The imbroglio between Apple and CLOUD (actually, with one of its founders) won another chapter. First, however, let’s summarize everything that has already happened.
Some former Apple executives have set up a company to challenge chips from Intel and AMD. Apple was not happy about that and sued the company’s CEO, Gerard Williams III, accusing him of breach of contract – according to the company, he was prohibited, at the time of the creation of NUVIA, from «planning or participating in any competitive commercial activity or directly related to Apple’s business or products».
The executive tried to stop the process by citing a California law that allows workers to establish new businesses while working elsewhere, but that argument was not enough to convince the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
For now Williams has new complaints against the Apple. As reported by Bloomberg, he says Apple tried to stop his company from hiring its engineers while simultaneously recruiting NUVIA employees. In the process, he says that Apple’s action was developed to «stifle the creation of new technologies and solutions by a new business and diminish the freedom of entrepreneurs to seek a more rewarding job».
Williams, who spent nearly a decade at Apple, said he raised the possibility of developing this technology (chips to power servers in the cloud) years ago, but the idea was rejected by then CEO Steve Jobs and Johny Srouji, who is now the big boss. of hardware technologies – they thought it could undermine the company’s focus on the consumer market.
Williams also said that after opening NUVIA, Sribalan Santhanam (Apple’s vice president of silicon engineering) warned him of possible consequences if the startup continue to hire Apple engineers. Santhanam reportedly said that Apple monitored his conversations with employees and that the human resources department used a “heavy campaign” to prevent people from talking to Williams.
In addition, Williams also said that Apple did everything he could to give up the idea of leaving the company to open NUVIA, including an offer (made by Srouji) for a paid, six-month sabbatical. The executive did not accept and, in his farewell party, won an iPad with signatures of the main executives of Apple, according to the latest documents of the process.
It seems that this story will still pay off…