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Theft case against Chinese firm carries a warning

The criminal charges brought against a Chinese wind turbine maker last week are another sign of the US government’s increasing efforts to protect intellectual property rights of American companies doing business in China and a warning shot to Chinese firms seeking to expand internationally, legal and trade specialists said.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Sinovel Wind Group Co. of Beijing on charges of stealing technology from American Superconductor Corp. of Devens — charges that could mean years of probation and hundreds of millions in fines if Sinovel is convicted. The case, along with several similar actions taken in the United States against Chinese entities, is a reminder to China that its companies won’t be immune from established intellectual property laws if they do business in other countries, specialists said.

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