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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS


  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 09:25

  4. Dressed in an orange shirt with jeans, Peter taps on an iPad mini screen to join a Zoom meeting.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Since Thursday, I've been following this IP-related intellectual exchange.

  6. Peter taps the Participants icon.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a Saturday morning, there're still dozens of participants.

  8. Peter puts on a tie.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll moderate in a morning session on IP and Cultural Heritage.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was invited months ago, I only accept the Saturday ones so that I won't have to worry about the opportunity costs.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My session would be in Putonghua - the lady speaker is from Taiwan and the gentleman speaker from Mainland China.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. STUDY - 10:30

  16. Peter is engaging a LADY and a GENTLEMAN on screen.

  17. PETER (To screen): I should like both of you to do a brief self-introduction. The audience may not understand my Cantonese "bo-tung-qua".

  18. Addressing the lady speaker.

  19. PETER: You speak Mandarin.

  20. Addressing the gentleman speaker.

  21. PETER: You speak Putonghua.

  22. As the gentleman and the lady are speaking in turns, Peter checks the chatroom messages and responds timely.

  23. 'PETER (V.O.): There's a question referring to protection of "ICH". The acronym sounds familiar. I've researched on that on Thursday.

  24. Peter types "ICH" on his phone screen and sees: International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I remember that, but...

  26. Peter checks again.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, "ICH" stands for "Intangible Cultural Heritage". They're so referred to in the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the WIPO context, they're Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs). Different institutions prefer different names. Anyway.

  30. EXT. MALL - 13:30

  31. Restaurant. Peter is buying a takeaway.

  32. PETER (V.O.): I exceeded my session by 5 minutes. The succeeding moderator exceeded further.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Few presenters can keep time. Moderators don't want to interrupt their delivery...

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've learned a lot about technological landscaping in the field of biomedical inventions. I didn't there're such specialists in GBA.

  37. INT. STUDY - 13:55

  38. Peter rejoins the Zoom meeting.

  39. PETER (V.O.): The Finnish speakers are talking about the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) that will come into existence next year.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The UPC Agreement was signed in 2013. I was still Hong Kong, China's Director of Intellectual Property then. I don't care about European developments anymore.

  42. Session break.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The next session will be about Non-fungible Tokens NFE? What are NFEs?

  44. Researching.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a unit of data stored in a digital ledger. NFT may represent photos and audio-visuals. Exciting development in the cyberworld!

  46. Peter follows the presentations on screen with great interest.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The moral is: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

  48. Then, Peter sees a message: You've been appointed as a co-host.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's my turn to speak in the Roundtable and suggest key takeaway messages.

  50. Having spoken to the screen, Peter summarizes his thoughts: Value delivery. Then, we hear someone remarking from the screen: That's two words. Can you do that in one word?

  51. PETER (V.O.): I do believe value delivery is the key. If I said either "Value" or "Delivery", the audience won't get the message...

  52. As Peter is tongue-tied, we hear that he's excused.

  53. Act 3

  54. INT. STUDY - 18:30

  55. Peter is attracted to a TV story. We see moving images of a seaside town with orange rooftops.

  56. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it's Croatia's Dubrovnik. The orange rooftops of buildings in the old town are so distinctive. My wife and I visited this former city of Yugoslavia in July 2017.

  57. Peter watches the moving images from sea to the mountain.

  58. .PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We visited all the tourist destinations.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To improve our zest for life, we should fill it up with lots of Vitamin Cs - courage, confidence, creativity, and cheerfulness.

  61. Thinking.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh yes! That one word should be: Orange! Just let the audience imagine.

  63. FADE OUT.

  64. THE END

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