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Feds charge Florida woman with stealing drone tech for China

Intellectual Property disputes can be between individuals, businesses or other organizations. Sometimes, even nations can bicker over who owns a piece of IP, particularly when national security is potentially involved.

For example, officials in the U.S. have long accused the Chinese government of IP theft. The FBI claims that economic espionage leaped 53 percent last year, with most incidents allegedly involving Chinese nationals, according to Reuters.

Many of these pieces of stolen Intellectual Property are related to military technology. In the latest example, a Florida woman has been charged in an alleged conspiracy to steal underwater drone technology for a Chinese state-owned tech firm called Harbin Engineering University.

The federal indictment charges the woman, a Chinese citizen with lawful permanent residency status in the U.S., with conspiring with others over a period of about 12 years to get systems and components used in these submersible drones to Harbin. In one email the government submitted as evidence, the defendant says that an underwater acoustic locator she had gotten ahold of would be used on a drone. She faces 18 counts in all and could be sent to prison for decades if convicted on all charges.

For most of our readers, their Intellectual Property does not concern national security. But it is vital to their business interests. Establishing and defending Trademarks and Copyrights is an important part of virtually all successful Florida businesses. Your Intellectual Property attorney will help you protect your IP, and defend you from Infringement accusations by your competitors.

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