Huawei-Cisco Tests China's Respect for Property Rights

Outcome of court battle could have wide ramifications

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It’s been more than a year since China gained entry into the World Trade Organization (Geneva), and now—to take liberties with an English expression—the question is whether its leadership will put its mouth (and muscle) where its money is and enforce rules against piracy of intellectual property.

ncis01.jpg On the streets here in Shanghai, China’s financial center, not much has changed so far: black-market music CDs and movie DVDs sell for 8-25 Chinese yuan (US $1-$3), and the most recent version of Microsoft Corp.’s operating system goes for 40 yuan. Such scenes of small entrepreneurs marketing pirated copies available from countless underground suppliers are found in every city in this huge country. Even with the best of intentions, China’s government will not be able to crack down on this widely dispersed activity any time soon.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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