Google can indeed hire Kai-Fu Lee on some conditions
Both Microsoft and Google claimed moral victories in the judgment, which said that Google could indeed hire former Microsoft employee Kai-Fu Lee on some conditions. Earlier, the courts had barred Google from hiring Lee considering he was still under an obligation to Microsoft to not join a competing company for a period of at least 1 year after leaving his job at Microsoft.
Google had hired Lee to head their research center in China and as per the ruling, he would be allowed to work under certain limitations. This means that although Kai-Fu Lee could head the Googleâ€™s office in china and recruit people to work under him, he cannot however set budgets or work on the research projects for the company.
Lee himself was happy about the decision as he said: â€œStarting today I have the green light to do what I wanted to doâ€. He also said that the restrictions would still allow him to do his job at the Googleâ€™s china facility. He will not however be allowed under the ruling to work on Internet search or natural language technology at Mountain View, California-based Google for the next one year.