‘I wanted to make China’s Broadcom’ Ex-Broadcom engineer sentenced to 8 months for stealing trade secrets

While working for a Chinese startup that develops chipsets for networks, Peter Gisge Kim admitted that he stole trade secrets related to Broadcom’s Trident chipset in order to compete with Broadcom.

A former Broadcom employee was sentenced to eight months in prison this week in a federal district court after pleading guilty to leaking trade secrets in May, according to the Northern California District Attorney’s Office.

Peter Gisge Kim, who worked as a chief design engineer at Broadcom for over 20 years, quit his job in July 2020 and found a job at a startup based in China less than two weeks later. Kim admitted accessing trade secret information related to the testing and design of Broadcom’s Trident family of chipsets.

On appeal, Kim said she had access to confidential company information stored on her smartphone and laptop while working for a Chinese company. Just before she left Broadcom, it was the information she copied onto her personal device. She got access to that secret while working for a Chinese startup, which she said was trying to compete with Broadcom for the Chinese domestic market.

In November 2021, U.S. prosecutors charged Kim with 18 counts of theft of trade secrets. She could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release. She was released on $500,000 bail when Kim first arrested her, but she eventually pleaded guilty to three of her 18 counts.

In recent years, trade secret-related crimes have been on the rise. In August, former Apple engineer Zhang Xiaorang also admitted to the theft of trade secrets related to Apple’s self-driving car program, and is expected to be sentenced in November. Zhang was arrested at San Jose International Airport in 2018 before boarding a flight to Beijing. Another Apple self-driving car project engineer, Chen Ji-jung, was also arrested for theft of trade secrets, which he has so far pleaded not guilty to. [email protected]

Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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