• Originality is Great, but Plagiarism is Faster: Holding Back the Rising Tide of Trade Secret Thefts
  • December 17, 2010 | Authors: Paul E. Rossler; Scott R. Rowland
  • Law Firm: GableGotwals - Tulsa Office
  • The assembly line worker in Johnny Cash’s country song who pieced together a Cadillac with parts smuggled out of the factory had a more difficult time of it than did Ford Motor Co. product engineer Xiang Dong Yu. On the eve of Mr. Yu’s departure from Ford to join the Beijing Automotive Company, he pointed, clicked, dragged and dropped some 4,000 Ford documents onto his computer, some of which included sensitive designs unrelated to his work at Ford.1 Mr. Yu’s theft will cost him up to a $150,000 fine, between 63 and 78 months in federal prison and, once freed, deportation from the U.S. The cost to Ford is estimated to be at least $50 million and could be as high as $100 million.