Motorola accuses Huawei of IP theft

Nicole McCormick
22 Jul 2010
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US vendor Motorola is suing Chinese rival Huawei for allegedly stealing “proprietary trade secrets and confidential information,” according to US court documents.

Motorola claims former staff engineer Shaowei Pan forwarded a confidential email about Motorola technology to Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Bloomberg reported.

“Huawei and its officers knew they were receiving stolen Motorola proprietary trade secrets and confidential information without Motorola’s authorization and consent,” according to the District Court complaint dated July 16.

Motorola is suing for civil conspiracy and “threatened or actual” misappropriation of trade secrets. It is seeking the return of the proprietary trade secrets and damages.

Motorola accuses Huawei of thieving proprietary information since 2001.

The US vendor sued five former employees, including Pan, in 2008 for taking confidential information with them to tech start-up Lemko, which like Motorola is based in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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