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Mark Papermaster Case Settled, Begins Work at Apple on April 24th

An ongoing legal battle between Apple and IBM over a poached expert chip designer named Mark Papermaster has finally been put to rest.

ibmappleIn a press release, printed verbatim below, Apple announced the arrival of Papermaster, who begins work on April 24th, 2009.

Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24

CUPERTINO, California—January 27, 2009—Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24. Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple’s iPod® and iPhone™ hardware engineering teams. The litigation between IBM and Mark Papermaster has been resolved.

Papermaster has 25 years of product and technology experience, and was previously a vice president at IBM. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1988. Papermaster is active with the University of Texas where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

IBM has also issues a statement (via Cnet):

IBM and Mr. Papermaster have now agreed on a resolution of the lawsuit under which Mr. Papermaster may not begin employment with Apple until April 24, 2009, six months after leaving IBM, and will remain subject thereafter to all of his contractual and other legal duties to IBM, including the obligation not to use or disclose IBM’s confidential information.

Following commencement of his employment with Apple, Mr. Papermaster will be required to certify, in July 2009 and again in October 2009, that he has complied with his legal obligations not to use or disclose IBM’s confidential or proprietary information.

The preliminary injunction will be replaced by a court order (PDF) under which the court will have continuing jurisdiction over this matter, including compliance enforcement powers, until October 24, 2009, one year after Mr. Papermaster’s departure from IBM.

Get caught up on the Mark Papermaster Saga below:

READ → – Papermaster Ordered to Stop Working, Claims He Did Nothing Wrong
READ → – Mark Papermaster’s Bio Removed From Apple’s Website
READ → – Judge Orders IBM to Pay $3 Million Papermaster Bond
READ → – Senior VP of Enterprise Sales Leaving Apple, No Replacement
READ → – Apple and IBM Set to Clash Over Executive Poaching
READ → – Apple Poaches Top IBM Chip Designer, IBM Sues Back
READ → – Tony Fadell, Senior VP of iPod Division, Leaves Apple

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3 Comments to “Mark Papermaster Case Settled, Begins Work at Apple on April 24th”

John Koivukangas @ January 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
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What a rare, once in a lifetime, opportunity for Apple to enter the trenches of the health care system, where the patient meets caregivers struggling with half-baked mobile device solutions unable to accomodate the hospital information systems.

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Aviv @ January 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm
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@John: And you think Papermaster can help make this better for your industry?

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John Koivukangas @ January 27th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
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Aviv, really briefly, his hardware expertise is only the last of the enhancing things happening at Apple, especially with reference to iPhone. On the one hand, we are all waiting for Apple to come up with The Innovation, A Big Idea. On the other, no one is making the big move into mobile health care solutions, into really interacting with the huge databases, not only accessing images, for example, or providing basic PDA functionality. Health care soloutions are seen as a vertical market not as attractive as gaming or other consumer applications. This has hampered the development of mobile devices, and hardware in particular. IBM, for its own part, is deeply involved in the health care field, but again not doing much with mobile solutions. And you can count with the fingers of one hand the mobile devices on the market that could actually succeed, and iPhone is one of them. The open secrets of the health care sector are huge market potential, highly motivating work, and of course good margins.

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