Early this week, I got a heads-up that I’d won a book in a Facebook contest organised by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”).
I’ve always been interested in intellectual property law. IMO, having your work stolen is one of the most infuriating things in life. Don’t you want to know your rights and the laws that protect your hard work?
I recall my class being given a tutorial assignment which required every one of us to borrow a book on an area of law which we had not yet covered, bring the book to class, and explain why we chose that particular book. Fortunately, we were only in year one then, so we had lots of choices! Naturally, I chose a book on intellectual property law. :)
When we were due to go on internship, I had the opportunity to do research on intellectual property law. My internship company needed information on patent application. They invented something simple, but amazing and extremely practical. They showed it to me and I learnt to dismantle the product in two seconds flat. Reassembling it took another two seconds. It was kind of cool then; at that time, we were not yet taught intellectual property law. (And it helped that my office was only a 5-minute drive away from school. The school’s research facilities were definitely useful!) Strangely, I never applied to IPOS for a job. Well, who knows what will happen in the future, right? ;)
Anyways, back to the prize reveal. I won The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute and Other Predictions from the Past by Gregory Benford and The Editors of Popular Mechanics.