Huawei executive accused of helping steal trade secrets

A Huawei executive was involved in a plot to steal trade secrets, according to the electronics company CNEX Labs, based in California. Chinese telecommunications company Huawei and CNEX, which was co-founded by a former Huawei employee, filed grievances for theft of trade secrets. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that Huawei's high-level figure Eric Xu has been accused of helping oversee an alleged conspiracy.

The Journal cites a newly published hearing transcript that offers some details in a largely closed trial. According to his article, CNEX affirms that Xu, one of the presidents of Huawei, "ordered a Huawei engineer to analyze the technical information of Cnex." The engineer allegedly introduced himself as a possible client of CNEX to obtain details about his operations. CNEX also says that Xu received information about a plan to surreptitiously collect information from Xiamen University, which had obtained a CNEX computer memory card.

According to the Journal Huawei's lawyers admitted that Xu had "in the chain of command that had requested" information about CNEX, but denied that trade secrets had been stolen. "Huawei and CNEX did not respond Immediate to requests for comments from The Verge .

Huawei originally filed a lawsuit against CNEX co-founder Yiren "Ronnie" Huang in 2017, claiming that Huang, who left Huawei in 2013, had stolen employees and used their patents to develop CNEX's solid-state drive technology, CNEX filed a lawsuit, alleging that Huawei had misused its technology and was trying to gather even more information through demand.

At this time, the case is probably not Huawei's most pressing problem, President Donald Trump recently signed An executive order that allowed it to prohibit US companies from dealing with Huawei, in part because of fears that the company's telecommunications infrastructure might contain security attacks that the Chinese government could use for espionage, but possibly also as retaliation. against China in the midst of a continuous process. commercial war In any case, Google revoked the Android license of Huawei, ARM cut ties with the company and Microsoft has also distanced itself. Meanwhile, another Huawei executive was arrested last year on suspicion of violating sanctions against Iran.

A trial on CNEX claims is scheduled to begin June 3 in Texas.

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