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).
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