As our sister site is reporting, Baidu has sued Kang Zeyu (康泽宇), a former high-level research engineer for violating non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. He joined a company affiliated with Jinri Toutiao, the information platform of ByteDance, in less than one week after his departure from Baidu. The name of the company was not disclosed in the court documents made available to the public.

Baidu said its formal contract with the employer has clearly stated that a person cannot join any Baidu competitors or competitor-related companies within 1 year of the person’s resignation. To compensate for any loss incurred by the obligation of the non-compete agreement will have cost, Baidu will pay the person monthly.

Baidu said Kang claimed the compensation offering for 9 months without disclosing where he was working. The company also suspected that Kang had leaked confidential business information to ByteDance. An RMB 1.4 million violation fine was further demanded by Baidu.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com