Silicon Hutong Plaza
Having just finished the article, I am navigating with great haste to Amazon to order their book Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What To Do About It.
What is bothering me so much is NOT that the world’s largest and most respected system of intellectual property protection is broken – stuff breaks all the time, and the Master of the Universe has given us the wherewithal to fix things like this.
What is deeply disturbing when you read this is: if this is how messed up the best system in the world is, how much worse is the system here in China? I mean, every abuse of the system taking place in the U.S., where small companies are being bullied by giant firms with lots of lawyers and some patents, could happen here – and worse. Not only is there no decent system of enforcing patent judgements, there is no independent judiciary to try cases of patent abuse and to protect small innovators.
People look around China and they see big companies like Lenovo and they think “look, China has a robust tech sector.”
Ugly truth #45: until China has a system that enforces intellectual property rights and an independent judiciary to ensure that those rights are used in an effort to sustain a system that encourages innovation, China’s tech sector will continue to be about knock-offs, copycats, and other such derivative effort that simply seeks to steal somebody else’s idea and sell it for less money.
There are, and will always be, exceptions to this, but they will be notable in that they buck – not represent – the broader national trend.