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Report: Former GM engineer found guilty of trying to sell trade secrets (Autoblog)
Filed under: Hybrid, Government/Legal, Technology, GM, Chery, Electric
After an almost month-long trial, former General Motors engineer Shanshan Du
and her husband, Yu Qin, were convicted Sunday of stealing hybrid vehicle
trade secrets from the automaker. Qin was convicted on seven counts, while Du
was convicted of three trade-secret counts but acquitted of wire fraud
Prosecutors said Qin used the data in attempts to either get employment with
or form partnerships with GM's Chinese competitors, including Chery Automobile
Co. GM claimed in the trial that the secrets were worth more than $40 million.
Defense lawyers said the data wasn't secret, wasn't stolen and was "useless
for other companies."
"These defendants stole trade secrets, which General Motors spent many years
and millions of dollars to develop, to give an unfair advantage to a foreign
competitor," US Attorney Barbara McQuade said. "We hope that this prosecution
will send a message that stealing proprietary information from an employer or
competitor is a serious crime."
Du worked for GM from 2000 until her resignation in 2005. Prosecutors argued
that Du and her husband had formed Millennium Technology International through
which they had hoped to sell the stolen information. Lawyers said 16,262