Via Technologies Says Asus Stole USB IP Through Ex-Exec

By Jonathan Randles (August 8, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT) -- Via Technologies Inc. on Thursday expanded its legal fight with rival microprocessor maker Asustek Computer Inc. to the U.S., claiming in a lawsuit filed in California federal court that one of its former executives stole a bevy of valuable intellectual property covering USB 3.0 technology when he left for an Asus subsidiary.

The dispute arises from what Via describes as a "mass raiding" of senior-level employees and engineers who worked on USB 3.0 technology by Asus in 2007. According to the complaint, those employees pilfered Via trade secrets and patents, allowing Asus to compete unfairly against its competitor for the last...

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