4 Tech Workers Accused Of Stealing Chip Plans For Startup

Law360, New York (December 7, 2017, 3:33 PM EST) -- Four former employees of Applied Materials Inc. were hit with trade secrets charges in California federal court for an alleged scheme in which they tried to copy the semiconductor company’s LCD chip technology to launch their own venture capital-funded business, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Liang Chen, Donald Olgado, Wei-Yung Hsu and Robert Ewald had plotted in 2012 to create their own startup using their access to a display chip technology that Applied had spent years and millions of dollars developing, according to the indictment posted publicly by...
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