Innovation and Intellectual Property in China
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Innovation and Intellectual Property in China

Strategies, Contexts and Challenges

Edited by Ken Shao and Xiaoqing Feng

China is evolving from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy, but the delicate context behind this change has not been properly understood by foreign governments, companies and lawyers. This book is an insightful response to ill-conceived notions of, and mis-assumptions regarding, the Chinese innovation economy. It represents an effort to marry a variety of “insiders’ perspectives” from China, with the analysis of international scholars.
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Chapter 1: The cores and contexts of China’s 21st-century national innovation system

Ken Shao


China’s innovation economy is something we cannot afford to overlook. Fuelled by an alluring national innovation system (NIS) that strategically supports ‘self-driven innovation’, China is increasingly becoming (or in my expression re-emerging as) a global innovation enthusiast. The government actively seeks the effective provision of nutrition to innovators and has clearly set its goal: by 2020, China will have a fairly well-established national innovation system that supports China’s construction of a comprehensive well-off society. Numerous challenges remain but if we are in general impressed by how China has achieved its economic miracle in the last 30 years, then we could be equally impressed by its innovation potentials – a key part of China’s next-stage reform objectives. And as we know, China can move fast. This book, titled Innovation and Intellectual Property in China: Strategies, Contexts and Challenges, is a unique response to this striking phenomenon. In this book, we attempt to discuss the contexts of and challenges to China’s ongoing innovation and intellectual property (IP) strategies, which blossom under the wide spectrum of China’s comprehensive national innovation system. In particular, this book represents an effort to create a platform for a number of Chinese IP authors to introduce to the English-speaking audience a variety of ‘insiders’ perspectives’, which are followed by constructive perspectives of international authors.

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