他们利用窃取的商业秘密制造竞品，并将其出售至ASML在韩国的客户。这家名为XTAL的公司，拥有来自韩国和中国的资金支持。在圣塔克拉拉县高等法院（Santa Clara Superior Court）的裁决中，基于其窃取商业秘密所获得的利益和ASML所损失的销售机会，XTAL公司被判向ASML支付2.23亿美元的赔偿金。这一审判结果对XTAL公司的影响巨大，该公司目前已破产。
ASML disagrees with any implication thatit has been victim of "Chinese espionage", as stated in an article inDutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad earlier on Thursday, 11 April2019. The article discusses the results of a public court case in the UnitedStates that ASML had initiated and won last year, in which a company calledXTAL was found by a jury to have misappropriated ASML's confidential andproprietary information and trade secrets in 2015.
"The suggestion that we were somehowvictim of a national conspiracy is wrong. The facts of the matter are that wewere robbed by a handful of our own employees based in Silicon Valley, who hadbroken the law to enrich themselves. All of this occurred several yearsago. We found this out by ourselves and immediately sought legal action inpublic court in 2016. This was reported on in several publications after ourvictory in November 2018," said ASML President and Chief Executive OfficerPeter Wennink.
While still employed by ASML, theseemployees, with various nationalities, stole software for mask optimization, aspecific small part of ASML