MediaTek files fresh deposition against defecting senior manager

By Ted Chen, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mediatek (MTK, 聯發科) on Tuesday reportedly filed a provisional disposition at Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Office against a former senior manager, the second legal action against the former staff member in a week. Reports indicate that Yuan Dih-wen (袁帝文), former general manager for MTK’s smartphone chipset business group, has plans to defect to Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (展訊) following his resignation late last year. The market is rife with rumors that prior to his departure, Yuan had leveraged the access afforded by his former post of business group general manager and left MTK while holding a considerable amount of proprietary assets including key chipset designs and other classified information. In addition, since his arrival at Spreadtrum, Yuan has been poaching other talent from MTK through a headhunter company. According to reports, since the outbreak of reports over the suspected case of industrial espionage, MTK has begun pursuing a court-ordered provisional disposition against Yuan. The company is also poised to seek further legal recourse against the former manger, intending to sue him over violations of his two-year non-compete and non-disclosure agreement as well as alleged infringement of MTK’s intellectual property rights.