The 56-page superseding indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY names Huawei and its subsidiaries, Futurewei Technologies, Inc., Skycom Tech Co., LTD., and Wanzhou Meng (a.k.a, Cathy Meng and Sabrina Meng) as defendants.
The latest charge of trade secrets theft relates to alleged "decades-long efforts" by the company and its US - and China-based affiliates to misappropriate intellectual property (IP) from other companies-including six USA technology companies-and use it to grow Huawei's own business, the department said.
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The US has expanded its lawsuit against Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a "decades-long" plan to steal technology from US firms. Huawei is now accused of stealing American technologies.
The new indictment also alleges that Huawei engaged in convert efforts to ship its goods and services to Iran and North Korea, in violation of US, European and United Nations sanctions. CFO Wanzhou Meng is now in Canada fighting extradition to the US, with the first stage of her hearing beginning last month.
The new 16-count indictment says Huawei used a "long-running practice of using fraud and deception to misappropriate sophisticated technology from U.S. counterparts", a Justice Department statement said, without naming the American companies.More news: Global carbon emissions 'flatline' in 2019
The trade secret theft charges in the superseding indictment relate to internet router source code, cellular antenna technology, and robotics. It alleged, among other claims, that Huawei had lied about its relationship with Skycom, which prosecutors said was an "unofficial subsidiary" of Huawei that had assisted Iran in performing domestic surveillance, including against demonstrators in Tehran in 2009.
Why it matters: The superseding indictment could ratchet up the potential penalties against Huawei, which was already facing charges for violating US sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
Huawei has yet to make a statement on the formal indictment.More news: Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case
The indictment also claims Huawei used "proxies" such as professors working at research institutions to steal trade secrets and "launched a policy instituting a bonus programme to reward employees who obtained confidential information from competitors". "It uses these tactics indiscriminately against competitors and collaborators alike".More news: NBC Los Angeles: CDC Confirms Second Coronavirus Case in San Diego County