Huawei continues to have problems in the US, after a university professor admitted that he stole American technology to help the Chinese company. Bo Mao, a professor at Xiamen University in China, was allegedly caught stealing a chip from the University of Texas in 2016, where he was visiting for academic research. He pleaded guilty and will be convicted for lying in statements, not for theft or industrial espionage.
Professor Bo Mao stole a chip from the University of Texas for Huawei
Bo Mao is due to appear in court in Brooklyn, New York, on December 14, where he is to be found guilty of his crime. The expected sentence is the period in which he was already imprisoned pending the sentence, so he will not be imprisoned again. He would be sent back to China following this situation and it is not clear if he will be allowed to return to the US too soon.
While this lawsuit does not mention Huawei, a civil case that was filed in 2016, when the act took place, it mentions that Mao stole that special chip for the Chinese manufacturer of electronic devices.
In fact, this is not the first time that Huawei finds itself in the middle of a technology theft scandal from a US company. A few years ago, Huawei employees even studied and stole a part of a T-Mobile robot testing mobile phones. And in that situation, the American authorities found the company’s employee guilty, especially after he admitted his deed.
He said at the time that he had stolen T-Mobile technology to try to upgrade a similar robot from Huawei. In fact, at that time, Huawei wanted to collaborate with T-Mobile in the USA.