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Microsoft sues CEO of Ancora for spying

Microsoft sues CEO of Ancora for spying
Microsoft sues CEO of Ancora for spying 

January 29, 2009

Microsoft Corp. is suing a former employee, claiming that he applied for 
a job at the company under false pretenses and then used his role at 
Microsoft to gain access to confidential data related to patent 
litigation he is now waging.

Miki Mullor was hired by Microsoft in November 2005, after stating in 
his job application he was a former employee at Ancora Technologies, a 
Sammamish software development company that he said had gone out of 

But, according to Microsoft, Ancora had not gone out of business and 
Mullor was still chief executive.

While at Microsoft, Mullor downloaded confidential documents to his 
company-issued laptop, according to the complaint, which was filed Jan.
22 in King County Superior Court.

Those documents, Microsoft said, were related to the subject matter of a 
patent complaint Ancora later filed in June 2008 against Dell Inc., 
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., 
stating that their use of certain Microsoft technology violated an 
Ancora patent. Microsoft is now also a party in that case.


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