U.S. Charges Chinese Man With Conspiracy to Steal Secrets
By Andrea Tan – Dec 12, 2013 9:17 PM ET
A Chinese national, employed in the U.S. by Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. (002385), was charged by the U.S. government with conspiracy to steal corn seed genetically modified by companies including Monsanto Co. (MON) and sending it to China.
Robert Mo Hailong, director of international business at Dabeinong, part of the Beijing-based DBN Group, is accused of conspiring with others to steal the intellectual property of U.S.-based seed companies to benefit Kings Nower Seed, DBN’s corn seed unit, according to a Dec. 10 criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Iowa yesterday.
Intellectual property of a seed producer is their “inbred” or “parent” line, which are developed by scientists to have a particular trait, such as round-up resistance, according to the complaint. Mo, with his conspirators, collected seeds from farms in Iowa and Illinois and attempted to ship them to China from the U.S. and through Canada, according to the complaint.
A woman who answered the phone at Kings Nower Seed, and asked not to be identified, said she couldn’t immediately comment on the allegations. Kings Nower Seed didn’t immediately reply to an e-mail seeking comment.
The criminal case is U.S. v Mo Hailong, 413-mj-00267, Southern District of Iowa.
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