Two ex-Nanya workers questioned in trade secrets theft case

Taipei, Two former employees of leading Taiwanese memory chipmaker Nanya Technology Corp. were questioned by prosecutors Monday on suspicion of stealing trade secrets from their former employer before being released on NT$500,000 (US$17,350) bail Tuesday.

The New Taipei District Prosecutors Office said the two employees are suspected of stealing DRAM manufacturing know-how from Nanya before quitting their jobs in February and March 2017, respectively, and going to work for a Chinese chipmaker.

One of the suspects in the case was a project manager in the company's mobile device engineering department and the other was a senior engineer at Nanya's product test engineering department, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors took advantage of the two individuals' return to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday to bring them in for questioning Monday after searching their residence, according to the office.

It is not the first time the company uncovered employees trying to steal trade secrets to sell to China.

In December 2017, prosecutors in Taoyuan indicted a former Nanya employee on charges of stealing 20-nanometer manufacturing technology, which the suspect allegedly attempted to use to land a job at Xian UniIC Semiconductors Co. Ltd. in Shaanxi Province.

The defendant was prohibited from leaving the country.

Source: Focus Taiwan