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Blackberry Sues Former Executive Vice President of Development
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Sebastien Marineau-Mes, BlackBerry’s former senior vice-president for software was sued by the company, according to Liberty Voice, stopping him from moving to software rival Apple until his six months’ notice period expires in June. BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets.

Blackberry filed the lawsuit against the former company executive, claiming that he violated his terms of employment. The lawsuit was filed against former executive vice president of development Sebastien Marineau-Mes, who had signed his contract for the position of executive vice president on October 16, 2013. It has been reported that Marineau-Mes, had met with Apple and discussed a possible employment opportunity with them a month before he signed the contract with Blackberry.

  
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The court documents show that Sebastian Marineau-Mes wanted to join Apple in March as the head of Core OS teamThe company reported in a statement that “BlackBerry will not stand by while a former employee violates his employment contract,” and that according to Tech Hub, the company also stated that “We are pleased that the court has endorsed our position and ruled that the employee contract and its terms are valid.”

The court ruled in Ontario, according to The Guardian that, BlackBerry Limited can hold Marineau-Mes to his contract until 23 June 2014, even though he sought a declaration that the contract is “not valid and enforceable.”

The arrival of the Apple iPhone and later Google’s Android platform caused a slowdown in BlackBerry growth and a decline in sales in some markets, most notably the United States. The primary competitors of the BlackBerry phones are smartphones running on the Android operating system and the Apple iPhone, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform emerging as a more recent competitor.

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