LONDON – A court in Shenzhen, China, has sentenced three people to jail for stealing design details of Apple's iPad2 tablet computer from the contract manufacturer Foxconn, according to reports.
The theft, which occurred in 2010, meant that counterfeit versions of the iPad2 went on sale in China before Apple had launched the product, an AFP report said citing Guangzhou Daily at its source.
The court sentenced Xiao Chengsong, the legal agent of Maita Electronics, to 18 months in prison and fined him 150,000 yuan (about $23,000), the AFP report states. Xiao paid 200,000 yuan (about $31,000) for design details, the report alleges.
Two Foxconn employees who sold the details were also convicted. Lin Kecheng, was sentenced to 14 months in jail and fined 100,000 yuan (about $15,500) and Hou Pengna was given a one-year jail term and fined 30,000 yuan (about $4,600).
Chinese engineers struggle for a life in shenzhen.
Can't buy a small room in shenzhen working for a life.
The government don't do something about price reduction of real state rather than send three engineers to jail.
It's not just "siting" but "seems to lenient" too. A sad reflection on American "inginears". We can't complain about management not listening to us if we can't look informed when writing to them.
Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.' --Jef Mallett, Frazz, 07-29-07
How about siting examples of sentences you think are satisfactory? For instance, in my post I reference a searchable case in the US that I believe points out that the sentence is not unusual. I'll provide a direct link here to make things easier... and I'll try and keep my link from being a self-promotion. http://www.durabilityanddesign.com/news/?fuseaction=view&id=4761
This light sentencing was a farce. White collar crime in China pays quite well and this type of legal precedent will continue to encourage Chinese workers to illegally sell IP to the highest bidder with little downside.
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