Ex-Nanya engineer indicted for stealing trade secrets

Taipei-A former worker at Taiwan-based memory chip maker Nanya Technology Corp. was indicted Friday for stealing trade secrets from the company in late 2016, with which he sought to land a job in China, according to the Taoyuan Prosecutors’ Office.

The engineer, identified only as Lee, 46, was accused of stealing the company’s 20 nanometer technology while taking online courses provided by the company in December last year, the office said in a press release.

To shield Nanya from unfair competition from rival counterparts, Lee has been restricted from leaving the country, the office said.

Lee was found to have used his personal computer to take screenshots of the technology, which he used as key information to help him land a job during an interview with China-based Unigroup Guoxin Co. in January this year.

Acting on a tipoff provided by Nanya showing that Lee illegally took trade secrets in order to secure a job in China, Taoyuan prosecutors conducted a raid on Lee’s home and arrested him on charges of violation of the Trade Secrets Act.

Although the prosecutors have completed an investigation into the case, no specific jail term has been demanded for Lee.

Nanya Technolgy mainly engages in the development, manufacture and distribution of memory products. It offers dynamic random access memory chips and modules that are used to store data.

Unigroup Guoxin, owned by China’s state-backed semiconductor group Tsinghua Unigroup, is one of the largest listed integrated circuit design companies in China.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel