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Huawei reportedly under investigation by US for stealing trade secrets

By midian182 · 6 replies
Jan 17, 2019
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  1. The Wall Street Journal writes that the investigation arose from a 2014 civil case in which T-Mobile sued Huawei for gaining access to one of the carrier’s labs and taking unauthorized pictures of a smartphone testing robot called “Tappy,” which is designed to simulate the touch of a human finger. It’s also alleged that Huawei stole designs and parts of the machine.

    T-Mobile had been seeking $500 million in damages but was awarded just $4.8 million when it won the case in May 2017. Huawei said at the time that it “continues to believe in the merits of its defense to the allegations made by T-Mobile.”

    Chinese firms have long been accused of engaging in intellectual property theft—something the Justice Department said it was clamping down on last November by working alongside the FBI.

    The new case could see more problems for Huawei, which overtook Apple last year to become the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung. The company saw its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada at the behest of the US last month for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran. Another executive was arrested in Poland recently on espionage charges and has since been fired for bringing the company into “disrepute.”

    This week, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei—father of Meng Wanzhou—denied allegations that his company spied on behalf of China’s government. He also called Donald Trump “a great president.”

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,504   +3,897

    They say it like it's a surprise? After all, they are a Chinese company .....
     
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  3. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    Well, so far we got to hear plenty of allegations and very little proof. Sounds familiar?
     
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  4. redgarl

    redgarl TS Enthusiast Posts: 63   +72

    Anyone making me believe this company is as white as snow is better going back in their alien spaceship far far away in another galaxy.

    This company is backed by the Chinese government. They have a lot to lose if countries are banning them from their 5G network... and it will happen.
     
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  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,004   +1,272

    Here's how it works in China. For a non domestic company to do business in China, you MUST allow
    them access to a lot of your "stuff".
    Now, considering a lot of non technical people (ie: the slave labor types) would like to make more money and be on the good side of that dictatorial government, spying/stealing would be one thing they can do without being shot by their own government.
    Granted, a lot of phones share similar design (rectangular slabs of glass, metal & plastic), there is a LOT of reverse engineering that goes on.
    Huawei, BBK/Oppo, Xaomi...etc...they all do it. Not saying it is right, but that's how they do business in China.
     
  6. netman

    netman TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +105

    "The Wall Street Journal writes that the investigation arose from a 2014 civil case in which T-Mobile sued Huawei"

    Fake news #1: T-mobile does not even make cell phones!

    "The company saw its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada at the behest of the US last month for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran"

    Fake news #2: First, sanctions are totally illegal...Second: you cannot violate an illegal act...Third, no proof whatsoever!
     
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  7. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 193   +169


    I have to admit when I read this I went "Oh yeaa....... when did T-mobile ever make smartphones....?"
     

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