Thursday, January 25, 2007, 1/25/2007 07:33:00 AM

Accusations of HP Paying for Dell Trade Secrets

From, a strange story concerning accusations in a case between Hewlett-Packard and a former executive (himself accused by HP of stealing its trade secrets) that HP paid for information concerning Dell's secret plans to enter the printing business.

According to the story, the former HP employee, Karl Kamb, contends in a counterclaim that in 2002 senior HP executives signed off on payments to a Dell Japan employee who then turned over Dell's product specifications, launch dates and financial information. Kamb says he was working in Japan as an HP vice president at the time.

Interestingly, Kamb named in his suit some of the same former employees and investigators that allegedly conducted the illegal spying operation on journalists covered in the blog here (among other places).

We'll see if this story has legs.

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