MPI’s Job-hopping employees prosecuted for trade secret misappropriation
E200528X4 | Jun. 2020（E247）
Four former employees of MPI Corporation (hereinafter “MPI”) had downloaded many internal confidential files of MPI without due authorization during their employment at MPI, and they subsequently had resigned from their jobs at MPI and job hopped to WinWay Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “WinWay”) during the period from June through September 2017. These employees’ job-hopping aroused MPI’s attention and brought this matter to Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office, which instructed Taipei City Field Office, Investigation Bureau to conduct investigation and further indicted the four employees for violation of Trade Secrets Act.
Based on MPI’s complaint filed with Taipei City Field Office, the prosecutor had a search conducted on the four employees’ respective residence and domicile and their offices at WinWay in July 2019 and examined the seized articles to establish the foregoing facts. The prosecutor indicted the four employees for the offense of unauthorized reproduction of another’s trade secrets for their own illicit gain as defined by the Trade Secrets Act. (Released 2020.05.28)