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Former Dow scientist guilty of trade secret theft

31/01/2012


Former Dow Chemical scientist Wen Chyu Liu to five years in jail for selling information on production of Tyrin-brand chlorinated polyethylene to Chinese firms.
Liu – also known as David Liou – was sentenced 12 January by Judge James Brady in US District Court in Louisiana, according to a 13 January news release from the Department of Justice.
Liu, 75, worked for Midland, Dow from 1965 to 1992. He worked as a research scientist at the firm’s Plaquemine, Louisiana, site. He later stole trade secrets and proprietary information on Tyrin and traveled extensively throughout China to market the stolen data, according to the news release.
In 1998 and 1999, Liu received payments of more than $375,000 (€295,951) from Chinese companies for the information. He also made payments of more than $67,000 (€52,876) to former Dow employees to obtain the data in those two years.
Liu was first arrested on the charges in 2006 and was convicted in early 2011.

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