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Three jailed in China over iPad 2 design theft

Three people in China have been convicted of violating commercial secrets relating to the theft of the iPad 2’s design, according to an AFP report. Citing the Guangzhou Daily, the report states that the theft took place late last year at a plant run by Foxconn, and allowed for the manufacture and sale of counterfeit iPad 2 units prior to the product’s official introduction. Xiao Chengsong, a legal agent of Maita Electronics, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined 150,000 yuan (roughly $23,000) for buying the design from two Foxconn workers for 200,000 yuan. The Foxconn workers, Lin Kecheng and Hou Pengna, were sentenced to 14 months and two years—suspended for one year—and fined 100,000 yuan and 30,000 yuan, respectively.

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If I understand the item correctly, the two received 200,000 yuan for the stolen plans, yet were only fined a total of 130,000 yuan. Sounds like one of them ended up with 70,000 yuan to the good.

Posted by Terry Carnes on June 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM (CDT)


It’s really not worth the cost,alert later generations.

Posted by Thomas on June 16, 2011 at 5:52 AM (CDT)


Hopefully that extra 70,000 yuan lasts them a while. It’s probably pretty hard to get a job when your criminal record reads “sold company secrets.”

Posted by Dave on June 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

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