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The Wall Street Journal: Chinese wind-turbine maker found guilty of stealing trade secrets from U.S. firm

A federal jury found a Chinese wind-turbine maker guilty of stealing technology from a former U.S. supplier, in what was viewed as a test case for looming intellectual property battles between the two countries.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. 601558, -3.90% stole trade secrets from American Superconductor Corp. AMSC, +12.43% , an Ayer, Mass.-based company that once counted Sinovel as its biggest customer.

Sinovel executives wooed a disgruntled American Superconductor employee into providing them with proprietary source code for software that controls wind turbines by proffering him money, prosecutors alleged in federal court in Madison, Wis.

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