Having worked for Microsoft Research and the technology industry, I fully support enabling an environment for new and constant innovation, particularly in a competitive and free market economy. Almost all the new technology and services we enjoy today like the Internet are developed by taking on different parts of innovative technology and ideas pioneered by a variety of sources such as universities, government agencies and research firms together.
Therefore I am excited about news of the US Innovation Act which aims to address the problem of abusive patent litigation by patent trolls, diverting companies on focusing in creating new innovations. Patent trolls are entities which exerts questionable patent rights against alleged infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not actually manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question – a typical economic rent seeking behaviour.
Hopefully the new Innovation Act will “level the playing field by controlling discovery costs, raising pleading standards, and making fee-shifting a more meaningful deterrent to frivolous allegations“. (H/T: Innovation, Not Litigation, Google Public Policy blog)
Troll – Zoe, used under Creative Commons licence.
If we are demoralised, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems.
If we only pray for a solution, we’ll not solve our problems.
We need to face them, to deal with them without violence, but with confidence – and never give up.
If you adopt a non-violent approach, but are also hesitant within, you’ll not succeed.
You have to have confidence and keep up your efforts – in other words, never give up.
~ Dalai Lama (19 Nov 2013 Facebook Status Update)
Peter Hartcher, the Sydney Morning Herald’s political and international editor, has recently published a special five parts feature entitled, “The Meltdown“. It traced the rise and fall of the 2007- 2013 Australian Labor Government led Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
They were two extraordinary politicians. The great sadness of this time was that they were both in the same generation with the same ambition.
Together they should have been invincible.
~ Penny Wong
Google Think Insights has released an updated Mobile Playbook which offers detailed insights and strategies for business (the physical and online distinction is so passe) to look hard on issues such as addressing the local mobile customer, price transparency challenges and showrooming.
Towards the end, the guide provides a useful list of action items for follow ups.
Recommended read for those into commerce and online services.
India is a place rich with stories; in the classic sense, we can appreciate the immensity of a performance of the Ramayana and the reach of the latest Bollywood offering from Shah Rukh Khan, and this extends right down to our own individual experiences as travellers in a place that seems exotic and fantastic…
It is not despite the chaos, contradictions and confrontations that I love travelling in India; it is because of them and the stories they allow us to live out as protagonists and participants.
An extract from “Belly of the beast: the country that will change you” (Sydney Morning Herald)
Happy 90th Birthday, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
May you continue to enjoy good health and every happiness. Thank you for your dedicated service and enduring contributions to Singapore and all who have the fortune to live in this country.
Related: An unwavering dedication to Singapore (Speech by Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education at “The Big Ideas of Mr Lee Kuan Yew” conference, 16 Sep 2013)
How can any fashionista be unfamiliar of George Costanza‘s subliminal designs? This man is a legend!