It appears that the saga of Mark Papermaster has finally come to an end, as Apple announced on Tuesday that the former IBM vice president would officially be taking his post as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering beginning on April 24. Furthermore, Apple said that the court case between IBM and Apple over Papermaster’s employment has been resolved.
Part of the deal's resolution is that Papermaster not begin his duties at Apple until six months after he left IBM, hence the April start date. In a statement on its Web site, IBM said that Papermaster would remain forbidden from using or disclosing IBM's confidential information while working at Apple, which he'll have to certify in both July and October of 2009. The U.S. District Court will have the power to enforce compliance of these matters until October 24, 2009, one year after Papermaster left IBM.
Papermaster was tapped last October to succeed outgoing Apple executive Tony Fadell, who had previously headed up the iPod hardware division. Unfortunately, IBM took issue with the new job, arguing that Papermaster was forbidden from taking the position under a non-compete agreement that he had signed. Papermaster found himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from his former employer, which said that he had access to trade secrets and other information that could harm IBM.
Last Novemeber, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas issued an injunction requiring Papermaster to immediately stop working at Apple. Papermaster subsequently countersued his former employer on the grounds, arguing that IBM and Apple were not significant competitors.
An IBM veteran of 26 years, Papermaster had served in a number of different capacities at the company, most recently as vice president of IBM’s blade server development unit. At Apple, Papermaster’s new position will put him in charge of the hardware engineering for the iPod and iPhone.
Updated 2:14 PT with information from IBM's statement about the details of the legal agreement.