Yahoo sues over mobile trade secrets


Yahoo sues over mobile trade secrets

Antony Savvas

Yahoo is suing wireless content company MForma and a group of its former employees now working at the company for allegedly stealing its trade secrets.

A number of its former mobile software engineers moved to MForma, and the Yahoo lawsuit claims they have used Yahoo technology to help launch new MForma content services for mobile operators.

MForma’s client list includes Vodafone and Orange, which use the mobile content company to supply a variety of entertainment services, including games and music applications.

The Yahoo legal action follows that of Nuance against Yahoo. The voice recognition specialist is suing Yahoo for allegedly stealing its trade secrets after a large team jumped ship to work for Yahoo on its portal voice services.

Yahoo rejects Nuance’s claim that it has stolen its trade secrets. Yahoo’s claim is heavily based on archived instant messaging conversations its former employees conducted before jumping ship.

The conversations included discussions on planned technology innovations, which Yahoo claims are now being adopted by MForma.

MForma rejects Yahoo’s claim that it has stolen its trade secrets.

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