According to an article over at engadget, Motorola (a huge player in the Android space) is suing Huawei (with a new Android tablet) and over a dozen former employees for attempting to steal trade secrets for wireless and “other proprietary technology” in a time spanning over years, starting in 2001.
The lawsuit was filed in 2008 against 4 former employees (engineers) for Motorola, along with a company called “Lemko” on the previously mentioned charges. Apparently, after digging deeper into the case, Motorola discovered how deep the rabbit hole went, and filed a new complaint on 7/16/10, citing Huawei and 9 other previous employees for allegedly scheming to heist plans for the SC300, a 3G base station.
The complaint states that the plan to steal the trade secrets was fumbled when one of the alleged perpetrators was taken into custody by Customs at O’Hare airport. He had with him over $30,000 in cash and over a thousand pages of documentation pertaining to Motorola’s communication technology. Another former employee was caught bulk purchasing Motorola phones, then sending unlock codes and dump files to Lemko so the information could be reverse engineered.
Motorola also claims it isn’t certain about the exact relationship between Lemko, the former employees and Huawei, saying that “file destruction software” was put onto computers that were turned over as evidence, before they were in the hands of the authorities. They also say that Huawei was completely aware of the fact that it was receiving unauthorized information from the other parties. For a full copy of the complaint filed by Motorola, check it out here (pdf).