Wednesday, June 20, 2007

No China Diet: Intellectual Property Theft

You know how intellectual property theft works, right? Well, it works in a lot of ways. But here's one example:

You design something. The plans or a model of it ends up in China (or Russia, for that matter). It's copied with reverse engineering and mass produced with cheap labor. You're totally screwed because although you spent years on the design, it was copied in a matter of weeks. And everybody wants the cheap version, not yours.

Read Someone Stole My Bike for a firsthand account by a bike designer, and Intellectual Property Violations Expanding Globally for the U.S. State Department's perspective.

Thanks to Dennis, spouse to poet Sharon Hurlbut, for the link!