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  • GigOptix Files Lawsuit Against Optomai
Jun 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 6, 2011 — GigOptix Inc., a supplier of electronic and electro-optic components for next-generation 40G and 100G optical networks, has filed a lawsuit against Optomai Inc. and five former GigOptix employees in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The lawsuit also names M/A-Com Technology Solutions Inc. as an additional defendant upon its acquisition of Optomai, alleging the illegal use of proprietary information.

GigOptix alleges in the lawsuit that the former employees violated confidentiality agreements with GigOptix by retaining and misusing confidential and proprietary GigOptix information to launch a competing company. According to allegations in the lawsuit, the former employees created Optomai Inc. in 2009 and have begun selling products that directly compete with GigOptix’s products. GigOptix further alleges that Optomai used GigOptix technology and intellectual property to develop its products in violation of California law and that it is now selling its products as the “Optomai Optoelectronics” product line of M/A-Com. GigOptix is seeking damages and injunctive relief.

“GigOptix is committed to zealously protecting its intellectual property,” said its chairman of the board and CEO, Dr. Avi Katz. “We will take every step necessary to protect the technology we have developed and to ensure that our rights, the value we have created for our shareholders and business success are not compromised.”

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