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[News] China Eats Intellectual Monopolies Alive

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Battle of ideas

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| Chinese companies are enforcing patents against foreign firms
| FOR over a decade Schneider Electric of France has bombarded a Chinese firm, 
| Chint Group, with lawsuits accusing it of copying its technology. But the 
| tables turned on April 15th when the two companies settled an infringement 
| case—with the French firm forking over $23m to Chint. The rich settlement 
| against a foreign firm is a landmark. It serves as a reminder that Chinese 
| companies are just as eager to defend patents as Western firms, and that 
| China’s intellectual-property regime has been tightened in recent years.       


Now scientists can only thank their mighty 'IP' and corrupted, subverted USPTO.

Privatising Public Knowledge Draft Regulations: confusing the public domain and
the commons

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| The phrase ‘or protection through established means’ is the most troubling, 
| because it ignores of the decades old success of FOSS, Free Open Source 
| Software, in the computer industry, and of the history of science itself 
| which regarded knowledge as a commons, until the recent incursion of 
| Thatcherite economics. Both of these are more far more ‘established’ than the 
| recent American fad for software patents.     



SA minister slams software patents

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| In a taped address for the Idlelo 3 conference, Fraser-Moleketi said
| that “open standards are a critical factor in building interoperable systems
| that are important to governments … In South African we have a document - the
| minimum interoperability standards - which includes the use of open document
| format or ODF.”    
| Fraser-Moleketi pointed out that ODF was adopted as an ISO standard in 2006.
| She said that it was “unfortunate that the leading vendor of proprietary
| office software, which enjoys considerable dominance in the market, chose not
| to participate and support ODF in its products but rather to develop its own
| competing document standard, which is now also awaiting judgement in the ISO
| process.    

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