Samsung worker can’t join Chinese rival: Court

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Samsung worker can’t join Chinese rival: Court

A local court banned a former worker at Samsung Display from joining Chinese firm on Thursday, saying his relocation would comprise sensitive Korean technologies.

The Suwon District Court upheld the request from Samsung Display to ban a former researcher from getting a new position at a Chinese company, and ruled that the defendant should not relocate to Samsung’s rivals and their subcontractors for two years.

The court added the defendant must pay Samsung Display 10 million won ($8,952) a day if he fails to follow the obligation.

The former employee of Samsung Display left the company in August last year after signing a non-disclosure agreement, which also included a ban on getting a new job in the same field.

The researcher told Samsung that he would be getting a new job in a Korean ship safety company. He actually entered a Chengdu-based firm with close ties with Beijing Oriental Electronics, a Chinese rival of Samsung.

The court said the two Chinese companies have the same key shareholders and their buildings are located close to each other.

It concluded that it is reasonable to assume that the researcher actually worked for Beijing Oriental Electronics.

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