Monday, August 17, 2009


I was looking up some stuff and ran across this gem (emphasis mine):

Here is a short overview of the different experiences from different regions (more is elaborated in specific chapters):

— In the East Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Province of China, a combination of relatively weak IPR protection and the availability of second-tier patents like utility models and design patents encouraged technological learning. The weak IPRs helped by allowing for local absorption of foreign innovations. The second-tier systems encouraged minor adaptations and inventions by local firms. Later on, the IP systems became stronger partly because local technological capacity was sufficiently advanced to generate a significant amount of innovation, and also as a result of international pressure.
I think I like this approach, in that it simultaneously angers the Taiwanese, the Chinese, and the grammaticians. In fact, I'm not even sure "grammatician" is a word, so they might be doubly pissed if they read this.

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