Three in China convicted for iPad2 design theft

Jun 15, 2011
A man navigates through the new iPad2 during its launch in the Philippines at an Apple store in Manila on April 29, 2011. A court in south China has jailed three people for stealing the design to Apple's iPad2 tablet computer and using it to manufacture counterfeits, state press said Wednesday.

A court in south China has jailed three people for stealing the design to Apple's iPad2 tablet computer and using it to manufacture counterfeits, state press said Wednesday.

The theft from a plant run by , a contract electronics manufacturer, in Guangdong province late last year resulted in fake iPad2s being sold in China before Apple's official launch of the product, the Guangzhou Daily said.

Rampant piracy of everything from consumer electronics to luxury handbags and apparel have caused friction between China and its trade partners, leading to billions of dollars in losses annually to intellectual property theft.

A court in Shenzhen city last week sentenced Xiao Chengsong, the legal agent of Maita Electronics, to 18 months in prison and fined him 150,000 yuan ($23,000) for buying the from two Foxconn workers, the report said.

Xiao allegedly paid 200,000 yuan for the iPad2 design, it said.

Foxconn employee Lin Kecheng, was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, while another worker identified as Hou Pengna was given a two-year sentence suspended for one year and fined 30,000 yuan, it said.

All three were convicted of the crime of violating commercial secrets, it said.

The iPad2 was officially launched in China, the world's biggest , in May.

In 2010, Apple's iPad, the first generation of the , was also pirated before its official launch in and sold as the "iPed" for only a fraction of the cost of the real product.

Explore further: Nokia posts higher Q3 profits on one-off tax gain

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple iPhone 4 sales strong in China

Sep 29, 2010

More than 200,000 Apple iPhone 4s have been snapped up in China within days of going on sale while waiting lists stretch to the end of October, state media reported Wednesday.

Foxconn to give Chinese workers another pay raise

Jun 06, 2010

(AP) -- Foxconn workers in China will get another pay raise in coming months, on top of an increase that just took effect in response to recent worker suicides, the company said Sunday.

Taiwan's Foxconn agrees on suicide compensation

Jul 28, 2009

(AP) -- The Taiwanese employer of a young Chinese man who killed himself after being interrogated over a missing iPhone prototype has agreed to pay compensation to his family, a company official said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Tech firm fined for paying workers $1.21 per hour

1 hour ago

A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were ...

Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up

4 hours ago

Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.

Netflix to stream new online TV series, 'Bloodline'

4 hours ago

Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March.

Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

12 hours ago

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

User comments : 0