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China came late to the patent-law game, beginning in 1984, and even then it was a slow start. The Chinese government revamped its patent law in 2000 as it entered the World Trade Organization and tweaked it further in 2008. Between 2006 and 2013, domestic patent applications increased by nearly 900%. getAbstract recommends Wang-chan Wong’s perceptive and prescient look at the future of Chinese patents to stakeholders in foreign firms that wish to do business in China.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Chinese government bolsters a transformation from being the world’s factory to being a leading innovator,
  • Why foreign firms can’t ignore China’s patent system, and
  • Why non-Chinese companies would benefit from seeking China’s Utility Model patent early and often.
 

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Wang-chan Wong teaches at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in the College of Business Administration and Public Administration.

 

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In the past, foreign companies’ main intellectual property (IP) risk in China was having their property pirated and copied. Now, they must take care not to breach Chinese copyright law. China has ambitions to become a “technological and innovative powerhouse.” To that end, the program for “China’s Medium and Long-term National Plan for Science and Technology Development 2006-2020,” for example, allocates incentives to innovative Chinese companies, including a $86.4 million fund for intellectual property protection (IPP) support as well as “tax advantages, subsidies and other privileges.” 

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