IBM announced on Monday that it had settled a trade secret lawsuit. After Microsoft hired its chief diversity officer, IBM filed a lawsuit against a former employee named "Lindsay-Rae McIntyre."
According to court documents, the settlement agreement between IBM and MacIntyre was reached on February 25. The parties did not disclose the specific terms of the settlement agreement. However, according to the settlement agreement, McIntyre will work in Microsoft from July.
IBM filed a lawsuit in the federal court in White Plains, New York on February 12 stating that McIntyre violated a non-compete agreement for a year and claimed she might disclose IBM's diversity data and hiring plans To competitors.
A spokesman for IBM said in a statement: "We are delighted that the case will reach a happy conclusion, and Ms. McIntyre will take over from July this year." & rdquo;
Microsoft spokesman said in a statement: "The company is pleased to be able to solve this problem. We are pleased that Lindsay-Ray McIntyre will join Microsoft as our chief diversity officer. & rdquo;
IBM had asked judges to enforce noncompete agreements, alleging that it would help ensure that McIntyre will not disclose to Microsoft its highly confidential and sensitive information about IBM's hiring plans and efforts to maintain a diverse workforce.
The court was scheduled to hold a hearing on Microsoft's request on March 12.
Although noncompete agreements are prevalent in the technology industry, it is not uncommon for them to dispute. Some human resources legal experts say it is unusual for a company to enforce a noncompete agreement on a role that is unrelated to its core product or business.
Professional lawyers say the lawsuit is extraordinary because IBM claims its diversity of data and strategy is a trade secret of economic value, a legal term often associated with cutting-edge technology or closely guarded formulations.
MacIntyre's lawyer at the court said in a court filing that she would not abuse any of IBM's proprietary information and that the information was useless to either her or Microsoft.
Microsoft is not named in IBM's lawsuit. The company said it is not interested in IBM's confidential information. (Compiled / Lin Jingdong)