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BlackBerry Sues Executive to Stop Him Leaving for Apple

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BlackBerry is taking one of its one senior executives to stop him leaving the company to go and work for Apple.

Sebastien Marineau-Mes handed his resignation into the company last December, but BlackBerry argues that he is on a six month notice period and cannot leave the company until June at the earliest.

He is currently the senior vice-president for software at BlackBerry and is understood to have been offered a role at Apple heading up the core iOS software development for the iPhone and iPad.

Sebastien Marineau-Mes is arguing in court that the time he was promoted to his current role, which requires the 6-month notice took place at a time when the company had a freeze on promotions, so that invalidates his promotion, and the need for 6-months notice to leave the company.

Despite the freeze on promotions, he accepted the higher authority which put in him charge of a team of around 3,000 employees.

The promotion was not formally announced, due to the freeze, but was effectively in place.

The court in Ontario disagreed with his argument that the promotion was not valid and has held him to his notice period.

BlackBerry said in a statement that "It is unfortunate that we had to take this step, but we will do whatever is necessary to ensure that employees honor the agreements they make with us."

Marineau-Mes is currently understood to be on "gardening leave".

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