James Pooley writes a provocative article for IP Watchdog about whether America’s Industrial Revolution Was Based on Trade Secret Theft:

“When I was in Geneva trying to engage developing countries about the value of robust IP laws, occasionally I heard a response like this: “What hypocrites you are! The U.S. economy got its start by stealing from abroad. Why should today’s poor nations be denied the same opportunity to catch up?” The argument stung enough that I thought I should check out the real story. Here’s what I found.”

Read more here.