[Linux-aus] Patent Insurance and other stuff
craigw at blue.net.au
Thu Dec 16 19:03:02 UTC 2004
Sometimes in my very average day, at work I sometimes come across simple
emails, one of those happened today, an email about requesting
information about Patent Insurance.
For very dark cloud, there always a silver lining, where someone can
Now for some serious business, I have been reading with great interest
the meeting between Open Source/Linux Australia and the representatives
of the Chinese Government. Not at least the opportunity Pia had, the
chance to talk about Open Source in Mandarin!
As China is now Australia's largest trading partner, the involvement of
DFAT and AUSTRADE is extremely important but I say this with a word of
caution. Mainly as I question the push by DFAT in 'multilaterally' of
discussions of a FTA with China when this comes to matters of
intellectual property protection.
Now that brings me to a point to discuss the operations of a American
lobby group called CompTIA ( http://www.comptia.org/default.aspx ), now
after the signing of the AUSFTA CompTIA has setup shop in Sydney. This
was reported in an article in the Australian on the 7th December titled
"US body sets up here to rival ACS".
CompTIA has been very active in the lobby arena in regards to China:
Once again like many American initiatives, they lack cultural, historic
and diplomatic tactic. Perhaps this is a opportunity for Linux Australia
to come to the front and show the Howard Government how important an
advantage open source is for Cultural, Trade and Diplomatic for
PS I'm in Shanghai next month.
Advisory Council on Intellectual Property
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