On August 26, Robert Maegerle, a former engineer for DuPont, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for conspiring to sell trade secrets relating to the manufacture of titanium dioxide to Chinese government-owned companies. Maegerle was found guilty by a jury last March, after a six-week trial. Maegerle’s co-defendant, Walter Liew, used Maegerle’s experience in building titanium dioxide plants for DuPont to launch contracts with Chinese companies to build similar facilities in China. United States v. Maegerle, 11 Cr. 573 (N.D. Cal.) Sentencing Order.