We've blogged about this case before (http://wombletradesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/10/defense-in-silicon-valley-economic.html) - the one where a defendant's wife reported him to the authorities for allegedly stealing NetLogic's secrets to benefit himself and possibly the People's Republic of China. The jury didn't buy most of it and all but one count the feds' case was dismissed: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202458668065. You'll recall that the judge's reasoning went like this: "The government must present evidence that defendants intended to confer a benefit on the [People's Republic of China], not receive a benefit from it," Ware wrote. "The court finds evidence that defendants intended to apply for a grant from the PRC is insufficient to satisfy the statutory requirement that the government prove that the defendants intended to provide a benefit to the PRC, or one of its instrumentalities or agents."
Well - the feds are going to retry the defendants on that sole count of criminal theft of trade secrets. This one isn't over. Stay tuned.