The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

It seems strange to launch a column on happiness during a pandemic. The timing is, well, awkward, isn’t it? Maybe not. We’re stuck at home; our lives on COVID time have slowed to a near halt. This creates all sorts of obvious inconveniences, of course. But in the involuntary quiet, many of us also sense an opportunity to think a little more deeply about life. In our go-go-go world, we rarely get … https://bit.ly/3b1fxJ5

China grapples with trademark infringement—of its own brands – Pigs to market

PEPPA PIG was the target of China’s online censors earlier this year when the pink porcine character for toddlers was co-opted by unruly Chinese teenagers as a subversive symbol. But the popular piglet is also the object of another sort of unwanted attention: the registration of trademarks related to the brand by foreign “squatters”, who hope to benefit as counterfeiter … https://econ.st/2RCIRMP

China claims more patents than any nation but most are worthless

There is lax approval process for less inventive categories while some firms use process to get benefits for staff. FOR nearly a decade, China has taken great pride in filing the largest number of domestic patents. It’s proving less keen on keeping them. Despite huge numbers of filings, most patents are discarded by their fifth year as licensees balk at paying escalating fees. … http://bit.ly/2P5p1Iz

Editorial: Copyright Infringers Must Face Consequences

China still has a long way to go in creating a clear system for protecting online intellectual property rights. Recently, the country’s National Copyright Administration, together with a number of other government bodies, launched the 2018 version of the annual “Sword Net” anti-online piracy campaign. This is the 14th edition of the campaign, which debuted in 2005. The … http://bit.ly/2LLEiwo

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio dish in the country’s southwest. Almost twice as wide as the dish at America’s Arecibo Observatory, in the Puerto Rican jungle, the new Chinese dish is the largest in the world, if not the universe. Though it is sensitive … http://theatln.tc/2hwAfGI