“Mark Papermaster, the microchip expert that a court last week ordered to stop working at Apple while it hears a breach-of-contract suit brought against him by former employer IBM, has filed a lawsuit of his own against Big Blue,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek.
“In court documents filed Thursday, Papermaster argues that the noncompete contract he signed while head of blade server development at IBM is irrelevant to his employment at Apple because ‘Apple and IBM are not significant competitors,'” McDougall reports.
“Papermaster also charges that the noncompete agreement he signed is ‘unreasonably broad in that it purports to impose an unreasonably lengthy time limitation.’ In the fast-paced tech world, ‘any trade secrets that Mr. Papermaster possesses would lose their value prior to the expiration of a year,’ the countersuit claims,” McDougall reports.
“Papermaster is asking the court to declare his noncompete deal with IBM invalid and to release him to work for Apple. Also Thursday, the court ordered IBM to post a $3 million bond to cover any costs or lost wages incurred by Papermaster if IBM does not prevail in the lawsuit, which is ongoing,” McDougall reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ken” for the heads up.]