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Huawei Loses Trade Secret Case Versus Ex-Employee's Startup

  • Texas jury said Chinese telecom, instead, stole CNEX secrets
  • Huawei is in the middle of trade war between U.S. and China
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Huawei Technologies Co. stole trade secrets from a company co-founded by a former employee, a U.S. jury said Wednesday as it rejected claims that China’s largest technology company was the real victim in the dispute.

The jury in Sherman, Texas, said Huawei didn’t benefit from the theft and awarded no damages to the startup, CNEX Labs Inc. Still, the verdict following a three-week trial could provide ammunition to critics who say Huawei doesn’t play by the rules in the global technology playground.