Claims he took trade secrets to Mozilla.
Now here is a new drama for you. Apparently, Opera Software is suing one of its visionary ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who joined the company in 1999 and worked till 2006, then left shortly after only to join for another year from 2009 to 2010.
Why visionary? According to the claims, he was behind a lot of innovations that everyone loves, including tabbed browsing, speed dial, mouse gesture and integrated search.
T. W. Hansen later took a job at Mozilla to design and develop the iPad web browser called Junior, which was first revealed back in June, 2012 (as seen in the video below).
So what is the fuss all about? Turns out, in the same video Hansen talked about and demonstrated a number of features that Opera was working for quite some time and is yet to implement.
While details remain vague, Opera’s lawyers issued the following statement:
This dispute is pending before the courts, and due to the pending court hearing that will take place late august, Opera chooses not to comment on the case in detail.
Hansen is a former employee and consultant of Opera Software ASA. Opera Software ASA is of the opinion that Hansen, after he left Opera, has acted contrary to his contractual and other legal obligations towards Opera, among other things, the duty of loyalty and his contractual and statutory confidentiality obligations.
Opera Software ASA is an innovative company which has developed software and technology which have proved to be successful internationally. It is only natural that Opera Software ASA acts on any violations in order to protect its interests.
Then fun has just begun. Although for us, the most shocking piece is this: Hansen left in 2010 and in 2012 Opera was yet to finished implementing these “mysterious” features that the lawsuit is all about. Talk about
slow no progress.
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