Taiwan's HTC designer indicted for leaks to China
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted a chief designer and five employees at leading smartphone maker HTC for allegedly leaking crucial trade secrets to China and breach of trust.
Chien Chih-lin, vice president of product design, was charged with leaking information relating to "highly valuable" designs for a yet-to-be-launched smartphone interface to unidentified individuals in Beijing in an attempt to set up a joint new company in China, prosecutors said.
Chien was also charged with breach of trust for allegedly taking kickbacks and falsifying expenses totalling around NT$33.56 million (S$1.42 million) from suppliers, the Taipei district prosecutors' office said in a statement.
Prosecutors requested a heavy sentence for Chien on the grounds that he has caused serious damages to HTC and has shown no remorse for his actions, the statement said. Both offences carry a maximum 10-year jail term.