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AMD: Former Employees Took Secrets To Nvidia (Correct)

This story has been corrected to reflect specific details of AMD's suit.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has filed suit claiming that former employees took secret documents when they jumped ship for jobs at rival Nvidia (NVDA).

According to a published report from ZDNet, a former vice president copied and transferred sensitive business files when he left the company.

The document transfer suit against former Vice President Robert Feldstein and former managers Manoo Desai and Nicolas Kociuk was filed in U.S. District court in Massachusetts. AMD's claims against former manager Richard Hagen relate only to the solicitation of employees. Feldstein left AMD last summer, according to media reports. He is said to have been responsible for securing contracts with prominent customers concerning AMD processors. Those chips can be found in popular gaming consoles, including Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Nintendo's Wii U and Sony's (SNE) Play Station.

AMD told the court that it had uncovered evidence that three employees had "transferred to external storage devices trade secret files and information in the days prior to their leaving AMD to work for Nvidia."

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm wants all documents to be returned immediately. The court has granted a temporary restraining order against the former employees not to use any confidential information from AMD and to make sure they preserve any AMD document copies, as well as any computers or storage devices they own.

"AMD will always take action to aggressively protect its confidential, proprietary and trade secret information," a company spokesman told TheStreet, in an emailed statement. "We believe the facts are clearly outlined in our pleadings and are supported by forensic evidence. The pleadings are publicly available. Current and former AMD employees are contractually required to honor the ongoing confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations each agreed to while employed with us."

Nvidia said that it doesn't comment on pending legal issues.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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