Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Patent vs. Open Source

Patent is a European (including USA) development in order to give special right to an inventor or company for a specific invention. First patents was issued in Europe in mid of 1400 but the actual boom started in the beginning of 1800. In the start of 19th century most of the European countries provided protection of an innovation with state laws. The first International treaty was signed in 1883 (Paris Convention) in order to provide protection across the boarders. Patent system is used for monetizing the inventions but at the same time it restrict the distribution of knowledge and technology.

Open Source on the other hand is a system used in the history for distributing knowledge. There was no patents for inventions done in China like paper, Arabs like algebra or by Indians like Cotton Gin.

The future will be more Open Source than current close system approach of IPOs. The main reason is the culture difference of new world powers (China, India) from European way of life. Culturally the people living in China, India, Brazil or other emerging markets are more open to share. For Example in India and China the cost of a Book is a cost of copying it with photo copy machine and cost of Software is the cost of copying a CD. The IPO model of innovation will not work in these communities. The innovation in these countries will be open and the speed of innovation will be accelerated due to the free availability of knowledge.

Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense - Open Source

In his video at the end he mentioned that he would like to put this as open source for every body to use. I am going to write on this topic next. Patent vs. Open Source, how the new words culture will change the way business is done today.

Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Patent increase in Emerging Markets

Patent_Office 2000 2006 2007 2008 % Increase from 2000 to 2008
Japan 125,880 141,399 164,954 176,950 41
United States of America 157,496 173,770 157,283 157,772 0
China 13,058 57,786 67,948 93,706 618
Republic of Korea 34,956 120,790 123,705 83,523 139
European Patent Office 27,523 62,780 54,699 59,819 117
Russian Federation 17,592 23,299 23,028 28,808 64
Canada 12,125 14,972 18,550 18,703 54
Germany 14,707 21,034 17,739 17,308 18
Australia 13,548 9,426 11,236 11,863 -12
France 11,274 13,788 12,112 10,811 -4
Mexico 5,527 9,632 9,957 10,440 89
Singapore 5,090 7,393 7,478 6,286 23
United Kingdom 8,253 7,907 5,930 5,360 -35
Hong Kong (SAR), China 2,737 5,146 4,839 4,001 46
India 1,263 7,539


Source: WIPO

Monday, January 18, 2010

China leads in Next Generation Technologies?

Internet of Things (IoT)

It is no secert that in the Manufacturing/Export space China had crossed industrial nations. Most of the analyst in Europe/USA thinks that in innovation we are still leading and China is far behind. I respectfully disagree, if you see the IPC (Patents) statistics it is quite visible that China and India are innovating with much faster pace as anticipated. IoT is just an other example, if you go to search on Google for IEEE_802.15.4 (IEEE standard for physical layer WPANs) there will be more sites in Chinese on the first page than in English.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Google Nexus One - a flop

I was expecting that Google will not succeed in the mobile market with their Nexus One. Following news confirm this:

Google Nexus One launch-week sales disappoint

Google is trying in alot of fields me-too kind of approach which is far away from real innovation. Until now the only success google bring was the search, the rest they bought (Youtube, blogger etc). I don't remmeber any service from google get real success otherthan their search engine. There are very few companies on the plant which can grow and still have in house innovation. Most of the big blues buy innovations from the market in the form of small or big accusations. The innovative minds get stuck in the organizational structures and don't get chance to do some thing new. These guys leave and do an other start-up for a second success. I had wrote a post before on innovation.

Inovations - Out of box thinking

An other addition to DECE

This will change the way we consume content. In the long run DVD/Blueray will disappear and the transport will be Internet for the video distribution.

An other addition to DECE

Cox to DECE

Sunday, January 10, 2010

China overtakes Germany as biggest exporter

BEIJING – China overtook Germany as the world's top exporter after December exports jumped 17.7 percent for their first increase in 14 months, data showed Sunday, in another sign of China's rise as a global economic force.

Exports for the last month of 2009 were $130.7 billion, data from the General Administration of Customs showed. That raised total 2009 exports to $1.2 trillion, ahead of the 816 billion euros ($1.17 trillion) for Germany forecast by its foreign trade organization, BGA. more.....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Future of Digital Media over IP (Internet)

LOS ANGELES -- Today the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE LLC),, a coalition with support from every industry involved in digital entertainment, announced it has reached key milestones toward establishing the first open market for digital content distribution. In addition, DECE announced that 21 companies have joined the group which now includes 48 members across entertainment, software, hardware, retail, infrastructure and delivery.

The milestones announced today include:

  • Agreement on a Common File Format, an open specification for digital entertainment, that will be used by all participating content providers, services and device manufacturers
  • Vendor selection for and role of the Digital Rights Locker, a cloud-based authentication service and account management hub that allows consumers rights access to their digital entertainment
  • Approval of five Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions that will be DECE-compatible

Full technical specifications will be available in the first half of 2010.