Friday, November 22, 2019

Monsanto employee charged with theft

A Chinese employee of Monsanto has been charged with theft two years after he was arrested in Chicago while boarding an airplane for China.

Monsanto claims in court documents filed this week that Haitao Xiang took a job with the Chinese Academy of Science’s Nanjing Institute of Soil Science in August 2016 and didn’t resign from Monsanto in Missouri until June 2017.

He is accused of taking some trade secrets from Monsanto. 

Court documents indicate Xiang worked for Monsanto and The Climate Corporation from 2008 to 2017 on the Nutrient Optimizer and its proprietary algorithm.