Apple sues start-up Rivos in trade secret case

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Apple has accused Rivos, a startup “in stealth mode,” in a lawsuit of poaching its engineers for stealing trade secrets, a Bloomberg report reported Monday (May 2).

Rivos has hired “dozens” of Apple engineers since June 2021, in what Apple says is a targeted push. Rivos allegedly did this to steal secrets that could be used to develop chips like those in Apples M1 laptop and iPhone A15.

Several former employees left to join Rivos after stealing “highly sensitive” proprietary and trade secrets regarding the “system-on-chip” designs used by Apple, according to the suit.

Two former Apple engineers who traveled to Rivos for similar jobs were named defendants in the lawsuit, accused of violating intellectual property agreements they signed.

The complaint is Apple’s latest targeting former employees who left to join startups, with a 2019 case claiming a former chip executive betrayed the company by launching his own startup developing processors for data centers. , also attracting Apple employees to this.

Neither company responded to a request for comment from PYMNTS.

PMYNTS wrote that Apple is also being sued by a Russian law firm, Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners, which claims the tech giant violated consumer rights by suspending payment services in the country following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

See also: Russian company seeks $1.2 million from Apple for ‘moral damage’

The company is seeking 90 million rubles, or $1.28 million, in damages from Apple, which last month blocked the use of Apple Pay in that country.

Apple was just one of many companies that pulled out of the country because of the military action.

Apple also said it plans to block App Store access to state media operations Russia Today and Sputnik from outside the country.

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