Apple is one of the top tech companies in the world. If the field you work in is appropriate to whatever project Apple has in process, you might find yourself wanting to be part of the team. But Apple chooses its team members carefully and specifically following their experience. As a consequence, just like Tesla has employed more than 150 ex-employees of Apple in order to share their knowledge with the ones there, Apple has been trying to find new members by talking to people that work in big and important companies right now. A123 Systems that is a lithium-ion battery maker for electric cars and also for others sectors of business, has sued Apple for trying to steal their employees. A123 claimed that Apple has began an “aggressive campaign to poach employees”.
Massachusetts is the place where the complaint has been filed, after five people that came to Apple have been found to defect to Apple and they also secretly recruit other A123 members in order to join the new company along with them.
The reason beneath the gesture of A123 is that the company believes that Apple wants to become a valuable competitor on the battery business market while taking advantage of the knowledge, experience and ideas that their people have learnt in A123 while they were still working there. They believe that the secrets of the business must be protected, so they are ready to attack Apple in any possible way.
Neither Apple, nor A123 officials did comment about the issue. However, A123 says in the complaint that:
“It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123.”
The business of A123 has been suffering a lot after Apple has started the recruitment for their next project and they are looking themselves for replacements that have to be as qualified as the people who left to Apple were. However, because A123 has operations in Germany, Michigan, Massachusetts and China and is now a subsidiary of China’s Wanxiang Group, it will most certainly find the people that it needs in order to continue their vast activity.
On the other hand, Apple has its hands full of work taking into consideration that the electric vehicle named “Titan” is in the making process. A complete report about the car that resembles a
minivan can be found in the Friday edition of The Wall Street Journal.
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