A US judge this week dismissed claims InfoSpace Inc made against estranged founder and former CEO Naveen Jain that he misappropriated trade secrets in violation of his contract to launch his new venture, Intellius Inc.
According to both parties, the judge found that Jain and fellow Intellius founder Kevin Marcus did not break trade secrets law or their contractual obligations. InfoSpace said Jain was found to break his non-compete clause by not returning company property.
Jain said InfoSpace produced no evidence in court that Intellius, which plans to offer public records search services, was using proprietary InfoSpace information, and that the company’s claims never had any basis in fact.
InfoSpace said it will appeal the ruling. Intellius also seems set to mount a court challenge, claiming that InfoSpace has interfered with Intellius’s startup plan by launching the unfounded allegations.
Jain was fired from InfoSpace’s top job in December 2002, but remained on the company’s board until late April 2003, when he resigned. Marcus was once InfoSpace’s chief software architect.
This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire