Judge Stops Papermaster From Joining Apple
Former IBM man Mark Papermaster found it impossible to take his new position at Apple. The court ruled that Papermaster must stay away from the Cupertino company for one year, just as he previously had agreed.
November 10, 2008
IBM's argumentation was upheld by the court: Papermaster had to respect his previous engagement with the company and restrain himself from working for IBM's competitors for one year. Tough luck for Apple, which looked to have some solid plans for Papermaster.
As expected, there's also another pack of bad news for Mark: his IBM contract also stipulates that he is not allowed to approach other IBM employees about coming over to Apple. This restriction will be enforced for two years.
At IBM, Papermaster was part of an "elite Integration & Values Team", a team composed of aroundl 300 persons, withmany of them looking rather appealing to Apple's management.
It remains to be seen just how will Steve Jobs' lawyers talk their way out of this legal trouble,