Ex-Sanofi Researcher Cops To Trade Secrets Theft

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 4:58 PM EST) -- A former Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC research chemist pled guilty Tuesday in New Jersey federal court to stealing the pharmaceutical company's trade secrets and selling them through the U.S. branch of a Chinese chemicals company.

Yuan Li admitted to one count of theft of trade secrets as part of a plea agreement filed with U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano.

During her tenure at the company, from August 2006 through June 2011, Li helped develop a number of chemicals Sanofi considered possible building blocks for new drugs,...
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