Apple has filed a lawsuit against former product designer Simon Lancaster for disclosing trade secrets. He was accused of selling trade secrets and information about unreleased products to a media employee. Writes about this The Verge.
“We take seriously this person’s deliberate theft of our trade secrets, a violation of ethics and company policy. This is all for personal benefit, and we will do our best to protect the innovation we hold dear. “– Apple said in a conversation with the publication.
According to documents, Lancaster collaborated with an unnamed reporter from 2018 to 2019, until he was fired. Presumably, he passed various confidential information about Apple developments to the journalist. In exchange, Lancaster demanded to write articles that would help promote his future startup.
In October 2019, Lancaster wrote a letter of resignation, inviting the journalist to write an article about “The transition of an Apple veteran to a terrific startup”… The reporter responded by asking for information on an unnamed company product called “Project X”. To obtain information, Lancaster attended a closed meeting at the company.
Apple also believes the former designer used his access to Apple data to steal information. Presumably, he connected to the company’s servers on November 1 to download information that would help his new employer.
Lancaster worked at Apple for 11 years. He has worked on 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with redesigned touchbars, as well as other unannounced Apple products. In 2019, he moved to Arris Composites, where he took over as Head of Consumer Products.
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