In 2022, Apple filed a lawsuit against the startup Rivos, alleging that the company unlawfully acquired Apple’s trade secrets by hiring numerous engineers from Apple and utilizing its proprietary information to develop competing SoC technology. Now after a long time, this lawsuit seems to get settled by the firm.
Apple claimed in its lawsuit that it had invested billions of dollars and over a decade of research into its SoC designs, which have significantly influenced the personal and mobile computing industries. However, at least two engineers hired by Rivos took “gigabytes of sensitive SoC specifications and design files.
The employees used USB drives and AirDrop to transfer sensitive Apple material to their devices and allegedly stole presentations on unreleased SoCs. But now, Apple intends to resolve the trade secrets lawsuit it brought against chip startup Rivos, as stated in a joint court filing.
Apple informed the US District Court for the Northern District of California that they have reached an agreement aimed at potentially settling the case. Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will have the opportunity to inspect Rivos’ systems and recover any confidential information. However, the other details currently remain confidential.