Apple sued Rivos, a SoC startup, for stealing business secrets

Rivos, the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) startup, has been running afoul of Apple. Behemoth of Cupertino-based technology recently sued RISC-V for human trafficking and trade secrets. Apple is no stranger to former employees going with trade secrets for sale. However, this may be the most egregious case in iPhone maker’s history.

Rivos, which Apple describes as the “beginning of suspicion,” began recruiting Cupertino employees in May 2021. According to Apple, the SoC operator’s roaming activities include hunting staff and recruiting them to participate in trade secrets. In a lawsuit filed Friday (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Cupertino filed several serious allegations. Apple says Rivos has hired more than 40 of its former employees in the past year (via Reuters). These workers are currently working on a SoC technology competition, but that is not the real problem.

According to the lawsuit, at least two Apple engineers already brought several gigabytes of private information with them to Rivos, at the company’s request. Two former engineers, Bhasi Kaithamana and Ricky Wen, allegedly took thousands of files with them when they left Apple for Rivos. These files include SoC templates and other private information. Other Apple employees, who are not named in the lawsuit, also allegedly helped ship trade secrets to the start. When the release began, Apple immediately informed Rivos of the privacy agreements of its previous employees. Rivos, according to the court, did not respond at all.

Kaithamana, according to court records, copied thousands of Apple documents containing “private and business information” in one week in August 2021. Apple court details exactly what data was stolen, copying files to your work computer before transferring them. if a USB drive. A second employee, Wen, is accused of transferring 390 gigabytes of data from an Apple computer to a personal hard drive before leaving the company. Cupertino said this information includes both current and undisclosed SoCs.

Between July 26, 2021 and July 29, 2021, Mr. Wen moved approximately 390 gigabytes from his Apple computer to a personal external hard drive. Among the data transferred are Apple trust documents documenting Apple’s trade secrets, including sections of microarchitecture for Apple’s past, present, and undisclosed SoCs. Cupertino Requires a Policy, Compensation, and Damages. In the lawsuit, Apple asked the court to grant an injunction to the employees who joined Rivos. This will prevent them from continuing to collect suspicious data together with an order for the defendants to recover all Apple property.

Cupertino is also demanding damages to compensate for the loss caused by the theft of business secrets, as well as the “further gift of financial recovery for any unfair improvement” caused by theft. The iPhone maker is also demanding “model damages” because of “the love and hate of business secrets.” In other words, Apple wants to plan a smart paycheck. Apple declined to comment on the lawsuit, and Rivos did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kaithamana did not respond, either, and we could not reach Wen for an explanation.

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