Friday, April 21, 2006, 4/21/2006 07:37:00 AM

Oh Canada! -- Blaming China for Stealing Trade Secrets

From Reuters, a story about how the Canadian government is very worried by the extent of Chinese industrial espionage inside Canada and will raise its concerns with China's Foreign Minister.

Research In Motion, maker of the famous Blackberry wireless device, said last week that it expected to launch a wireless e-mail service in China by mid-year. But Canadian media reports say state-controlled China Unicom Ltd. this month introduced its own version, nicknamed the "Redberry." Needless to say, neither Research in Motion nor the Canadian government is happy about that.

There have also been Canadian media reports of 1,000 Chinese spies in Canada.
The official Chinese new agency, Xinhua, reports an official denial by the Chinese government here: "The accusation against China is completely groundless and irresponsible."

The official Chinese new agency, Xinhua, reports an official denial by the Chinese government here: "The accusation against China is completely groundless and irresponsible."

We reported here in February a story about how Canada needed trade secrets protection more in line with the U.S. federal Economic Espionage Act.

And, in a somewhat related story here from the Shanghai Daily, KFC is making it easier to get a franchise in China. But the article notes, "some Chinese have been known to sign up as a franchise partner, only to steal a franchiser's trade secrets or recipes. They open a competing store under a different name."

1 Comments:

Blogger ChinaLawBlog said...

I am not sure Redberry has actually luanched yet in China. Nobody I know in China was aware of it. If it has launched, it has been a small launch. Also, the recent Qingdao court trademark decision in favor of Starbucks ought to give China Unicom pause in using the Redberry name when it is so clearly intended to trade on the Blackberry name.



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4:17 PM, April 23, 2006  

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