HTC's design team now formally indicted for allegedly leaking internal designs to third-parties, faces up to 10 years jail time

HTC's design team now formally indicted for allegedly leaking internal designs to third-parties, faces up to 10 years jail time
Back in August, five HTC employees were cuffed and detained for allegedly leaking sensitive internal information pertaining to HTC interface designs to third-parties in mainland China. As if HTC didn't have it hard enough already, three of those happen to be some pretty essential executives within the struggling Taiwanese company – VP of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Hung and senior manager Justin Huang.

The same were allegedly about to wait out their mid-year bonuses and call it quits, having already incorporated their own design company in China. As if leaking sensitive HTC intellectual property wasn't enough, the above trio was also allegedly scammed their employer out of close to a million dollars through faux contracts. These transgressions were not left unnoticed, and formal indictments have now been put into motion, threatening to incarcerate Chien and company for up to 10 years.

An unsavory business, no doubt, yet there's no denying that some of the charged had key positions within HTC. In fact, Justin Huang is said to be the very person that first sketched the initial design for the masterpiece that is the HTC One. Considering the handset maker's poor financial performance as of late, this is likely to serve as a considerable blow for the company, undermining its efforts to bounce back.

source: Livemint

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9 Comments

9. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

When will it end? More bad news about HTC.

7. Teja171 unregistered

Yeah, cut the branch on which we are sitting.

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'm currently at uni for telecommunications in design and I hope to be apart of HTC design team. Or anything else but HTC I hope more

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Putting fuel to the fire, htc is already under fire of poor sales performance and their staff stab them in the back...

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

They deserve to go to jail or be fined.

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Wao, that is just sad.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I am going to start to use wao over wow next time. I really like it. +1 for wao...

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Wao +1

8. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Very sad. What is more important is, who they sold the information to.

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