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Former AUO manager charged with leaking sensitive OLED technology to CSOT

Taiwanese panel manufacturers are being continuously put under pressure by Chinese panel manufacturers

4 Dec 2015 | Editor

According to various news reports Tsung-Yi Hsu, a former OLED R&D department manager at AUO was charged of leaking AMOLED manufacturing and Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) structure research findings to his personal mailbox in May 2011.

Tsung-Yi Hsu, who was OLED R&D department assistant manager in 2008, left the company in late February 2012 and was employed by Chinese competitor CSOT. At CSOT he became the director of the R&D centre, and leaked AUO product manufacturing drawings/plans and other materials to former AUO employees who now worked at CSOT.

Tsung-Yi Hsu claimed the files were forwarded to his personal mailbox, for working on the projects from home. The plans were mostly used for work at AOD to restore Samsung tablet assembly and related processes. However, his alibi contradicted court findings, which had commissioned National Chiao Tung University to investigate.

Tsung-Yi Hsu will be jailed six months and fined NT $180,000 (US $5,502) for leaking business and trade secrets. Prosecutors are still deciding whether Hsu can pay a fine instead of facing imprisonment.

However, Tsung-Yi Hsu is not the only former AUO employee found guilty of trading secrets - in November, AOD’s former R&D assistant manager Chung-ching Hsieh was jailed for very similar reasons. After leaving AOD in February 2011 for CSOT, the former manager also leaked research results from an AOD commissioned project to NCCU to CSOT, and planned to publish the research results to apply for two patents in China. He was sentenced to two months of prison by local Hsinchu Courts.

Back in 2012, AOD also sued former employee Shui-chi Lian for downloading OLED display info from servers and leaking PSA technology to a number of other clients.

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About A U Optronics

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO), one of the world's leading providers of optoelectronic solutions. AUO was formed in September 2001 by the merger of Acer Display Technology, Inc. (the former of AUO, established in 1996) and Unipac Optoelectronics Corporation. In October 2006, AUO acquired Quanta Display Inc. AUO has thus been operating production lines of various generations, capable of offering TFT-LCD panels from small to large sizes. AUO was also the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to have been successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008 to provide customers with high efficiency solar solutions.

AUO generated NT$408.2 billion in sales revenue in 2014 (US$12.9 billion) and now houses a staff of more than 45,000 throughout its global operations spreading across Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

Source: A U Optronics

About China Star Optronics Technology

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd (CSOT) is a high-tech company which located in High-tech Industry Park , Guangming New District ,Shenzhen,established by TCL group, Samsung Display Co., Ltd and its employees. The registered capital of CSOT is 16.3 billion RMB.

Source: China Star Optronics Technology

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