Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A bunch of bad jokes from the world of patents

A metallurgist is an expert who can look at a platinum blonde and tell whether she is virgin metal or a common ore. From the Sacramento law firm Downey Brand: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a Lawyer? An offer you can't understand. From the US Patent Office U.S. Patent 6,578,299 Ice fishing hole simulator system

Chinese patent law undergoes revision

iStockAnalyst has a nice brief article on changes in Chinese patent law (http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle+articleid_2416933&title=Wav es_of_Changes_in.html) One comment from the article: Based on the pre-drafting research reported early this year, the revision of the Chinese patent rules will be concentrated on the following examination-related areas: Preliminary examination, substantive examination, reexamination and invalidation, electronic filing system, patent fees and process, revival procedure, search reports, source of genetic resources, design patents, PCT applications, secrecy and foreign filing, and distribution and use of patent information; and the following areas not related to regular patent examination: Ownership of inventions sponsored by the state, rewards on employment-related inventions, compulsory licenses, and administrative patent enforcement. In other words, due to the globalization and domination of world gadget markets by China, its government has no choice but to make its patenting system more professional.