Online video monetization specialist Ooyala has filed suit against rival Brightcove, alleging the misappropriation of trade secrets in Latin America.
In a press release announcing the suit, Ooyala claims Brightcove improperly exported customer contact lists, confidential sales pitches, pricing strategies and marketing plans, intending to undermine Ooyala and benefit Brightcove’s sales efforts in the Latin American region.
Ooyala said it’s seeking an injunction in a Boston federal court, where it rendered on Monday a six-count filing that also alleges deceptive business practices, tortious interference and breach of contract.
"We are aware of Ooyala's assertions concerning the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets,” responded Brightcove in a statement. “When first alerted to these assertions by Ooyala, we reviewed them in good faith and reached out to Ooyala in an effort to address its concerns. Ooyala disengaged from that conversation and then filed this suit. Brightcove believes that this lawsuit is entirely without merit. We are working to resolve the matter, which is narrowly focused on a particular region and does not concern our products, services or technology.”
According to Multichannel News, the Ooyala suit identifies two of its former employees, who now work for Brightcove, as defendants: Darío Pérez Real and Raúl Francisco García Domínguez.
Ooyala claims that Pérez signed an employment contract with Brightcove while he was still working for Ooyala.
Further, Ooyala claims its former employees continued to exploit its proprietary info even after Brightcove was notified and asked to stop.