When piracy is legal Clothing designers often have their creations mimicked by low-end knock-off shops. (more)
Whose hand is in your till?An accountant gone wild pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million. (more)
Embezzlement safeguards 5 ways to protect your business (more)
Special Offer
3 of 3
Move fast
Move fast
Then: After X-IT Products invented a foldup emergency ladder, rival Walter Kidde, a large maker of home-safety products, came out with a replica. X-IT sued and won a $17 million settlement (FSB, April 2002).

Now: X-IT, with 2007 sales of about $1 million, will introduce two new models of the safety ladder this year. Co-founder Aldo Di-Belardino says in retrospect he should have applied earlier for his patent. In fact it was not issued until after the trial.

"Kidde tried to rush in their own patent application," he says, "so it would look like we were the ones ripping them off."

More galleries

Last updated April 28 2008: 9:41 AM ET
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.