Apple and Chip Startup Rivos Settling Trade Secrets Lawsuit

San Jose, California – Apple has reached a settlement with chip startup Rivos, ending a two-year legal battle over stolen trade secrets. Both parties informed a judge on Friday that they are working towards finalizing the settlement by March 15.

Apple had filed a lawsuit against Rivos in May 2022, accusing the “stealth-mode” startup of luring away engineers who had access to confidential company information. The lawsuit claimed that former employees stole Apple’s System-on-a-Chip specifications and design files at Rivos’ request during the recruitment process.

In response, Rivos countersued Apple in September 2023, claiming that Apple used intimidation tactics to prevent its engineers from leaving.

According to a filing in federal court in San Jose, California, Apple and Rivos have agreed to a settlement that includes the remediation of Apple’s confidential information based on a forensic examination of Rivos’ systems. The parties are currently working through this process.

This is not the first time Apple has resolved a lawsuit related to its chip technology. In April 2023, the tech giant quietly dropped a lawsuit against former executive Gerard Williams III. Williams, considered vital in the development of Apple’s high-performance A-series and M-series Silicon chips, left the company in 2019 to start a server chip startup called Nuvia. Nuvia was acquired by Qualcomm in 2021.

The settlement between Apple and Rivos marks the end of a contentious legal battle that lasted for two years. Both parties seem committed to resolving their disputes and putting an end to the ongoing litigation.