derekulloNvidia was trying to steal the secret formula of success that AMD has ... /sarcasm


    Maybe running better at higher resolutions? Especially considering 2k/4k are right at our doorstep.
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    A Bad Day , January 16, 2013 11:31 PM
    chumlyMaybe running better at higher resolutions? Especially considering 2k/4k are right at our doorstep.


    There's no such thing as excess information about your competitor's products...
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