The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has charged two top executives and an employee at chip designer VIA Technologies Inc. with the theft of a rival firm's software coding.
VIA officials said Saturday that company chairwoman Cher Wang and her husband, president Wenchi Chen, face up to four years in prison, while Jeffrey Chang, a senior consultant at wholly owned subsidiary VIA Networking Technologies, Inc. could spend three years in jail if found guilty.

The prosecutors office has charged that Wang and Chen colluded to illegally obtain chip testing simulation software by sending Chang to work at Taiwan rival D-Link Corp. , which developed the coding.

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