Gerald Williams III, former Apple engineer who oversaw the event of the A-series chips, has accused Apple of poaching workers from his startup and stifling innovation.
Williams left Apple in early 2019 after working on the firm for over 9 years. Throughout this tenure, he noticed the event of key A-series chips utilized by Apple inside its iPhones and iPads. Quickly after leaving Apple, Williams began his personal firm known as Nuvia Inc which goals at creating chips to be used in servers. He even managed to poach some Apple workers and obtained a funding of $53 million.
This led Apple to sue its former lead engineer for breach of contract. The engineer’s request to dismiss the lawsuit in opposition to him was rejected by the court docket. Now, Williams has countered Apple’s lawsuit by claiming that it’s designed to “suffocate the creation of recent applied sciences and options by a brand new enterprise, and to decrease the liberty of entrepreneurs to hunt out extra fulfilling work.” The engineer added that he has maintained his distance from Apple and its workers after leaving the corporate. He additionally claims that certainly one of Apple’s workers, Anand Shimp, despatched him numerous paperwork marked as confidential in April this yr. Williams then instructed Shimpi that this was “inappropriate and unwelcome.”
In his court docket submitting, Williams additionally says that Apple’s Srouji supplied him a six-month paid sabbatical to get him to not depart the corporate. As a parting present, Apple gave Williams an iPad engraved with signatures of the corporate’s high executives.
It’s unclear if this authorized battle between Apple and Williams will go into trial or not. Even when it does, the ultimate result’s some time away.[By way of Bloomberg]