Hinrich Foundation Trade Scholarship Program

The Hinrich Foundation is offering the Hinrich Foundation Trade Scholarship Program in Israel for an individual from mainland China who is passionate about trade and excited by the opportunity to study in the “Start-Up Nation ”.

The program offers one talented Chinese Citizen a scholarship for an international MBA at Tel Aviv University, a business fellowship through the Israel Asia Center and comprehensive career development program upon graduation at a trade related company.

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IP Suits Continue to Pursue Apple

by Jae Zhou with the assistance of Mark Cohen

Before their iPad trademark dispute was even settled in July of last year, Apple was confronted with another IP related dispute in China. On June 21, 2012, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, an Internet Technology company brought a claim of invention patent infringement against Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant feature available on iPad and iPhones. Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court held a pre-trial hearing on the case on March 27, 2013 and the trial date has been set for July 2, 2013. Continue reading

Piracy and China’s Poor: How Much Is Needed for China’s Development?

 Late last week, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece “Stealing Books for the Poor” by Yu Hua, the acclaimed author of China in Ten Words, To Live and many others.  

In the piece, translated by Allan Barr, Yu Hua laments China’s piracy problem and the challenge it poses to him as an author. He begins with an overview of the depth and breadth of the problem including the reality that IP infringement can be a major source of revenue for Chinese localities. He goes on to suggest that the most basic reason for the piracy is the limited access to cultural goods China’s impoverished farmers and workers have due to their low income. Given their quality of living, escape through books and other cultural goods could be seen as a necessity. Within the context of a population earning $1 a day in a country where the cost of basic goods like food is rising everyday, the consumption of pirated goods would almost seem like a forgivable offense. Continue reading

The China IP “Hits” Parade

How do foreigners obtain on-line information on IP developments in China?  Is language a major barrier? The data from on-line hits and page views suggests that Chinese government sources may be a major source of information and that Americans are not major consumers of this data in Chinese or in English.  In fact, American-origin hits are more likely for Chinese content websites, rather than English.  However, not all foreigners are the same.   Europe had more than 10 times the utilization of the Chinese patent office websites compared to Americans.   The difference is not attributable to increased patent filings by Europeans: the US was the second largest foreign grantee of SIPO patents (78,902), after Japan, with over two times the number of grants as Germany (34,833) and about an equal number to the total patent grants to European countries in 2012, according to SIPO data. Continue reading