“Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said, according to the report.”
We agree. In fact, if theft should be punished, grand theft should be punished on a grand scale. Why is it if someone steals your car they will do jail time, but if they steal your invention which can have an enormous value, the courts with few if any exceptions allow them to keep their stolen property? Without injunctions inventors have no way of commercializing their inventions. Why is there no injunction or imprisonment?
Even worse, many large infringers have a long history of stealing with no indication they will ever stop. How effective is an enforcement process which allows if not encourages theft? Why is the system so soft on crime? In essence, they pat them on the head and send them off to bed. Have some courts become accomplices to grand theft? Why is there no equitable punishment that actually deters future crime? Why is it competitors who steal your information (cyber crime) can be imprisoned, but if they steal your actual technology (invention) there are no criminal penalties or prosecution. Huh?! If property is stolen -federally recognized property no less, shouldn’t the federal government be prosecuting the accused thieves? Why is it inventors must file a civil suit and even then still cannot stop the ongoing theft?? We continue to be pillaged even in the course of our civil suit.
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