Beijing — Three people in China were sent to prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of infringing trade secrets regarding Apple’s iPad 2 six months before its release was publicly announced.

According to the court, the head of a company that makes accessories for Apple’s iPad and other devices offered a former employee and another then-active employee at iPad manufacturer Hon Hai incentives for information regarding the iPad 2.

The trio were sentenced to jail terms of 18 months, 14 months, and 12 months, respectively.

“Foxconn [Hon Hai] takes its commitment to protecting its intellectual property as well as that of its customers very seriously and undertakes all appropriate actions to safeguard against any violations,” Hon Hai said in a written statement.

One of the industry’s biggest contract manufacturers of electronics, Hon Hai’s clients also include HP, Sony, Dell and Nintendo.

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