Google Commences Online Music Service in China

By: Ian McClure
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This has been in the works for a long time.  Today, Google and over 100 record labels broke a lot of barriers, both cultural and legal, to start an online music downloading service available only in China.  Negotiations to open the service have been carrying on for years.  Apparently, over 100 record labels, including the largest (Warner, Sony, EMI, Vivendi) have licensed their music for free download in China.  Ad sales in China will serve as Google's revenue stream. This accomplishment breaks legal barriers, ... Read More

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China Vows to Turn More Patents Into Profits

By: Ian McClure
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China's State Intellectual Property Office posted a statement today on their site titled "Turning More Patents into Profits", detailing some of the reasons why China has such a high patent application rate, but such a low transformation rate.  Transformation, of course, means turning the patent into a product and a source for obtaining cash.  Of note was a quick mention of amendments to China's Patent Law, which are currently in the works and expected to take effect on October 1.  According to ... Read More

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