US launches investigation into Huawei on allegations of intellectual property theft
- 4 weeks ago
U.S. federal prosecutors in Seattle have announced they are due to launch an investigation into Huawei as allegations regarding theft of intellectual property is brought against them.
The investigation is linked to a lawsuit between Huawei and telcom provider T-Mobile which dates back to 2014 when the German firm accused the Chinese tech giant of abstracting intellectual property from a robot which was used by T-Mobile to assess quality control issues with mobile devices.
Subsequently Huawei was found guilty in May 2017 on those allegations.
Although separate from the current issue involving Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is currently awaiting extradition to the U.S. on allegations of breaching international law.
Nor are there links to the recent arrest of Huawei employee Wang Weijing in Poland, whom has been charged for spying for the Chinese government.
Huawei did dismiss Weijing and claimed they were not aware of his actions.
Nevertheless, U.S. intelligence has long suspected China to use its larger companies in a bid to enhance its political stance globally, even if it means to get their hands dirty.
That being said, Huwaei has denied any wrongdoings or that it acts on behalf of Beijing, however U.S. counterintelligence has other opinions.
The 2014 lawsuit was not the first instance Huawei has been under scrutiny of prosecutors, in 2003 the tech giant admitted of stealing from Cisco Systems parts of a software which runs computer network equipment.
The result was a patent infringement lawsuit which was dropped by Cisco as Huawei promised to modify its products.
Source: Smart Trend Team