Applied Materials Slaps Tech Rival With Secrets Suit

Law360, New York (September 3, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT) -- Applied Materials Inc. is taking another swing at semiconductor rival Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. in an ongoing trade secrets dispute, after a judge ruled in May that Applied's original complaint was premised on an employee agreement that was invalid under California law.

Applied is seeking an injunction against AMEC to prevent communication of trade secrets and unfair competition under the California Business and Professions Code, compensatory and punitive damages, and a declaration that Applied is the owner of defendants’ patent applications, according to the second amended...
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