May 22, 2019
(Reuters) – A Silicon Valley chip startup has accused a top executive of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Deputy Chairman Eric Xu, of participating in a conspiracy to steal its trade secrets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing court documents.
The allegations were made in a lawsuit set for trial on June 3 in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, in which CNEX Labs Inc claimed that Huawei engaged in a multiyear conspiracy to steal company’s solid-state drive computer storage technology, including with the help of a Chinese university, the WSJ reported.
Both, Huawei and CNEX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
California-based CNEX is developing technology to enhance the performance of solid-state drives in data centers and has been in a dispute with Huawei since 2017.
It had accused Huawei of enlisting a Chinese university professor working on a research project to improperly access the startup’s technology.
(Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)