Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Chinese national pleads guilty to theft of battery secrets

A Chinese national, 35-year-old Hongjin Tan, pleaded guilty on 12 November 2019, to trade secret theft from Phillips 66 of technology
related to next-generation batteries.

See report in TIME:


From an earlier post:

Tan was a “materials scientist” for the Disruptive Technologies team at the Phillips 66 Research Center when he resigned in December 2018, indicating he wanted to return to his native China to care for his parents. He was arrested after company authorities reviewed his computer access following the resignation and discovered he had allegedly stolen technology valued at more than $1 billion.

According to, government prosecutors have sought a trial protective order so some of the technology will not be revealed publicly during Tan’s trial, but Tan’s defense attorney, Ryan A. Ray says such an order would be “unduly burdensome” and that “protecting alleged trade secrets from public disclosure cannot be done with a one-size-fits-all solution.”



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