Pfizer Japan Inc She was preparing to jump to a competitor and sued a longtime employee for stealing the “score” of the document, including one related to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
With a complaint filed on Tuesday Federal Court of Justice San DiegoPfizer said Chun Xiao Li violated the nondisclosure agreement by uploading over 12,000 files from company-issued laptops to personal accounts and devices without permission.
Alleged material includes a September 24 Playbook containing internal assessments and recommendations for Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, Pfizer’s relationship with German vaccine partners, and presentations related to cancer antibodies. I am.
According to Pfizer, Associate Director of Statistics Lee offered a “bait” laptop to hide what he did with the files and tried to cover his track repeatedly.
A New York-based pharmaceutical company said, “What Pfizer did, how it did it, when and why it did it, and where those files (and perhaps other files) are. I misunderstood Pfizer. “
According to Pfizer, Lee will resign from the company 15 years later and propose to join Xencor Inc., a clinical-stage company with an office near Carmel Valley, focusing on the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. There seems to be.
Pfizer also has an office in San Diego near Torrey Pines. Xencor is headquartered in Monrovia.
Li wasn’t able to get immediate comments through his LinkedIn account. Xencor, who is not a defendant in the proceedings, declined to comment.
Pfizer said competitors are trying to hire employees “relentlessly, especially during 2021.”
By order late Tuesday, US District Judge Kathy Ann Bencibengo, a federal judge in the Southern District of California in San Diego, temporarily blocked the use of Pfizer’s trade secrets.
She added that company lawyers can verify the accounts and devices she may have saved.
The judge scheduled a trial on 9 December to consider a longer injunction.
(Report by Jonathan Stempel in New York, additional report by Nate Raymond in Boston, edited by Leslie Adler)
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