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DuPont Accuses Employee Of Exporting Trade Secrets To China

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:08am

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. is accusing a former employee of trying to steal trade secrets and bring them back to his native China.

The lawsuit was filed in late August in the Delaware Court of Chancery. It accuses Hong Meng of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Meng allegedly was planning to bring proprietary information on a paper-thin computer display technology to his alma mater, Peking University in Beijing.

DuPont Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Sager said in a statement Friday that Meng was fired after an internal investigation. He says the lawsuit was filed "to ensure that he not use or disclose DuPont trade secrets."

The case is similar to a federal criminal case filed two years ago against Gary Min, who pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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