SAN FRANCISCO – A San Jose company has filed suit against a former employee over allegations the employee is using the company's proprietary information to file patents.

Power Integrations Inc. filed a complaint on April 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Chan-Woong Park and Does 1 to 20, citing breach of contract and conversion.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Park was an employee from 2000 to 2008 and he signed a confidentiality agreement. The plaintiff holds Park responsible because the defendant allegedly used plaintiff's proprietary information, claimed it as his own, and filed for patents in Korea and the U.S. The plaintiff alleges this is a violation of the agreement Park signed with them.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, punitive damages, order for the defendant to cease using the plaintiff's proprietary information, declare that plaintiff owns Korean Patents Nos. 1436958 and 1588481 and all foreign counterpart patent applications and patents, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by David J. Miclean, Carmen M. Aviles and Katherine D. Prescott of Miclean Gleason LLP in San Mateo.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 5:16-cv-02366

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