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Trade secrets take centre stage

By Jacob Schindler

Political rhetoric has thrust trade secrets misappropriation into the spotlight, particularly when it comes to the US-China relationship. New legislation around the world means that rights holders have never had more options for enforcing their rights

On January 25, a jury in the Western District of Wisconsin returned guilty verdicts in a criminal case accusing a Chinese company of stealing US trade secrets. The case was brought by federal prosecutors five years ago; the complaint accused an employee of wind turbine maker American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) of stealing technical information, software and source code from the company and passing it to a Chinese rival, which offered him an employment contract worth $1.7 million.

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