Former Microsoft executive Dr. Kai-Fu Lee who was at the center piece of a non-compete bonanza between MS and Google, is now clear to start work for Google’s research and development center in China with the condition that “he does not use confidential information gleaned while he worked at Microsoft.”
But the judge barred Dr. Lee from working on products related to “search, natural language processing and speech recognition”, technologies which he had access to during his employment with Microsoft. In addition, the judge also ordered Dr. Lee to refrain from recruiting Micrsoft employees.
King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez found that former Microsoft Vice President Kai-Fu Lee can begin working for Google by setting up a research office in China and recruiting software engineers if he does not use confidential information gleaned while he worked at Microsoft.
“Microsoft has not sufficiently shown that it has a clear legal or equitable right to enjoin Dr. Lee, pending trial, from establishing and staffing a Google development facility in China,” Gonzalez wrote in a preliminary injunction ruling.
It’s that easy?? I should take another look at my own non-compete contract heh 🙂