Apple Alumnus to Help Nest Fight Back

Nest Labs, the company that makes the wifi-enabled, self-adjusting Nest Learning Thermostat — and was founded by two Apple alumni — today added one more former Apple employee to the roster. Embroiled in a patent lawsuit with technology giant Honeywell, Nest brought in Chip Lutton, Apple’s former intellectual property chief, as the startup’s general counsel.

Lutton’s welcoming committee includes Nest CEO Tony Fadell and vice president of engineering Matt Rogers, two of the top executives on Apple’s original iPod team. Today Nest filed a lengthy document in court responding to the lawsuit

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