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PayPal Sues Google, Former Employees Over Trade Secrets

PayPal has filed a lawsuit against Google and two former employees for allegedly stealing trade secrets.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California, alleges that Osama Bedier, a former senior executive at PayPal, ‘misappropriated’ PayPal’s trade secrets when he went to work for Google.

The executive, who was responsible for PayPal’s mobile payments system, was in the middle of negotiating a deal that would have made PayPal the payment solution provider for Google’s Android Market platform, when he interviewed at Google for a job, The Inquirer reports.

“Bedier and Google have misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers,” the lawsuit said.

PayPal has also named another former executive, Stephanie Tilenius, who is now the VP of Electronic Commerce at Google, for violating a contractual agreement by hiring Bedier.

PayPal is looking for compensatory and punitive damages, along with restitution and royalties from Google.

“We treat PayPal's 'secrets' seriously, and take it personally when someone else doesn't," Amanda Pires, senior director of PayPal global communications, said in a statement.

"So we made a decision today. We filed a lawsuit against Google and two former colleagues who now work there, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius."