Gov't Drops IP Theft Charges Against Ex-Jawbone Workers

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 7:53 PM EST) -- The government dropped criminal charges accusing four former Jawbone employees of stealing its trade secrets and defecting to rival wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc., less than two weeks after a California federal jury in Silicon Valley cleared an ex-Jawbone executive of similar charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a notice of dismissal dropping criminal trade secret theft charges against former Jawbone workers Patrick Narron, Jing Qi Weiden, Patricio Romano and Rong Zhang, which were initially lobbed in a June 2018 indictment.

In a statement Friday, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson acknowledged that it is a "serious step" for the...

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