DALLAS – A federal jury in Texas has ruled that Huawei stole trade secrets from a Silicon Valley startup, but has not inflicted any damage.
After a three-week trial, jurors at the US District Court in Sherman Texas stated Wednesday that although Huawei had abused technology from the startup, Cnex did not benefit from it.
The jury also rejected Huawei's claims that Cnex co-founder Yiren Huang stole technology while working for a Huawei subsidiary. He then recruited other former Huawei employees after joining Cnex in 2013.
Huawei is involved in a trade dispute between China and the US, where Chinese companies such as Huawei have been accused of enforcing technology transfers and stealing trade secrets.
The Cnex case is not directly related to this trade dispute, although it is overseen by the same federal judge, Amos Mazzant III, who has been assigned to Huawei's lawsuit against the US government. According to Huawei, a ban on the purchase of equipment by federal agencies and contractors is unconstitutional.
In a statement, Huawei called the Cnex ruling a "mixed verdict" and said it would consider the next steps.
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Huawei said Huang started Cnex three days after leaving the Huawei Futurewei machine and filed patent applications less than a month later. Huawei also accused Huang of withdrawing his staff and claimed that someone was caught downloading thousands of pages of confidential Huawei documents.
The jury found that Huang contravened a treaty provision on the disclosure of patent applications, but did not award damages after concluding Futurewei.
Santa Clara lawyers in California, Cnex, have argued that Futurewei hired Huang in 201