COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities have announced trade secret theft charges against husband-and-wife researchers who worked for 10 years at an Ohio children’s hospital research institute.
A grand jury indictment handed down in July and unsealed Monday accuses the couple of stealing cellular research they conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute in Columbus.READ MORE: Con Alma, Restaurant And Jazz Club, To Open Downtown Location
The indictment accuses 46-year-old Li Chen and her husband, 49-year-old Yu Zhou, of stealing trade secrets related to the research and illegally transferring the information to China.READ MORE: Ex-West Virginia Councilman Charged For Breaching U.S. Capitol In Jan. 6 Riots
The indictment also says the couple set up businesses in China, applied for patents there and traveled to China, all without Nationwide Children’s authorization.
Steve Nolder, an attorney representing Chen, declined comment, calling it a “complicated and sensitive case.” A message was left with Zhou’s attorney.MORE NEWS: Federal Judge Extends Stay On Ohio Heartbeat Abortion Ban
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