Apple and two former Chinese employees are embroiled in court disputes over intellectual property rights. According tomedia reports, Apple believes Chen and Zhang were suspected of stealing confidential information from Project Titan, said to be Apple’s self-driving car program, which was indicted in January and the latter in July last year, and the two have now been released on bail.
At the hearing, assistant attorney Marissa Harris said the chances of extradition were low if they returned home.
Apple also “complemented the knife” and expressed deep concern about the pair’s plans to return to China. Apple stresses that intellectual property is the driving force behind its own innovation and growth, and that the two must stand trial unless their activities and locations are closely monitored.
Defense lawyers said both clients applied to return to China for family reasons.
According to earlier media sources, Mr. Zhang was accused of receiving an olive branch thrown by Xiaopeng’s car, while an employee surnamed Chen was also accused of interested in moving to a Chinese car company.