Sunstein Client Benchmark Technologies Scores Trade Secret Jury Verdict and Injunctive Relief

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BOSTON, MA—Sunstein LLP is pleased to announce that it has obtained a favorable judgment confirming the results of its jury verdict for Benchmark Technologies, Inc., a leading international supplier of test reticles, photomasks, and related services for lithography systems (including in the semiconductor industry), as well as of fabrication of grating-based products such as high precision gratings and phase masks, in a year-long trade secret defense matter argued at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

In Benchmark Technologies, Inc. v. Yuqiang Tu and Kifonix Technology, LLC, Benchmark asserted that its former senior applications engineer, defendant Yuqiang (Richard) Tu, resigned to form a competing business and, among other misconduct, misappropriated five categories of trade secrets — valuable Benchmark intellectual property that gives the company a distinct competitive advantage in the market. Richard Tu and Lijun (Jenny) Luo are the managers of Kifonix.

Benchmark filed suit promptly after learning that Tu planned to use Benchmark’s trade secrets and confidential information, which he helped to develop while at Benchmark, to start his own business. Benchmark was able to quickly shut down the defendants’ illegal activity with a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

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