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Six China residents charged with stealing US mobile phone technology

Grant Gross | May 20, 2015
Six residents of China face economic espionage and theft of trade secret charges for allegedly funneling radio frequency technologies used in mobile devices from U.S. companies to a university controlled by the Chinese government.

The stolen trade secrets enabled Tianjin University to construct and equip a state-of-the-art FBAR fabrication facility and then to obtain contracts for providing FBARs to commercial and military entities.

The six indicted defendants are:

Zhang, 36, is a professor at Tianjin University. Zhang is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Pang, 35, is a professor at Tianjin University. Pang is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Jinping Chen, 41, is a professor at Tianjin University and a member of the board of directors for ROFS Microsystem. Chen is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets.

Huisui Zhang, 34, studied with Pang and Hao Zhang at USC and received a master's degree in electrical engineering in 2006. Huisui Zhang is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets.

Chong Zhou, 26, is a Tianjin University graduate student and a design engineer at ROFS Microsystem. Zhou studied under Pang and Hao Zhang, and is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Zhao Gang, 39, is the general manager of ROFS Microsystems. Gang is charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to commit economic espionage is 15 years in prison and a US$500,000 fine or twice the loss to victims. Aiding and abetting economic espionage carries the same maximum penalties. The trade secrets charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the loss.

Lawyers for the defendants and representatives of Tianjin University weren't immediately available for comment.

 

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