PayPal Sues Google Over Mobile Payment Secrets. Google Says People Have The Right To Choose Better Employment.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) subsidiary PayPal is suing Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) as part of claims that Google had stolen trade secrets from PayPal’s mobile payment business. eBay is saying that former PayPal executive and current Google VP of Payments Osama Bedier stole confidential PayPal information.

PayPal is also accusing Google commerce head and former PayPal employee Stephanie Tilenius of violating contractual obligations by hiring Bedier. According to PayPal’s complaint, Bedier “is now leading Google’s efforts to bring point-of- sale technologies and services to retailers on its behalf.”

“Bedier and Google have misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers,” said PayPal in the statement. Both Google and PayPal are working on launching a storefront business by working with major retailers to develop point-of-sale systems.

PayPal is alleging that Bedier discussed a job at Google at the same time as leading negotiations for making PayPal a payment option on the Android Market. Bedier allegedly did not disclose the job related talks.

Google responded by saying:

“Silicon Valley was built on the ability of individuals to use their knowledge and expertise to seek better employment opportunities, an idea recognized by both California law and public policy. We respect trade secrets, and will defend ourselves against these claims.”

Yesterday Google had officially announced Google Wallet, an app that turns your mobile device into a wallet.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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  1. CAT671 says:

    Have been a Pay-pal user for a very long time and did have some bumps on the road awhile back. Got the problem fixed. We shouldn't have to enforce rules to let consumers stay if they are not satisfied with how customer a service issues turns out. The right to choose is the user's descision to make wise choices and that is there personal business and not ours. There are million reasons why individuals change jobs just like the way others changes human relationships. It shall be respected.

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