A trial began in Texas on Tuesday over Reuters report.and lured away employees to form his CNEX Labs chipmaking startup, says a
CNEX, headquartered in San Jose, California, countersued and accused Huawei and subsidiary Futurewei of stealing CNEX technology.
Facing a jury Tuesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Huawei reportedly said spelling mistakes in internal documents were seen again in Huang's startup proposal, proving the docs were stolen.
"Think of the spelling mistakes as DNA," Huawei attorney Michael Wexler reportedly said in his opening statement to an eight-person jury. "Stealing technology is wrong."
Reuters also reported that Huawei showed video footage of another former employee admitting to stealing 5,760 files from his work computer before joining CNEX.
Huawei is seeking $85.7 million in damages as well as rights to the technology, according to Reuters, with Huang reportedly scheduled to testify later Tuesday.
Back in Oct. 2018, CNEX Labs said it raised $23 million in a Series D funding round led by Dell.
Neither Huawei nor CNEX Labs immediately responded to requests for comment.