Informix has charged Oracle with stealing trade secrets in the latest round of public wrangling between the two database vendors.
Informix has issued a lawsuit, charging Oracle and Gary Kelley, former vice president in charge of product development at Informix who now works at Oracle, with stealing trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary responsibility.
Kelley left Informix for Oracle with 10 other former Informix research and development staff last Wednesday.
The suit charges that the employees and Oracle engaged in ?a conspiracy to misappropriate Informix?s intellectual property and gain an unfair advantage in the competitive market for database computer systems.?
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 7 February, but Informix has already been granted a temporary injunction against Oracle and the former employees, which prevents them from divulging trade secrets to the company.
The injunctions also temporarily prohibit Oracle from taking on or soliciting any more Informix staff. Informix is seeking punitive damages.
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