US Indicts Chinese Wind Power Company For Stealing Trade Secrets

June 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Cold WindsEarlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted a wind turbine manufacturer based in China, Sinovel, for stealing trade secrets.

The indictment alleges that Sinovel stole intellectual property from AMSC, a clean energy company based in Dovens, MA, and subsequently sold the stolen technology to customers in Massachusetts.

“Today’s indictment proves that the AMSC allegations against Sinovel are based on concrete and valid evidence,” said Melanie Hart, an analyst at the Center for American Progress Senior Policy Analyst for China Energy and Climate Policy. “AMSC has now won two swift and clear judicial successes, first in Austria and now here in the United States. If Chinese courts issue a dramatically different ruling based on the exact same evidence, that will raise big questions about the legal protection foreign firms can expect in today’s China.”

The alleged theft was the subject of an extensive investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and encompassed many of the hallmarks of corporate espionage, including disgruntled employees, alcoholism and psychological manipulation.

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