The U.S. Justice Department will pursue a criminal case against Chinese tech giant Huawei for alleged trade secrets theft, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The criminal case reportedly stemmed from a civil case filed in Seattle District Court in 2014, in which T-Mobile said Huawei stole its proprietary technology after Huawei “abused its relationship as a phone handset supplier for T-Mobile to obtain access to T-Mobile’s robot and, in violation of several confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, copied the robot’s specifications and stole parts, software and other trade secrets.”
This doesn’t come as a surprise. The US government has been cracking down harder on Chinese companies as it tried to protect US companies and their technologies. In December of 2018, the CFO of Huawei was arrested in China and faces extradition to the United States. Although details haven’t been shared regarding the case, the US Justice Department sought the arrest as part of an ongoing investigation.
This certainly will not be the last of this ongoing investigation, charges, and developments. I expect more news to follow once official charges are made public by the US Justice Department.