Chinese iPad 2 case verdict
The worlds 2nd biggest economy, China, has rendered a verdict and sentenced three people to prison for collaborating to steal intel from a top Apple iPad 2 supplier a few months in advance of the iPad 2 release. Leaks about Apple products continue to be a problem with world demand so high for the tech giant’s newest offerings. China is the tech manufacturing hub of the world so to see the Chinese government crack down on sharing trade secrets is refreshing and welcome news for westerners. We often think of China as this black market jungle for technology but now China has sent a message with this verdict.
According the the WSJ:
The Shenzhen Bao’an People’s Court, in announcing its decision, said the head of a Chinese electronics-accessories manufacturer allegedly paid a former employee and a then-active employee of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for information about the iPad 2 in order to produce protective cases for the device.
The Chinese court in Shenzen sentenced two Foxconn workers the buyer of the iPad 2 secrets to between 12 and 24 months in prison for violating commercial secrecy. The man paid the Foxconn workers approximately $30,000 for the secret info. This trial was not about iPad 2 counterfeiting but was for an iPad 2 accessory manufacturer. That is kind of revealing that iPad 2 accessories and cases is a huge global business. Pilfering Apple specs for upcoming releases may be slowed with this verdict but the manufacturers know how big the iOS case and accessory business is globally and greed is constant.