Back in March, Apple filed a claim versus its previous products lead, Simon Lancaster for presumably stealing trade secrets about “Project X,” dripping them to the media, and more. Now Lancaster has formally submitted his response and while he denies the main allegations of leaking company tricks, he does confess to talking to a specific press reporter while at Apple and requesting for “beneficial” stories of a start-up.
As we previously composed, in its claim versus Lancaster, Apple claimed he:
used his senior role at Apple to “acquire access to internal conferences and documents outside the scope” of his task as materials lead at Apple. In reality, on his last day at Apple, November 1, 2019, he apparently downloaded a “significant number” of private Apple documents.
Apple says those Project X trade tricks might have been utilized at his next job doing the exact same role at Arris– who is by the way an Apple supplier. Another major piece of this lawsuit is that Apple claims Lancaster had actually been interacting with a reporter a year before he left Apple and likewise after he resigned. Because time, Apple declares he exchanged personal internal info about Project X for positive media coverage for a start-up he purchased.
Apple also called Lancaster an “continuous hazard of misappropriation” offered his ongoing work at Arris.
Found by Nicholas Ciarelli, Lancaster submitted his response in the claim the other day. He denies Apples major allegations that he abused his senior position, dripped trade secrets, and breached the contract he was under while at the business. He likewise admitted to some pieces of Apples claims.
Concerning talking with the press:
He states that he “lacks sufficient knowledge or details to confess or deny” to the claims about him being the source for the short articles released by the press reporter that Apple is referring to.
Lancaster validates he asked the press reporter to publish “stories favorable to a start-up in which Lancaster had invested, but denies such demands were in exchange for any details discussed with the reporter or had any relation to Apple confidential details.”
Further, he likewise does confess that he talked with that very same innovation reporter about Apple items “after he announced his resignations from Apple.” But denies the legal conclusions of Apples claims.
We l have to wait to see how the this one deciphers, however theres certainly a lot going on here.
Lancaster admits that he communicated with a reporter covering technology issues regarding Apple products and office concerns he thought about to be of public issue, specifically, declared corruption within Apples supply chain and among Apples supply chain supervisors.
Heads up for tech press reporters: The former employee Apple sued in March, declaring that he d leaked trade secrets to a reporter, submitted his response the other day. pic.twitter.com/TBhwzotI9v
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Apple says those Project X trade tricks could have been used at his next task doing the exact same role at Arris– who is by the way an Apple supplier. Another significant piece of this suit is that Apple declares Lancaster had actually been communicating with a press reporter a year prior to he left Apple and also after he resigned. He rejects Apples major accusations that he abused his senior position, dripped trade secrets, and breached the agreement he was under while at the company. He also admitted to some pieces of Apples claims.