Lawsuit asserts that Huawei stole from T-Mobile technology laboratory in Washington

Lawsuit asserts that Huawei stole from T-Mobile technology laboratory in Washington
Team Magenta has filed a lawsuit against Huawei in an outright allegation of physical theft of technology from T-Mobile’s headquarters in Washington.

Among items stolen, former Huawei employees are accused of stealing part of a robot’s arm. The robot, called Tappy, is part of T-Mobile’s smartphone testing regimen.

In May 2013, security cameras allegedly recorded a Huawei employee disassembling part of the robot, then “slipped the hidden part into his laptop bag when leaving.” Other thefts apparently occurred in 2013 as well as in 2012, including copying software which detailed design elements of the robot, and how the system operated.

There was no noted amount of damages being sought, but T-Mobile stated that the cost of switching away from Huawei handsets would cost tens of millions of dollars. Huawei stated that it has since fired two employees, noting they acted inappropriately. A spokesman for the world’s third largest smartphone maker said, “There is some truth to the complaint. Huawei respects T-Mobile’s right to file suit, and we will cooperate fully with any investigation and court proceeding to protect our rights and interests.”

T-Mobile developed and started using Tappy back in 2007 and says that since it started using the robot to test smartphones, testing times have decreased as have customer returns. T-Mobile alleges that Huawei is using the stolen hardware and software to copy and build its own testing robot.



source: The New York Times

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16 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Glad to see that Huawei is respecting the lawsuit, and not act like an idiot like the keyboard company Typo that stole the keyboard design from BlackBerry. Hope this problem will be settled soon.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Huawei should negotiate a license to the robotic technology with T-Mo. The ex-employees did the bad deed while they were working as Huawei employees and Huawei benefited from the ex-employees bad deed. $ is owed to T-Mo.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Well, it's the Chinese........what more can we say They have mastered the art of copying, bullying and invading Guilty until proven innocent? :-D

7. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

For your information, even American also no different when it comes to make profit. Almost every company out there steel others ideas, products and technology.

4. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Him how they catch this s**t is beyond me, tryin to steal from tmo... no one steals from tmo

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

LOL, Huawei's technology is lightyears ahead what TMo can produce on it's own, as a matter of fact, TMo most likely uses Huawei technology all around, so it's unlikely that Huawei, an incredibly sophisticated IT and communications company supplying HALF of the world with network equipment and potential to peek into any connected computer would pyhsically send an employee with a Huawei name tag on it's shirt to steal robot technology in front of a camera. :D :D :D As a matter of fact, it sounds like good ol'inside job by whatever party that wants to drag down it's rival. Don't believe propaganda, use own logic.

12. Furbal unregistered

Yeah, hard to think that with 40k+ employees in research and development they would be that blatent

15. TerryTerius unregistered

... The article specifically says Huawei more or less admitted it happened and fired some employees. So what are you raving about exactly?

6. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

it has to be those employees for their on self benefits.. i dont think Huawei has anything to do with it...

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Weird... Chinese company stealing? I couldn't believe any Chinese company would steal or copy. Did you know cookies are better with milk?

9. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Seinfeld episode. George has robot hand that is stuck closed on his....

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's "The Big Bang Theory."

11. Getulio

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

A Chinese company? Noooooh

13. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

One does not simply steal from T-Mobile...

14. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

This hqppened around the time the u.s. government was warning anyone doing business w huawei and zte, I believe.

16. ozboyian

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Huawei have blood on their hands. Just look at what they got themselves mixed up with in Singapore at justice4shanetodd dot com

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