The Snitch In The System

Vermont Microsystems Inc. (VMI) is no corporate Sam Spade. But the high-tech company, based in Winooski, Vt., is pretty good at playing detective. Consider how the company got a judge to award it $25.5 million in December in a trade-secrets action VMI brought against Autodesk Inc. VMI didn't rely on the typical eyewitness or incriminating memo to beat the Sausalito (Calif.)-based software developer. Instead, VMI crafted its case out of bits and bytes.

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