Archive | September 2011

Beauty in the crowd

Hi guys,

Lately I’m into Photography Art. I really like to capture random object, and to make it lives in a story.

As a starter, I use Nikon D7000 with standard Nikkor 18-105mm VR lens. At first I wanted to start it with Leica, but friends suggested that it’s better not to try Leica, as it’s damn expensive 🙂

So, this is my first Photography post, “Beauty in the crowd”. A simple selective Focus shoot from distance about 100m (actually I borrowed my friend’s Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF Nikkor lens to capture this 🙂 ).

Enjoy!

beauty in crowded

My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I’m sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.

But I won’t lose no sleep on that,
‘Cause I’ve got a plan.

You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful.
You’re beautiful, it’s true.

I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don’t know what to do,
‘Cause I’ll never be with you.

You’re beautiful. You’re beautiful.
You’re beautiful, it’s true.

There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it’s time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

A little more information on Patent

Today I had an internal training about Patent. This was a quite useful information, I think, as it gave me a lot of insight on how the patent actually works to ignite the act of invention. Moreover, this legal right gives companies or creative individuals a chance to work peacefully to create another invention, as their patents are protected, against illegal copy, by the state.

Actually, beside patent, there are several other intellectual property protections that cover different point of a product. They are copyright, trademark, registered design, and trade secret.

Patent

A government authority to an individual or organization conferring a right or title, esp. the sole right to make, use, or sell some invention

Copyright

The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Trademark

A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

Registered Design

Based on The Designs Act of 2003. It was introduced to protect the visual look of a product, on sale.

Trade Secret

A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers.

Supposed that we take an example of a product, Nokia N95.

Here, the Patent could be the Data Processing Algorithm that are used inside the phone.

The software code, Instruction manual, and Nokia tune ringtone could be the Copyright.

The name of N95, brand Nokia and software name Symbian are the Trademarks.

Registered design of the product could be the form of overall phone body, and the shape of external button.

There could be some Trade secrets within the product that Nokia decides not to publish it.

The existence of patent law is basically to encourage technology innovation. Suppose that we create something new, then we duplicate the things to reach the market. But if other parties can easily copy everything that we made with efforts, this will discourage us to create another innovation in the future. It also promotes healthy competition through a race to make better product by doing innovation. Companies will try harder to invent a new way to realize the best product they could make. In the end, customers will benefit from this kind of competition. Finally, as consequently patent disseminate the information among companies, it will encourage them to promote technology transfer and do collaboration to deliver product.

By holding a patent, a party can prevent others to copy the solution that he made (valid for 20 years). But, this is only valid in the country where the patent is granted. There is no way to hold a worldwide patent, except you register it individually to each countries. Patent holder is also right to sell the idea to other parties by offering licensing contract.

What does a patent look like?

-. Bibliographic Information: date of patent application, information about author, title of patented item, classification number.

-. Abstract: a 150 word explanation about the idea.

-. Description:

Summary of prior Art

Problem that it solves

Explanation about solution

-. Claims: define the scope of patent application

-. Drawings: illustration of claims and protections

In Europe Patent Office, it needs 4-5 years of patent application process to get a grant of patent for individual or companies. There are several steps before we can hold a right to a patent. First one is Patent Application Submission. We prepare a document like the one that explained before to express our soon-to-be patented idea. Then, the committee will conduct a patent search on their database. As the number of patents are so many, they will need 18 months until a search report is produced. Here they will decide whether our application has already been submitted by others party or accepted. If they don’t find similar existing patent, our application will be proceeded to review for another 4 years. Overall, we need to prepare money around 35000 Euro to register patent to the European Patent Office (EPO). It’s quite a big money to invest 🙂

 

Check out for patent database: http://www.espacenet.com or http://ep.espacenet.com -> there are around 60million of patents, 90% of them are already free to use.

 

Finally, there are many ways to use and maximize the investment that ones put in a patent, which are:

  1. Licensing / Cross licensing the patent to other parties that might need it.
    ex. RSA sells their cryptographic algorithm to parties that want to secure their application
  2. Building Reputation, Companies is valued by the number of patents that they own.
    A good example is like lately Google bought Motorolla only to acquire their patent collections (http://www.forbes.com/sites/quentinhardy/2011/08/15/google-buys-motorola-for-patent-parts/).
  3. Blocking competitors to enter market.
    Apple never sell their patent to other parties. Instead, they only don’t want competitors to enter their market. Like the case in Germany, where Apple sued Samsung for patent infringement against their tablet product, Galaxy Tab, that resembles iPad (http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20110909-37491.html).

So, are you ready to protect your right? 🙂

In the world full of geniuses, the slithery wins...

Master of Business Administration explained in the MBAtour event

Yesterday I attended the Singapore MBA tour event in Marina Mandarin hotel Singapore. This was the last session of the tour held by the consortium (at http://mbatour.com) to broadcast information related to Master of Business Administration program, especially the program that are ran by the consortium members, including INSEAD, NUS, University of Melbourne, and other US University like Indiana University.

The event itself divided into three sessions, two panel discussion sessions (each session is running two topics), and one session dedicated for schools presentation.

I was attending two discussions, one was about GMAT strategy, while the other was Alumni Sharing.
Here are some QAs that I remembered of:
Q:1 year or 2 year MBA?
A: It depends. If you are freshy or tend to change Industry, it’s better to attend mba with Internship (2 year). But if you tend to come back to the same industry that you’re experienced in, take 1 year program.

Q:When is the best time to attend MBA program?
A:Better you understand what you want to do in coming years (goals), then attend MBA (after several years of working exp.)

Q:full time or part time?
A:for full time basis, prepare to have a tight bonding with you colleagues in MBA class as you are going to work with them almost every day.
Better to have one year leave out of the office to attend MBA (full time), unless you are unable to have it (company needs to deliver product, and you’re the only person that could make it)
In part time course, prepare to have efficient discussion with peers as you don’t have much time.

Part time MBA is only encouraged if it’s being paid by the company.
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Actually there are three types of MBA program:
1. Executive MBA, you are the executive of a company, and you need to improve yourself in managerial sector. It requires 8-10 years of working experiences to attend this class.

2.General MBA, basically it is for the generalist. Don’t care what industry you were working, don’t care what functions/role you were engaged in. You attend this class to improve your ability to better manage people (either it is only yourself or subordinates). Commonly it requires 2 years of working exp., but actually there are few MBA classes that don’t require working experiences.

3. Specialized MBA, this class is only purposed for them who are going to focus their career in a specific role (marketing, finance, etc.), or in a specific industry (I don’t have good example for this type). Also, lately there are some Master classes in other major, like engineering or Art, that are extensible to MBA, for example like the one I planned to attend, Master of Knowledge Management in Nanyang Technology University (NTU)

Basically the difference between General MBA and Specialized MBA lies in the top position role you’re reaching for. General MBA is designed for CEO (chief executive officer) type of people, while specialized MBA is for them who like to be CFO (chief finance officer), CIO (chief information officer), COO (chief operational officer), and CTO (chief technology officer).