Well, the Japanese did a lot of that back in the day, they were so smart that they just took a good product and made it better. Was it illegal? I'm not sure they went as far as China but the results are there, its better for innovation.
Any time we standarize, we are settling and it doesn't help innovation.
You can share IP information with your friends or work colleagues, but copying other companies/people' work without their consent is theft. We can't always prevent IP theft, but I don't think it should be "legalized".
"This situation would arise only if the next copier was also significantly cheaper than China; not very likely for some years."
@AzmatMalik: The recent trends in manufacturing have shown that China is no longer the low-cost producer in the world. Other countries have begun to match China's costs of production. A lot of companies are also looking to move the manufacturing back to their own countries. So I think a foreign company copying China's product is a possibility.
"I hadn't thought of that. It certainly would work in the long term. What country do you think will be the "next China" that might have that effect on China? "
@Brian: It doesn't have to be a "next China" type of country. Can be any country which uses a Chinese developed product and comes up with its own copied version. I wonder how the Chinese will respond to that.
Taimoor: Forget about convincing the chineese since its impossible. They always think that whatever they decide is true and all those who reject it are as enimies. I have given up on convincing any chineese
If China is stealing IPs from US it is a good sign that the Chinese still believe that countries like US still have better IPs than what they could design.
The trend may reverse in a few years when Chinese will start outsamrting the developed nations by having better IPs created and the roles of other counries will reverse where the countries like US will be tempted to steal the IPs developed by the chinese.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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