China Tied To Theft Of Trade Secrets | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 6 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 6, 2012

China Tied To Theft Of Trade Secrets

Department: Business
Keywords: trade secrets, intellectual property theft, titanium dioxide

Federal prosecutors charged last week that Chinese government officials played a role in the theft, from DuPont, of technology to manufacture the paint pigment titanium dioxide. According to a document filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, FBI officials found letters in a search of the home of Walter Liew that show he “was tasked by representatives of the People’s Republic of China government to obtain technology used to build chloride-route titanium dioxide factories.” The search took place in July 2011 after DuPont filed a civil complaint earlier in the year against Liew and his California-based company, USA Performance Technology, alleging they embezzled and sold technology for making the white pigment to a Chinese competitor. In August, federal prosecutors indicted Liew on charges of witness and evidence tampering and making false statements.

 
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Comments
Jim Parsons (February 9, 2012 1:57 PM)
We that is the crux of the situation, is it not? Intellectual property? Many if not most chemists are in the business of intellectual property. So this is important. I have heard on CBS' 60 Minutes that there are many such thefts there. Some in this country also have difficulty with the concepts of intellectual property (IP), again from 60 Minutes. So either you have a lawyer or you are a lawyer, just to do chemistry.
Jim Parsons (February 9, 2012 1:59 PM)
We that is the crux of the situation, is it not? Intellectual property? Many if not most chemists are in the business of intellectual property. So this is important. I have heard on CBS' 60 Minutes that there are many such thefts there. Some in this country also have difficulty with the concepts of intellectual property (IP), again from 60 Minutes. So either you have a lawyer or you are a lawyer, just to do chemistry.

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