Chinese patents are burgeoning. But how ‘Chinese’ are they? Of the millions of patents China has filed, how many are original and how many owe much to the assistance and investment of foreign or multinational companies? GIS guest expert Professor James Woudhuysen sheds light on the complex world of patenting and outlines the prospects for Chinese innovation.

WHAT a difference seven months makes. In May 2014, <i>The Economist</i> lauded China’s patents. Endorsing an upbeat report by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on China’s international patenting, the magazine ran the headline, ‘Ever more inventive’.

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 James Woudhuysen
The mixed national origins of China’s US patenting effort mark it off from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, whose international patents have long been both produced and owned on a purely indigenous basis
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