AMD Accuses Former Employees of Revealing Secrets to Nvidia

AMD Sues Former Employees, Who Left for Nvidia

by Anton Shilov
01/16/2013 | 02:57 PM

As a consequence to Advanced Micro Devices’ job cuts and inability to keep employees from leaving the company in the recent years, some of AMD’s former workers have not only left to join competing companies, but also revealed them their former employer’s sensitive information.


AMD this week said it has found that three of its former workers transferred as many as 100 thousand files with sensitive information from AMD to Nvidia Corp. The employees copied files to storage devices a day before leaving AMD for Nvidia. The list of accused employees includes such high-ranking people as Robert Feldstein, former vice president of business development at AMD, who helped AMD to win designs for all three next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.

"AMD has uncovered evidence that three of the four defendants – Feldstein, Desai and Kociuk – transferred external storage devices trade secret files and information in the days prior to their leaving AMD to work for Nvidia," reads the compliant.

AMD’s complaint alleges that Robert Feldstein last summer copied and transferred sensitive AMD documents to Nvidia in his final days at AMD, and that two of the other defendants, Manoo Desai and Nicolas Kociuk, later performed the same actions. AMD also accuses Richard Hagen of asking Mr. Desai to join him at Nvidia, which is a violation of his contract with AMD, reports CRN web-site. All four have also allegedly tried to recruit their former colleagues at AMD.

"The volume of materials that these three defendants collectively transferred to storage devices, each of which is unaccounted for, as they left to work for AMD's competitor exceeds 100 000 electronic files. The names of the identified and transferred files match identically or very closely to the names of files on their AMD systems that include obviously confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret materials relating to developing technology and/or highly confidential business strategy," explained AMD.