Recently, I was introduced to the “Thousand Grains of Sand” theory. This theory attempts to explain the strategy that has been used by the Chinese-State to steal IP over the last three decades.
Many of my readers (I have no doubt) are already familiar with this theory, but for those who are not, here’s a brief introduction.
The theory goes something like this:
If a beach of sand is the target (the valuable intellectual property that is) Russia would pull up on the coast with a submarine, send a few scuba men onto the beach to collect a few handfuls and escape, the U.S. would use satellites to determine the composition of the sand. The Chinese-State would send in 1,000 Chinese tourists to collect buckets of sand and bring it back to China.
The theory originated from U.S. Intelligence in the 1990s. Although, we all know, the problem is undoubtedly more complicated than that; it does ring true.
Global investigators, attorneys, and IP protection specialists need to recognize this reality and respond to it.
Here is a list of posts I’ve written that attempt to capture the complexity of the problem and ways to defend against it:
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