SiNApSE intellectual property blog. He then goes on to tell us that SiNApSE has recently completed five years of existence, and that this is the cause of an outbreak of celebration of both survival and success, through various initiatives and free give-aways. Adds Shravan, "Dr Kalyan, one of the founders of SiNApSE Blog, has kindly agreed to make his best selling work, FUN IP, available for free download on the blog". This book may be downloaded in PDF format, on the SiNApSE home page at www.sinapseblog.com. It's also available in numerous other formats. Happy birthday and congratulations, chorus the Kats.
well-worn proposition that the problem with Chinese meals is that, half an hour after you've had one, you feel you could do with another one. Now, says the IPKat, if you substitute "deals" for "meals", you're probably right. The recent high-level UK China initiative [Beggars to Beijing, murmurs Merpel] brought in not only £5.6 billion in trade deals but a new UK-China patent agreement, described as "a boost for UK businesses". According to a media release from the UK Intellectual Property Office:
"UK businesses can now obtain faster intellectual property protection in China after a new fast-track patent agreement was signed with the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China this week.
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement allows applicants to request a quicker processing of a patent application at one intellectual property office if the corresponding patent application has been found to be acceptable at the other participating office. The second patent office can then use the work undertaken by the first office, thereby reducing duplication.
The agreement will reduce patent processing times, the costs associated with registering a patent and most importantly it will increase the level of intellectual property protection businesses will have in China [says Merpel: if the PPH is a reciprocal arrangement, it will presumably make it much quicker for the Chinese to gain patent protection in the UK too -- and don't the Chinese generate a great many more patent applications than the Brits?]. ...
In addition to the agreement with China, the UK has PPH arrangements with the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Canada [the odd country out is Canada, says Merpel: all the other countries file far more patents annually than does the UK. The only country that files more patents annually than the UK but isn't in a PPH arrangement is France]".