Former iPhone engineer hits back at Apple anti-competitive charges: ‘It’s still poaching people in my company’

As the lawsuit went on, Gerard Williams III, a former Apple chip designer, claimed that Apple had actually been poaching people inside Nuvia as part of an anti-competitive campaign against him,media reported. In December 2019, Apple sought to sue Gerard Williams III, the former designer of the iPhone and iPad processor, for breach of contract.

Former iPhone engineer hits back at Apple anti-competitive charges: 'It's still poaching people in my company'

Nuvia Co-Founders: John Bruno, Gerard Williams III and Manu Gulati (left to right)

Williams started his new company, Nuvia, while still working at Apple, and Apple accused him of recruiting former colleagues, the lawsuit said.

Williams started his new business with Apple’s funding by 2018, according to the lawsuit. Apple pointed out that Williams told his colleagues that his new company would develop technology that Apple had no choice but to buy.

In response, Williams filed a statement in court.

But the court allowed the case to continue and dismissed Williams’ request. The judge said California law does not allow employees to use their employer’s time and resource plan and prepare to create a competitive business before firing.

Apple has launched its own anti-competitive campaign against him, according to court documents provided to Apple Insider by Nuvia. He said Apple had threatened Nuvia not to hire Apple engineers, but later wanted to poach Nuvia’s co-founder, John Bruno. He also reiterated that he waited until he left Apple to start Nuvia, despite Apple’s allegations that he founded the company while he was employed by Apple.

It is unclear whether the case will go to trial. A judge is understood to have rejected Apple’s punitive damages claim because they failed to prove how Williams’ infidelity harmed the company.