Maine’s fight with China over intellectual property rights.

Maine’s in a fight with China over intellectual property rights.


Since the recent threat (hinted at by China’s representative in Portland recently), Maine is fighting for its intellectual life and property rights. According to the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s avoidance of China’s currently proposed import tax of 25% may only be temporary. We are in danger of being priced out of the Chinese market for lobsters, locally known as lobstahs. According to this report, China’s ballooning middle-class is lobster-hungry. Of nearly 18,000,000 lbs. shipped, 80% were caught in traps set by Maine’s savvy lobstermen.


Interviewed by this blogger especially for The Green and Blue House, Joseph Six says the stakes are going higher. Simply selling lobsters will no longer be enough to satisfy Chinese consumers. Nefarious doings are underway to steal the intellectual property of ingenious coastal entrepreneurs like Joseph Six. Trade secrets are notoriously hard to suppress, and lobstering procedures, equipment, and even the canny way each lobsterman has of protecting his or her surf turf on Maine’s 3,500 miles (5,600 kilometers) indented coastline are in danger of being hijacked for use along China’s massive 9,000 mi (14,500 km) long mile coast.

savvy Cape Elizabeth lobstahmen making traps


Still, they have to go some to match Maine’s convoluted accordion coastline for volume of catch. Though massive, China’s coastline is just not crenelated or rocky enough. We aren’t going to be sharing related sources, habitat, fresh water effect, bleeding migration, molting plug rot, gas disease and sea fleas. Plugs, bands, bouts, and bait. Or pots. American pots, plastic pots, steel, Cornish, or Scotch. If they’re quick enough to grab T.M. Prudden’s book about lobsters, they won’t need to steal, however.

The taste for Maine lobster is so strong among yuppie Chinese that this class have begun ruminating on the possibility of technological espionage so it can try out and internationally patent Maine’s centuries-long secret strategies.

Meifang Zang hinted as much in her interview with the Portland Press Herald. She was in Portland in her capacity as deputy counsel general, visiting Maine purportedly to extend goodwill between Maine and the heftiest world-famous nationstate on the globe. The position of her government at the time of her interview was, “We will adapt our measurements of trade, protecting China’s interests.” (This is a paraphrase in which every third word is changed to keep the GBH legal with regard to permissions and plagiarism.)

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