Taiwanese prosecutors have accused a Chinese Apple supplier of stealing commercial secrets from a Taiwanese supplier and poaching its employees to win orders from a US company, saying it had charged 14 people. Taiwan is stepping up efforts to stop covert and illegal activities by Chinese firms so that the government of Taipei can steal and take away talent as a threat to the island’s technological prowess.
Prosecutors in New Taipei said after a year-and-a-half investigation they found that China’s Luxshare Precision Industry Co., Ltd. had targeted Taiwanese competitor Catcher Technology Co., Ltd. “to quickly enter the Apple production chain in order to win orders”. .
Luxshare “lured” Catcher’s China-based research and development team with the promise of higher salaries and stole business secrets from the Taiwanese firm, causing them major losses, prosecutors said in a statement. The statement said Luxshare was doing this to enable faster factories and mass production cases for iPhones, iPads and other products.
LuxShare did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did Apple.
Taipei’s new prosecutors have now charged 14 people with breach of trust and taking commercial secrets for use abroad, he said.
“The department will do its best to investigate such matters in order to maintain the sound development of the enterprises of our country and ensure the competitiveness of the national industries.”
Catcher, which makes iPhone and iPad cases, said in a statement that it continues to implement and optimize trade secrets and intellectual property rights protections, and investigate anything that violates its rights and interests. Will do The company is cooperating with the investigation.
In May, Taiwanese authorities illegally raided 10 companies or their R&D centers operating in Taiwan without suspicion of poaching chip engineers and other technical talent.
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