By Bill Ray
22nd July 2010
Motorola has accused its own engineers of sending confidential documents
to the founder of Huawei, and claims that the receiving company was well
aware that the information was stolen.
The case, filed in Chicago, is against the Lemko Corp and originally
accused five former Motorola workers of taking their secrets with them
when they moved to Lemko - a company that has a reselling deal with
Huawei. But the case has now been amended to accuse named engineers of
sending confidential documents direct to Huawei.
Motorola is pretty explicit: "Huawei and its officers knew they were
receiving stolen Motorola proprietary trade secrets and confidential
information without Motorola.s authorization and consent," according to
Reuters' reporting of the complaint. A sent mail was apparently
recovered from the engineer's computer, with attached documents bearing
the "confidential" stamp.
It's not the first time Motorola and Lemko have been at odds - back in
2008 a Motorola employee (who also seems to have been working for Lemko
at the time) was picked up boarding a plane at O'Hare airport, on a
one-way trip to China packing more than 1,000 Motorola documents and
something in the region of $30,000 in cash too.
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