Artman Talks

Exploring the currents of modern China

Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams, Part Deux

Recorded on July 13, 2012

The settlement has been made: Apple paid 60 million USD to get Proview off their back.  The IP case of the century (that had nothing to do with intellectual property) is finally over.

I talked with Stan Abrams a few months ago and he speculated on some of the possible outcomes, the way the case was and would play out, as well as giving me a crash course in China’s legal system.  You can find that episode here. I do recommend listening to a little bit as there’s some really good background on the specifics and context of the original case and dispute.

This edition, we talk about some of the ramifications and conclusions, if any, that can be drawn from Apple’s settlement.

Download Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams, Part Deux

Apple faces new legal challenge in China

Thuggish Victory? China Debates Apple’s $60m ‘iPad’ Payout

Enter the Snow Leopard: Apple’s Next China Trademark Dispute?

Apple, Proview Settle on 60 Million for iPad Trademark

Huawei and China’s Telecoms Industry with David Wolf

Updated to include link for download.  Downloading now works.

Recorded on May 21, 2011

For this edition of Artman Talks, we’re speaking with David Wolf about his new book Making the Connection: The Peaceful Rise of China’s Telecommunications Giants.

In our discussion, we focus on the importance of China’s telecom history, the role of client-centered innovation, as well as Huawei and their current image problem.

We also get to hear David go beyond the book to look at the future of Huawei’s development and some of the things they (and other Chinese telecoms manufacturers) can do to continue their aggressive international expansion.

Most surprising fact for me:  For both Huawei and ZTE, due to local preconceptions of poor domestic quality, only a minority of their business comes from China.

Follow David on Twitter: @wolfgroupasia and keep up with his latest insights on his blog Silicon Hutong

Download or Stream Artman Talks 22

Weibo, Rumors, and Real Name Registraion with Jeremy Goldkorn

Update: Jeremy has recommended some users on Weibo. Find list below.

Recorded on May 1, 2012

For this edition of Artman Talks, we’re speaking with Jeremy Goldkorn, of Danwei fame, about weibo’s positioning in the Chinese market as well as some speculation over Sina Weibo’s future and how real name registration plays into this.

The main takeaway is twofold:

  1. Real name registration has been tried before and didn’t work.  Ergo, there’s no reason it should work this time, nor should we expect it to.
  2. The government won’t shut down Sina Weibo, because Sina does such a good job of cleaning up unwanted posts.

Have a listen yourself and let us know what you think.

Download or Stream Artman Talks 21

More Background

Sina Admits It Has Not Complied With Weibo Real Name Registration Rules

Rumor: Baidu and Other Search Engines Will Have to Stop Indexing Weibo Content

Weixin 4.0 is Vintage Tencent and the Most Important Chinese Internet Product Since Weibo

This Mobile Social App Is Way Bigger than Instagram, and It’s Made in China

Netizens reaction to Weibo comment halt (including those from Sohu Weibo who haven’t got any bans)

Weibo Rumor Watch — Coup in Beijing?

More Strange Things on Post-Real-Name Sina Weibo

Jeremy’s Weibo Recommendations

Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams

Recorded Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you’re a fellow China watcher, then more than likely you’ve come across Stan Abrams, AKA chinahearsay.

As we allude to at the beginning, Stan has been here a long time.  I like to (with full knowledge of falsity in most cases) boast that I’ve been in China longer than you; with Stan there’s not even room for even a hairsbreadth of consideration that this might be true.

And, luckily for us, Stan isn’t just a lawyer, but also an educator.  This is important as educators (as least good ones) love to educate.  And so, we have his blog and this episode of Artman Talks.

As the title above suggests, Stan gives us a lesson in Chinese commercial dispute cases via Apple’s fight against Proview, a bankrupt monitor manufacturer.  According to Stan, this is not an IP case and we’ll learn more about that in the podcast.

Also, we mentioned some interesting tidbits about Proview as a company and some of their products and current situation.  To find out more,  I recommend looking the recent coverage MIC Gadget has been doing on them.

Download or Stream AT 20: Apple V Proview with Stan Abrams

Update:  Proview’s CEO has opened a Weibo page and says he will update with details of their case.  Thanks to Bill Bishop.

Luxury, Brands, and Consumer Behavior with Paul French

Recorded on February 4, 2012

Google gives quite a few definition of brands and I’ll give you a few:

  1. A type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name
    • – a new brand of detergent
  2. A brandname
    • – the company will market computer software under its own brand
  3. An identifying mark burned on livestock or (esp. formerly) criminals or slaves with a branding iron

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