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Chemist Not Guilty Of Secrets Theft

by Marc S. Reisch
May 13, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 19

An organic chemist charged with stealing trade secrets from his employer, Frontier Scientific, has been found not guilty. A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Utah ruled that information for the manufacture of 2,2-dipyrromethane and other Frontier compounds that Prabhu Mohapatra e-mailed to a would-be competitor did not meet requirements to be considered proprietary information. Mohapatra pled guilty a year ago to unlawful access to a protected computer, and the Utah judge ordered him to pay compensation of $3,435 to his former employer.

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