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Gillware Digital Forensics Assists in $66 Million IP Theft Verdict


Gillware Digital Forensics Assists in $66 Million IP Theft Verdict

The Superior Court of the State of California recently ruled in favor of Lumileds LLC to the tune of $66 million in damages against ETI. Gillware's digital forensics investigators played a key role as expert witnesses to ensure that the jurors in this case clearly understood the evidence presented to them.

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MADISON, Wisc., Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On August 10, 2018, Lumileds LLC, a San Jose-based manufacturer of high-power LED lights, won a jury verdict of liability for $66 million in damages against Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd. (ETI) in the Superior Court of the State of California (Santa Clara County, CA 2015-1-CV-278566). ETI, a Chinese competitor, was alleged to have stolen trade secrets relating to Lumileds' core technology. The defendants, including Donglei Wang, the CEO of ETI, and Dr. Gangyi Chen, a scientist formerly employed by Lumileds and currently employed by ETI, were found liable for damages in intellectual property theft.

Chen, who had worked at Lumileds from 2005 to 2012, was found to have misappropriated trade secrets from Lumileds and supplied them to ETI. Four months before quitting Lumileds, Chen was offered a substantial payment by Wang and soon moved back to China, bringing the trade secrets with him to ETI and earning a significant career boost as a result. The $66 million awarded to the plaintiffs is the amount of research and development costs ETI was concluded to have saved in its subterfuge.

This case was originally brought to a California federal court as a federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) claim. However, in 2015 the Court dismissed the CFAA claim, since the incident of trade secret misappropriation did not fall under the narrow confines of the CFAA.

Gillware's role in this case was to provide testimony as experts and help the jury accurately assess the digital forensic evidence.

"Gillware was uniquely positioned to help the plaintiffs in this case based on our deep knowledge of flash memory data recovery techniques in combination with our expertise in digital forensics. We are happy that we were able to contribute successfully to the jury's understanding of the complexities of the digital evidence involved in this case." – Cindy Murphy, President, Gillware Digital Forensics

For further information, please contact:

Scott Holewinski
Gillware Digital Forensics Inc.
(608) 237-8784

About Gillware:

Gillware provides incident response, digital forensics, cyber security and data recovery services to legal and insurance professionals, corporate IT, in-house security teams, law enforcement, and everything in between. Founded in 2003, Gillware supports a global network of partners and clients from its offices in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. Gillware's digital forensics operation is led by Cindy Murphy, a leading forensics investigator and educator with over two decades of professional experience in the field.

To learn more about Gillware, visit Gillware Digital Forensics.


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