Huawei on Thursday pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trade secrets, conspiracy, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice, the US Justice Department has said. A trial has been set for March 2, 2020.
The federal charges are for an indictment against Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile. The alleged activity occurred during 2012-13, and relates to Huawei's attempts to build a robot similar to the one T-Mobile was using at the time to test mobile phones.
If found guilty, Huawei will be fined the greater amount of either $5 million, or three times the value of the stolen trade secret.
The company and its CFO Meng Wanzhou, also face a separate indictment in New York for allegedly breaching US sanctions on Iran. The United States have accused Huawei of misrepresenting its ownership and control status of Iran-affiliate Skycom to banks, which resulted in the company and the associated banks being involved in dealings that violated the sanctions.
An arraignment date has yet to be set for the second indictment.
Meng Wanzhou, who has been under house arrest in Vancouver since December, is currently facing a court battle in Canada that could see her be extradited to the United States for these charges. Her next court appearance is later this month.
The two indictments are among the various moves the United States have made to put pressure on Huawei. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned central European nations that deploying telecommunications equipment from Huawei would "[make] it more difficult for America to be present" in those countries.
A bipartisan Bill was also introduced in the United States in January that, if passed, would ban the export of US chips and other components to Huawei and its compatriot ZTE.
The US has told Hungary that America finds it 'more difficult' to partner with nations that have Huawei equipment deployed.
The CFO's next court appearance has been postponed to March 6, with Meng's indictment documents revealing that she is facing charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud, and wire fraud.
Chinese giant claims the company, its workers, and US subsidiary are in the clear, and American courts will agree with it.
The United States is charging Huawei with conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, and IP theft.