| SAN FRANCISCO, March 5
SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 A U.S. jury on Wednesday
convicted a California businessman accused of stealing DuPont
trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company
develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products, a U.S.
government spokesman said.
In a San Francisco federal court, jurors found Walter Liew
guilty on multiple counts including conspiracy to commit
economic espionage, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of
An attorney for Liew could not immediately be reached for
U.S. prosecutors contended Liew paid former DuPont engineers
to reveal trade secrets that would help the Chinese company,
Pangang Group, develop a white pigment called chloride-route
titanium dioxide, also known as TiO2. The pigment is used to
make a range of white-tinted products, including paper, paint
Defense attorneys said Liew never intended to benefit the
Chinese government, and that the DuPont materials he handled
were not trade secrets.
The United States has identified industrial spying as a
significant and growing threat. DuPont is the world's largest
producer of TiO2.
Prosecutors also charged Pangang Group, a steel
manufacturer in Sichuan province, in the case, but that
indictment stalled after a U.S. judge ruled that prosecutors'
attempts to notify Pangang of the charges were legally
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California is United States of America vs. Walter Liew et al.,