Chapter 3

When State Entities Target a Business’s Intellectual Property

Introduction

Unfortunately, the threat does not stop with competitors and individuals. Indeed, it gets worse. Nations, even friendly nations, have differing issues and perspectives on how to handle international relations and international economic interaction. Therefore, it should come as no surprise when state entities, be they a foreign or domestic intelligence service, national research institute or laboratory, or a state-owned enterprise engage in activities that would fall outside the norms of normal business practices and engage in what is known as “Economic Espionage.” The state-sponsored threat is a global issue, and is not unique to U.S. businesses or research centers. ...

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