It doesn't matter how it's justified or labelled. Whether in a corporate setting or otherwise. If someone has an idea (that they have probably worked to come up with and communicate), and you take credit for that it is theft. Depriving someone of their property for pecuniary or other advantage. Where I come from, that's a criminal offence.
Fighting IP Theft
Someone Stole My Startup Idea
Essential reading for those who are victims of IP crime
We are getting coverage!
TU Berlin 2015
Looking forward to spreading the word. Should be a very interesting and revealing event...PR briefed and prepared.
What is fraud? Fraud is a type of criminal activity, defined as:
'abuse of position, or false representation, or prejudicing someone's rights for personal gain'.
Put simply, fraud is an act of deception intended for personal gain or to cause a loss to another party.
The general criminal offence of fraud can include:
If you are the victim of Identity Theft, or you have had your property stolen by a criminally fraudulent process, this is the central point for reporting these crimes in the UK.
Interesting approach to corporate innovation. Ended up paying the royalties anyway and ruined their reputation in the process!
The Lawful owners and inventors of the IP and service announced by Huf (Hülsbeck & Fürst) here -