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With the backing of an all-star lineup from the San Francisco Bay Area white collar bar, five former employees of Fitbit Inc. and one current employee all pleaded not guilty this week to possessing stolen trade secrets.

Last month’s indictment alleged that Katherine Mogal, Ana Rosario, Patrick Narron, Patricio Romano, Rong “Audrey” Zhang and Jing Qui “Gee” Weiden, all of whom had joined Fitbit from competitor Jawbone, possessed information such as Jawbone’s technical and financial data, marketing plans, pricing information or other trade secrets after their departure from Jawbone.

Five of the employees have since moved on from Fitbit, according to their LinkedIn biographies. Mogal’s indicates she is leading user experience research teams at Facebook. She is represented by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partners Walter Brown, Melinda Haag and Randy Luskey. She pleaded not guilty to six counts at Monday’s arraignment. Brown told U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia DeMarchi that Mogal wishes to “vigorously defend against the charges as soon as possible.”

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at [email protected]

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