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Chinese wind turbine maker wants judge to toss out subpoenas

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A maker of wind energy turbines in China wants a federal judge in Madison to throw out subpoenas the firm received, to answer allegations that it stole technology secrets from a Middleton firm.

The Sinovel Wind Group, two of its Chinese employees, and a former supplier are all charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets through wire fraud.

An indictment announced last month alleges that software copyrighted by the American Superconductor Corporation was stolen online from one of that company’s computers in Middleton.

The charges said the supplier, 40-year-old Dejan Karabasevic of Serbia, once worked for a subsidiary of American Superconductor in Austria – and his old company later learned that its wind energy software was showing up in the Chinese firm’s turbines.

Media reports say the individuals connected to Sinovel probably won’t be charged, since they’re from countries which don’t have extradition agreements with the U.S.