Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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The 4G cellular technology manufacturer Lemko Corp. yesterday sued Motorola Solutions and its lawyers, saying Motorola’s claims that Lemko is allegedly part of a Chinese spy ring tied to the Chinese government and Chinese companies have unfairly damaged its business.

The  Schaumberg, Ill.-based privately held company, with Nicholas Labun its CEO and Shaowei Pan as chief technology officer, charge that Motorola and its lawyers have falsely claimed that Lemko employees are part of “a Chinese spy ring,” and that the intent in saying this is to “drive Lemko out of business by harassing its customers and suppliers” in order to end by “coercing the transfer of Lemko’s patents and future technology to Motorola.”

The Lemko lawsuit, which also accuses Motorola of racial profiling of people of Chinese descent, is the latest in an ongoing three-year legal battle between the two companies that has as its starting point the former Motorola software engineer Hanjuan Jin, who in 2007 was arrested at Chicago O’Hare Airport  by U.S. Customs as she sought to board a plane to China.

Jin, a U.S. citizen born in China, was detained at O’Hare as she was ready to board a flight to China with a one-way ticket. She was found to be carrying $30,000 and more than 1,000 electronic paper documents from her former employer, Motorola — as well as Chinese documents for military telecommunications technology, according to the FBI affidavit filed in court.

Jin, whose trial starts this week in Chicago, stands accused by federal prosecutors of stealing mobile telecommunications technology for the benefit of China’s military and a Beijing business, Kai Sun News (Beijing) Technology Company, also called SunKaisens. She has pled innocent.

Motorola’s own investigation into Hanjuan Jin’s activities led the company to believe that Jin allegedly went to work for Lemko during a period she was ostensibly on medical leave from Motorola.

in Motorola’s civil lawsuit against Jin, Lemko as well as a handful of engineers of Chinese descent who worked for both companies at various points, Motorola in 2009 claimed that Jin “installed Motorola’s proprietary secure virtual network (‘VPN’) access software on a Lemko-owned computer, accessed Motorola’s protected computers through Motorola’s secure VPN from a Lemko-owned computer and accessed Lemko’s webmail system from Motorola’s computers,” while also getting “unauthorized access to Motorola source code and other valuable Motorola proprietary trade secrets and confidential information.”

The C-suite doesn’t understand the full vulnerabilities that their organizations face, but now that they’re finally seeing quantitative losses, they want to get ahead of the problem. They’re tired of always acting post-breach.

In its lawsuit yesterday accusing Motorola of “abuse” and “unfair competition,” Lemko largely defends Jin, who stands accused of economic espionage.

“In fact, she was travelling to China to visit her family and was carrying with her what she believed were materials needed for her off-site work as a Motorola employee,” the Lemko lawsuit contends. Lemko accuses Motorola of a “witch hunt” after the arrest of Jin, and that “Motorola falsely claimed that Lemko and Jin conspired to smuggle Motorola’s trade secrets and other proprietary documents to China.”

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