back to article Taiwan Supreme Court rules former TSMC exec leaked chip secrets to Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly won a lawsuit against a former employee over claims that he leaked details of the chip fabber's 28-nanometer process technology to archrival Samsung. As a result of the judgment, Liang Mong-song, a former top R&D man at TSMC, has been barred from working for …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ugh...

    According to an independent report it commissioned ...

    That's one of the problems with "Independent Reports"... they're rarely that "Independent". :(

  2. circuitguy

    comparing to IBM was a bad choice of IC tech, INTEL or TI would be better choice and more honest. This WAS more a political statement because TSMC has been behind Samsung for over 9 years.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did the TSMC worker actually take any documents with him when he left? Or are TSMC just complaining that the knowledge in his head, accumulated through his 17 years of work, are the 'leaked chip secrets' now being shared with Samsung? If so, tough shit. An employee is not an indentured servant, and we've moved a bit beyond the medieval ways of killing artisans so they cannot share their skill with others. Or at least, I thought we had.

    1. Calleb III

      No, nowadays we ask them to sign NDA etc. and if they breach it drag them to court, which is pretty much what happened here. A clauses in the employment contract preventing you from leaking secrets and stating that any IP created during your employment is property of the employer are standard.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "A clauses in the employment contract preventing you from leaking secrets and stating that any IP created during your employment is property of the employer are standard."

    So, if someone has worked in field X as a researcher for 20 years, they'll never be able to work for any other company in that same field?

    Doesn't sound right.

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