Taiwan probing allaged theft of technology for China

Oct 15, 2012

Taiwan is investigating the alleged theft by two former executives of sensitive technology from leading flat-panel maker AU Optronics and its sale to a Chinese rival, officials said Monday.

The two suspects, identified by their surnames Lien and Wang, were taken into custody and questioned by the Bureau of Investigation last month.

The bureau said it suspected they had stolen AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display technology used in mobile devices and televisions, before being recruited by China Star Optoelectronics Technology, a unit of China's consumer electronics brandname TCL.

"They were paid in return a yearly salary of more than $1 million," the bureau said in a statement.

"The illegal leak of the cutting-edge technology has undermined Taiwan's competitive edge in the flat-panel industry and severely betrayed the national interest."

The pair were released after questioning, the bureau said, but will face further questioning by prosecutors.

Lien had been in charge of AU Optronics' display technology development centre and Wang was a research unit manager before they moved to China Star in September last year.

The case comes amid mounting calls for a law on , especially by China, as growing ties have made it easier for mainland firms to steal secrets.

Currently suspects faces charges such as and embezzlement but critics say the punishment for such crimes is not severe enough.

Co filed a lawsuit against its Chinese rival Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp in the United States in 2003, alleging SMIC improperly obtained its trade secrets and infringed patents.

In 2005 SMIC agreed to pay TSMC $175 million to settle the case after the Taiwan chipmaker filed new evidence of with a US court.

Explore further: Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Taiwan businesses call for industrial spying law

Nov 03, 2011

Taiwan businesses have called for a law on industrial espionage, especially by China, as growing ties have made it easier for mainland firms to steal secrets, officials and media said Thursday.

Taiwan softens on high-tech investment in China

Mar 08, 2011

Taiwan further relaxed controls Tuesday on high-tech investments in China by local firms, allowing makers of flat-panel television screens to export their most advanced technology to the mainland.

Recommended for you

Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

Oct 24, 2014

Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand ...

States ascend into the cloud

Oct 24, 2014

Seven years ago, the state of Delaware started moving computer servers out of closets and from under workers' desks to create a consolidated data center and a virtual computing climate.

Microsoft drops Nokia name from smartphones

Oct 24, 2014

Microsoft said Friday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group's handset division.

Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark

Oct 24, 2014

Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace. The world's largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast.

User comments : 0