FILE PHOTO: Participants go through the Huawei booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on January 9, 2019. REUTERS / Steve Marcus / File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment, which allegedly stole business secrets from US companies and could soon file charges, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said that one area of investigation is the technology behind the device that T-Mobile Inc.TMUS.O) for testing smartphones. Reuters could not confirm the report immediately.
This action is the latest in a long list that has been adopted to combat what some of the Trump administration calls cheating of China by theft of intellectual property, unlawful corporate subsidies, and rules that prevent US corporations from selling their goods in China.
Investigations have emerged from civil litigation against Huawei, a daily, including one in Seattle, where Huawei was responsible for T-Mobile's robotic technology abuseTMUS.O).
Huawei spokeswoman and spokeswoman of the US lawyer in the western part of Washington refused to comment.
T-Mobile in a lawsuit in 2014, filed with a federal court in Seattle, claims that Huawei employees stole technology for the smartphone testing robot that T-Mobile had at a Bellevue lab in Washington.
Robot, Tappy, used his fingers to simulate tapping on cell phones.
According to T-Mobile, Huawei's employees photographed the robot and attempted to remove one of their parts.
In May 2017, the panel said Huawei would pay T-Mobile £ 4.8 million (£ 3.7 million) of damages to T-Mobile.
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