Posted by jonathan at 3:11pm EST on 11/08/2008
Google might not have as much to worry about as I thought they would. Papermaster’s role at Apple won’t be directly in chip making. IBM, Papermaster’s previous employer, is throwing down a lawsuit against Papermaster to prevent him from going forward with the Apple employment. (Lawsuit PDF)
Despite the non-compete agreement signed when Papermaster joined IBM, despite IBM offering a boatload of money additional to his salary to stay at IBM, and despite IBM offering to pay his salary even while he wasn’t working at IBM, he still wants to go to Apple.
From what Papermaster and Apple have been disclosing to the public, his role with Apple would be directly with the iPhone and possibly not even chip making at all.
This is going to be a long and dawn out lawsuit as IBM will not take this lightly nor just push it under the door and sweep it away.
Let the game of the lawsuits begin..once again.