Sendo Sues Microsoft
Suit charges Microsoft with misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, conspiracy and fraud.Sendo Holdings PLC is suing former partner Microsoft Corp., saying the software giant so wanted to rule the emerging market for Web-enabled phones that it conspired to steal Sendos trade secrets and tried to drive the British firm out of business. The suit, filed this week in federal district court in Texarkana, Texas, details what Sendo officials call Microsofts "Secret Plan" designed to "plunder the small company of its proprietary information, technical expertise, market knowledge, [and] customers," according to court documents.
According to the suit, Microsoft promised to help Sendo develop, finance and ultimately market Sendos 2.5G smartphone, the Z100. But repeated delays of both Microsofts software and funding left Sendo financially strapped and the partnership frayed. The deal fell apart in October when Microsoft joined with another manufacturer, High Tech Computer of Taiwan, to unveil the Orange SPV, a next-generation phone that the suit claims was built with stolen Sendo technology.