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Please note that I have to move my blog, and hence the old feed burner doesn't work anymore. Please subscribe to the new feed. Sorry for the trouble.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Testing message for the blog

Hi, Sorry that I have to test the new feed.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Patent applications after publication

I have a couple of calls from different clients related to the publication of patent application (Patent of utility module).

China has a very rigid time schedule, that application are published 18-months after filing date. Anyone who cares to know, can go to the web site to search for it. That means the invention as described in the application becomes publicly available. Patent applicant may consider to request for examination (if not already done so). Applicant can request for examination within 3 years after filing, failing which, it lapses.

Applicant can withdraw the patent application before publication, then it would not be available to the public, the application and the knowledge related to the invention will remain confidential. Once it is published, then it is no longer confidential information, as the original patent application was intended for 'skilled person of the trade' to understand and to build the embodiment according to what was disclosed in the application. So filing a patent application without going through examination like disclosing your way of building a new invention.

Having said that, there are clients who just want to file an application in China and do not want to spend time and money to go through the patent examination process. There are different commercial considerations for doing this. One being that you have three years' time to claim that you have one 'patent-pending' for the cost of the filing. If the invention is not commercial viable after testing the market for 18-months, applicant can just abandon the patent application.

World Expo Shanghai 2010 - Theme Song: A Challenge or Tribute?

The China government is busy in sending thousands of rescue officers together with food, water, medicine and supplements to QingHai after the horrible earthquakes happened on April 14, 2010, also busy in “decorating” this new wound before the opening of “World Expo Shanghai 2010” on May 1, 2010!

Within or beyond expectation, just two weeks before the opening, their theme song “Waiting you in 2010” (2010等你來) has sparkled this mega event. This is not the same case of Beijing Olympics 2008 during which 2 lovely little girls sang the theme song, one with an open identity while the other one was the hidden-singer. This Expo song is presented by various movie-stars, pop-stars and sports-stars from Hong Kong and China.

It was reported that this Expo song is actually a copyright infringed from a Japanese song “Sonomama no Kimi de ite” (不變的你就好) sung by Maya Okamoto in 1996, 15 years ago! A Singaporean composer has compared and commented these two songs that the Chinese one is 97% identical to the Japanese one.

It is widely recognized that the “copyright” issues in China still has room for improvement, this case is particularly interesting and impressive as it may turn out to be a cultural or diplomatic issue.

After the first Expo being held in London in 1851, it is China’s first time to hold the Expo just 2 years after the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Similarly, Japan held its first Expo in 1970 (the second and third time were at 1985 and 2005) which was 6 years after its Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Needless to say, being a host of Expo is an excellent chance to showcase its power as well as to seek for international recognition. Obviously, China seems more powerful, or aggressive as it only requires 2 years to host Expo while Japan made it after 6 years.

In that case, is this new Chinese theme song a “challenge” or simply a “tribute” from Chinese to Japanese? If it is a “challenge”, is it a soft declaration of China’s upgrading international status? If it is a “tribute”, is it a token for appreciation of the Japanese pop-culture?

Nevertheless, it may be a fabulous idea if the Chinese government invites that Japanese singer to present their theme song on its opening …

The “original” Japanese song:

The “revised” Expo theme song:

The “comparison” or “mixed” version of Japanese & Chinese song:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New address - with new screen design

Now I have the new address operational, however, the supplied migration tools is still running. I have changed the theme a bit. See if this is OK with you.

New address

I am taking this weekend to change the url address of this blog. This is a new function / requirement by that I have to change the new blog address to:

My blog will go to the new address latest coming Monday. Hope to see you there. I was told the old link will have pointer to redirect you to the new address.