CALIFORNIA - A United States start-up is accusing Chinese telecommunications gear provider Huawei of enlisting a Chinese university professor working on a research project to improperly access the start-up's technology, according to court documents filed last week.
California-based CNEX is developing technology to enhance the performance of solid-state drives in data centres and has been in a dispute with Huawei Technologies since 2017.
In a new set of counterclaims filed in federal court in Texas last week, CNEX alleged that Professor Bo Mao of Xiamen University asked for one of the company's circuit boards as part of a research project.
The company alleges that it required Prof Mao to sign a "strict non-disclosure obligation" about the circuit board. But CNEX said that, unbeknownst to it, the university was working with Huawei and alleged that after it sent the circuit board to the professor, technical details about its products ended up in Huawei's hands.