Apple Manager Accused of Kickbacks Will Protect Trade Secrets During Pretrial

Apple Manager Accused of Kickbacks Will Protect Trade Secrets During Pretrial

Paul Devine — the former Apple global supply manager who traded insider information to accessory makers in exchange for kickbacks, $150,000 of which he stored in shoeboxes under his bed — has agreed to protect Apple’s corporate secrets in his upcoming trial, according to Bloomberg.

The protective order was composed by the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s department, and notes that discovery in the case against Devine could bring to light material that is “intended to be kept secret and is trade secret information.”

As such, Devine has agreed to help protect any trade secrets that might be revealed during the pretrial bargaining process. However, it seems that if a plea bargain can not be reached, this information could still be presented in court, making this agreement with the prosecutor’s office more of a wheel-greasing move for a plea than a show of rediscovered loyalty and good will to Cupertino.

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