According to DigiTimes, Foxconn is holding three of its employees responsible for leaking iPad 2 designs to accessory makers and now they are officially being charged. According to the report,
Several online shopping retailers in China were able to sell iPad 2′s protective case products before the iPad 2 was even launched, leading Foxconn to suspect that there might have been some employees leaking the design of iPad 2 which it reported to the local police. The local police on December 26, 2010, arrested three employees that were suspected of leaking the design, and officially charged the three employees for violating the company’s trade secrets on March 23, 2011, the reported added.
iPad 2 images popped up last December pointing that some accessory users might have got the complete design specs way before iPad 2’s launch. These leaked designs enabled the third- party accessory makers to build iPad 2 cases even before it hit the stores. This is not the first time Foxconn is having trouble sealing its employees’ lips. The media also criticized this gadget manufacturer for bad working conditions when back in 2009 a 25 year old employee at Foxconn committed suicide because of mistreatment and accusations after he lost an iPhone prototype. A lot of design leaks originate from Asian contractors and manufacturers these days. But it is not usual for companies to press charge against the sources. Perhaps, Foxconn wants to make a point and is counting on law enforcement to put an end to future design leaks and other violations.