SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal choose has convicted a Chinese language nationwide of financial espionage, stealing trade secrets and interesting in a conspiracy for the profit of his nation’s authorities.

U.S. District Decide Edward Davila discovered Hao Zhang, 41, responsible of the three counts Friday after a four-day trial.

The choice comes 5 years after Zhang was indicted on fees of conspiring to steal expertise from two corporations shortly after graduating from the College of Southern California. The trade secrets had been heisted from Zhang’s former employer, Skyworks Options in Woburn, Massachusetts, and Avago Technlogies, a San Jose, California, company later acquired by chipmaker Broadcom.

The pilfered expertise is used to assist filter out undesirable alerts to smartphones.

The conviction is an element of efforts to crack down on China’s alleged theft of patented expertise created within the U.S, an issue underlying the expensive trade conflict between the 2 nations in recent times. China’s authorities has persistently denied its concerned in any effort to steal U.S. expertise.