T-Mobile has filed a lawsuit at a Seattle federal court six days ago. The company is claiming that Huawei sent employees to T-Mobile’s Bellevue lab to photograph its phone testing and to smuggle components back to its own HQ in order to improve its own robot technology.
Huawei basically realized that efficiency and reliability of “Tappy” was and decided to take the software, specifications and other secrets. The lawsuit alleges Huawei is “using T-Mobile’s stolen robot technology to test non-T-Mobile handsets and improve return rates for handsets developed and sold to other carriers.”
“Tappy” is the robot designed by T-Mobile to test phones by touching phones exactly how a human user would. Via this testing, the company has been able to enhance its diagnostic data and cut down the cost of testing gadgets. The robot has also assisted the company is getting more reliable smartphones from its suppliers.
Huawei released the statement below as an acknowledgement of the actions of its employees. However, it rejects all other claims made by T-Mobile.
“There is some truth to the complaint in terms of two Huawei employees acting inappropriately in their zeal to better understand the customer’s quality testing requirements. As a result, those employees were terminated for violating our business conduct guidelines. As for the rest of the complaint, Huawei respects T-Mobile’s right to file suit and we will cooperate fully with any investigation or court proceeding to protect our rights and interests.”
T-Mobile has yet to set a total amount of damages it’s seeking but the figure could be in the millions. And if Huawei is benefiting from the stolen technology, it could even be hundreds of millions of dollars.