Saturday, October 09, 2010

今年炸药奖访谈选摘一则


来自Nature

Q: You haven't yet patented graphene. Why is that?

A: We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.

I considered this arrogant comment, and I realized how useful it was. There was no point in patenting graphene at that stage. You need to be specific: you need to have a specific application and an industrial partner. Unfortunately, in many countries, including this one, people think that applying for a patent is an achievement. In my case it would have been a waste of taxpayers' money.

嘛,关于这个话题就不愤青了。

又及,今早的奖项一出来,多少理工科同学们成为第一位拿某奖的兲朝公民的梦想破灭了啊。这是否从另一个角度说明了理科生不如文科生呢?

又又及,最近学会了一则香港论坛用语,“食住花生等睇戲”。比起内地网络上用滥了的“打酱油”和“囗观”之流来,在一个经常边食花生边看视频的同学眼里,这句简直如同清风拂面哪。于是某光荣地即刻从酱油党跳槽至花生党去也,voilà~

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