TCL smartphones which use Mediatek chips. (File photo/Commercial Times)
Taiwan-based chipmaker Mediatek said on Feb. 10 that it has good reason to believe that its smartphone chip department head Yuan Di-wen is guilty of commercial espionage, our sister paper Commercial Times reports.
Ku Da-wei, a spokesperson for the company, says Mediatek plans to file both criminal and civil suits against Yuan "because we have good reasons."
Investigators have processed the case swiftly as they realize the damage that could be done to the industry if suspects are not probed promptly and thoroughly, the paper said, adding that investigators have learned lessons from a previous similar case involving smartphone maker HTC.
Prosecutors have requested a freeze on Yuan's personal assets and for him to be banned from any movements prior to any further court hearings or questioning in order to prevent Yuan being hired by another company or leaking any classified information that he may have stolen from Mediatek.
Yuan Di-wen 袁帝文
Ku Da-wei 顧大為