HTC Design team busted for stealing trade secrets

HTC Design team busted for stealing trade secrets
On Friday, some departing members of the HTC design team were busted in Taipei for suspicion of fraudulent expense claims and for possibly stealing trade secrets in advance of opening their own design company. Five men, including Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and senior manager Justin Huang were all cuffed and detained. Chien and Wu remained in custody while the other three were released on bail. Huang was the man who sketched the original design for the HTC One.

Chien, Wu and Huang had been planning on opening their own design team to focus on companies in mainland China. They had already registered a name for their new firm, "Xiaoyu" and were planning on leaving HTC after receiving their mid-year bonuses. The company caught Chien downloading files relating to the unreleased Sense 6.0 UI which he emailed to a third party. The Taiwan based handset manufacturer's chairwoman Cher Wang reported the incident to Taiwan's Investigation Bureau.

Additionally, the three men split the equivalent of $334,000 USD after scamming HTC out of money by asking an external design house to bill HTC that amount for work that the design house said it performed on the design of the aluminum chassis for the HTC One. The design was actually done in-house.

The story is big news in Taiwan as you can tell from a newscast of the story below.

source: UDN (1), (2) (translated), ChinaNews (translated)



1. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Annnd that's why I don't like Chinese products. They're either based on someone else's ideas and/or poorly imitated in design and functionality. This applies to HTC to a much less extent though. I'd rather stick to another Asian OEM or Western OEM. Even if it's constructed in China, it's still designed and blueprinted in that native country, Chinese factories are like the brawn to their brain.

33. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

So you simply judging all chinese or even all asian by looking at only ONE NEWS..... brilliant........

34. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

You are absolutely brilliant! by judging this news written by phonearena. what a great vision you have! :) on the other hand, Phonearena just can' t make a right article title isn't it?

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I understand that you guys (PA) assume people read these articles, but if that's not a misleading title, I don't know what is. People see "HTC Design team busted for stealing trade secrets" and think "HTC stole somebody's trade secrets" when the story is about how HTC's design team stole secrets... FROM HTC. Forgetting how misleading the current title could be construed, I'd think adding "from themselves" at the end would be a bigger draw for readers anyways.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that there is no problem with article titles. At least I have read article titles and understood it right.

28. adk199

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

I actually got the point from reading the headline. I think the title would be different if it was from another company :-)

8. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I suspect it's on intention you get you to click on it. "Employees stole HTC trade secret got busted" won't get as much attention cause we all don't care about some employee. But if they got you to think HTC got in trouble, you read about it.

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Mr. Chien and 2 other HTC employees who were leaving the Firm to set up their own, got caught emailing unreleased Sense 6.0 UI. After reading Headline sounds about right to me. But i must agree with evil slaver, i thought HTC stole from others.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How about this, "HTC Design team busted for stealing trade secrets from own company" Makes it a bit clearer, doesn't it?

10. evil_slayer

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

actually i agree,first impression came to my mind when i read the title is htc design team stole their current design language from other people,and then i read the article and found out its a completely different thing. and i thought im the only one..

16. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Your first line pretty much sums up my first thought when I started reading this article. It's also what I was tempted to say to the first comment on this article, but decided not to since you expressed that point here. +1

20. raphz

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

I second your opinion

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011


23. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

nothing's technically wrong with the title although i would have wanted apostrophes enclosing "htc design team" to make things clearer.

25. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

I agree. I assumed exactly this upon seeing the title.

30. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Exact thing I thought. Even more disappointing when reading and finding out HTC was dumb enough to not know a design for their flagship phone was done on their own property and pay someone wonder they thought they could get away with this.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nothing like trying to build a launch fund by scamming your former employer. HTC should sue them for defrauding the company in addition to the criminal charges the crew are facing. What a bunch of f*cking grifters.

35. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Makes ya wonder what else they've embezzled, ideas they've "stolen," and/or sold for profit, throughout their time of employment.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

poor thomas now look what you did...

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

What a bunch of Ahats. It effects me little other then to say it makes happy to see scammers caught.

9. joepetty1986

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

Wow... HTC has ALWAYS been one of my fav manufacturers ever since the G1. They probably have the best design language in mobile, android at least. But man, this is so sad. Seeing them tank, especially in the way its going is horrible. Its sad when YOUR OWN EMPLOYEES are contributing to ur downfall, evidently there's something MUCH more sinister going on inside them walls that we don't know about. They are like the 2013 edition of Blackberry. Jeez man.

11. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

click bait title hahaha got me here though didn't it so I guess it worked

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

How could you not try stealing from the best phone company XP. Too bad you got caught bitches!!! Sense 6.0 sounds hot !!

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

May justice be finally served.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I guess they were "fishing" in HTC's private pond for their business strategy. HTC - Here's The 'Cuffs

18. papss unregistered

It should read "ex HTC design team busted"

19. GeekMovement unregistered

Sad for HTC.

22. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Oh god htc is a thief...... this is what came into my mind when I read the headline.... pa should not mislead people by giving irrelevant headline which is not at all related to the article.

32. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

+100 ... It only tarnishes their website when they do this...

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