The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that Patrick J. Murphy, 43, of San Jose, California, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on six counts of Theft of Trade Secrets in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1832, and one count of Computer Fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030. According to the indictment, Mr. Murphy stole trade secrets relating to computer code for designing computer chip features, and wireless computer networks specifications, from his former employers, Jasmine Networks, Inc., San Jose, California, and Silicon Wave Corporation, San Diego, California.
The maximum statutory penalty for each count in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1832 is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for the count in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030 is 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be dictated by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors, and would be imposed in the discretion of the Court. An indictment simply contains allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Mr. Murphy must be presumed innocent unless and until convicted. The prosecution is the result of a investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Matt Parrella is the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the CHIP Unit who is prosecuting the case. Both Jasmine Networks and Silicon Wave cooperated with the FBI in the investigation. A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can. Related court documents and information may be found on the District Court website at www.cand.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.cand.uscourts/gov.
All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Jacobs at (415) 436-7181.