“Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, has sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple’s iPhone,” Andrew Harris reports for Bloomberg.
MacDailyNews Take: As if Apple needed any aid whatsoever in marketing against Motorola’s dinosaur phones.
Harris continues, “Michael Fenger in March ended a six-year career at Motorola where he was a vice president for the company’s mobile-device business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is now Apple’s vice president for global iPhone sales, according to a complaint filed yesterday in state court in Chicago. ‘He was privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives, allocation of resources, product development, multiyear product, business and talent planning and strategies being used by Motorola,’ according to the complaint.”
MacDailyNews Take: Come on, Motorola had “planing and strategies?” Oh, yeah: “Rest on our laurels and do nothing except blow smoke up our investor’s asses while we rapidly lose our mobile phone business by being hopelessly out-innovated and outclassed by Apple. You know, like Palm.”
May 10, 2007: Motorola’s then-Chairman and then-CEO Ed Zander said his company was ready for competition from Apple’s iPhone, due out the following month. “How do you deal with that?” Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Zander quickly retorted, “How do they deal with us?” – IDG News Service
Harris continues, “Fenger’s employment by Apple violates his written promise not to work for a competitor for at least two years after leaving Motorola, the company said in the complaint. Motorola seeks a court order barring Fenger from working for Apple.”
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Can’t compete? Litigate.
Nobody said the bloodbath would be pretty.