Tech giant Apple has sued a former employee in charge of product design. The accused will be charged with stealing the company’s confidential documents and leaking them to journalists.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in California, mentioned a business relationship between former employee Simon Lancaster and an anonymous journalist. According to Apple, the former staff member joined the company to collect classified information and pass it on to the media. Now the two sides will be expected to face off in court.
Apple sues employee for ‘stealing trade secrets’
Lancaster worked at Apple for about eleven years. According to the LinkedIn page, the MacBook Pro worked on TouchBar, Apple Watch and iPhone devices. At the company, the man, who was evaluating materials for future hardware devices and creating a prototype of innovations, allegedly continued to steal company documents until November 1, 2019. These documents were published in the newspaper with the signature “from a confidential source from Apple”.
Lancaster has yet to comment on the allegations. Apple, on the other hand, continues to make strong exits on the issue. A company spokesman said:
“Tens of thousands of Apple employees work tirelessly on new products, services, and features every day in the hope of delighting our customers and empowering them to change the world. Stealing ideas and classified information undermines our efforts. It hurts Apple and customers.“
Apple is now trying to determine the damage caused by lancaster’s stolen trade secrets. The company, which will announce this loss during the trial, also wants to recover all proceeds from document theft from Lancaster.