Shan­dong pro­motes patent pro­tec­tion of tar­geted tech­nolo­gies

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IP SPECIAL - ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty au­thor­ity of East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince an­nounced last week the first batch of 15 key tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped by lo­cal com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Yu Zhiy­ong, head of the Shan­dong Pro­vin­cial In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice, said each of the 15 key tech­nolo­gies fea­tures a num­ber of core patents, as well as fur­ther patents that sup­port them.

“To avoid vi­o­la­tions by other com­pa­nies, we have built a vast patent pool to de­fend our­selves,” said Yu.

The 15 listed tech­nolo­gies cover a wide range of in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing, new ma­te­ri­als, en­ergy sav­ing, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and agri­cul­ture. These cover 13 patent groups, while the other two re­fer to new plant species.

Yu said all of the listed tech­nolo­gies are in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive and at the fore­front of the coun­try’s in­dus­trial up­grad­ing process.

For ex­am­ple, a high-end fault­tol­er­ant server sys­tem de­vel­oped by In­spur Group has se­cured more than 100 patents on sys­tem ar­chi­tec­ture, core chipset de­sign, hard­ware de­sign, and ar­chi­tec­ture and ra­di­at­ing de­sign.

“The high-end fault-tol­er­ant server breaks for­eign coun­tries’ mo­nop­oly of high-end servers used in core eco­nomic fields such as fi­nance and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions,” said Wang En­dong, chief sci­en­tist at In­spur.

The in­tel­li­gent con­trol tech­nolo­gies of green home ap­pli­ances de­vel­oped by Q in­g­dao-head­quar­tered Haier Group have ac­quired more than 200 patents in China and more than 100 over­seas.

Yu said Haier’s tech­nolo­gies have greatly en­hanced its prod­ucts’ func­tions in keep­ing food fresh, sav­ing en­ergy and re­duc­ing noise from their prod­ucts.

“There is huge po­ten­tial for eco­nomic ben­e­fits when these pro­pri­etary tech­nolo­gies are in­dus­tri­al­ized,” said Yu.

An eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion de­vel­oped by Shen­grui Trans­mis­sion based in Weifang se­cured more than 130 patents. One of the core patents won the China Patent Golden Award in 2011.

Its edge in patented tech­nolo­gies helped the com­pany de­velop from a small com­pany that just man­u­fac­tured sim­ple auto com­po­nents into a com­pet­i­tive auto trans­mis­sion pro­ducer.

To date, the com­pany has sold 40,000 eight-speed trans­mis­sions, gen­er­at­ing to­tal rev­enue of 480 mil­lion yuan ($69.1 mil­lion).

Shan­dong Deng­hai Seeds has de­vel­oped more than 100 new corn breeds with five patented corn­grow­ing tech­nolo­gies to max­i­mize plant den­sity and min­i­mize light in­ter­cep­tion.

The Deng­hai 618, a corn breed de­vel­oped by the com­pany, broke the record for China’s spring corn pro­duc­tiv­ity.

In Novem­ber, the State In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice as­signed Shan­dong the pi­lot pro­ject of be­com­ing an IP-sup­ported prov­ince. The Shan­dong gov­ern­ment has in turn set a goal for lo­cal com­pa­nies to master 100 core tech­nolo­gies in key sec­tors with global com­pet­i­tive­ness by 2020.

Patent projects in­volved in those tech­nolo­gies will be awarded up to 1 mil­lion yuan for patent pro­tec­tion and in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, plus ad­di­tional as­sis­tance should any in­fringe­ment oc­cur.

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