Lawsuit asserts that Huawei stole from T-Mobile technology laboratory in Washington
posted by Maxwell R. / Sep 06, 2014, 4:44 AM
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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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.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 5:13 AM 0
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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
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 5:25 AM 8
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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.
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 5:33 AM 1
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Seinfeld episode. George has robot hand that is stuck closed on his....
posted on Sep 06, 2014, 7:16 AM 0
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