It's official: Mark Papermaster will get to work for Apple
Earlier this week, IBM
At issue was Papermaster's expertise. He'd spent years working on the PowerPC architecture that, prior to a blockbuster deal with Intel
IBM argued, successfully, that Apple's proclivity to take control of the guts of its devices made it a competitor, putting Papermaster in violation of his contract. Papermaster had agreed not to join a rival for at least one year after leaving Big Blue.
This week's settlement invalidates that restriction. Mostly, anyway. Papermaster gets to join Apple on April 24, six months after leaving IBM, but Big Blue gets to look over Papermaster's shoulder. He'll make two scheduled court certifications -- once in July and another in October -- to testify that he's keeping IBM's trade secrets to himself. Talk about paranoid.
Perhaps it's justified. Perhaps IBM plans to challenge Intel and ARM Holdings
Big Blue is looking over Apple's shoulder. Nokia
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