Software maker Borland International Inc. said Wednesday that it is suing Microsoft Corp., accusing the industry behemoth of raiding it for top software engineers and marketing managers in a bid to gain confidential information and impair competition.
Borland said it filed an unfair-competition lawsuit against Microsoft that asks that Microsoft be barred from such practices and seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
Borland Chief Executive Delbert Yocam said Microsoft's actions could threaten his company's effort to turn itself around after a year of financial losses. The company, once a major maker of personal computer software, has scaled back drastically in recent years to concentrate on software tools, programs used to create applications.
Scotts Valley-based Borland claims that Microsoft used millions of dollars in signing bonuses to hire away 34 of its top software architects, engineers and marketing managers over the last 30 months. It alleges that Microsoft put many of these people in strategic positions similar to ones they held at Borland.