The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is claiming that Microsoft Corporation used intellectual property which did not belong to them. The school is taking Microsoft to court for NIS 25 million, or about $6.45 million, over accusations that they implemented a university professor’s, Raan Smorodinsky, intellectual property.
The intellectual property was originally brought to Microsoft in 2008 when the tech company acquired YaData, an Israeli ad-targeting company for close to $150 million. Technion is saying that along with acquiring YaData came access to “innovative methods, algorithms, commercial secrets, research results, and various software” which were developed by Smorodinsky.
Technion is using written documents from 2006 to 2008 and requests from Microsoft and YaData as backup for the lawsuit. Both had contacted the university asking to utilize the technology software and were denied permission, but chose to do so despite that, Technion claims.
Prior to acquiring YaData, Microsoft founders were said to have understood the restrictions on intellectual property by the university and were warned. The tech company continued to use these restricted programs anyway, knowingly violating the rules, Technion said.
A statement by Technion was given to Microsoft Israel on June 8, which Microsoft is said to be reviewing.
Expanding the lawsuit filing, Globes adds:
“The Technion also contends that Microsoft continued to employ Smorodinsky and YaData R&D team, despite the Technion’s protests and the fact that it bans its faculty from working for other employers, except with prior written approval."
Technion was founded in 1912 and began teaching classes in 1924. It is the oldest university in Israel and works as a public research institute.
Danielle Chazen is a regular contributor to Jspace's technology division. Danielle is a freelance reporter and technology event coordinator with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.