Apple & IBM settle Papermaster legal battle

Apple's battle for Mark Papermaster, the former IBM vice president is officially over.

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Apple's battle for Mark Papermaster, the former IBM vice president is officially over.

He will be taking his post as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24 after Apple said that the court case with IBM over Papermaster's employment has been resolved.

Papermaster was recruited last October to succeed outgoing Apple executive Tony Fadell, who had previously headed up the iPod hardware division.

Unfortunately, IBM took issue with the new job, arguing that Papermaster was forbidden from taking the position under a non-compete agreement that he had signed. Papermaster found himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from his former employer, which said that he had access to trade secrets and other information that could harm IBM.

Last November, US District Judge Kenneth Karas issued an injunction requiring Papermaster to immediately stop working at Apple. Papermaster subsequently countersued his former employer on the grounds, arguing that IBM and Apple were not significant competitors.

An IBM veteran of 26 years, Papermaster had served in a number of different capacities at the company, most recently as vice president of IBM's blade server development unit. At Apple, Papermaster's new position will put him in charge of the hardware engineering for the iPod and iPhone.

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