The patent system is hopeless. China can violate it daily, and does. China can violate it systematically, and does.
The FBI cannot stop this. Nothing can stop this.
But if the Chinese can get away with this, it means that NSA and the entire domestic spying network is hopeless, too.
The American public is oblivious to the following. The U.S. government covers it up, because it points to the overwhelming incompetence and vulnerability of the U.S. government’s own spy network, used mainly to spy on Americans.
Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard China’s approach to spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on stealth and finesse for espionage, China’s focus is on mass numbers.
“Our nation is overwhelmed. The problem is too big,” said Paul Williams in a phone interview. Williams is chief information officer at BlackOps Partners Corporation, which does counterintelligence and protection of trade secrets and competitive advantage for Fortune 500 companies.
Student spies–often college kids–play a fundamental role in this system. They help bolster a system of espionage where each person does a small share of the work. It’s based on the idea that you could have one spy steal 10,000 documents, or you could have 10,000 spies each steal one document.
By taking the approach of mass numbers for espionage, the Chinese regime has U.S. intelligence agencies outnumbered. In terms of both keeping tabs on their activities, and prosecuting Chinese spies, the United States can’t keep up.
The idea behind recruiting students as spies, according to Williams, is “if you can groom them in college” then they can be used to gain access to research at universities. After college, he added, “You can pick those students then follow their careers into corporate America.”
Corporate secrets? Yes. Corporations can keep secrets from each other, but not from the Chinese.
Patent protection? Sure, you’re joking.
But China is in the World Trade Organization. So what? It is a paper tiger — bureaucrats with high salaries in Europe. It is glacier slow.
The patent system as we have known it is pretty much finished. It is unenforceable.