Apple intends to settle a lawsuit accusing tech startup Rivos of stealing computer-chip technology trade secrets, according to a joint court filing on Friday in California federal court.
Apple (AAPL.O) wants to settle a lawsuit accusing tech firm Rivos of stealing computer-chip technology trade secrets, according to a joint court filing on Friday in California federal court.
The firms informed the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, opening a new tab, that they had “signed an agreement that potentially settles the case” and that the deal authorizes Apple to investigate Rivos’ systems and retrieve any confidential information.
Representatives from Apple and Rivos did not immediately reply to requests for comment or additional information regarding the deal.
Apple sued Rivos, a “stealth” startup, in 2022. It claimed that Rivos, based in Mountain View, California, had hired away dozens of its engineers and utilized secret information to develop competing “system-on-chip” (SoC) technology.
SoCs are integrated circuits that contain multiple computer components on a single chip, such as central processing units and graphics processing units. According to the lawsuit, Apple spent billions of dollars and over a decade researching its SoC designs, which “revolutionized the personal and mobile computing worlds.”
Rivos refuted the charges, claiming that Apple had “sought to punish Rivos and any Apple employees who may seek to work there since the moment Apple learned about the promising startup.” Last September, it filed a countersuit against Apple for unfair competition.
Apple settled related claims in the case last month against six former workers who left the business to work for Rivos.
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