Yahoo wins restraining order over trade secrets claim


Yahoo wins restraining order over trade secrets claim

Antony Savvas

Yahoo has won a restraining order against a mobile content start-up it accuses of stealing its trade secrets.

MForma hired seven former Yahoo software engineers who had been working on mobile content. Yahoo then sued the company and its former employees after claiming that they were using Yahoo trade secrets on MForma projects.

MForma has denied the charge, but a California state judge has granted Yahoo a temporary restraining order which bars MForma employees from using or disclosing any proprietary Yahoo information in their work.

MForma said the seven former Yahoo employees would continue in their existing jobs at the company as the lawsuit progressed through the courts.

MForma supplies mobile content programs to a number of mobile operators, including Vodafone and Orange.

Yahoo itself is facing a lawsuit for the alleged theft of trade secrets after it hired a number of former interactive voice software engineers from voice software specialist Nuance.

Yahoo has rejected Nuance’s claims.

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