Indictment against Chinese nationals for economic espionage as to FBAR technology
An AP story discusses a 32-page indictment for theft of trade secrets by six Chinese nationals and includes the text
In 2006, Hao Zhang worked for Skyworks Solutions Inc. in Woburn, Massachusetts, and Wei Pang took a job in Fort Collins, Colorado, with Avago Technologies, which has headquarters in San Jose, California, and Singapore.
Wei Pang allegedly sent an email to two other defendants soon after, forwarding notes he took during a work meeting in 2006.
"My work is to make every possible effort to find out about the process's every possible detail and copy directly to China," Wei Pang is alleged to have written.
Related to theft of trade secrets by persons related to Tianjin University , see the post
Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft including text
With their insider access at U.S. technology firms, Zhang and Pang were suspected of soliciting Chinese universities and other entities to develop FBAR technology [ Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator ], between 2006 and 2007. Through their efforts, the two “established relationships with officials at Tianjin University," one of the oldest universities in the country, which eventually “agreed to support Pang, Zhang and others in establishing an FBAR fabrication facility in the PRC," DOJ alleged.
In 2009, the pair resigned from their jobs in the U.S., became full professors at Tianjin University, and started a joint venture with the school, ROFS Microsystem, a company that would facilitate the mass production of FBARs using stolen trade secrets from Avago and Skyworks, prosecutors alleged.
See also: http://www.todayonline.com/world/six-chinese-indicted-theft-code-us-tech-companies
Indictment at http://www.justice.gov/file/439936/download
**In passing, one notes that professors at Tianjin University also work with biofuels.
For example, see -- Proteomic analysis reveals resistance mechanism against biofuel hexane in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 --in Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:68 .