(Reuters) - A former Apple Inc (AAPL.O) employee pleaded not guilty on Monday after federal prosecutors filed an indictment accusing him of stealing trade secrets.
Federal officials on July 12 indicted Xiaolang Zhang on a single count of trade secret theft, alleging that Zhang had stolen a 25-page blueprint for a circuit board designed to be used in an autonomous vehicle, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The formal indictment followed a filing by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent on July 10 describing the charge and Zhang’s arrest at a Silicon Valley airport before boarding a flight to China.
Zhang pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Monday in San Jose. He had been provisionally appointed a public defender, but has retained his own lawyer, Daniel Olmos.
Olmos declined to comment on the case. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California declined to comment beyond the indictment.
Reporting by Stephen Nellis