In Pictures: The 9 ugliest allegations of China-based IP theft

IP theft continues to be a threat to businesses’ bottom lines – and a major issue for Sino-American relations.

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University of Wisconsin WHAT HAPPENED: A research assistant named Huajun Zhao was accused in April of having stolen samples of an experimental cancer treatment substance from the office of a professor, apparently with the aim of obtaining research funding in China. He even attempted to delete the professor's original records in order to solidify the impression that he had created the treatment in the first place.

FALLOUT: Zhao accepted a deal last week that dropped a more serious economic espionage charge in exchange for a guilty plea to computer fraud, according to local news. He was sentenced to time served, plus two years of supervised release.

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