Feeds

Google and Microsoft both claim victory in court

News from the Ministry of Truth...

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The cliché that no one wins in court but the lawyers was turned on its head yesterday when both Google and Microsoft claimed victory in their ongoing fight over former Redmond employee Kai-Fu Lee.

Microsoft was in court to stop Lee from joining Google China - in July it gained a temporary injunction to stop Lee taking up his post. Google employed Lee to set up and run its Chinese development centre.

Yesterday the judge imposed an injunction on Lee: he can work for Google as long as he doesn't recruit other MS staff or use confidential information. Microsoft described this as wider than the original injunction and would happily end the case if Google accepted the restrictions as permanent.

The statement says: "We are pleased with our victory in court today. The court entered an injunction that restricts the work Dr. Lee can do for Google, preventing him from working on speech, natural language and search technologies, as well as setting the overall research and development course for Google China."

So far so clear. The situation gets more confusing when you look at Google's general counsel's blog (when did lawyers get blogs?).

Nicole Wong, associate general counsel, says of Google's reaction to the court's decision: "We're thrilled, and he's excited to get right to work on several big things..."

Microsoft's statement meanwhile says the injunction: "Restricts Dr. Lee to limited interviewing and site location activities."

If you want to take your very own journey through the looking glass, Microsoft's statement is here and Google's here.®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.