Troubled database supplier Informix and its rival Oracle clashed in court yesterday in the first day of a two-week hearing to ascertain whether Oracle improperly hired 13 Informix developers, complete with trade secrets.
In his opening statement, Robert Haslam, Informix's lead attorney, asked the county judge to issue a ruling that would block the engineers from working on Oracle product lines similar to those they were assigned to at Informix.
But, Oracle's lawyers said the former Informix staff had not taken any proprietary information with them and claimed they were unhappy with Informix' management. They also argued against Informix' injunction because the engineers, they said, are working on 'Web-enabling applications' rather than database products.
Informix is seeking unspecified monetary damages in addition to the injunction preventing its former staff from working at its rival.
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