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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

Jonathan Richards 1

Ground rules re: Errr

> scrap[e] search queries for ... IP ideas

Ideas are not intellectual property. No-one can own an idea: this is not some utopian ideal, it is a settled matter of law. What you can own is a state-granted patent on an implementation of an original idea or innovation. It is crucial to note that the patent MUST disclose the idea, and the innovation, in enough detail for someone else to implement it. If what we are seeking is a better way of protecting the direction of innovative research at e.g. the hypothetical Green Tech Company, then not shoving illuminating search queries into public search engines would be a hot favourite.

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