Friday, May 27, 2011

Google sued by eBay, PayPal over trade secrets

Google sued by eBay, PayPal over trade secretsPayPal and its parent eBay have sued Google and two executives today over trade secret misappropriation.

The trade secrets were related to mobile payment systems.

Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius, two execs formerly of PayPal, helped Google launch their "Wallet" system today. Bedier worked for PayPal for nine years, serving as vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures before moving to Google in January of this year.

Tilenius was VP of e-commerce for eBay until early 2010.

Both are accused of having "misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers," says Yahoo.

The suit also claims that PayPal and Google were working together since 2008 on a deal that would make PayPal a payment option for app purchases via the Android Market.

Bedier was the executive in charge of the negotiations with Google at the time.

"At the very point when the companies were negotiating and finalizing the Android-PayPal deal, Bedier was interviewing for a job at Google -- without informing PayPal of this conflicting position," the suit says.

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