Pros­e­cu­tors fail to ex­tend ex-GSK sci­en­tist­s' sen­tences in trade se­crets case

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied prosecutors’ attempt to lengthen the sentences of former GSK two scientists who pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

Yu Xue and Tao Li pleaded guilty back in 2018 to conspiracy to steal trade secrets, after they, along with others, formed a pharmaceutical company in China called Renopharma using hundreds of stolen documents from GSK, according to court documents. Xue, a former top chemist at GSK’s Upper Merion, PA, facility, was accused of stealing more than 200 documents, some of which contained trade secrets about pharmaceutical products under development, research data, and development and manufacturing processes.

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