Taiwanese prosecutors has accused a Chinese Apple supplier of stealing commercial secrets from a Taiwanese supplier and poaching its workforce to win orders from the U.S. company, saying it had charged 14 people. Taiwan has been stepping up efforts to stop what it views as underhand and illegal activities by Chinese firms to steal know-how and poach away talent in what Taipei’s government views as a threat to the island’s tech prowess. Also Read - iPhone 13 selling at Rs 11,000 off in Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale
Prosecutors in New Taipei said after a year-and-a-half investigation they had found that China’s Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd had targeted Taiwanese competitor Catcher Technology Co Ltd “in order to quickly enter the Apple production chain to win orders”. Also Read - iPhone 14 may arrive on September 6 along with Apple Watch Series 8: Check price, features and more
Luxshare “lured” Catcher’s China based research and development team with promises of high salaries and stole business secrets from the Taiwanese firm, causing them big losses, the prosecutors said in a statement. Luxshare was doing this in order to be able to “quickly build factories and mass produce cases for iPhones, iPads and other products”, the statement said. Also Read - Apple iPhone 14 shipment expected to hit 95 million units: Report
Luxshare did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did Apple.
New Taipei prosecutors have now charged 14 people in connection with the case for breach of trust and taking commercial secrets for use overseas, they added.
“The department will do its best to investigate such cases to maintain the sound development of our country’s enterprises and ensure the competitiveness of national industries.”
Catcher, which makes iPhone and iPad cases, said in a statement it continues to implement and optimise the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property rights, and will investigate anything that infringes on its rights and interests. The company is cooperating with the probe, it added.
In May, Taiwanese authorities raided 10 companies or their R&D centres operating in Taiwan without approval suspected of illegally poaching chip engineers and other tech talent.