Saturday, February 18, 2012
The right to use the letters IPAD (regardless of upper- or lower-case) has been the subject of recent litigation and enforcement actions in China in which Apple is (so far) losing. I am by no means an IP expert, but I recognize sound analysis when I see it, and so recommend that any one interested check out the series of posts on this topic by Stan Abrams at the China Hearsay blog. Just go to the blog address and search for "Proview", then start from the earliest post. For the back story, first see these two stories (first | second) from the Financial Times.
Brief takeaway: This is not a story about China's failure to protect intellectual property. It's much more likely a story of bad lawyering and careless due diligence on Apple's part. (Likely, but not definitely - we don't know all the details yet.)
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Here's a terrific opportunity for the right person; the current program officer, Ira Belkin, is moving to New York to take up the position of Executive Director at NYU Law School's US-Asia Law Institute.
Here's a summary:
- Job title: Program Officer, Reforming Civil and Criminal Justice Systems – China | Equality and Justice Unit | Democracy, Rights and Justice (Ford Foundation)
- First sentence of summary description: The Program Officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making in support of China’s national efforts at legal reform and establishing a society under the Rule of Law.
- Application deadline: March 14, 2012
Here's the full text of the announcement, including contact information.