Google, PayPal and the Business of Poaching Secrets
So the news is that PayPal has filed a lawsuit against Google for apparently poaching two of PayPal's employees to develop and launch Google's mobile payment service. Is this just sour grapes or do you think PayPal has a right to be aggrieved?
When you think about it this sort of thing goes on in business all the time, sure all business with trade secrets to preserve will do their utmost to try and ensure that the product developments stay within their walls, but it's inevitable that some are going to leak through the very same way that it has happened to PayPal.
Do they really have a case? Is the Google mobile payment service a copy of the live or planned service operated by PayPal? We'll never know that unless the legal action comes to anything.
I don't think this will really end up with anything fruitful for PayPal, they've got an awful lot to prove when accusing Google of copyright, after all quite a lot of the mobile payment technology in the market place is quite similar.
Business is business and this sort of poaching has been going on for centuries, and most business tends to accept the risk that this may happen. It's not often that any legal action of this type has been very successfully concluded in the past.