Opera Files Suit Against Ex-Employee

The Norwegian company accuses him of giving out trade secrets to competitor

By on April 29th, 2013 11:32 GMT

Opera has filed a suit against a former employee, accusing him of giving away trade secrets to rival Mozilla.

Opera Software is claiming damages of 20 million Norwegian Krone, which is an estimated $3.4 million (€2.6 million), The Next Web reports.

The name of the accused is Trond Werner Hansen. He worked for the software company between 1999 and 2006 and later returned as a consultant at Opera’s request, between 2009 and 2010.

Hansen is credited for some of the early browser innovations that came with Opera, including the famous tabs, speed dial, mouse gestures and integrated search.

Now, Opera is suing because they believe he took some of their trade secrets to Mozilla, their well-known competitor, which is responsible for Firefox. They even have evidence of Hansen speaking to Firefox product design lead Alex Limi.

He even worked with Mozilla in 2012 to design and develop an iPad browser prototype. However, Opera’s grievances are related to the fact that Hansen was showing off a number of innovations they are still working on.

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