Tuesday, June 06, 2006, 6/06/2006 07:54:00 AM

Software Engineer Looking at Prison for Trade Secrets Theft

From the Bay City (CA) News Wire, a report of concerning a San Jose software engineer who pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge of trade secrets theft and admitted stealing from his former employer in an effort to start his own company.

Patrick J. Murphy, 45, admitted stealing trade secrets regarding wireless computer networks from Silicon Wave Corp. of San Diego. He then attempted to use the secrets to start his own company.

Murphy faces a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He'll be sentenced in September by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald White in San Jose.

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