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Innovation Spaces in Asia

Innovation Spaces in Asia

Entrepreneurs, Multinational Enterprises and Policy

Edited by Maureen McKelvey and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

Innovation Spaces in Asia provides insight into how and why Asia is poised to impact global innovation. Asia is undergoing rapid developments in markets, sources of technology and user preferences. A key characteristic of the book is the rich empirical understanding of the dynamic processes, involving the strategic decisions of firms and entrepreneurs with the broader socio-economic environment in terms of institutions, markets, knowledge and innovation systems. Innovation spaces are analyzed within Asian countries and firms, from Asia to the world, and from the world to Asian countries.

Chapter 4: Technological competition in the Chinese market: an investigation based upon patents

Xiangdong Chen, Xiaoqing Liu and Yong Wang

Subjects: asian studies, asian business, asian innovation and technology, business and management, asia business, entrepreneurship, international business, organisational innovation, economics and finance, evolutionary economics, geography, economic geography, innovation and technology, asian innovation, organisational innovation


This chapter focuses upon innovation spaces in China, based upon an investigation of patents. The act of patenting facilitates the competitiveness of industries and firms, based upon the ownership of technology in regional and international markets. However, until recently, the leading actors in patenting have been based in developed countries, rather than in developing countries. Moreover, there are interesting questions to explore about the emergence of national innovation systems, and particularly of institutions related to intellectual property rights (IPRs). They are just emerging in countries like China and India, where the patented technologies are also thought to be important to future competitiveness, in being able to capture the value of future innovations sold in markets.

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