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Ex-Dow Scientist Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets for China, U.S. Says

Posted by Author on September 1, 2010

The Bloomberg, Sep. 1, 2010 –

A former Dow AgroSciences researcher was charged with stealing trade secrets from the company and relaying them to China, the U.S. government said.

The indictment against Kexue Huang, also known as John, was announced in an e-mailed statement yesterday by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer and U.S. Attorney Timothy Morrison of Indianapolis. Huang made his initial court appearance yesterday in Indianapolis, the prosecutors said.

“Economic espionage robs our businesses and investors of hard-earned, protected research and is particularly harmful when the theft of those ideas is meant to benefit a foreign government,” Breuer said in the statement.

Huang, 45, worked for the Indianapolis-based unit of Dow Chemical Co. from 2003 to 2008, researching organically derived insecticides, work for which he had received Chinese government grant money, according to the U.S.

In December 2008, Huang published Dow AgroSciences trade secrets through China’s Hunan Normal University, disclosing information he had promised Dow he would keep confidential in a written agreement with the company, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly directed university scientists to do research on the Dow insecticides.

“We’re cooperating fully with federal authorities on this matter,” Dow spokesman Garry Hamlin said today in an e-mailed statement, declining to comment further…….(more details from The Bloomberg)

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