Week 04

  • INSTRUCTIONS: On the 19th March, 2019, we discussed three grey ethical areas of Intellectual Property. I have placed them here below. Choose one of them. This is your final essay of six pages and and includes powerpoint presentration of at least 3 slides.


  • OPTION 1: 13 Key Intellectual Property Issues In Mergers And Acquisitions.

    On the 19th March, 2019, we discussed how as Boeing hustled in 2015 to catch up to Airbus and certify its new 737 MAX, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers pushed the agency’s safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself, and to speedily approve the resulting analysis. But the original safety analysis that Boeing delivered to the FAA for a new flight control system on the MAX — a report used to certify the plane as safe to fly — had several crucial flaws.Discuss the ethics from different paradigms as discussed in class

  • OPTION 2: Trade war: why US and China remain so far apart on intellectual property rights.

    On the 19th March, 2019 we discussed how in regards to the China/US trade war the two sides are ‘speaking different languages’ about what the US government sees as inadequate laws and IP theft. Among all the thorny issues of the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies, intellectual property rights (IPR) protection will be one of the most difficult areas in which to find breakthroughs because Beijing is not going to concede to US demands, sources have said. Read the story here. What are your thoughts?

  • OPTION 3: Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft.

    On the 19th March, 2019, we discussed how a Texas software company that says it helped Ford Motor Co. significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property. The company, Versata, on Wednesday asked a U.S. District Court judge in Texas for an injunction against Ford, which began using the software in 1998 as part of its product-development process. Read the story here. What are your thoughts?



Week 03

  • On the 19th March, 2019, we discussed how as Boeing hustled in 2015 to catch up to Airbus and certify its new 737 MAX, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers pushed the agency’s safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself, and to speedily approve the resulting analysis. But the original safety analysis that Boeing delivered to the FAA for a new flight control system on the MAX — a report used to certify the plane as safe to fly — had several crucial flaws.Discuss the ethics from different paradigms as discussed in class


Week 02

  • INSTRUCTIONS: On the 12th March, 2019, we discussed three situations where both parties can claim taking the ethical and moral high-ground, clearly there are unethical actions taking place. Choose one of them and submit to Canvas


  • OPTION 1: Huawei's Ms. Meng.

    On the 29th January, 2019, as presented by the BBC, the US Justice Department has filed a host of criminal charges against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. The charges against the world's second largest smartphone maker include bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology. The case could ratchet up tensions between China and the US, and impact the firm's global expansion efforts. Both Ms Meng and Huawei deny the allegations. Ms. Meng was arrested in Canada last month at the request of the US for allegedly evading sanctions on Iran. Write an essay discussing the various paradigms of ethics that you see are inherent in this case. see here, and here What are your thoughts?

  • OPTION 2: DJI Drones.

    A memo from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE) has been making the rounds and it states some pretty bold claims about drone-maker DJI. The memo, which was apparently issued in August, says that the officials assess "with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing US critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government." The LA ICE office also says that the information is based on, "open source reporting and a reliable source within the unmanned aerial systems industry with first and secondhand access." See here. What are your thoughts?

  • OPTION 3: Boeing Max.

    The trouble appeared to begin almost immediately after takeoff. The pilots told air traffic controllers that they were having technical problems. And the plane seemed to repeatedly climb and dive before a final plunge. Two eerily similar scenes have played out in recent months for Boeing’s brand-new 737 Max jets: on Sunday, when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, and in October, when a Lion Air disaster killed 189 people in Indonesia." See here. What are your thoughts?

Week 01

  • INSTRUCTIONS: On the 7th March, 2019, we discussed two cases, Intel v. AMD and The Challenger disaster. Both deal with the role that miscomunnication plays in making ethics evaluation murkey. Choose one of them and submit to Canvas


  • OPTION 1: Challenger Disaster.

    We first discussed how Professor Feynman showed that the Challenger was lost because the O-ring seal failed during a launch in cold weather. It was shown that lower level engineers had long predicted that the O-Ring failure was inevitable and how Nasa managers ignored their concerns. See Blog (tab above for more details)

    What are your your thoughts?

  • OPTION 2: AMD v. Intel.

    We also saw how the attorneys, for Intel rushed their contracts for integrating AMD licences into Intel and in the process left the door open for AMD to legally recoup their Intel technology at unspecified times. We saw that if one put themselves into the shoes of either the CEWO or Intel or the CEO on AMD, they both would feel morally justified. here. What are your thoughts?

  • Intel v amd