Founded in 1987, Huawei has grown into manufacturing more smartphones than any other competitor outside of Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest manufacturer. Huawei has sold its electronics and services to customers in upwards of 175 countries. Further, 90 percent of the world’s largest telecom companies currently use either the products or services – if not both – in their lines of business.
Unfortunately for Huawei, it seems as if the company illegally, unethically swiped trade secrets from various business partners based in the United States.
Federal prosecutors in the United States are in the late stages of crafting a damning case against the electronics and telecommunications company, says The Wall Street Journal. Trusted anonymous sources were the root of the news, which hit headlines around the world just yesterday.
Here’s how the investigation of intellectual property theft began
United States telecom giant T-Mobile pushed civil litigation forward in 2017 that accused Huawei of wrongfully nabbing intellectual property related to a high-tech machine that conducted various tests on smartphones before they were sold to end users.
Although Huawei’s representatives have refused to talk on yesterday’s reputable reports of intellectual property theft allegedly committed by the Chinese telecom giant, a statement from the company indicated that a 2017 civil suit created by T-Mobile yielded nothing for T-Mobile, with the presiding jury choosing not to charge Huawei with “damage, unjust enrichment, nor willful and malicious conduct.”
Huawei seems like the organization is barely holding together at the proverbial seams
Yesterday, reporters from CNN Business reached out to the United States Department of Justice for its thoughts on the ongoing investigation, though it hasn’t responded as of Wednesday, January 16 at midnight. The Department of Justice refused to comment on the issue when asked about it by a reporter from The Wall Street Journal.
On Tuesday, January 15, allegations surfaced of Huawei being a tried-and-true, undeniable liability to the national security of the United States. The United States’ leading intelligence agencies and high-ranking members of President Donald Trump’s administration both alleged that the Chinese government could effectively hack Huawei devices to listen in on conversations held by Americans. Those allegations even stated that Huawei devices’ cameras could be used to spy on Americans.
It seems as if Huawei just can’t catch a break. Last month, chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for burying sanction-related violations on Iran.