Employee Attempted to Use Stolen Trade Secrets to Start His Own Company
SAN JOSE – LAWFUEL – Press release service – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that Patrick J. Murphy, 45, of San Jose, California, pleaded guilty today to one count of theft of trade secrets in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1832. Sentencing is scheduled for September 5, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., before United States District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte.
Mr. Murphy, a software engineer, knowingly possessed stolen trade secrets relating to wireless computer networks specifications from his former employer Silicon Wave Corporation, San Diego, California, and attempted to use them to start his own company.
The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1832 is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
The prosecution is the result of a investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Matt Parrella is the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the CHIP Unit who is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.
Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.