industrial espionage


Spying on one's competitors to gain a competitive advantage. Often illegal.

Use this term in a sentence

Many companies are quite competitive including the use of industrial espionage in which one company spies on another in order to get ahead in the business world.

​ Was this Helpful? YES  NO 10 people found this helpful.

When Sandy sold the confidential diagrams and plans that detailed how to construct her company's newest product to the competition, she was charged with industrial espionage.

​ Was this Helpful? YES  NO 4 people found this helpful.

Over the past few years, Samsung has released a couple of smartphones that closely resemble the form factor of Apple's iPhones, causing some to accuse them of using industrial espionage to spy and mimic their biggest competitor.

​ Was this Helpful? YES  NO 5 people found this helpful.

Show more usage examples...

Browse Definitions by Letter: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
industrial development revenue bonds (IDRBs) industrial goods