SAN FRANCISCO – A former Apple Inc employee pleaded not guilty on Monday after federal prosecutors filed an indictment accusing him of stealing trade secrets.
According to the indictment filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, federal officials on 12 July indicted Xiaolang Zhang on a single count of trade secret theft, alleging that Zhang had stolen a 25-page blueprint for a circuit board designed to be used in an autonomous vehicle.
The indictment was filed after a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent on 10 July described the charge and Zhang’s arrest at a Silicon Valley airport before Zhang boarded a flight to China.
He has plead not guilty to the charge on Monday at San Jose. When he was charged he was first represented by a public defender but has decided to use his own lawyer, Daniel Olmos.
His lawyer declined to comment on the case.
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