Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The top executive of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. wrote to the company's employees Monday to say that the company will learn from a technology leak allegedly involving some of its designers.
The company is disappointed by the news and suspects some of its staff of malpractice, said HTC CEO Peter Chou, adding that the incident will not impact HTC's operations, product portfolio plans or overall business performance.
"We will learn from this incident and take it as an opportunity to improve our organizational practices, processes and leadership," Chou wrote in an internal email obtained by CNA.
"We must continue to remain positive and sharply focused on our daily tasks and business priorities," he said.
Chou added that this "unfortunate incident" also serves as a reminder to every HTC employee that the company expects its staff to observe and practice the highest levels of integrity and ethics.
"We do not compromise or condone any violation at any level of our organization, and the company shall act in accordance with the law," the chief executive said.
HTC confirmed that Chou sent the email but declined to elaborate on it as it is an internal document.
Chou's message came days after prosecutors launched an investigation Aug. 30 into three HTC employees, including a vice president who is also HTC's chief designer.
Legal sources said the three allegedly set up their own smartphone companies in Taiwan and China and are likely to work with Chinese smartphone vendors to develop new models using the technology they stole from HTC.
HTC filed a complaint with Taiwan's legal authorities against the three employees, saying they stole "key interface" technology that will be used in new smartphones due to be unveiled later in the year.
HTC also claimed that the three defrauded the company of NT$10 million (US$336,000) by inflating their expenses through fraudulent invoices between May and July.
HTC shares closed down 5.75 percent at NT$147.5 Monday on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
(By Jeffrey Wu)