U.S. to tackle trade secret theft from China, others

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sylvan wrote:

US companies need to realize China does not recognize intellectual property rights and domesticate their production again. This could end up costing China a fortune, and they will be cut off from future theft and thus future development. They have repeatedly proven not to be a fair trading partner.

Feb 20, 2013 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

It takes a private security firm to expose a military attack on America from our congressionally certified free trade partner, military communist china. And what was the transgression? Stealing corporate data from America’s corporate masters. OOooh NOW you’ve crossed the line.

Feb 20, 2013 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse

Can’t we at least block sale, in this country, of all products based on stolen copyright? Talk about getting in bed with the devil; our relationship with China is absurd.

Feb 20, 2013 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ranbud wrote:

Just ask any of us who operate a server and we can tell you about the hundreds of thousands of attempts by China to break into the servers every single month. Huge amount of bandwidth wasted on them trying to break in.

Feb 20, 2013 4:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tbro wrote:

“Corporate executives from GE and American Superconductor, both of which do business in China, will be at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the administration’s strategy”

Of course, Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, would not want to move his operations back here (most recently the medical imaging device division), and have to rehire all those people he laid off when he moved to China in the first place not long ago. And all this while he chaired the Jobs Council for Obama. Of course, not to worry, he could still continue GE’s track record of not paying any taxes in the U.S. as long as they continue to keep the profits outside our borders.

Feb 20, 2013 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

Just one more of many excellent reasons to NOT buy Chinese-made goods and never to visit China to provide them with more money to spend to spy on us Americans.

Just say “NO” to China!

Feb 20, 2013 5:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

When will China let us see the spies that work in this Shanghai building?


Don’t buy Chinese made goods — please!

They will just have more money to steal from the USA!

Feb 20, 2013 5:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse

This is rich coming from a country where they use the NSA (the US government has admitted this) & CIA for corporate espionage, where their corporations will do and say anything to make a buck and will put non-US lives at risk for a profit (Bhopal anybody).

When you start living by the rules that set for everyone else then maybe you will have the right to ask others to do the same. Get you house in order before you start telling everyone else how to live.

Feb 20, 2013 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ancalimon wrote:

It is time past due that we help our real friends the Europeans. China will never play fair, and indeed now seems to be the U.S. and Allies #1 enemy. Why would we want to trade with an Enemy of the State? Free trade with Europe and pinch the Chinese off because any idiot can see the Chinese are a menace.

Feb 20, 2013 6:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MToffgrid wrote:

China does have patent rights same as the USA, but the state is partial owner. Further, they are so far ahead of the US and other countries that we will never catch up in terms of electronics, power systems, wind power, batteries, etc. So it is more like the US going after trade secrets from them. I know, we use their products all the time because they are better and more advanced. Simple as that. The US snoozed thru the last 10 years thanks to Bush and the idiot right wing Christians and now we are so far behind in technology, we will never catch up. There is no real incentive to bring on a new technology startup in the US in my view, especially if that is a renewable energy technology, because without a real market in the US (people realizing they need renewable energy in lieu of grid power)then there is no market so long as we cling to fossil fuels and jets and 100 year old industrial processes. I also seriously doubt if they are hacking the US unless we are doing it to them as well, and why does the US need over 7000 drones domestically unless the feds plan on coming after citizens at some point. All the USA did over the past 15 years is create and sustain an elite wealthy class who now want to run things their way, every well dressed politician can be bought here just as in China or Russia.

Feb 20, 2013 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bradk wrote:

The unstated assumption here is that it is the US government’s job to protect private, corporate intellectual property. Why? If GE’s designs are ripped off, why should that be a problem which taxpayers need to solve? The inability of government officials and journalists to think critically about this just shows how deep into the fascism mindset(‘the merger of corporate and government power’, according to Signore Mussolini) that we as a nation have sunk.

Feb 20, 2013 7:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Demoman wrote:

The Chinese say it is “unprofessional” to accuse them of stealing ideas. Be it cyber or just all out thieft at a manufacturing facilty in say Shenzen. make no mistake about it. They are a very sneekie bunch.
They will not have a direct confrontaion if they cna avoid it, But they are definatly guilty of stealing IPR or anything else they can copy without inventiing it. Which in the case of the Chinese is about nothing.

Feb 20, 2013 8:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kailim wrote:

CNN reports that hackers are actually Eastern Europeans who are far more advance than Chinese in cyber attack.

Feb 21, 2013 3:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
blah77 wrote:

Right or wrong, the reality is that China is not going to cripple itself with regards to the global IP system. Until the course of development and standard of living in China reaches relative parity to the developed world, it is simply impossible to maintain that type of expectation.

Remember that China really only started developing 25 years ago. In order to catch up, it has made the conscious decision that it can not afford to play strictly by ‘developed world’ rules. After all, those rules were written by the developed world to keep themselves wealthy and the developing nations poor. Just think about it and apply some common sense. When China ‘opened up’ in the 1980s, the U.S. and Europeans already has at least a 30-40 years lead in high-tech, aerospace, military, finance, energy, heavy industrial, logistics, electronics, and automotive industries. With that said, why would any century-old, entrenched business interest allow for the emergence of a foreign competitor that is backed by the resources of 1.3 billion people? Many U.S. corporations has made a habit out of stifling competition and they won’t hesitate to use the ‘IP/patent’ card if given the chance. Just look at Apple sueing every company it can send a subpoena to.

Frankly, if China were to restrict itself by those rules, their companies and people would become indentured to the western global corporate powerhouses. They would watch all of the profits flow outward while gaining none of the expertise to accelerate the development of its homegrown industries. China has already gone through something like this a little over a century ago and I doubt they want to subject itself to that type of economic slavery again.

Feb 21, 2013 5:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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