By Michael Shields, European Auto Correspondent SHANGHAI, April 22 (Reuters) - When U.S. automotive supplier Metaldyne Corp. saw sales of its replacement axle joints plummet in key Eastern European markets last year, it soon found out why: a Chinese counterfeiter had muscled in on the market. Protecting intellectual property (IP) is a persistent worry for car and parts makers eager to boost business in the world's third-biggest vehicle market -- at the risk of losing technology to ...
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