Chipmaker UMC pleads guilty to trade secret theft, China’s bid to steal propriety chip designs unravelled

In a significant development United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) stated, it has pleaded guilty to trade secret theft in the United States, and will be paying a fine of $60 million and will cooperate with the prosecution of China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had indicted…

Former head of Uber’s self-driving unit Anthony Levandowski files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, has filed for bankruptcy protection following a court order confirming that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a lawsuit over his split from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo. In December, an arbitration panel had ruled that Levandowski, a former key engineer in…

U.S. mulls changes to Foreign Direct Product Rule to cut off Huawei from global chip supply chain

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is mulling options, which includes changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. These are among the many proposal the U.S. Administration is looking at…

Canada’s Telus Corp scheduled to launch 5G services with Huawei: Telus Corp’s CFO

In a statement by Canadian telecom operator Telus Corp’s Chief Financial Officer Doug French, the telecom operator is scheduled to roll out 5G services with the help of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s equipment. “It’s important for us to launch our network when the time is right…” said French in a statement while adding the company…

Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft

Amazon.com Inc has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims contesting the awarding of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp by the Pentagon. According to a spokesman for Amazon, the company has filed a complaint and supplemental motion for discovery under seal. “The Complaint and related filings…

U.S. charges 2 Chinese men of corporate and Intellectual property theft from General Electric Co.

The most significant part of the indictment is that this is the first time that the United States has tied these economic and intellectual property thefts to the Chinese government. In a significant development, as per an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department, a Chinese businessman as well as a former engineer working at…

Huawei Device Co Ltd & Huawei Device USA Inc to be arraigned on Feb. 28, 2019

Huawei faces gale force headwinds with intelligence agencies linking its telecom devices as potential Trojan Horses which can be tapped by Chinese intelligence. According to information available in court filings, two units of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd are set to be arraigned on February 28 in Seattle on a 10-count indictment on charges of conspiring…

Australia’s TPG Telecom discontinues sourcing of telecom equipment from Huawei

Telecom operators are designing 5G systems based on either Ericsson’s technology or that of Nokia Oyj. On Tuesday, Australia’s nascent network TPG Telecom Ltd stated, it would abandoned building its mobile telephone network which relied heavily on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd for equipment since the Australian government has banned Huawei on security grounds. Across the…

Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd pleads not guilty in U.S. intellectual property theft case

Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit is a self-proclaimed national leader in China’s tech industry. On Thursday, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd, a Chinese chipmaker pleaded not guilty to U.S. allegations that it stole trade secrets. In October 2018, U.S. authorities added, Fujian Jinhua to the list of entities that cannot purchase components, technology or software…

Apple drags former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, to court over theft of trade secrets

The criminal complaint sheds light on Apple’s secretive self-driving car project, many of which are detailed here. A criminal complaint filed by Apple against a former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, for allegedly stealing self-driving car trade secrets so as to work for a Chinese electric vehicle startup provides a window into Cupertino’s work on the technology,…