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To Catch a Chinese MSS / IP Spy—UPDATE II

This week the New York Times (NYTs) published an article online (that will also appear this Sunday in their March 12th New York Times Magazine issue) titled, “The Daring Ruse That Exposed China’s Campaign to Steal American Secrets.”

It is another comprehensive take on the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) agent that was arrested in Belgium four years ago and extradited to the U.S. to stand trial for conspiring to steal U.S. aviation trade secrets. This MSS spy was the first ever extradited to the U.S.

He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison this past December.

As my previous posts examined, and a Bloomberg/Business Week article published in September last year did as well, the New York Times explores the lengths the Chinese state will go to steal U.S. trade secrets.

Here is one excerpt from the NYTs piece that partially captures the range of Chinese trade secrets theft efforts:

“The Ministry of State Security, along with other Chinese government-backed organizations, spends considerable effort recruiting spies from this diaspora. Chinese students and faculty members at American universities are a major target, as are employees at American corporations.”

If you want a true insight into how Chinese MSS trade secrets spies operate, the Bloomberg and New York Times articles are terrific reads.


IP Probe Blog – 12/2/22 – “To Catch a Chinese MSS / IP Spy-UPDATE”

IP Probe Blog – 10/26/22 – “To Catch a Chinese MSS / IP Spy”

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

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