The Hanxin Computer Chips Scandal (2)

May 16, 2006

Here is another article from NY Times regarding the the Hanxin Computer Chips Scandal. Worth reading.

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The Hanxin Computer Chips Scandal in China (1)

May 15, 2006

Now it's official, the Hanxin computer chips (Hanxin I to Hanxin IV) are found to be fake. Chen Jin, dean of the Micro-electronics School of Shanghai Jiaotong University, also the leading scientist of this state-funded chip research project, was removed from his post.

Background reports could be found from Xinhua and NY Times.

No wonder Chen Jin himself is a liar, but what roles the other parties played in this scandal?

The government: The Chinese central government vowed for the protection of the intellectual property rights, which I have no doubt on, this is the way it should be and the best way for China itself. But some of the government officials may have a different view of this issue. My feeling is that some officials cared more about how to score some political point from this than what's really going on in this project. The government held a press conference to show Hanxin 1 which claimed to have "totally independent intellectual property rights". The Ministry of Science and Technology held another press conference showing Hanxin 2 and Hanxin 3 and Chen Jin was imaged like a hero.But the good thing is the government is brave enough now to slap itself. Or is it because the Prime Minister Wen Jiaobao had also been cheated and even paid a visit to Chen's lab?

The University: If Chen Jin could bring the University fund and fame, they don't care anything else. Simple like that.

The government appraisal teams: They claimed they tested Chen Jin's chips and the chips did what they said. Now not a signal one of those professors and scientist in the appraisal team can stand up and response to people's question.

The insider and the media: Hats off to them. It's the insider and the media first brought this scandal to people's attention, and their continuous efforts made the official investigation possible. They are the real hero.

Now, are you curious about how Chen Jin faked the Hanxin chips? Don't be shocked, according to the insider and the media, Chen Jin bought some Motorola chips and used the sandpaper removed the Motorola logo and marked his own logo on it.

That's it, Simple like that.

Patent Applications in China Reached Record High in 2005

April 25, 2006

According a CHINADaily news report, China accepted 476,264 patent applications and 830,000 trademark applications in 2005, an all time high in the past 18 years.

Patent applications in China grew 34.6% on a year-on-year basis, while trademark applications increased by 10 percent, Zhang Qin, vice director of the State Intellectual Property Office, said at a press conference on intellectual property right protection, also, China leads the world in trademark applications for four consecutive years.

News Release from the USDOC on Trade or IP Related Issues

April 24, 2006

News release from the US Department of Commerce on Trade or IP related issues with China.

04/11/2006 JCCT Outcomes on U.S. Requests (Fact Sheet)

04/11/2006 United States Welcomes Chinese Action on Key Trade Issues

04/11/2006 Transcript: U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Worth Reading: How to Protect Pharmaceutical Products in China With or Without a Patent

April 24, 2006

Tony Chen and Helen Cheng of Jones Day wrote a great commentary on “How to Protect Pharmaceutical Products in China With or Without a Patent”. Read here.

Mark Your Calender

April 24, 2006

Mark Your Calender for the World Intellectual Proterty Day on April 26, 2006.

This year’s theme is “It starts with an idea”.

Starbucks Wins Trademark Case in China

January 5, 2006

On December 31, 2005, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court ruled for Starbucks that Shanghai Xingbake Coffee Co. Ltd engaged in “illegitimate competition” by using Starbucks’ Chinese name and imitating the design of its cafes, the court also ordered the defendant to pay 500,000 yuan (approximately $61,900) to Starbucks.

Starbucks, registered its Chinese trademark pronounced as Xingbake in 1999, now opened about 140 stores in China.

Complain, complain and complain about weak IP protections in China maybe one of the ways, but real action is obviously the most effective one among all to get yourself protected.

Attached is the defendant’s logo from newscom.

Better Protect Your Patent in China

December 27, 2005

A post by Mark Perkiss for the Trenton Times on December 18, 2005 that you should read to think about how to better protect you patent in China.

FBI and China Discuss Counterfeit Goods

December 12, 2005

The FBI has initiated talks with senior Chinese officials to develop a closer working relationship to reduce computer-related crime and intellectual-property infringement in China. Louis Reigel III, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said he had met with his counterparts in China’s Ministry of Public Security to discuss a wide range of issues.

By The Wall Street Journal

Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department launches interactive electronic services

December 1, 2005

The Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong SAR on November 28 launched the interactive electronic services for renewal of registered trademarks and patents, and for keeping patent application data up-to-date.

By using this new service, customers can make alterations to the patent or trademark databases by themselves 24/7, instead of by IPD staffs at a later date.

IPD will extend the interactive services to include changes of name, address, agent’s address and address for service in January, 2006. For further information, please check here.