CNEX Labs claims Huawei and its Futurewei unit have stolen technology relating to solid state drives, in what is a counter-suit to one filed by Huawei last year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
That suit accused CNEX and its co-founder Yiren Huang of stealing its (Huawei's) technology and sought detailed information about the technology used by CNEX. The charges in both lawsuits appear to be mirror images of each other.
The technology in question allows data centres to manage information storage. This has led to Dell and Microsoft investing in CNEX.
Huang, who had worked for Cisco for nearly a dozen years, then left Futurewei and set up CNEX. The suit claims Huawei then started monitoring CNEX and tried to improperly gain access to its technology.
When Huawei sued CNEX, it alleged that he had stolen its technology and also recruited 14 of its employees to work for him along with their technology. CNEX admitted it had hired the 14 workers, but denied any plan to steal technology.
CNEX claims Huawei's case is "premised on bogus claims of trade secret misappropriation and false claims of ownership of CNEX’s proprietary technology” and "represents the latest in a long line of underhanded tactics waged by plaintiffs in their ongoing effort for Chinese technological dominance".
iTWire understands that Huawei has strongly denied the charges in the lawsuit brought by CNEX and Huang.
Earlier in October, Huawei asked the court in a filing to make CNEX turn over technical documents including "detailed engineering specifications, testing plans, source code design documents, source code flow charts, hardware design documents and schematics, hardware and software bug status reports, engineering personnel responsibility designations, client product delivery details, and production schedules".
iTWire has contacted Huawei for comment.