Various telecom companies, including T-Mobile, are suing the Chinese company Huawei. It now appears that the U.S. Department of Justice is also conducting a criminal investigation into the company. In fact, the Ministry is about to sue Huawei for theft of trade secrets.

That’s what the Wall Street Journal reports to the U.S. Department today based on internal sources. The ministry would accuse Huawei of theft of the design of a robot that uses T-Mobile to test a smartphone. It is a major setback for the company, which has been accused of stealing trade secrets on a number of occasions.

Stealing trade secrets

In this particular case, Huawei has been accused of stealing technology from T-Mobile. In 2014, the company had a deal with Huawei to sell the company’s smartphones in the United States. Thanks to that deal, Huawei had the chance to spy and copy the test robot. Huawei had to go to court before this and had to pay 4.8 million dollars.

The US Department’s investigation is broader in scope and probably takes T-Mobile’s case as one of the examples to try to prove that Huawei is guilty of theft of trade secrets. This, in turn, could have new consequences for Huawei’s access to the US market.

Tough times

It is a difficult time for Huawei, which has to do with negative media reports one after the other. In November, the American government began to put more pressure on its allies to prevent Huawei from supplying network techniques. The fear is that the Chinese company is cooperating with the Chinese government and is spying on Western countries – something that it obviously denies.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was also arrested in Canada in December for accusing her of being responsible for violating US sanctions against Iran. In addition, an employee of Huawei was arrested in Poland last week on charges of espionage.

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