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Date: 09-20-2022

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United States of America v. Peter Kisang Kim

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Judge: Beth Labson Freeman

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Santa Clara County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: San Jose, California criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with
theft of trade secrets.

Kim, 51, a resident of Ben Lomond, pleaded guilty to the crimes on May 10, 2022. According to documents filed in the case, Broadcom is headquarted in San Jose and its products include networking chips used in equipment sold worldwide, including for enterprise and data center networking. In July 2020, Kim had been employed by Broadcom for over twenty years and worked as a principal design engineer at the company. He worked on various Broadcom products during his time at the company, including the Trident family of chips frequently used in high-volume data centers.

Kim resigned from Broadcom effective July 17, 2020, and in the days before he left Broadcom, Kim copied more than 500 Broadcom files from its document repository system. In pleading to trade secret theft, he admitted to possessing Broadcom trade secrets related to the Trident family of chips, including those contained in test plans, design verification environment files, and design specifications. He admitted that he knowingly possessed the Broadcom trade secrets knowing that he took them from Broadcom. He also acknowledged that Broadcom took reasonable measures to keep the Broadcom trade secrets secret, including by storing the trade secrets on non-public document repositories in which the access permissions were restricted, requiring appropriate nondisclosure agreements to be executed before the trade secrets could be shared outside Broadcom, and in view of the confidentiality agreements Kim signed with Broadcom and the annual trainings he received, among other things.

Outcome: Peter Kisang Kim was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

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