In­no­va­tion is lack­ing in patents, ex­perts say

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China is the world leader in an­nual patent ap­pli­ca­tions, but is far from be­ing an in­no­va­tive coun­try, ex­perts said.

China re­ceived 825,000 in­ven­tion patent ap­pli­ca­tions in 2013, a 26.3 per­cent in­crease year-onyear, the State In­tel­lec­tual Property Of­fice said.

Growth in patent ap­pli­ca­tions doesn’t sug­gest that China has joined world lead­ers as an in­no­va­tion-ori­ented econ­omy, ex­perts said.

“In some ma­jor key ar­eas we still heav­ily rely on for­eign tech­nolo­gies with­out enough sel­f­re­search and de­vel­op­ment,” said Tao Xin­liang, di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Univer­sity’s IPR Col­lege. In the telecommunication in­dus­try, for ex­am­ple, the num­ber of valid patents held by for­eign en­ti­ties is 10.8 times the num­ber held by do­mes­tic com­pa­nies.

Of about 2.3 mil­lion in­ven­tion patent ap­pli­ca­tions filed in China since 1990, 38 per­cent came from over­seas en­ti­ties, usu­ally multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions, and only 28 per­cent from do­mes­tic ones.

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