Monday, April 26, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
THE TECH OF TOMORROW - EPISODE 2 -
INNOVATIONS AND COMMERCIALISATION
As one of the top ten companies regarding the number of declared 5G patent families in 2020, Oppo has filed over 3,600 families of global patent applications, declared over 1,400 families of 5G standard patents to the ETSI, and submitted more than 3,000 5G standard-related proposals to 3GPP by the end of December in 2020.
So just how important are patents and intellectual property in the 5G world, and how might that affect consumers?
In the second episode of the Tech of Tomorrow, Richard Bradbury speaks with Henry Tang and Dennis Tan about innovation and commercialization.
The podcast is available here.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Monday, November 16, 2020
On 15 Nov 2020, Malaysia signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) along with 9 ASEAN members, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. It is the largest regional free trade agreement in the world which accounts for 30 percent of world population and economy.
It aims to reduce tariffs and cost for trade between countries. It also touches on intellectual property.
In 2018, Malaysia has signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). According to CPTPP, members must provide patent term extension for delays in pharmaceutical approval. The copyright term for published works is 70 years minimum. Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand have ratified the CPTPP. Malaysia has not given any indication on when the CPTPP will be ratified.
I have participated in several CPTPP discussions. A few people have raised displeasure over the patent term extension. Malaysia produces a number of generic medicines.
In RCEP, there is no patent term extension for pharmaceutical delays. The copyright term for published works is 50 years minimum, in line with the Berne Convention.
Malaysia is centrally located in both RCEP and CPTPP. Shall Malaysia ratify CPTPP? It depends on whether Malaysia wants to be a nation that consumes IP or produces IP.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tsai (lower left) and his colleagues
Peter Tsai, a researcher from University of Tennessee, invented a method of corona electrostatic charging which resulted in the creation of N95 mask. The mask has a layer of filter that blocks and contain 95% of submicron particles. The technique involves an electric field to charge non-woven fibers.
The method is widely used in industries over three decades in products such as HVAC filters and medical face masks.
"This respirator was designed for construction workers, and it was designed to be for one-time use," says Tsai in an interview with WYMT.
The mask attracted the attention of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was found that the filter can capture viruses and bacteria. The filter is then recommended to be used for healthcare workers.
N95 mask from University of Tennessee
According to University of Tennessee, Tsai has 12 US patents and over 20 commercial license agreement, including four licensed to global companies.
"I'm bombarded with questions," says Tsai in an interview with SCMP. "My customers are based around the world. I work around the clock". Demand for face masks has skyrocketed.
Tsai came out of retirement to find a way for the N95 masks to be reused. He provided a report which proposed ways to clean and reuse N95 masks without compromising the electrostatic charge required for particle filtration.
He found out that dry heat of 70 degrees Celcius can decontaminate N95 masks without diminishing particle filtration. The method was validated by National Institutes of Health. An oven can be used to decontaminate N95 masks.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a leader in distance learning. General courses on intellectual property are offered throughout the year for free. Beginners can join IP Panaroma to have an overview of intellectual property. Intermediate course on specific intellectual property topics involves minimal fee. Some of the courses on demand include:
- IP Panorama (for beginners)
- General Course on Intellectual Property
- Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty
- Patent Information Search
- Basics of Patent Drafting
- Intellectual Property Management
- EPO Patent Information Tools
- Introduction to the European Patent System
- Patentability in Information and Communications Technology
- Patentablility in Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry
- Patenting Artificial Intelligence
- Patenting Blockchain
- European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) in a Nutshell
- International Classification of Goods and Services
- Registered Community Design (RCD) in a Nutshell
- Introduction to Patent Protection
- Copyright: Encouraging and Protecting Creativity
- Overview of Trademarks
- Requirements for Claims
- Inventive Step
- Patent Map
- International Application through the PCT System and its Strategies
- International Trademark Application through Madrid System and its Strategies
- Interpreting and Drafting Patent Documents in US, Japan, Korea, EPO and Australia, respectively
- Intellectual Property Law, University of Pennsylvania
- Protecting Business Innovations, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Patenting in Biotechnology, Copenhagen Business School
- Intellectual Property Law, Tsinghua University (in Chinese)