Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 ARPA-E Technology Showcase
Envia Co-Founder, Sujeet Kumar with A123 Systems' Yet-Ming Chiang
The 2012 ARPA-E Innovation Summit kicked off this week amid ongoing reports of renewable energy's funeral toll and various politically oriented DOE quasi-scandals.   The pressure to deliver a winner is so intense at this time,  DOE recently hired a full time psychologist to deal with the pervasive
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Having just finished one month as visiting faculty at the School of Management at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, I appreciate more than ever the elusiveness of talking about a setting as complex as India. With over a billion residents, various ethnic and religious groups, and over 20 distinct languages, there is seldom, if ever, such a thing as "India". When it comes to talking about India, context, nuance and focus are central; generalizations are often misguided at best, misleading at worst. I was reminded of this in reading an article in The Economist on brands and counterfeiting in China. Entitled "Pro Logo: Brands in China" (January 14, 2012), the focus of the article being the assertion that "Chinese consumers are falling out of love with fakes".

This tagline is bold stuff indeed. China is often portrayed as the epicentre of counterfeiting. A change in this regard would go a long way to altering the perception of Chinese markets and consumers and provide further evidence of the normative integration of China into the world community. And so the critical question--do recent developments in China, as described in the article, live up to the broad the broad tagline of the article?

In my view, the answer is more "no" than "yes". Just as with India, when one speaks of China, "context, nuance and focus are central; generalizations are often misguided at best, misleading at worst". Fakery may be on the decline in some facets of Chinese life but it is alive and flourishing in others. It also depends on what part of "China" one focuses on. First, the evidence marshalled by the article in support of the tagline that counterfeits and fakes are on the decline in China:

1. The article devotes nearly 20% of its word count to an anecdotal account of a proceeding in which a retailer of pricey imported furniture--named Da Vinci--was fined for mislabelling that its wares are imported where at least some of the goods were made locally. This so-called "murky affair" reveals changing attitudes by the Chinese consumer: "Not long ago, the Chinese shoppers applauded the fakers for saving them money. Now they scorn them. If it's a fake, the well-heeled sneer, you can't flaunt it."  
2. Thus Bain concludes that "demands for counterfeit products is decreasing fast." McKinsey adds that the percentage of consumers willing to buy fake jewelry has dropped from 31% in 2008 to 12% last year. In McKinsey's words. "Consumers are looking for the real thing, and they are increasingly willing and able to afford it." The article does not further elaborate on the sample and populations involved in reaching these conclusions.  
3. A recent survey by the EU-China Chamber of Commerce suggests that concern over counterfeits has declined as a concern by its members. Alas, when nuance kicks in, the story as reported is considerably different: (i). In 2009, it was estimated that 30% of mobile phones were fakes. (ii). The Business Software Alliance estimates that nearly 80% of software sold in China was not genuine. (iii) According to the United States Trade Representative, eight out of the 30 most "notorious" counterfeit markets in the world are located in China.  
4. Cash-short Chinese youth are still in love with counterfeits. It is only with the become "Thirty Somethings" and accumulate some spare cash that they might begin to resist fakes.  
5. One major reason why counterfeiting has "declined" is that companies have learned "to live with fakes", such as setting up branded retail outlets to control distribution or setting up fake-proof "e-coding" for pills. 

Odd is the assertion that fakes are under attack because local brands such as Lenovo and Haier have a greater interest in preventing piracy. I say "odd" because no support is brought to support the claim. There is no evidence that Lenovo and Haier, as examples, are active in this regard in China, nor any proof that attitudes by such companies redound to changed views about fakes by the consumer public. In the world of nuance and context, the tagline--"Chinese consumers fall out of love with fakes"--more accurately yields the following:
1. Among the most affluent consumers, there is some support that brand sensitivity with regard to luxury goods has resulted in hostility to counterfeits. How deep or broad this goes is unclear. In particular, one wonders whether such sentiments apply the further west one goes into the Chinese interior.  
2. Once one leaves the world of luxury goods, counterfeiting still seems widespread. Any decline in such fakery may be more attributable to better coping behaviour by the brand owners that fundamental changes in Chinese consumer sentiment.  
3. Whether the development of local Chinese brands will affect consumer preferences for counterfeits generally remains unexamined. 
These conclusions are interesting because they reflect the diverse currents that characterize Chinese attitudes to counterfeiting. It is a shame that The Economist did not satisfy itself with giving expression to these various factors rather than seeking to shoe-horn its discussion into an overly broad and misleading view of the subject.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

The best way to ensure that creative management
staff know what each other are doing is to make
them share the same computer ...
Via Mary Adams (Principal, Trek Consulting LLC and author of Intangible Capital) comes a web-based tool that she developed for the IPR Plaza ("a multidisciplinary portal that provides free-of-charge qualitative and quantitative information on intangibles"). It's called the IP Management Quick Scan [yes, it is a descriptive title, but since this scan lives on a free-to-use portal there may be little advantage in conjuring up an imaginative name to register as a trade mark] and, Mary explains, it measures the potential success of the commercialization a piece of IP within a business. She adds:
"I find that a lot of attention in the IP world is focused on licensing and valuation strategies outside of a company’s core business. But in reality, most companies plan to commercialize IP themselves. And they need the right intangibles—people, knowledge, processes, partners and networks—to pull it off". 
The Quick Scan is 20 questions long and takes just a few minutes to complete. Do let Mary know what you think after taking the Quick Scan here. You can reach her by email here.
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The IP Finance Institute is the unit of the Italian University Politecnico di Torino which focuses on the economics and financial aspects of intellectual property. As a non-profit organization, the IP Finance Institute promotes and develops know-how transfer, research initiatives and projects relating to IP as an economic asset and its use in IP-based financing solutions.

One of the Institute's current research projects seeks to shed light on the dynamics of patent transactions, on the rationale behind the use of marketplaces for IP rights and, in particular, on the reasons for selling patents by auction. Part of this project has been structured to discover how the issue is perceived by the involved companies.

To this end, the Institute has composed an online survey designed for representatives of companies which actively trade patents (in particular at auctions), in order to collect direct evidence. Participants can access the questionnaire -- which is in Engliah -- by clicking this link.

The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes. All of the submitted data will be treated anonymously and in aggregated form for academic research goals and will not be transferred to any third party. At the end of the project the results will be shared with all the participants and will be published.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Facing the bleak year of business (target monthly sales of cars 1/2012 to 60% reduction compared with the previous month), the car company launched a series of tactics to stimulus rebate promotions, along with it promises many new models appear in the future. But is the "way" can stimulate the auto market when there are many "barriers"?

Promotion stimulus
To stimulate the market, many enterprises producing and assembling cars in the country as well as the official importer of some car manufacturers have launched promotions and incentives to attract tourists on their side.
Opened the first car company to move to stimulate the market as Mercedes-Benz Vietnam and programs for customers to buy new C-Class and E-Class from now until the end of the month 2/2012 at the authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz Vietnam nationwide. Each car will receive customer support 3% fee.
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Do not stand at the race this round customer support, Toyota Vietnam launched the program "Free car insurance for Fortuner" in networks of TMV dealers nationwide for all customers who purchase and receive Fortuner (line V, G and TRD Sportivo).
Accordingly, the customer pays in full and received Fortuner (line V, G and TRD Sportivo) in the agent system of TMV in on time will get 2 years free insurance typically physical (including security material vehicle insurance, car theft and the entire water hammer) 2 years' compensation insurance for the driver and passengers (at 100 million / person) and 1-year liability insurance for third third (50 million for the property or per person / service) ...
Ford Vietnam to the car company has just launched promotions to stimulate both increased price.Besides the new price for many cars, Ford Vietnam has also done promotions, discounts with discounts of at least 18.5 million for Focus 2.0 AT car and at most 53 million for Mondeo 2.3 with February and March.
In addition, the company was able to apply a 14.2% interest rate fixed in the first 6 months. The program applies to 31/3, for cars 2.0P Focus, Escape 4x2, Everest 4x2MT, Transit, Escape 4x4.
BYD Vietnam is no exception to the rule when launching new car buyers to support bank lending up to 70% of the vehicles for a period of up to 4 years. In addition, customers will receive discounts from 13-20 million to buy vehicles from 15/2 - 15/4/2012.
This is just the first move in a campaign of car stimulus in Vietnam, difficult business situation will make the remaining automakers launched several more promotions afternoon to salvage the situation somewhat bleak at present.
Many "barriers"
Domestic automobile market is witnessing "market-dimensional scene," the registration fee, registration fee and vehicle plate number increases since early this year and many car manufacturers have difficulty with the number of car sales plummeted. Recently, Ho Chi Minh City has also proposed increasing vehicle registration fees less than 10 seats to 20% from the date of 07.01.2012, instead of 15% today (a new application from a / 1/2012).
In particular, Hanoi has been done to "clean" vehicles in keeping the streets 262 of 9 districts have also led many to own a car intended to "shrink" step.
Hoang Minh (Hoai Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam) share, taxes and fees to own a car made him rise hesitate when deciding to "pick" a Toyota Vios. But by the distance to 20 km bodies, so he decided to end of January will buy a car. However, last week the parking lot near his body was no longer, if you want to send away to go about 2 miles so he decided to continue moving "dream" to own a car.
As well as looking uncomfortable around car parks, Mai Anh - a newspaper reporter based Cau Giay district, lamented: "The work force yourself to move many places, if you go to meetings in hotels also help, but now to meet in the ministries had no car parking, let alone elsewhere ... Many times late to meetings or appointments wrong time to look around just for keeping the car. Sure I'll have to go back to the motorcycle to "maneuver" in work ".
Not only with the "barriers", if the proposed application fees for circulation facilities and personalautomobile expenses go into the city center rush hour is applied, the burden of costs for car owners will fill as much, leading to consumer psychology will delay buying a car.
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Bugatti announced it will launch a new version supercar Veyron Grand Sport called Vitesse at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6 to.

In essence, the new model Grand Vitesse Sport version is a mix of Veyron Grand Sport (convertible) and Super Sport.
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New images of the Bugatti Veyron Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
On the body structure, Grand Vitesse Sport remains the "shape" of the Grand Sport version, while the performance of the existence of the Super Sport, the maximum speed of this blockbuster remained 431 km / h (approximately 268 miles).
As we all know the Veyron Grand Sport roadster production capacity of 1001 horsepower (736kW / 987hp) and maximum torque of 1250 Nm achieved (922 lb-ft), but if compared with the capacity of the Grand Sport Vitesse is the "predecessor" of it proved far more vulnerable. The new model boasts of owning capacity up to 1,200 hp (883kW / 1,184 hp) and torque to reach 1500 Nm (1106 lb-ft).
Like the Super Sport version, which provides power to the Grand Sport engine Vitesse from W16, 8.0L capacity, accompanied by four large turbocharger. To reinforce the manufacturer has upgraded the chassis in place.
"The success of the Super Sport was quickly convinced us to increase performance for this sample Bugatti roadster. And again our engineers have worked so hard to prove that Bugatti can constantly redefining the boundaries of vehicle engineering. "Said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman, said the new statement this. "We have delivered these achievements, the latest technology on the Super Sport and Grand Sport for integration in new cars to bring special experience at high speeds for users. "
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Netizens in Vietnam in recent days are being brought up the rumors about the appearance of a series of car preparation present crisis in Vietnam. Bugatti Veyron which has the second fastest car in the world today.

When the first Bugatti Veyron in Vietnam was not all rush on the major forum for the automotive recently arose again on the news map Bugatti Veyron supercar Monday to prepare the port of Hai Phong. Not only that, the latest blockbuster Aventador Lamborghini LP700-4 is also expected to have up to two units have been in Vietnam for one month.
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There will be more super-Bugatti Veyron Monday in Vietnam?
If the rumor has come true in Vietnam will have more attacks of "storm supercar" chaos about to do the domestic automobile forum which costs as well as media ink.
Only events Bugatti Veyron in Vietnam has caused a stir in public opinion over time, even the international press also pay attention to the event.
In essence, the car is not uncommon in the world because it is too well known, but the cars super high speed with ultra-low chassis, the cost of "heaven" appears in Vietnam, a country with higher prices leading vehicles, transportation infrastructure "rough" caused no little surprise to international opinion, probably should anyone "respect" the subject of extended play Vietnam.
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"Hurricane" Lamborghini Aventador will about Vietnam in the near future
Veyron fame thanks to super expensive prices and models are recognized as the world's fastest maximum speed 407 km / h. The engine super car with a capacity of 8 liters, 16 cylinders, 64 valves, four camshafts, 4 increased pressure turbine. Capacity of 1001 kW and maximum torque of 1250 Nm. At a maximum speed of 407 km / h, it "burnt" 47,000 liters of air per minute, equal to the amount of air a person breathes in 4 days.
Meanwhile, the "celebrity" Aventador Lamborghini LP700-4 is considered the fastest car in the brand's current super car from Italy. Vehicles equipped with V12 engine cylinder capacity of 6.5 liter with low weight, only 235 kg, the compact size and high performance. Maximum capacity of 6.5 liter engine can produce 700 horsepower at 8250 revolutions / min and maximum torque 690 Nm at 5500 r / min. car just 2.9 seconds to accelerate to 100 km / h and reaches a maximum speed of 350 km / h.
The fans in Vietnam car still await the arrival of the "storm supercar" in the near future. Hopefully the rumors will come true.
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After a series of leaked photos from 2010, the last Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the SL 63 AMG test drive through the Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took place in Barcelona, ​​West Spain before the official world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2012 to.

At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG , the company equipped for high-performance version of the new engine has been named the new M157 is used on a variety of models such as Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and ML 63 AMG SUV.
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Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG officially unveiled
Engine 5.5-liter twin supercharged V8 capable of producing a maximum capacity of 529 horsepower (394 kW / 536 PS) and maximum torque of 590 lb-ft reach, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 4.3 seconds on the electronic board and reach a maximum speed of 250 km / h (approximately 155 miles).
In addition, the company also offers a package for SL 63 AMG AMG Performance Package option allows the car to reach a capacity of 550 horsepower, torque is 664 lb-ft, acceleration from 0-100 km / h in the 4.2 seconds, and reaches a maximum speed of 299 km / h (approximately 186 miles).
This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG Speedshift.
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Thanks to the system chassis and bodywork is made entirely of aluminum and magnesium, which helps to reduce the SL 63 AMG to 110kg compared to the steel structure on its predecessor. The weight reduction not only increases efficiency but also help reduce vehicle fuel consumption up to 30%, and CO2 emission levels at 231g/km compared to 328g/km version of the SL 63 AMG.
They must also include 6-piston brakes front, single-piston rear, suspension refresh, 19-inch alloy wheels enclosed in high-performance tires and AMG logo is unique from the point tightening car inside out.
Although Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG is only a short test drive video of Michael Schumacher racing, but also partly shows the front of the car quite similar compared to the standard version of SL-Class 2013. Noticeable is the front bumper with revised air vents below the long-running LED daytime, next to the grille are two horizontal front barrier and his star logo featured three wings of the Mercedes. The rear end design similar to the SL-Class, while the diffuser and trapezoidal exhaust pipes have been revealed before.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fellow blogger Nikos Prentoulis (a long-standing member of the MARQUES Class 46 blog team) was invited to comment on a recent transaction that has attracted considerable interest in the popular press - the acquisiton by the Kellogg Company of the Procter & Gamble Pringles brand.  Says Nikos:
"The brand community has been buzzing over recent news of the deal struck between P&G and Kellogg regarding the take-over of the Pringles brand. Kellogg will buy Pringles for US$ 2.7 billion in a transaction which will make Kellogg No. 2 (second only to PepsiCo as reported by Reuters) in the global snack food market. The deal apparently marks P&G’s exit from the foodstuff market. 
Pringles is reportedly the fourth-largest brand of snacks in the world, with 2.3 percent of the market, according to Euromonitor International. In the United States, it ranks eighth with 2.5 percent. 
Although one would not expect Pringles to taste different after the assignment, the transaction raises a number of interesting issues: 

• The added-value for the owner of a ‘stand-alone’ famous brand – and its competitors 
• The marketing dilemma of the new owner – should one ‘freshen up’ the brand to tailor one’s own (i.e. those of his marketing team) perceptions of the brand and/or reflect the new owner’s brand/product philosophy or should the brand be left to sell itself? 

• How could consumer perception of the brand/product change after the transfer? Would consumer behavior toward the brand/product change, even in the absence of any ‘tampering’ by the new owner? 

• Can other brands of the new owner benefit from such a deal (either through use of the newly acquired brand’s repute in market where such brands are not strong or even through the ‘media buzz’ concerning the new owner)? 

• Finally, will they introduce a new Pringles taste?"
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

From the pen of Charles Kerrigan (a partner at Olswang LLP and a former member of the IP Finance team) come some observations about media and technology finance which have been recently published in Financier Worldwide.  The IP Finance weblog is pleased to reproduce them here, with a few comments from this blogger:
"Achieving growth in the UK media and technology sectors

Commentators have suggested a broad range of solutions to the problems of the UK economy at the start of 2012. With a number of solutions from which to select it would be interesting to consider if there are links between them and sectors of the economy which could benefit in particular. Let us start by looking at some of the suggestions.

Financial commentators and the government generally seem to agree that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK should be given the best possible support at this time [dissenting voices are hard to find in terms of principle -- though there is debate as to what that support should be]. Project Merlin, the commitment given to the government by RBS, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC, has set targets for lending with the aim of ensuring that banks do not repair their balance sheets at the expense of doing new lending business. In addition, the government plans to help lending to small businesses with national schemes. Late in 2010 the government committed £2bn to the Enterprise Finance Guarantee. Companies with annual revenues of up to £25m can apply to banks for loans of up to £1m, 75 percent of which will be guaranteed by the government. The Chancellor had previously announced a credit easing scheme, the National Loan Guarantee Scheme, designed to reduce the average interest rate on loans to small businesses by 1 percent.

There is a general view that the UK economy should be rebalanced in favour of manufacturing [this can either be seen as a positive statement, or as a retreat from an overheated service economy with excess capacity]. The Financial Times recently asked the question: how can the UK capitalise on its manufacturing strengths and eliminate weaknesses? The point of question was to note that while UK manufacturing may have a small share of global production by its historic standards, the share is nevertheless significant by reference to the country’s size. On the other hand, it was noted that rebalancing will not be entirely driven by the government and businesses must help themselves, including taking advantage of the credit schemes available.

Smaller manufacturing businesses in particular are undercapitalised and find it difficult to attract finance. One of the difficulties that manufacturing businesses currently face is that demand is depressed by the fact that economic recovery has not been consumer-led in the same way as in previous recoveries. It is likely that this will generally remain true as consumers seek to repair their own balance sheets over the next couple of years. Yet it is clear that the right products still attract discretionary consumer spending. Retailers’ post-Christmas reporting has demonstrated a clear group of winners among niche and online businesses.  In 2011 Apple became, for a period, the largest company in the world by market capitalisation. Incidentally, this must be the surest example of the truth that perception lags reality as, even in the age of Twitter, the world’s largest company has been able to maintain its anti-establishment image.

Apple is also becoming the most significant beneficiary of another broad trend. Many businesses are now engaging with the challenges of the consumerisation of the workplace, most obviously dealing with the demands of employees to use their own devices at work. IT directors these days all have stories to tell of pressure from employees to swap the office Blackberry for their personal iPhone rather than carrying two devices. The likely eventual outcome of this will be that corporates will provide employees with a budget to enable them to buy their own devices and accommodate these to the systems operated by the company. This will have an obvious effect that technology businesses which have been built to serve the corporate market will be challenged by providers of consumer technology. Businesses with experience in marketing themselves and with products that appeal direct to consumers should be taking advantage of this trend.

This should be good news for small, innovative media and technology companies which include manufacturers among them. They can market to consumers directly and the right products will attract discretionary spending either from the consumers’ own pockets or from their employers’.

Let us therefore look at the link between UK government support for funding SMEs and the opportunity for those technology businesses during the coming year. Large and small businesses in media and technology are doing the same thing: creating and protecting intellectual property (IP). IP has huge value and huge potential but it is intangible, a creature of a piecemeal legal system including copyrights, trade marks, patents and others. It is another area on which the coalition government has recently focused. In May 2011 an independent report commissioned by the government was released. ‘Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth’ was published by Professor Ian Hargreaves with the aim of suggesting ways in which changes to the UK’s intellectual property framework could stimulate the economy. The report recommended that intellectual property law should be updated in a number of ways and it seems that it will be implemented at least in part by the government. The report did not directly address challenges posed by the current economic climate and, in particular, how banks view and lend against IP [Hargreaves was also very much more focused on copyight -- as the 'digital opportunity' part of the review's title might imply -- than on some other IP rights, and the time-frame within which it was delivered meant that not only bank lending against IP rights but many other IP issues could not be directly addressed].

UK banks have always preferred to lend against real property. It can be valued against comparables in the market, produces predictable income streams from long leases and doesn’t go anywhere if the bank’s loan is not repaid and so can be the subject of enforcement proceedings. Since we now have a generation of bankers and regulators who have overindulged in lending against real property, perhaps the next generation will pay more attention to intellectual property. Intellectual property poses challenges, however. It is difficult to value and valuations are only carried out by a small number of specialist companies. Cashflows are generally less certain since no cash is generated while products are in development and the products have increasingly short shelf lives. Because IP is intangible it may lose value if the business which develops it fails [for the lender, the established consumer goods trade mark is about as good as it gets, though in the United States the greater willingness to take risks appears to make patents, and income streams from proven successful patent-based products, a  more attractive security than on this side of the Atlantic].

IP is also technical and complex for a lender. An example will demonstrate this. In order to take security over a domain name (e.g.,, it is necessary to take security over a number of different types of IP. First, the trade mark in the domain name itself; secondly, the copyright in the material uploaded onto the site; thirdly, any software or computer code relating to the domain name; and fourthly, some degree of control over the servers to avoid an unpaid system provider switching off the site. Added to this complication is the fact that this analysis must be repeated in every jurisdiction in which the domain name has value. Banks are certainly engaged with these issues. They understand valuations and security and they are extremely keen to lend and be associated with the winners in the new economy. It is also helpful that we have recently seen IP retain value even where the businesses that own it find it difficult to maintain their standing with consumers. Nortel Networks and Motorola have both recently sold patent portfolios for good prices [the high prices fetched by the respective portfolios has led to the suggestion that their collective, strategic, convenience and/or psychological value might have been an attraction in addition to their regular market value].

The quickest way to achieve growth in the media and technology sectors of the UK economy is to make it easier for banks to lend to businesses which operate in the sectors. While the wider economy has a debt problem the same cannot be said for these sectors. They include many high profile, cash rich and young companies. The government appears to be showing itself to be up for the challenge. The schemes to improve lending to SMEs and the identification of the digital economy as critical to the success of the UK are evidence of this. What is now needed is an attempt to link the two together. IP is not user-friendly and this will be a drag on SMEs and banks. Steps are being taken in this regard and, as well as the Hargreaves Report, the progress towards a unified patent system in Europe is welcome. It is inevitable that changes to the IP landscape will be as piecemeal as the landscape itself. Nevertheless, the government should maintain a clear focus wherever possible on simplifiying of the types of IP and facilitating diligence and security over IP by harmonising and improving the rules on registration.

Any review of IP should specifically take account of lenders and the credit easing schemes should be directly linked to the process. Banks have a role to play here and any success will be to the benefit not just of the banks but also of the media and technology sectors and the wider UK economy [but regular and meaningful dialogue between IP-based borrowers and banks has been difficult to establish -- as readers of this blog will probably be aware. Part of the problem is that banks have one thing; everyone knows what it is and everyone wants to borrow or make it.  Lenders come from a variety of IP-based sectors in which their intellectual assets are different and behave in wildly different ways. This means that banks always have a lot more to learn than do borrowers; but they are often seen as conservative and reluctant to commit time and resources to an ever-changing subject of study unless they can see a clear objective which can be achieved]. This is a goal worth working towards".
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Toyota's luxury car company made a major change for the third crossover appearance with bold new design philosophy has ever undertaken on the GS.

The images of the 2013 RX appears on the internet and be deducted from the catalog of Lexus in Japan. This is version 2013, for changes in the product cycle.RX is now in third generation, born in 2009.

Lexus RX with fundamental changes in the loss.  Picture: Carscoop.
Lexus RX with fundamental changes in the loss. Picture: Carscoop.
The nose of the RX looks completely lost balance, sexier, and is somewhat feminine. Instead, a wide grille opening all sizes and two prominent X-shaped rim.Two niches hidden fog lights go down. Take this style from Lexus concept LF-Gh Concept and GS sedan in 2013 was the first affected by this new philosophy.
Headlamps equipped with LED strip, a very popular trend on the German lines.However, the tail is almost unchanged. Furniture is not much change compared to the present.
The engine remains the same. RX350 equipped with 3.5 liter V6 engine with capacity of 280 horsepower at 6200 rpm revolutions / minute, maximum torque 348 Nm at 4700 r / min. The hybrid RX450h petrol engine 3.5 V6, accompanied by electric motors, total power 249 kW, 317 Nm of torque. Both use a 6-speed automatic Super ECT.
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After complaints from some users, the traffic safety commission National (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation of 2 produced Camry and 2007 RAV4.

According to MSNBC , NHTSA said the fire may arise from the power control center located in the driver door. The investigation began last week. An estimated 830,000 vehicles in the affected area.
Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry. Ảnh: Netcarshow.
Toyota said it has sent a preliminary assessment results to the investigating agencies but have not received a response from the agency. In a written statement by mail firm: "We will cooperate fully with the investigation to find the complete truth."
Earlier, fellow Nissan also had to recall 37,000 cars in the U.S. because of floor Versa risk going out of position though not release the parking brake.
According to NHTSA records, 36,608 units equipped with automatic Versa may cause the driver accidentally moved while the brakes failing step, this increases the risk of accidents. Session recall is expected to begin on 20/2. Nissan said there are no occurrence of any accident related to this problem.
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RC-125 motor Gentara form of a Chinese car company is said to be copied 100% of the sample R125 Yamaha Japanese automakers. Gentara RC-125 has the power to 14.7 hp.

Gentara RC-125
Gentara RC-125 compact form of Chinese motorcycle for a copy of Yamaha R125.
RC-125 Gentara Chinese carmakers like a Yamaha R125 from the appearance, size, wheelbase and almost identical with the name Yamaha R125 by in the plastic wall above the cyclone machine, Gentara RC125 also manufacturers GM-R 125YZF name stuck.
According Motoblog , RC-125 Gentara length 2015 mm, width 660 mm and 970 mm high. Wheelbase (distance between axles front and rear) 1355 mm similar to the size of Yamaha R125.
RC-125 Gentara use single-cylinder engine 124 cubic centimeters, cooled with maximum capacity of 14.7 horsepower at 9000 rpm machine cycles / minute, maximum torque of 13Nm at RPM Machine 7000 cycle / min. RC125 seat height from ground 818mm, disc brakes on both front and rear wheels.
A copy of Yamaha R125 weighs 126 kg, fuel tank capacity 14 liters with CDI ignition system. Gentara RC-125 has a maximum speed of 90 km / h.
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The British car manufacturer, Aston Martin quickly consumed 76 special edition supercar One-77 in total 77 planned production vehicle.

Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin One-77 trong một showrôm ở Trung Đông.
According to Autoblog , present only a single Aston Martin One-77 finally for sale. However, do not know the exact order the production of this car. This special version of Aston Martin are numbered from 1 to 77 production.
One-77 using 7.3-liter V12 engine with a capacity of 750 horsepower, maximum torque of 678 Nm. By using these advanced materials, lighter engine 6 liter V12 versus about 10%.
Energy transfer to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission control lever mounted on the steering wheel. One-77 uses 20-inch seven-spoke wheels dual tires Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/35 front and 335/30 rear. One-77 is accelerated to 100 km / h from the position in just 3.5 seconds, top speed 320 km / h.
Aston Martin One-77 for full production in the form of a purchase order (bespoke) and patrons can participate in all stages of product development. Solid chassis (monocoque) is made entirely from carbon fiber.
British carmaker Aston Martin One-77 sold worldwide, but primarily to customers from the Middle East, where the king of the world's oil. Time in the U.S. only from 5 to 8 the One-77. This particular sample car become a rare commodity in the world, along with price "crisis" more than $ 1.4 million in foreign markets.
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The first R8 V10 in Vietnam diplomatic number plates, colored barrel and equipped with a capacity of 525 horsepower.

Docked in early January, when the R8 V10 are exempt from the diplomatic number plates. This version of the V10 R8 supercar only in Vietnam. The previous versions are equipped R8 V8. In Europe, the R8 V8 coupe comes in two versions and spyder (convertible). V10 up to 4 versions: Coupe, Spyder, GT and GT Spyder.
To make a difference equipped with a V8 engine, the Audi R8 V10 equipped with LED headlights, 19 inch aluminum alloy wheels Y-type exclusive, wind cavity inside the new body style and grille enhancements chrome. The new details include special curved door step, dual exhaust oval, large rear diffuser and V10 stamps.
Audi R8 V10 on the city Hanoi.
Audi R8 V10 on the city Hanoi.
Lamps on the new R8 curved contour. Wind cavity under the headlights of the R8 V10 only 2 bar, not 3 as a regular. Two clusters dual exhaust is replaced by two shiny chrome exhaust wrap.
Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI engine, like the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 but more powerful. Power car 525 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque. Acceleration time from stand still position to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds, faster than R8 usually about 0.7 seconds. Maximum speed 317 km / h. Consumption ltr per 100 km fuel 21.38 13.84 ltr per 100 km of inner city and highway, as announced by Audi.
In comparison with the regular R8, the advanced features of high capacity over 111 kW and 100 Nm of torque values. Note to brake this steed, Audi equipped with high-performance disc brakes with 8 piston front brakes and 4 for the rear. The width is 380 mm front disc brakes (15 inch) and 356 mm (14 inches) behind.
Those who want more challenging driving can choose ceramic brakes as optional equipment.
Interior equipped sound system Bang & Olufsen 465 W, the larger brake discs.Audi R8 V10 price of about $ 146,000 U.S.. In Singapore, the price of an R8 V10 up to $ 600,000 due to higher taxable.
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K1600 GTL is the advanced version of the K1600 with the additional equipment such as headlights system-non, heating steering wheel and seats.

2012 BMW K1600 GTL appear in Hanoi.
2012 BMW K1600 GTL appear in Hanoi.
Series BMW's famous highway in the same segment as the Honda Goldwing large school in 1800, Victory Vision or Kawasaki Concours 14 ...
German cars have comfortable seating position, the engine is a 6 cylinder in line with capacity of 1649 cubic centimeters maximum capacity of 160 horsepower and maximum torque of 175 Nm. BMW K1600 GTL is the advanced version of the K1600 with the additional equipment such as headlights system-non, heating steering wheel and seats, automatic adjustment terminal (cruiser control) and electronic control panel.
K1600 GTL allows the driver to set the different operating modes depending on terrain like walking in the street, highway or rain. Vehicles equipped with ABS braking systems and anti-slip control. There is also a system chassis height adjustment, audio allows connecting multiple devices and different audio formats ...
2012 BMW K1600 GTL 350 kg weight, and price to Vietnam on price not less than 65 thousand dollars.
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In its latest financial report from the manufacturer Daimler said it had lost 330,000 euros per Maybach luxury car sold, an amount so large enough that you bought a Ferrari or Lamborghini supercar .

The Daimler has unveiled the details of the bad financial situation of the company. Accordingly, the company sold only 3000 Maybach luxury car in the 7 years since revived the brand. Although the car has a high price but Daimler announcement, they have lost 330,000 euros ($ 439,260) on each car they sell.
The reason the company lost a large amount because they have invested 1 billion euros (U.S. $ 1,33 billion) to revive the brand had been "death" is. However meager sales has led to the death re-brand Maybach. Previously, Daimler Mercedes-Benz with confidence when Maybach was revived, the ultra-luxury car brand Maybach will be sufficient challenges Bentley and Rolls-Royce, with seven different models were developed from the chassis of the S-Class. But the decision to death this super brand is the answer to the beliefs of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz.
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In addition to the 57 and 62, also developed the Maybach 62 Landaulet with prices up to USD 1.35 million, and only very few cars were sold 62 Landaulet.
The design of the Maybach nothing special, not make too big difference compared to the cars in the segment of "luxury". "Extended version of the S-Class" - the calling of experts in the automobile industry, was officially sold out since 2005, with two major versions of the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62. The car is equipped with many modern technologies, the luxury accessories, but lacks style "other", and even the name given to length vehicle can not make those who are seeking a vehicle class can make happy.
Run slower than Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the Messieurs Hubbert thought, Schrempp and Zetsche - the person responsible for the resurgence in the Maybach, to create a real car class. But all the expectations of Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and of any enthusiast will quickly become disappointed, most evidence is sales very much lower than expected. The Maybach actually have nothing superior to the two major players in the ultra-luxury segment, but property prices are excessively high.
The display and sales agents Maybach was designed to match with its brand of luxury car, and to get it then the cost of maintaining the agency is also very expensive, but car sales business out was very low, agents are always in a state of prolonged losses. Although Daimler had to rescue plans Maybach, but with the launch of two upgrades of the 57 and 62 in 2010, with not many changes in design, the brand seems to be only death matter of time.
Future "black"
No stopping, ultra-luxury brand of Daimler also intends to develop an SUV based on the chassis of the GL-Class, with two rear seats can become comfortable sleeping quarters, with plates separating the cockpit with the rear cabin, a shorter version was also named in the Maybach 52 Maybach's plan, also developed a version of the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Concept, a four-door convertible.
Daimler and Aston Martin have had talks about building a new generation Maybach brand. We even had a private alternative versions 57 and 62 will be unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, but have not got a new design was introduced.
According to some sources, while Daimler and Aston Martin talks on a new car, Audi also plans to revive the Horch brand to deal with Maybach, BMW is said also intends to develop a version the sports car brand Rolls-Royce. However, all of which are very dim, the more likely the two companies will continue to for the Maybach "sleep" for a while longer and spend time developing new models.
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Form Indian Cheif vintage road cars with bucket seat and later crafted from cowhide, 1720 cylinder engine is shiny chrome.

Based on the 1948 version of Chief, 2012 Indian Cheif vintage is revived after a long period of difficulties with its financial problems. Generation of large cylinder Indian motorcycle engine new PowerPlus 1720 cubic centimeters.
Vintage 2012 Indian Cheif
Vintage 2012 Indian Cheif been imported to Vietnam under the orders of a customer Hanoi.
Vintage Indian Cheif caused Note small (fenders) in front of large size, covered inside the rim spokes (spokes rim) the same pair of chromed large diameter disc brakes. Shell (tire) coated with a white paint off the beauty luxury. At the rear, the same pair of saddle crates made of cow leather, completely handmade. Vintage versions are still made beautiful by the handle and hand position to win, but also covered a layer of cowhide.
More details on the shiny chrome car, outside the engine cylinder 1720 as headlight, front shock absorbers, exhaust two clusters in a ... Cluster watches and Vintage panel located above the center fuel tank to help the driver easy viewing.
Cheif Vintage Indian PowerPlus engine capacity of 1720 cubic centimeters, electronic fuel injection system with removable 6-speed gearbox. Vintage has a 20 liter fuel tank. Sized 130/90R16 front, 150/80R16 rear tire size. The cars are arranged in the two positions 12V power socket in the car and the bottom side of the saddle.
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"High energy density electrical energy storage devices 

Document Type and Number:
United States Patent Application 20120034528
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High electrical energy density storage devices are disclosed. The devices include electrochemical capacitors, electrolytic capacitors, hybrid electrochemical-electrolytic capacitors and secondary batteries. Advantageously, the energy storage
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