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The entertaining spectacle of German police and customs agents busting hapless Chinese exhibitors at trade shows could become a thing of the past if a joint project between the People's Republic and the EU works as it should. Which is a pity. China's Ministry of Commerce and the European Commission are funding a China IPR Desk …

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Paris Hilton

Chinese IPR

These companies are shut down because they don't pay their IPR, they keep their prices down because they don't pay their IPR. Their products make it difficult for other manufacturers to compete, they shouldn't be doing deals in Europe.

Paris, because she's not cheap.

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Paris Hilton

How do you...

hijack Internet Protocol?

(and how do you own it for that matter?)

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MWC had customs / police raids.

I know of at least 1 Chinese company that got a visit from Spain's customs / police during MWC 2009 - even though they had their papers and licensing in order. Either Fraunhofer or Spanish officials are getting sloppy, more of this it and it could very well trigger the necessary backlash to see a real uptake of the ogg format. ( remake of the burn all gifs campaign , 2012 / 2017 is still a rather long wait. )

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Anonymous Coward

burn all gifs?...

We still don't have another image format that supports animation... (yes, it does have legitimate uses) although PNG may have transparency and lossless compression.

GIFs will stay as long as there isn't another image format with all of its features.

also, what happens in 2012/2017?

I would use ogg if 1. my mp3 player supported it and 2. torrents were available in the format...

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Boffin

@AC

Most www animtians are flash these days, hardly an improvement. But the GIF patents expired in 2007, so there is little impetus now to pay the royalties that unisys demanded. 2012 / 2017 is the expiration years for mp3 patents, till then you will be giving alms to Fraunhofer for every single mp3 capable device you buy. Your cost for convenience on a personal level may be negligible, but for HW producers that churn out units by the millions with paper thin margins, pennies and cent to Fraunhofer accounts takes a good sized chunk out of their margins.

What Fraunhofer doesn't seem to get, is that the road from a Chinese manufacturing plant to the EU market is long and arduous. It would make more sense to ensure that products shipped by the container load to EU are fully licensed. Enforcing licensing requirements on the trade show floor, where much of what is being showed is just prototypes anyways, adds more hurdles in bringing product to market, and could very well result in fewer overall unit royalties. This coupled with the ill will it generates, could bring about more uptake of royalty free alternatives, such as ogg.

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